The trucking industry has a serious problem
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Feb 18, 2018 - 10:09am
The trucking industry has a serious problem

A lot of guys try to get out of trucking because it is a crummy life. They get out for lower pay but a better life. Our mechanic and oiler both used to drive and got out for a lower wage.   Low wages drove white boys out of agriculture, not the hard work. Stoop labor needs to pay by the bushel or pound. Everything else would get a lot of takers for just $12 an hour if any kind of housing was available. Most farms have some run down trailers for the illegal aliens.   Everyone wants market forces and price discovery except when paying for labor. Then, they want to cheat and rig the game with imported low wage workers. People will dream up the most preposterous solutions when the answer is so simple: if the pay is high enough, they will come.   A while back, there was talk of importing Mexican welders and truck drivers because…

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  • - Feb 21, 2018 - 10:27pm
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Unfunded Pensions and pension abuse...an internati…

Unfunded pensions are NOT confined to USA.  UK civil servants also receive pensions which are not fully funded.  Consider:  I am a civil servant who retired at 60 after 11 years' service.  I receive a small index linked pension of £3500 pa.  Should I live to, eg, 90 - w…

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:56pm
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My ass, it is.   The slave economy is at full employment. Everyone who has to take a sh!t job has one. In fact they've usually got about three.   The employers won't raise the conditions/wages above slave level, the workers who can afford to wait are doing so.   Every indicator says t…

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:51pm
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THE DEMOCRAP COMEDY SHOW

The Democrap world, is fashioned on the Cartoon shows of the 60's. If things go wrong, it is because others are conspiring to wreck your good ideas. They are aided in their delusion by the trickle downs, who evolved from Republicans who believed everybody should have a chance.   Trumpty Dumpty …

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:19am
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Trickle Up Economics

I hear a lot about income disparity, the widening gap between rich and poor, the loss of the middle class, and the notion that wealth redistribution is a right and proper function of government.  There are grandiose notions about eliminating poverty and world hunger, spouted by the super-rich a…

Feb 18, 2018 - 12:05am
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The Devil's Advocate

Greetings from the Abyss, my name is James Travil, but my friends call me JT. I am an active member of the Church of Satan.   I'm a lot of other things as well, but people who don't know me most often ask about my religion when they find out what it is. Actually a good deal of people just ASSu…

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:34am
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Robert Owen - A Pioneer of Socialism

In the early 19th Century conditions in the new textile factories were horrendous. People worked 14-15 hour shifts six days a week. Children as young as five were employed to crawl under the machines to retie broken yarn without having to stop the process. This often resulted in horrendous injuries.…

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:35pm
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A Christian Primer

Introduction: Beyond just the common hatred of Christianity on WB (and throughout the world); there also seems to be a lot of ignorance concerning my faith.  I don’t mean this as derogatory assertion… just an observation.  I assure you, I am very ignorant of many things I …

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:56pm
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Gun Madness Continues in the USA - 17 Dead in Flor…

How much longer are Americans going to sit back and allow this death toll to continue? How much longer are they going to allow mentally deranged kids, criminals and gangs to have access to assault rifles??   17 were shot dead in the latest School Massacre. They were shot my a nineteen year old …

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:44pm
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War & Peace

"The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected." Sun Tzu    is an interesting article on US Strategy.  I  have no place co…

Feb 17, 2018 - 12:36pm
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Human Sexuality - some thoughts.

Human Sexuality - Well in the wake of Weinstein this is a bit of a thorny subject that appears to be in a state of flux. But I thought it was worth putting in a few pennyworth of random thoughts.   a. I think human sexual behaviour is naturally more similar to that of Bonobos than that of other…

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:09pm
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Mass Instability & Guns

The blame centers on poorly designed psychology and psychiatry.  Some people might want to blame the current social, societal, and cultural state of affairs. However, these mass tragedies are mainly symptomatic of a troubled mental health system intertwined with a sometimes-helpless justice sys…

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:04am
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  • - Feb 21, 2018 - 11:56pm
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The Persuasion Machine of Silicon Valley

Last Saturday, CBC TV aired a documentary called . I recommend everyone who is concerned about the state of democracy and its future spend the hour to watch it. If you can't, here is my synopsis.   This documentary explains how the Trump campaign team used Facebook to win the election.   …

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:04pm
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13 RUSSIANS, A POEM

    13 Russians under my bed there’s got to be three that really are red   Those Commie Pinkos are at it again Trying to topple all of we Americans   Oh no you don’t hack our elections We can do that by having no selections   One asshole is as…

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:09pm
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Federal Pain Management - Healthcare is a Racket

Federal Pain Management by Tom C. Purcell   Modern American healthcare is a racket.  Essentially, it's a pyramid scheme with mega pharmaceutical corporations at the top, and ailing Americans with a direct syphon from their bank accounts to medical corporations at the bottom.…

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:54pm
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Algorithms Are No Better At Telling The Future Tha…

According to a new report "An increasing number of businesses are investing in advanced technologies that can help them forecast the future of their workforce and gain a competitive advantage". It's true, almost every day we see more and more bollocks being written by supposedly intelligent people w…

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:36pm
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Regarding really solving school violence:

I have a simple, easy-to-do proposal that will immediately reduce school violence: stop compulsory school attendance.   There is clearly a segment of the population that doesn't want to go to school. This kid Cruz was reported to beat his head against the wall when his adoptive parents tried to…

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:44pm
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  • - Feb 21, 2018 - 9:28pm
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The Debt Bubble

Encouraged and asked by Katharine I have put together a summation of the current situation with debt.  In short, the world is floating in debt, possibly soon drowning in debt, developed and developing countries alike.  Central Banks around the world have been giving out near free money ove…

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:38pm
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  • - Feb 21, 2018 - 11:41pm
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Some thoughts About Domestic Abuse and Motivation.…

Sorry..I could not pass this one up..this is a Banksy piece of art I think in London.    During the past week, we have heard about Domestic Abuse and seen it blown off by the White House and its not their fault, they didn’t take the time to understand. Actually, I am getting to the …

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:10pm
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Green Bank Observatory Trips

Picture from Google Earth   In a narrow vale between two folds of earthen ridges in eastern West Virginia, a man-made structure stands nearly 150 meters tall. This is the Green Bank radio telescope, a unique resource that is the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world, with an ante…

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:18am
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Once More Atheists Prove They Are In Error

Have you been told by atheists that saying " God did it " does not explain anything? Do they say God is simply a God of the gaps, that when we do not understand something Christians say: ' God did it"? What atheists are saying is that the God Hypothesis explains nothing. They are right, at least in …

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:08am
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  • - Feb 20, 2018 - 11:04am
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There is nothing wrong with semi-automatics

There is nothing wrong with semi-automatics!!  Nothing at all.  They are a tool, just like a chainsaw is a tool--extremely dangerous if you don't know what you're doing, or are intentionally ignoring the safety rules.  There is also nothing inherently safer about having a revolver tha…

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:20am
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THAT WILL SHOW THEM!

  THAT WILL SHOW THEM!   Funny how this works. Not 12, not 14,  were indicted for manipulating social media to promote social division by mimicking grassroots political activity. All in favor of Trump?   So 13? Remember 9/11? Symbolically in your mind the sequence 911 = emergen…

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:38pm
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