Re: Sites need revenue
Given that Patreon makes it easy for me to support worthy YouTube channels (hi, BazBattles) at £1 a month, the technology is sorted.
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I am an old skool web developer and it seems every week I have to ask one of my frisky young team "why would we do that?" or "why is doing that better than not doing it?"
They've been taught to do it and pointless bloat or 'but we always do it' is how you do it, so they do it.
Go to phys.org -- fantastic site full of the latest science news. They have a reasonable and sad header that says it sees you are using an adblocker and why this hurts them.
I will not unblock even for this great site, so I use it guiltily. I would be happy to pay them, but they've gone 100% ads and so I face a moral dilemma, and don't go to the site as often as I want.
I can see rewarding the bees with a drop of nectar, but i don't see ant reason for punishing wrong answers. It's all one with giving test animals shock. What proves human specialness more, now that have to grant animals, birds, and now insects, advanced mental powers than gratuitous cruelty?
@Spazturtle, sometimes this is a good thing. Indeed, an SRO is often a good thing. Of course it can be used against innocent people, and we don't have a lot of public cases to be able to know, but I can't help but think, on the basis of the few that have been in the news, that they are quite often the best option, other than locking up someone predatory and disturbed person for the whole of his life.
Head Smashed In would describe the condititon of the bison that had fallen over the cliff. The story is almost certainly a back-formation (or 'retcon' for the younger generation) to explain the name, and the 'legend' is probably White in origin, because, hey, those crazy dumb Indians, ya know?
Stating something does not make it true.
If so, let me state that 'Capitalism is inherently evil.'
Sure, it will give you money if you agree to the terms of the bosses, but you probably end up giving them 10x the actual cost of your wages in productivity that lead to profits you never share, as salaries are always the smallest they can be under pure capitalism*.
Its like idiots who claim that laisez-faire economies benefit everyone, when in fact it is the less well off who pay for it every day of their working lives, indeed their lives, while the rich get ever richer.
My experience with HR over a number of companies is that the nice ones are useless, the unpleasant ones are useless, they all feel that any employee-related work impinges on their own productivity, and that they see themselves as inside the wagon-fort fighting off attackers.
I am always clear that their job is to cover for senior management, and that indeed is the only time I have seen them bestir themselves.
I suspect you speak as someone who's never been made so miserable that you were sick with stress, who has never been hounded out of a job, who has never seen others inexplicably promoted, who has never been gaslighted.
I admit I don't like the term 'survivor', which began to be used with good intendtions (e.g. 'cancer survivor') and has now been diluted, but it's an OK word until we find a better one. We all know what it means.
@ledswinger. These are your comparisons? Cuba, Venezuela, the ex-Soviet Union? How can a family-run oligarchy, a failed state, and an ex-state with a vastly different, tyrannous governing system give any lessons at all to the UK as it is now? To suggest a Labour govt is closer to Cuba than it is to, say, Denmark, Netherlands, etc. is to make an innuendo that holds no water.
Hmm, except for those Govt workers who are getting evication notice because they can't pay rent, those in trouble because they are running out of money and have families to feed, my Buddy in Homeland Security on the west coast whose beat is the port and did some unpaid work until finally sent home and he freaks about the drugs that come in via the port every single day, not to mention people smuggling themselves in. Stuff like that.
I had to go to a small claims court when an employer was doing me wrong. I spent an hour with a lawyer to understand what I was up against and how to marshall my evidence and arguments, then went into court with my papers and everything prepared. Took ten minutes to win and get costs. You'd get expert advice on something medical, techie, etc, and it's the same with the law.
RT is your source?!? The original American newspaper printed its own correction. They weren't 'outed' by RT. And yes, as the other resplier has said, Ukraine has a huge pro-Russian, actively-working-for-Russia part of it, mostly in the east, and the ones who aren't, mostly in the west.
In any case, Ukraine is STILL a foreign government and the information Manafort was sharign was with a foreign gov't. If he shared with the UK or Canada, it would still be against the law.
No, righties want to control what people think as well. They do actively try to force other people "to be good". Everything from Rush Limbaugh to billboards to you name it. I am not saying others don't, I just can't buy that Rightists are all tolerant and hands-off. Let's just bring up a woman's right to abortion or to being paid for work of equal value, as well as access to the board-room. That tends to start up an interesting conversation.
Trump is the powerful 'art of the deal' guy, and Bombastic Bob has pointed out in this thread,. So...where's the deal? He had a fully supportive Republican House for two years. Where's the deal? The democrats were out int he cold for two years. Where's the deal? Where's that money from Mexico?
Bom. Bob, you haven't acknowledged that you reported an error (or 'false fact' by saying Obama cancelled the shuttle programme when it was Bush 2. Or do you just move the goal-posts to new ground without ever admitting that you told a porky-pie?
The NAFTA replacement helps corporations and businesses. So if you say that, for example, a kitchenware manufacturer benefits from the new trade agreement and therefore makes profits and perhaps then spends more in the community of give their workers a pay raise or something and therefore more money is floating around in the USA so that means Mexico paid for the wall, you have an interesting idea of what 'pays for' means.
I have long wanted the USA to become less powerfully dominant in the world. Certainly the spluttering results in Ieraq, Iran and now Syria show it to be less than an all-conquering military force, and now erratic behaviour vis-a-vis treaties is showing it to be an ally you might never want to rely on. I think the EU is becoming aware that the USA cannot be seen as a country to be counted on, and Chin, with its road-and-belt proceeding apace, seems pretty comfy with a world where you can thumb your nose at the USA.
So I can only agree with Bom. Bob that more of Trump will deliver what Trump is already delivering: a USA hurting because of tariffs and thus economically weaker, trade wars that make many countries start to look around for new friends, and so on.
I know that most of us in the Western world have an emotional and cultural vibration when Christian scripture is intoned, because it's everywhere around us and the English of the King James Version really is majestic, but it would be nice not to make the Bible the go-to source in exalted moments, as we have so many other choices.
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