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Jimmy Dore takes a look at Labour's manisfesto 46% Posted May 2017

Jimmy Dore takes a look at Labour's manisfesto

Comment: 5 days ago

"I do hope you're attempting irony here" You're dealing with people's lives. Seasonal employment should be predicted and a fixed term contract offered. You should know when the fruit is going to be on the trees and if the fruit lasts longer than the contract, offer the fruit-pickers a 1 or 2 week extension.

Underperforming associates should have gone through appraisals and performance assessments. They should have had help to get up to speed, written warnings, disciplinaries if they're not fulfilling their duties. Dismissal should not be a surprise - and if how you fire people makes them cry, I'd say it's a sign of a bad manager.

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay 87% Posted May 2017

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay

Comment: 5 days ago

Good point, well made.

Oh, and Donald Trump is 2nd generation Scottish

Jimmy Dore takes a look at Labour's manisfesto 46% Posted May 2017

Jimmy Dore takes a look at Labour's manisfesto

Comment: 5 days ago

"so it’s easy to fire someone but then you don’t have to watch them cry."  I do hope you're attempting irony here.

"Regarding gig employees, does that mean Uber drivers will now become official employees of the Uber company so Uber will then have to pay medicare and social security taxes for them?"

Yes - and why not? If you want a loyal workforce, willing to go the extra mile, then it's a 2-way street. You look after them (sick pay, holidays) and they'll look after you (overtime, loyalty to the company).

If you screw every last penny out of them, they will constantly be looking to find a better job. At the very least your recruitment costs go up but you'll also have a transient workforce who don't care about your customers or the public profile of your company.

(But I guess it saves having to fire them and watch them cry)

 

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay 87% Posted May 2017

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay

Comment: 5 days ago

Shoud we also blame the British for wanting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline across Sioux territory?

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay 87% Posted May 2017

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay

Comment: 6 days ago

"it's called progress." It can also be called theft.

Did the Native Americans get a "fair market value for the property taken?" I don't think so.

OK, we've got away from environmentalism a bit, but agree that at least some regulation is good: people shouldn't just be able to steal air conditioners to sell (or historically, land that was held in common).

Like I say, at last we can agree on something!

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay 87% Posted May 2017

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay

Comment: 6 days ago

If you go back in history, there was a time when there was no private ownership of land (or gold mines). The resources were available to the community (common land in the UK - or "the land" in USA).

Then someone came along and appropriated it and what was held in common was now held privately. This has happened a lot: the enclosures, the highland clearances, establishment of private fish-farms both off-shore and in scottish lochs - and obviously in the USA (where the land didn't "belong" to anyone till someone came and said "It's mine, and my army is bigger than yours").

So, yes, we are agreed that stealing shouldn't be allowed - but I'm talking about the land which used to be the common wealth.

"The law will punish man or woman
who steals a goose from off the common,
but let the greater felon loose
who steals the common from the goose."

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay 87% Posted May 2017

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay

Comment: 6 days ago

Exactly - we need constraints so people behave in ways that are respectful to other members of society - and do not annexe resources for their own personal gain to the detriment of the common wealth.

At last we can agree!

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay 87% Posted May 2017

The Circular Economy: Making environmentalism pay

Comment: 6 days ago

But you like people making money - or are you finally coming round to the idea of regulation?

Faiza Shaheen: Restrict UK housing sales to UK taxpayers 86% Posted May 2017

Faiza Shaheen: Restrict UK housing sales to UK taxpayers

Comment: 10 days ago

Where did I complain about people getting rich?

We have a housing shortage in the UK - so I would complain about policies that tend to make that problem worse rather than better.

And we're all unique compared to each other - someone thinks they're a cat, after all (though they've been a bit quiet recently. Probably too much Sheba)

Anyway, I'm closing down now and off to the pub.

Have a good weekend

Faiza Shaheen: Restrict UK housing sales to UK taxpayers 86% Posted May 2017

Faiza Shaheen: Restrict UK housing sales to UK taxpayers

Comment: 10 days ago

We don't all have the same pholsophy - after all, you're part of the boreme crowd as well.

And using your philosophy: as long as someone makes money out of it, we should keep building more and more houses to leave empty until urban sprawl reaches the coastline and houses start falling into the sea. And then we should build them under water.

And please don't quote Trump as a credible source (particularly about himself). He was the one who invented a terrorist attack in Sweden (presumably al-Ikea-da), couldn't remember which country he'd bombed and has websites devoted to keeping track of his "alternative facts"

Faiza Shaheen: Restrict UK housing sales to UK taxpayers 86% Posted May 2017

Faiza Shaheen: Restrict UK housing sales to UK taxpayers

Comment: 10 days ago

One of the problems we have with property/housing in London at the moment is that it is so expensive, both to own and rent. This problem will increase for London because teachers, nurses, bus drivers and a whole range of people who are not very wealthy cannot afford to live here. If teachers can't afford to live here, who is going to educate the kids?

