“I live in Michigan, where at at least one study found the following...
Wages and non-wage benefits in Michigan by educational attainment
Private sector/Public sector
Less than H.S. $36,488 / $40,375
High School $46,269 / $44,751
Some College $49,415 / $55,448
Associate’s Degree $55,696 / $63,246
Bachelor’s Degree $84,392 / $66,363
Master’s Degree $96,505 / $90,765
Doctorate $127,722 / $114,355
Professional Degree $164,724 / $94,707
Nowhere do I see any evidence of public employees making twice as much as the private sector, and for those with a Master's degree or higher, the public employees are making considerably less than their private sector counterparts. And yet as we head into state budget planning this month, there are still relentless calls to slash public employee pay and benefits.”
WVGALE on Feb 15, 2011 at 18:02:33
“That study may be flawed, but even if it isn't, public sector workers get fringe benefits that private sector employees can only dream about. The pensions are enormous compared to private sector pensions (I'm retired IBM and I would love to have the pension that public sector workers get)”
JohnLeeHooker on Feb 15, 2011 at 17:30:28
In CA, 15,000 retired public employees have pensions over $100k.
the primary public employee advantage is in BENEFITS, LIFE TIME PENSIONS where they exist.
CARPE DIEM: Two Americas: Public vs. Private Sector
7 Mar 2010 ... Two Americas: Public vs. Private Sector ... Average federal salaries exceed average private-sector pay in more than eight out of 10 ...
mjperry.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-post.html - Similar
google: private vs public sector wages or salaries for many facts supporting the claim”
AustinG on Feb 15, 2011 at 16:08:47
“I big number of the public employees who have degrees are teachers. Teachers only work 30 hours a week and 38 weeks per year. Should they be paid as if they work 40 hour weeks and 50 weeks per year? That is 1,140 hours versus 2,000.”
“As far as the original David goes, that's correct. However, when a replica was presented to Queen Victoria, a fig leaf was created to be hung over the genitalia when the royal family came by for a visit (a tradition that has since gone out of practice). You might want to do a little art history reading before calling people out on their "ignorance"...”
GeneralDisarray on Dec 30, 2010 at 14:23:05
“Hey Du.mb D.umb, She said "Michelangelo" "The David". Should I put a fig leaf on my dog's balls too?”
maatpublish on Dec 29, 2010 at 22:03:26
“Ah, mea culpa, LeftLeftLeft! Foolwriter is correct. I should have clarified and put into context that it was to the replica presented to Queen Victoria by the Duke of Tuscany in 1857 I was referring to. Both this casting from the original and the (in)famous leaf can both still be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum.”
Jul 20, 2010 at 21:35:41
“Hmm, while I'd say I definitely connected with this film more than the reviewer, I thought this was a pretty fair review with well-articulated and logically defended criticisms. As a counterpoint, consider the scathing anti-Nolan screeds that David Edelstein or Rex Reed penned last week. The all-or-nothing, brilliant-or-bulls*** approach to criticism does everyone involved a disservice (though exceptions can be made for the truly genius or heinous, and even then, personal taste counts for a lot).”
“Wait, leaving out Robbie from "Forbidden Planet," the original "Lost in Space" TV robot, the Cybermen and Daleks from "Doctor Who" (in their own words, EXTERMINATE!), but including the Fembots and Marvin? Even the 'bots from "Silent Running" would have been better choices.
Feb 23, 2010 at 12:13:47
“You raise some excellent points here, but I don't think the show presents quite as dim a view of reason as you suggest. While Jack may have been a weak argument for reason (although I quite liked him in season one and am still one of the very few fans of the character), he ceded that role sometime in season 4 and for the entirety of season 5 to Daniel Faraday, who presents a much more nuanced and sympathetic view of scientific endeavor. From his early, clumsy experiments with time travel to his final push to change history, Faraday strongly embodied the scientific drive to understand (something Locke sadly never did) what he encountered. I also suspect that Faraday's maneuvering will prove instrumental in deciding the supernatural contest between Jacob and his nemesis.
I also keep coming back to the old saw that any sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic to those who don't understand. How that idea may play in this series, I haven't the foggiest. There are still major pieces of the puzzle yet to fall into place. Don't give up on "Lost" yet, my friend.”
hp blogger Greg Evans on Feb 23, 2010 at 13:36:19
“I've come too far to give up, so I'm right there with you. And yes, Faraday is/was the show's best student of Reason, and I was disappointed that he never advanced beyond the second- (or even third-) tier level of characters. I doubt we've seen the last of him, though, and if Lost has any hope for the triumph of science and enlightened reason, Faraday just might be it. Here's hoping...”
“Let me see if I understand these recommendations...
1. Once someone is labeled an enemy of the state, they never go free... ever. Immediate execution or life imprisonment are the only options.
2. The CIA is not accountable to law in the pursuit of enemies of the state.
3. The Military is not accountable to law in the pursuit of enemies of the state.
4. There should be no review regarding the status of an individual as an enemy of the state except by the military or CIA. And since they don't make mistakes, such status should be considered irrevocable.
5. Presidential appointees are accountable to the opinions of ex-governors.
Thank you, Mr. Pataki, you've just outlined the perfect setup for an American gulag...”
bluff on Jan 7, 2010 at 13:14:36
“Indeed, Mr. Pataki has decided that it's time to shed our once-upon-a-time American values like justice and commitment to the rule of law and join those countries of the world for which justice and the rule of law above the rule of men have no meaning or importance.”
“I don't think this is about news vs. comedy as much as it is about transparency in media agendas. As the news has ratcheted up its "entertainment value," we're left with the sneaking suspicion that they're trying to sell us something rather than inform us of anything. And every time the MSM does a softball interview of a political figure so as not to threaten their "access," every time they report on what "some are saying" without any factual basis or named sources, every time they bring us hysterical coverage of a non-event (celebrity death squad action news!), they remind us that their professed objective (to be informative) does not match their acted objective (to bring in ratings). In that sense, The Daily Show comes across as more honest because their professed objective (to be entertaining) matches their acted objective (to be entertaining). In fact, a great deal of their humor and the reason they've become so trusted revolves in their sharply and wittily pointing out the (often poorly hid) agendas in the mainstream media.”
Jun 24, 2009 at 15:38:07
“When I rewatch the first one ('cause, yes, I am that big a dork), I find myself skipping a lot of the parts that don't have the robots in them. Yes, she's attractive and all, but there's really no shortage of attractive women in the media. Place me squarely in the "I want to see 40-ft tall robots kicking ass with swords and cannons" camp.”
Jun 5, 2009 at 12:14:37
“Much love for championing maligned sequels in the "Star Wars" and "Matrix" franchises, although I couldn't disagree more about "Batman Returns" (good god, but I hated the rocket-launching penguins, remote-control batarang and Christopher Walken's hair). I though "Saw II" was utterly worthless until I saw "Saw III" (another interesting article would be whether subsequent films in a series can actually raise the value of their precedents).
But I think you've overlooked one of the greatest second acts in cinematic history, the sheer brilliance that is "Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn." Where "The Evil Dead" was a terrible-yet-somehow-great low-budget horror exercise by a bunch of school buddies, the second one fused slapstick, gore and nifty camera tricks into something much greater than the sum of its parts. It established Ashley J. Williams as THE comedic-horror-badass action hero (with a chainsaw! for a hand!) and has informed everything Sam Raimi or Bruce Campbell have done since.