“This is a 70-minute commuter train run, with a station stop every five minutes. Surely it is reasonable to expect the engineer to be able to stay awake for that.”
bobbytrain on Dec 9, 2013 at 22:41:06
“your answer is it didn't work”
TheAntiOkie on Dec 6, 2013 at 10:42:21
“Not if they are excessively fatigued.
You should have read the reports from the people who actually work for the RRs who tell that they suffer greatly from fatigue quite often due to the pressure put on them by their employers.
Employers who are penny (not) wise and pound foolish - working people beyond reasonable limits thinking that forcing them to work ever harder and longer is beneficial to their bottom line so they don't have to hire and train so many people.
It's not going to be too beneficial to their bottom line after all the law suits over this one, now is it?
Wouldn't it have been better to have had a well rested engineer?
But that would mean having MORE people working and them having to be PAID. Waaaaa say the employers - we don't LIKE to PAY PEOPLE MONEY to work.”
“The Third Way is right, though. Elizabeth Warren style populism is nothing but a loser for the Democrats. If they tried it, they'd alienate the upper-middle-class professionals who are the core of their support. These people need huge incomes to pay their mortgages and property tax, and are not able to give up any more of their income to help the poor.”
peter777 on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:32:44
“It is a matter of changing the environment so that more people can succeed and pay taxes. It is not a matter of giving up income to help the poor, although some of that may be necessary and will not hurt anybody.”
“I see there being 3 factors in success: ability, education, and hard work. One out of 3 will put you in the middle class, 2 out of 3 will make you very well-off. Really, there just isn't that much competition.”
joelj on Dec 4, 2013 at 15:00:44
“I agree. I am a first generation physician who came from a solidly middle class background. Being very smart, having a work ethic which will not stop, and getting whatever education you need regardless of the personal costs is what separates the "haves" from the 'Have nots". Sadly, the liberal faction simply refuses to understand this and believes that all are owed a "living wage", however that is defined, simply for having been born.”
“It is not really 'income' inequality that is the problem, it is inequality in the skills needed to make money. The highly educated upper 10% are simply miles ahead of everyone else in knowledge, energy, and smarts. This is the real inequality, one that no tax will cure.”
duskdemon on Dec 4, 2013 at 14:49:57
“Yeah, their children are so "smart" with their education handed to them.
Check the polls, genius, today's youth are highly uneducated, and that includes the parent-supplied iPad portion of the population. In talking with these youth, their ignorance is clear and I fear for the future of this nation.
It is who you know, not what you know. You are wrong.”
joelj on Dec 4, 2013 at 14:41:18
“By energy, you of course include ambition. Clearly the difference between the smart poor person and the smart successful person is the willingness to devote 100% of his energy to a goal and to be willing to delay gratification, including marriage and family, for decades if that what is needed to achieve that goal.”
“Obama suffers from the illusion that giving a speech is the same thing as doing something. Speeches support policy, but they do not and cannot replace it.”
stevebeast on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:11:33
“when you get to high school civics you will learn that the legislative branch is in charge of making policy and the executive branch is in charge of implementing those policies, and that they call the use of speeches to influence congress as "the bully pulpit"”
stormkrow on Dec 4, 2013 at 10:20:43
“I wasn't aware that the executive branch wrote the laws.......”
“Believe it or not, all doctors still accept money.”
Marie59 on Dec 4, 2013 at 09:58:11
“No, really? I know, I have insurance and use cash to pay my co-pay. People without insurance do not have the options that I have nor can they afford to pay full price for the doctor's service at the counter.”
juliet marilynne on Dec 4, 2013 at 09:56:45
“believe it or not, thanks to the GOP sitting on a perfectly good jobs bill for going on 6 years now, and that nonpartisan economists say would trim another 1 - 2% off the unemployment numbers, not everyone HAS disposable income for medical treatments.. heck some are lucky to be able to afford wild luxuries like 'food' and 'rent'.”
“Evidently the general public is really stupid. Obamacare is a great deal, just what they always needed, and they don't want to sign up for it. I suppose if Apple came out with a $50 iPhone they'd have similar problems.”
renoir on Dec 4, 2013 at 09:51:07
“It'll catch-on, once Fox Noise dies down... which it will once people start really talking about how the program is going to work for them and their families. Fox always is the noisiest - until they're widely shown to be lying (again) - and then they slink back into the darkness, from whence they came. And since we all know that rightwingers are above all self-serving, once they hear that ACA is actually a good deal, they'll sign up too (while still grumbling). Maybe then they'll return their ire to the War on Christmas, or something equally meaningless.”
“There's also the small matter of paying for it. Currently, each worker pays 1.45% of his salary, and his employer pays 1.45%. This will have to be increased to 14.5% for both the employee and the employer.”
“Nobody knows if their military is any good or not. However, the results in WWII don't see very promising. I wonder if the generals are still drawing the paychecks of non-existant soldiers?”
Smashbox on Nov 26, 2013 at 14:36:55
“Their military is undoubtedly strong. They have a lot of soldiers and they have the manufacturing base to mobilize quickly. I'm sure in a military conflict it would be a hard fought battle that would create heavy casualties on both sides. However from a stability standpoint I don't think that either side (us or them) have enough faith in the government to go to all-out war with the other. The middle class of both sides is getting screwed and we know it. Any conflict would result in social upheaval on both continents.”