In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.
"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.
Fox news host Bill O’Reilly
I used to own a business and have been in senior positions at other businesses, and I know many others who have started and operated businesses of all sizes. I can tell you from direct experience that I tried very hard to employ the right number of people. What I mean by this is that when there were lots of customers I would add people to meet the demand. And when demand slacked off I had to let people go.
If I had extra money I wouldn’t just hire people to sit around and read the paper. And if I had more customers than I could handle that — the revenue generated by meeting the additional demand from the extra customers — is what would pay for employing more people to meet the demand. It is a pretty simple equation:
you employ the right number of people to meet the demand your business has.
Dave Johnson for Campaign for America’s Future (via drinkthe-koolaid)
Wyoming Rep. Kendell Kroeker, R-Evansville, encouraging the Wyoming State House to vote down $38 million of federal unemployment benefits in the name of compassion. Kroeker claimed he has had people turn down jobs at his Casper business because they would rather draw unemployment. Uh, huh…
Posted on his Facebook page later:
This flashback from February reflects the current theme in the GOP - it’s them lazy unemployed, and damned unions takin’ all yer money and jobs. Probably illegals, too. Never mind tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate subsidies. The Bush tax cuts had eight years to generate job creation. Nada.
As an aside, anyone else realizing how liberal Richard Nixon really was, even compared to Obama?
Um. Is it that hard for these politicians to accept that the state of the economy is not the people’s fault, it’s the fault of banks and the government and companies and a whole shitload of other stuff not really having to do with the public? Therefore they really shouldn’t be punished for this crap?
In regards to that last bit about Nixon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_are_all_Keynesians_now Also, wage-price freeze.
uh I am on unemployment right now. A measly $1480 a month. For some perspective, my rent is $880. If I was offered a job, I highly doubt my reason for turning it down (if I did indeed turn it down, highly unlikely) would be so I could continue the movie star lifestyle I’m living on this unemployment.(via drinkthe-koolaid)
The Republican party’s famous last words: “I fail to see…”