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 20, 2018 - 2:21am
  • - by Pardero
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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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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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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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  • - Feb 20, 2018 - 1:02am
  • - by Pardero
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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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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 Checkist

is a made in Russia 1992 movie about the Bolshevik Revolution. This is a historical film (compare with Schindlers List*), not a pure fiction. The movie consists of the three things that characterize the Bolshevik Revolution in action: (1)people waiting in line to be shot, (2)people being shot and (…

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:55am
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  • - Feb 19, 2018 - 4:54pm
  • - by Bill H.
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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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  • - Feb 20, 2018 - 1:00am
  • - by EXPAT
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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 19, 2018 - 11:35pm
  • - by Opes
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Computers, Credibility, and Cyberspace

Special investigator Robert Mueller secured indictments for three Russian companies and thirteen Russian citizens with “a widespread effort to interfere with the  2016 presidential election,” according to Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.  The Russians had a “strategi…

Feb 18, 2018 - 3:03pm
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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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  • - Feb 19, 2018 - 8:13pm
  • - by CRM 114
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In Praise of Snow Plows

I live on a state highway, so I generally wait to shovel my front sidewalk until after the plows have gone through. (Okay, the neighbor's been snow blowing my front sidewalk, having apparently taken pity on me. Something about those agonized groans and clutching at my back. The easiest way to make p…

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:08pm
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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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In defense of illegal immigrant labor

Following an immigration crackdown, I overhead strawberry farmer say “In my thirty years, I’ve never left fruit on the vine until now.”  He was chatting with a few other farmers and they were complaining about the difficulty of finding labor.  What he means is that the co…

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:53pm
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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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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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On Guns Abortion and Civil War II

Learn these facts. For fear of retaliation from the emerging minority majority, Americans will never peacefully give up their guns. For distrust of their government, Americans will never peacefully give up their guns.  Seeing how the minority groups in Arab countries dominate the majority, Amer…

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:46am
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Making up words, a computer can't obsessivize

I love to make up words. I've loved to do this since I was a kid and had hearing problems. I don't think a computer could make up words that make sense. It could put roots together, like a gardener splicing things together, but I don't believe it could do what I do.    Rasputum was one. It…

Feb 18, 2018 - 3:34pm
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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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SENEGAL-TRACKER NO. 4...MEANWHILE...

As I wrote yesterday, we had that dusty wind which almost flooded the front parlor - kind of Sahara light here. Today it was a bit better, but it's kind of dry and very warm, and it's not really a pleasure to go outside, at least for someone like me who isn't used to such.   After three weeks …

Feb 17, 2018 - 1:03pm
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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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Dangerous People

First, this insanity that it's everything except the guns has to stop. Guns matter. And if we can't remove the guns, for political reasons, let's change the ammo. Rubber bullets for the public for everything except hunting rifles. We can make guns less lethal.   We have all met some dangerous p…

Feb 16, 2018 - 2:20pm
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  • - Feb 19, 2018 - 4:44pm
  • - by Opes
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