“No, when somebody is faced with decades in prison (or years for that matter) for a non-crime because he spoke out against the government, it is entirely correct to blame the prosecutor for his death. To say, "well he was free to choose rotting in prison instead, can't blame anyone but him" is ridiculous.
The point IS prosecutorial overreach, and yes that DOES include charges against law enforcement, and countless other cases like this. But you would obviously rather politicize it by disregarding the abusive overreach against Swartz and the obvious result of his suicide. Why don't you try standing on a principle sometime.”
“Firstly they are not striking for more money, they are striking to stop these jobs from being outsourced to cheaper labor.
More importantly, there seems an unwritten rule that no matter how profitable an enterprise may be, only the shareholders and owners can benefit. This myth needs to die if this country is going to change the balance of things. PLB makes billions a year. In 2009 (last year of data I could find) they paid $97 million administrative/operating, and paid about $41 million interest to bondholders. The bondholders showed for no shifts and had 52 weeks paid vacation. This is not discussed, the terms are not newsworthy, the recipients of these millions not brought up in articles such as this, ever. It is assumed that all capital is deserving of its stake (even if manufactured and gifted through monetary policy), but all labor is somehow subject to "we are all equal" and should be paid the same regardless.
It's a paradigm problem. The bank of course thanks you for your turning on those who earn more for their labor than others in their field, they know eventually your envy will bring them down, and meanwhile and thereafter the interest payments will quietly roll along to your rightful owner.”
“Interesting you make the comparison to CEO "greed".
Question for all of you who think they are getting paid too much. Where should the money from the operations go? We have a minority of workers in the country (I use the term workers loosely, we have plenty who are merely investors) who make ten or a hundred million per year, and do not show up for any shift. While some oppose this,most see it as the virtue of capitalism.
Why shouldn't a clerical worker earn 200k a year? Because they ALL don't make that much?
Amusing that the "all workers should be treated equal at the bottom of the pay scale" are typically vehement opponents of socialism. Seems a bit hypocritical.
Kudos to these workers for having strong negotiators and building a successful enterprise that they can participate in the returns.
If you are that terribly jealous you have not done as well in pricing your own services, you can probably get a job at the port...”
skintero on Dec 7, 2012 at 22:46:24
“You're missing the point. People complain about corporate greed and CEO greed. I'm one of them. The people at the top complain about greedy unions. I generally support the unions. They are a large reason we have decent salaries in our country today. Having said that, there are also incredibly greedy unions who are also partly to blame for jobs being priced out in the US and being sent overseas. These clerical workers are a classic example. $195K isn't enough for an uneducated, unskilled pencil pusher? Add to that nearly three months of vacation and they're on strike? They ought to be fired and replaced. There are plenty of people who will take those jobs. ”
I like Tim, will be buying his book as the last two were useful. He has made his position on how he feels about the distribution process clear. In regards to Kindle retaining ebooks, Amazon sells print books published by competing bookstore imprints. But in any case this highlights BN's eventual demise, Tim is drawing a road map for that. I think this is a great time to short their stock... will be their first 0 sales of a #1 bestseller... ouch.”
hp blogger Andrew Shaffer on Nov 20, 2012 at 12:22:35
“I'm not jealous. My books are actually in Barnes & Noble stores.”
“I am looking forward to reading his book. However I listened to an hour radio interview with him and was disappointed.
I too fell very ill in November of 2008, eventually lapsing into a coma and having my own near death experience. The timeline is very close to Eben's, and much of what he recounted I also experienced.
That said, I feel he greatly embellished. Intentional to fulfill the purpose of his book or perhaps it really was his experience. It was not the same as mine. The more he elaborated the more I could see where his beliefs (faith?) were informing his translation of the experience, applying meaning and context which I would not have.
This left me with the conclusion that everyone should consider- that even if Eben's recall is of an afterlife, and perfectly accurate, it should not be construed as the experience everyone has. To assume we must all go to the same place is, I suspect, like assuming all souls born to Earth will be humans living in Jersey (or fish in the sea, etc). The afterlife my prove infinitely more diverse.
My experience did leave me with a sense of complete peace, exhilaration, but also a strong reluctance to go...so I didn't. Next time I will, I have no fear of dying anymore and know where it will take me (and what of me will remain me forever). But mine is not the place Eben describes.”