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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

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Glad you like it.

I found it as a suggestion after I listened to Unders album, "Syria":

Excellent find! I love finding out the "truth" about things I have heard for a long time...

No, Lenin is privately owned.

... which is just another delicious irony that statue embodies ...

Good on ya, for doing the right thing. So many dogs suffer needlessly. Getting someone professional in to advise is the best way to give your dog the best life possible.

Fingers crossed that it works out for you!

He's also been for sale since he was first put up. $250k is the price tag, IIRC.

So he's there for ironic reasons, as well.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Burning Man 2017: Who's Going?

Laphroaig is the primary, but while on Islay I figure I'll hit Ardbeg (next door to Laphroaig) and Bunnahabhin. I'm also hoping to stop along the way at various distilleries we pass in the lowlands...

Two things:

1. You got a working dog. A terrier is DESIGNED to be a ratter. His job that he wants to do 1000 hours a day, constantly, every single day, is to dig and chase and pursue tiny little furry things. And kill them.

2. You need professional help. A dedicated trainer and obedience classes. Probably 3x/week for the first two months, or so, then weekly for 6-8 months.

Sorry for the bad news. You got the wrong kind of dog, basically. You got a highly active working dog that is genetically predisposed to ACTION. Constant action.

What will happen when you go to training/obedience class, is that YOU will be trained on how to deal with your dog and it's inherent design. You will get better at communicating with the dog. You will understand your dog's motivations, and how to guide your dog's behavior. But you will never be in control. This dog is, and will be, your alpha, and you will always be subservient to it.

Again, sorry for the bummer. But I have three friends who deal specifically with "difficult dogs", and this pattern repeats over and over and over and over. When you walk into the pet obedience school, the owner of the place will see you and the dog and already know everything you have said here. And much more.

Good on ya for adopting. But next time, go with a dog the size of a couch. They are designed to chill and hang out (Golden Retriever, Labs, etc.), and go for occasional walks. There is a reason why service dogs are always retrievers, labs, and beagles.

DAVI (Spotify link) is absolutely killing me.

What is it? Chilled out electronic music that I can work to.

I put my headphones on, open my writing environment, and BAM! suddenly it is 5 hours later and I've got 100 pages written.

Whoever/whatever DAVI is, they are making me massively productive this week.

(Found DAVI when my normal Electronic Chill and Awesome playlist on Spotify ran out of tracks, so Spotify started suggesting similar artists/songs. This feature of Spotify is magical. I love it.)

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Burning Man 2017: Who's Going?

Nah. Timmy is ... Timmy.

He's a force of nature, and a schmoozer extraordinaire. If you go by the Boutique when it is open, he'll probably be on a megaphone. Look for the guy in a kilt and a mohawk.

There's a base premise here I do not agree with.

When there is a surplus of anything, the market figures out how to make money from it. A surplus of low-skilled cheap labor is not going to be idle for long, I expect. Someone is going to find that the economics of doing X are now viable, because labor is cheap and available.

This is not a zero sum game. Jobs disappear all the time, and new ones appear.

If there is enough market pressure (aka, if enough people are unemployed), someone will find a way to capitalize on that surplus.

What I DON'T want, is Walmart and their cynical corporate cronies to be allowed to pay less than a living minimum wage, because then the company pockets my money that should be going to the social safety net that supports my fellow Americans who genuinely need it to get through tough times.

goobster  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 16, 2017

Oops. Learning Experience!

    ... The disappearance of low skill, low paying jobs ...

I don't agree with your (or KB's) logical leap, here.

We have a current pool of low skill, low paying jobs. That pool is disappearing. That does not mean that there will not be other jobs of that type that will open up. Shit, any of those people could go pick the fruit that is rotting in farmer's fields across the US right now, because the migrant workers have been chased away. Now, that type of work isn't for everybody, but some people will do it.

Let's just spin your idea around: We need to preserve shitty jobs, because there are some people who need something to do that doesn't take any skill or mental capacity. Great. Now are you going to champion legislation that prevents 7-11 from automating the cashier job? Or gas station attendants? Or grocery store clerks? Is your legislation going to penalize Amazon's new grocery store here in Seattle that has no employees? The penalties have to exceed the additional profits Amazon is making from not having to pay $15/hr plus bennies to cashiers.

So your legislation worked! Now companies cannot automate their simplest business functions any more.

Now the employees filling these jobs basically have tenure. They don't have to perform at even the most basic level, because their job is federally protected. Now the Amazon grocery store (and all others, as well) become the worst customer experience ever, full of employees who don't give a shit, and don't have to.

Listen, I get it. I get your point.

But this problem is not new. Look at coal miners. Or seamstresses. Or Full Service gas stations.

This problem has existed, without a good solution, for generations.

The reason why Walmart can pay $6.25/hour is because that employee is being supported by federal programs (welfare, food stamps, medicaid, etc) to the tune of $8.75/hr.

If Walmart doesn't pay the living wage of (call it) $15/hour, someone else IS paying for it.

And that "someone else" is me. Left Coast Democrat(ish) white upper middle class urbanite tech worker with a good-paying job.

And I'm OK with supporting those who need help. I like the social safety net, and wish it was more comprehensive. (UBI)

I am not OK with subsidizing Walmart because they have a cynical business model that abuses our social safety net for their corporate profits. That's just a pipe from my pocket to Bill Walton's bank account, with the Federal Government as the middleman.

It sucks that low-wage jobs are going away. I agree. But that pressure on the market, and that availability of low-skilled labor will generate other market opportunities that we can't imagine right now. Any time there is a surplus of something, the system will find a way to make money from that surplus. It always happens. We need to let it happen, and we need to ensure these people have a working social safety net to protect them from the down times, that isn't just a corporate giveaway.

(I think.)

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