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  1. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 10 days ago

    Let’s see… $23 million. Less taxes (about 35% those days) leaves…$15 million. If Walden commune was 5,000 sf on a lovely 5 acres in a close-in suburb, it could possibly have cost up to $400k, though 200 is more likely. It’s a rounding error on Z’s net worth. 70’s money, remember?

  2. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 14 days ago

    Wow. This is the BEST discussion I’ve seen here in years! Seriously; it’s like the opposite of the Iran-Iraq war (where I was hoping both sides could lose). I’m hoping both sides can win, somehow.
    On the one hand, if I want to break into some job where I know I can’t possibly deliver $15/hour of benefit to my employer (at first), why should I NOT be allowed to offer to work for $5/hour for the first month? After that, either I’ll have enough experience to be worth more, or maybe it will become apparent that I was always worth more, or maybe I’ll learn I should be doing something else. Also, all my friends who own small businesses tell me how stressful it is figuring out who to fire, every time the minimum wage goes up. (Yes, I know, world’s smallest violin for my friends, and it’s way more stressful for the workers being fired. The people fired are my point: wage rise = firing people, too often. That’s why Obama is afraid to raise the minimum wage.)
    On the other hand, many businesses do find (as Kim did) that paying people better is better for everyone. But many business owners are dumb as a brick (a few of my friends included). So maybe there’s an argument for the government forcing them to do the right thing. Especially since the government has more interest in the workers being treated fairly than in the smarter companies having a competitive advantage. (e.g.: if the feds forced Walmart to pay like Costco, it would hurt Costco’s competitive edge.)
    P.S. I can already hear the complaints, “how can someone that dumb own a successful business?” We have a great saying in the South: “even a blind hog finds a truffle now and then.” If you have hundreds of people starting businesses, some will simply get lucky. Some of the lucky ones will be smart; some, not so much

  3. jeffiekins commented on Luann 14 days ago

    Acting based hurt feelings from 40 years ago is not a useful way to interact with the world. It’s a very different world today.
    Since I don’t want to be dismissed as “hopelessly out of touch,” whenever I discuss anything from the 70’s, I start with something like “I actually remember when…” It indicates that the episode is (nearly) ancient history, with no more relevance to the present than the Roman Empire. Because that is the truth: they both have value only to the extent that we learn from history.

  4. jeffiekins commented on Luann 14 days ago

    I trust you enjoyed the book Eats Shoots and Leaves. (If you haven’t yet, you will.)

  5. jeffiekins commented on Arlo and Janis 14 days ago

    I was just looking, yesterday, at an old pic of me holding my daughter when she was little. In the pic, I’m wearing the same leather jacket I wear every day now. She’s in college.

  6. jeffiekins commented on Dog Eat Doug 16 days ago

    Thanks. I’ve had a lot of jobs, and that’s the one I always took most seriously.

  7. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury 20 days ago

    At least chefs eat theirs!

  8. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    Well, that’s ONE of the problems, at least.

  9. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    What Duke is doing here is pretty much exactly what most “highly selective” colleges (including, and especially, the ivies) do today.
    They set tuition ridiculously high, expecting that only a small fraction will pay that amount. The problem is that kids who don’t know that racket (i.e., ones who would make them more diverse) are scared off by the high number and don’t apply.

  10. jeffiekins commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    In the long run, was Wounded Knee a win for the U.S.? Or is it more like Kent State? Or maybe Waco?