A major reason it is so expensive is that Chinese, Russian, Arab (and other wealthy foreigners) buy up properties because it's a nice, safe way for them to have money outside their countries: "landbanking".

They pay over the odds and push up prices in the centre of London. People who would have bought in the centre now get pushed out and they buy in the next zone out - pushing up those prices ... and so prices go up further and further into the suburbs.

They also tend to leave them empty, further contributing to the housing shortage.

So these people are generating problems and contributing nothing to the revenue.

So it seems reasonable that if you want to own property in the UK you should contribute to the country - either by being resident (and paying tax on your income) or by paying tax on your property.

Anyway, Trump didn't get rich from the real estate business, he got rich because he inherited it. Let's face it, he couldn't even make money out of a casino!

Preschool toys for grownups 87% Posted May 2017

Preschool toys for grownups

Comment: 10 days ago

Woodwork

Faiza Shaheen: Restrict UK housing sales to UK taxpayers 86% Posted May 2017

Faiza Shaheen: Restrict UK housing sales to UK taxpayers

Comment: 10 days ago

No idea what you're trying to say.

If you inherit a house/asset from your mother then you should use the equity in it to pay for your care? Yes.

There's no question of "your house being given back to the government" because it never belonged to the government inthe first place.

Anyway, this video is about stopping "landbanking" where non-residents buy up the housing stock, inflate property prices (and rents) and also contribute to the housing shortage (by leaving the property empty) .

It makes sense that property should only be owned by people who want to live here.

Stephen Fry and blasphemy and in the modern world 87% Posted May 2017

Stephen Fry and blasphemy and in the modern world

Comment: 14 days ago

"...where the defendant intends to cause such outrage..."

No intent, drop the charges

Going green shouldn't be this hard 88% Posted Apr 2017

Going green shouldn't be this hard

Comment: 25 days ago

Oops! Just realised it's 4 years, not 1.

In which case I don't know what she's done with her expired credit cards. Maybe she turns them into novelty coke-cutters and gives them to her friends. (Which doesn't explain why she throws the straws away)

TYT - Think Trump's stupid? 88% Posted Apr 2017

TYT - Think Trump's stupid?

Comment: 25 days ago

Damn! I was doing so well

Going green shouldn't be this hard 88% Posted Apr 2017

Going green shouldn't be this hard

Comment: 25 days ago

This is pretty extreme, but she is blogging about it, so will be super-diligent. As a point of reference, we fill our kitchen bin in about 3 months - mainly with unrecyclable food packaging. The rest is composted, recycled or reused (or put on Freecycle)

"The microwave in her kitchen shown in the video, for example, probably came in a box with styrofoam." Maybe it's over a year old, maybe it's second hand.

"Where are her expired credit cards?" Again, maybe they last more than a year (mine do)

"What happens to any electronic device that stop working." We can recycle ours.

"Did she ever have to replace the tires on her car? " Maybe she doesn't have a car

"Not sure if she thinks it's okay to recycle or not" Where else did it all go?

"She has packaging from macaroni and cheese in the jar which is easily recycleable" Depends on the type of plastic.

Like I say, this is extreme, but if your local council (I don't know if this responsibility would be state or county level in the USA) provides good recycling facilities, then with some simple lifestyle changes you can send a surprisingly small amount to landfill.

TYT - Think Trump's stupid? 88% Posted Apr 2017

TYT - Think Trump's stupid?

Comment: 26 days ago

Gallup contradicts you http://www.gallup.com/poll/201617/gallup-daily-trump-job-approval.aspx and this aggregation also shows Trump's popularity is decreasing https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

Put your money where your mouth is and show us the "normal polls" that show "Trump popularity is up."

TYT - Think Trump's stupid? 88% Posted Apr 2017

TYT - Think Trump's stupid?

Comment: 26 days ago

I think it already has.

Trump is a boorish, hypocritical buffoon who has trouble remembering which country he's bombed - and as a "businessman" couldn't even make money out of a casino.

He is, however, president and he achieved that because he is a great salesman, though we can't say he's an honest one.

He knows which buttons to push with people (It's gonna be great), he knows how to speak confidently in such a non-specific way that the gullible take him at his word (It's gonna be so great your head will spin).

The first problem is that he doesn't deliver on his promises.What did he say he would do in the first 100 days - and what has he actually achieved?

The second problem is that he doesn't care. This is all a phenomenal business opportunity for brand Trump. How much money will he (and the family members and cronies he has appointed to office) make?

It looks like the penny has already dropped for Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-25/mar-a-lago-ad-belongs-in-impeachment-file.

How long will it be before his credulous supporters realise they've been sold a pup?

40 historical photos you will never find in your history books 94% Posted Apr 2017

40 historical photos you will never find in your history books

Comment: 28 days ago

On the contrary - I found Christopher Robin's haircut chilling indeed.

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