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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-07-23 06:16
Subject: [links] Link salad finds a narrow Internet connection
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Tags:culture, links, personal, photos, politics, religion, science
The Rookery: 1938 — Some serious story telling embedded in this Shorpy photo.

The danger of safety — All of which reminds me of why I gave up using radar detectors many years ago. (Via danjite.)

Boeing's New Crew SpacecraftThe company wants to be the first from the private sector to build a human-rated capsule.

The Gingrich Plan for Al-Quaeda Victory —Ah, Newt. That conservative champion of family values and Constitutional freedoms.

Senator Lies About RoommateI don't get this argument that extending unemployment benefits prevents people from taking jobs. The only people who could possibly think unemployment benefits incentivize the unemployed to remain jobless are those who have never tried to survive on the very meager funds paid out. Or idiots. Or both. It's a deeply specious argument made from the ignorance of privilege and some very flawed assumptions about the working class and the poor.

I'm Telling You, Palin Has No Chance — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Palin in 2012. We have already given one obviously unqualified Western governor a chance to wreck the country in the last decade, and not even the Republican Party that continues to defend and like Bush is so clueless and self-destructive that it would go to the country with a female version of the disaster we just experienced

?otD: How hot is it where you are today?




7/23/2010
Writing time yesterday: 0 hours (traveling)
Body movement: Coastal walk later.
Hours slept: 6.75 (good)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional turmoil)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

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jordan179
User: jordan179
Date: 2010-07-23 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Boeing's CST-100 plan is welcome news; this is no luxury suborbital plane, but a potential commercial workhorse. Note also that

Boeing also announced a partnership with Bigelow Aerospace, a private company that is building inflatable space habitats with plans to launch the first private space station by 2014.

which is really good news, since it presents the possibility -- even probability -- of a commercial path to space colonization. The Bigelow Inflatable idea has always appealed to me as being a deliberately low-cost yet robust approach to hab construction, well-suited for early future commercial and special-interest colonies.

And when we get a national space program again, in the mid-2010's, this progress will make it easier for the national space program as well.
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dionysus1999
User: dionysus1999
Date: 2010-07-23 15:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
High of 91 today, incredibly humid. Luckily it's supposed to cool off after Saturday.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2010-07-23 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hot?

Oh, high of about 48 farenheit, driving rain, heavy wind.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2010-07-23 16:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I see the safety "article" contains this gem: "Apparently, more pedestrians get in accidents at traffic crossings than elsewhere".

Gee, I wonder if that's because THERE ARE FAR MORE PEDESTRIANS AT TRAFFIC CROSSINGS THAN ELSEWHERE?! I'll bet there are more train crashes on railway tracks than elsewhere, too, so clearly we should do away with railway tracks, which are causing accidents...

Bah.
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Steve
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2010-07-23 18:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How hot is it where you are today?

When I woke up this morning at 7:30, it was 83^2; 83°F, 83% relative humidity. Since then, it has rained heavily several times and now the sun has come out.

-- Steve is reluctant to look at a web site with the current numbers, preferring to cocoon himself in his air-conditioned office.
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Bibbit
User: bridget_coila
Date: 2010-07-24 08:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
ok... I do have to admit that I've been in a position where I was on unemployment and it was more ecomomical for me to stay on unemployment than take a lower paying job- but the circumstances are fairly unusual.

I was laid off from my biotech job- due to funding cuts, nothing I did. Unemployment paid me wayyyy less than my former job, but *more* than minimum wage. I was actively looking for another job in biotech, but at the time the job market in my area was saturated with people who'd just gotten laid off from biotech positions and most of them had far more experience than me.

Yes, I could have gotten an available minimum wage job easily- but it wasn't like I could find another $20-30 an hour job - my training for those wages was very specific. I wasn't about to go take a min wage job (somewhere around $7/hr at the time) when my unemployment checks were more than that (around $10/hr if I remember right.)Especially when being on unemployment also afforded me the opportunity to look for another job, whereas a min wage job would have limited that ability greatly.

That said- I was still looking for a job and eventually found another one when the job market started turning around. (ended up taking a temp job, actually, for 6 months, at the lower end of my previous pay just before my extended benefits ran out)

However- part of unemployment is a caveat that you are searching for a job- you have to turn in the names of three companies a week you've sent your resume to- they randomly check. So if you're not looking in your field then you stop getting unemployment checks...

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Bibbit
User: bridget_coila
Date: 2010-07-24 08:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
...and that Shorpy photo is amazing, btw...I'm definitely stewing story ideas on that one (not to mention that I wanna go seek out the house n see if its still around whenever I'm back in Louisiana.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-07-26 11:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're right, I should know better than to make general pronouncements. And of course people game the system. People game any system. But given that unemployment "pays" only slightly better than minimum wage, the value of bothering to cheat the system is pretty darned low for the vast majority of people in it. Seems very odd to deny aid to millions because of the bad behavior of a few people, and the basic stated assumption that people would prefer to be on unemployment comp than working still seems profoundly ignorant to me.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-07-26 21:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suspect I am speaking with some arrogance of privilege here. But the spread between minimum wage and unemployment doesn't seem worth the trouble. (And yes, I've drawn unemployment for an extended period in the first part of the decade, and had to try to live on that. I'm not *that* privileged.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-07-28 12:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mmm, speculating from insufficient data isn't exactly fantasy. You're reasoning from two examples about national trends, for example.

Two data points which would be helpful to both of us (and which are unknown to me) would be:

What % of filled jobs, and what % of job openings, pay less than $10/hour? (ie, the equivalent of unemployment compensation's "pay" rate).

What level of working income is required to qualify for the $400 per week rate?

Those two items would shed more light on whether gaming the system is worth the trouble in a wide scale sense.

One other note, you said:

And that doesn't get into the number of people who won't take a job that is beneath them, still, a year or more out of work.

When I went on unemployment back in 2002, I had been laid off from a six-figure job. (As an aside, to this day I have never recovered that income level in nominal dollars, let alone inflation-adjusted dollars.) I had a house payment that was about the size of my entire monthly unemployment compensation, not to mention all the expenses associated with the house (utilities, etc.) and living expenses for two adults and a child. The assumption implicit in saying I wouldn't take a job that was "beneath me", which is to say, not seek work at or near minimum wage, is that I had no reason to expect to maintain anything like my then-current lifestyle.

Without spending a bunch more time thinking about it, I actually have no idea if that assumption is valid, either as socioeconomic principle or in terms of individual fairness, but it sure makes me uncomfortable.
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