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06:42 PM on 07/18/2012
With the unemployment rate being what it is there, it's the height of perversity for people to banish the siesta.
06:34 PM on 07/18/2012
This is absurd. I don't think people should have to work all the time or without breaks but taking three hours in the middle of the day to have a nap is ridiculous, especially if one wants to compete in a pan-European economy.
06:43 PM on 07/18/2012
Perhaps you didn't know but the schedule drags out to a longer time than it does in more northern places/
10:40 PM on 07/18/2012
Its not absurd and its not ridiculous.
In southern China its is common for the locals to take a 3 hour nap from 11:30- 2:30 pm - The Chinese believe that sleeping during the day rejuvenates the brain. After all the Chinese have been around a little bit longer than the USA and do know a little bit about the benefits of timely rest which contributes to a healthy body and mind.
I don't even think you would consider the Chinese to be either non- productive or non competitive in this post WTO world economic stage.
It also might surprise you that the Socialist French work less hours than their work burned out American counterparts, but are judged more productive - Damn those Socialists!
10:58 PM on 07/18/2012
A blind man working in a knife factory is more productive.
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06:29 PM on 07/20/2012
That is except for the workers in the sweatshops that supply WalMart with all of their crap merchandise and Nike shoes.
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03:49 PM on 07/18/2012
Correction:Spanish average people may die ,because of the spanish bankers .
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03:49 PM on 07/18/2012
The siesta has nothing to do with a work ethic, it has everything to do with blistering heat. Before air-conditioning, working in temperatures soaring not only above 90, but over 100 degrees makes manual labor sheer torture - and desk jobs insufferable.
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03:33 PM on 07/18/2012
Thirty minutes is all most Americans on production lines get for lunch.
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03:16 PM on 07/18/2012
Sleeping on the job, I thought that what politicians do.
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02:49 PM on 07/18/2012
Seems like if you are unemployed you'll be having a longer siesta. Speaking of that it is nap time.
02:40 PM on 07/18/2012
Work units should have no breaks. Work units should double their production so the non-work units can have bigger yachts and escape the constant moaning of the work units. :)
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02:16 PM on 07/18/2012
Anyone familiar with Spain can tell that photo was taken somewhere else. At least match the picture with the country.
02:42 PM on 07/18/2012
Yes, I was in Spain and have never seen that man. :)
03:30 PM on 07/18/2012
That picture is from Paragua, not even the same continent as Spain.,2fc64e87fa474310VgnVCM20000099f154d0RCRD.html
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01:46 PM on 07/18/2012
Sorry to see it go. I lived in Spain for a few years many years ago. The morning started about 9 with coffee and churros then everything but bars and restaurants closed from 1-3 for lunch and siesta. Things reopened at 4 and went to 8 then people went home and had a light supper. Some people went home, some stayed and had a big leisurely lunch and nap where they were. It was grand. Stores were open from 9-1 on Saturdays. And August was a national vacation month. The Americans were on their schedule of 8-5 and frustrated that the Spaniards didn't want to change their national customs to accommodate Americans working there. Americans complained they were putting their children to bed and the Spanish children were playing and you could smell garlic cooking, and to them it was just wrong. I loved the lunch and siesta idea. I grew up in the South where Dinner was the big meal and Supper was a light one. Everyone came in out of the heat for Dinner and napped or hung around in darkened rooms till it was time for 4:00 coffee and back to work or the fields till dark. Simpler time, and more time too. People still put in an 8 hour work day plus at home work. I'll bet men have even stopped kissing the back of your hand when you meet. Ah, and we call it progress.
05:34 PM on 07/18/2012
SEDA i was educated by spaniards, and yeah, they are more stable more rational and live longer than angry americans. yeah and the spaniards are not medicated like we are in this country
05:35 PM on 07/18/2012
and happier and healthier
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01:11 PM on 07/18/2012
Corporations are squeezing profits out of employees by needing and having fewer employees. It once took dozens of clerk-typists to push papers at law firms, etc. Now all it takes is the executive and the proper software.

My bank branch, the main branch in my city, once employed 50 people... it now employs 15 people..... everything is automated.

Profits have increased per employee, because they don't need employees for labor intensive, people greeter type jobs any more.

Hiring is not going to dramatically pick up. Companies have invested in cost-effective technology and automation and will not take those expensive human employees back.
01:11 PM on 07/18/2012
Too many people and too few jobs.....

Every country needs to develop a plan to balance its population with its resources, food, water, energy and jobs. Those that do not will be exporting their populations.
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06:56 PM on 07/18/2012
that should include teaching and providing contraceptives-- I would argue for all girls who are 14 be given the pill provided by the government--, it also includes the right for abortions, but most importantly education on family planning..and a tax structure that does not provide incentives for having more children.
10:42 PM on 07/18/2012
Absolutely spot on!
You have receive the weekly HUFPO Fan award from moi!
12:42 PM on 07/18/2012
The party is over latinos!
Educated, liberal Southerner...(we DO exist!)
03:59 PM on 07/18/2012
"Latino" refers to someone from Latin America.
Spain is in Europe. The term does not apply here.
06:32 PM on 07/18/2012
You're seriously expecting someone who equates the siesta - where workers take a longer midday rest break, but then work later in the day - with laziness to differentiate? Obviously all brown folks are the same to them.
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03:59 PM on 07/18/2012
It's no party and never has been. They work different hours; that's all.