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Re: “P&C Pulitzer winner explains why she left journalism for public relations

Good story on something flying below the radar of everyone else. Enjoyed it.

The lesson I take from this is to use your low paying journalism job to make connections and then abandon ship as soon as possible to make money in the government/corporate field. To hell with idealism or exposing corruption these days. As we march forward to a police state being a journalist will become more and more dangerous unless the media/corporate/government story line is followed.

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Posted by Saildude on April 24, 2015 at 4:20 PM
Posted by Paul Bowers on April 24, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Re: “The Agenda: State may pony up for Volvo; S.C. DMV changes appearance policy after settlement; Boeing CEO on worker organizing: "We will work with them"

So if the Senate borrows $150 mil, for how long and how much interest will be added o the principal? And ain't it funny the interest rate will be higher than the tax rate that Volvo won't be required to pay?

Posted by Ima Oldman on April 24, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “The Agenda: State may pony up for Volvo; S.C. DMV changes appearance policy after settlement; Boeing CEO on worker organizing: "We will work with them"

Boeing says "they could work with them". But they'd rather not.

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Posted by localhutch on April 24, 2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “S.C. lawmaker proposes firing squad as death penalty option

My choices: 1) Abolish capital punishment; 2)firing squad 3)guillotine, if one is available.

Posted by pugnax on April 24, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “$1 million raised in Charleston mayoral race

Look at all the big money democrats seeking office.

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Posted by nofaith on April 24, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

artrogue - there you go again trying to fight beliefs with facts. One thing you have yet to learn is you can't argue with a liberal mind using factual information. They do not understand it and by default, if their argument is disproved by said factual information they will question the validity of either it or, more typically, the person who presents it.

And AlexM - why did Detroit cars suck? Because they were built by overpaid inefficient and lazy union workers who believed that no matter how shoddy their work was they were in a union and they would never lose their jobs. It is not possible to only give unions the credit for the good things and absolve them of the ills that they cause.

The people here did not want to unionize and that is their right. One of the biggest reasons is that the union did everything in their power to try and prevent Boeing from expanding here including striking, attempting legal maneuvering in collusion with the NLRB and calling people in South Carolina (yes, Bill Hayden, it is South Carolina not North Carolina, be a better troll) incompetent and incapable. The union needs to realize that they lost and get the hell out.

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Posted by nofaith on April 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

ALEX-M "The collapse of Detroit has nothing to do with unions and everything to do with mismanagement. People stopped buying Detroit-based cars, because quite frankly, they sucked. When people don't buy your cars, you don't make money. Period. End of story."
End of story? people stopped buying cars that sucked and Detroit collapsed...Wow brilliant thesis. How about union backed workers who made absurd wages caused detroit auto makers to spend less money on improvements and new technology and hence their cars sucked. When you have to pay a guy who sweeps the floor 25 bucks an hour because he is union things start to take a downward spiral from there. Ford and other auto makers rebounded because they moved their ass out of Detroit and away from the unions.

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Posted by Bosox2010 on April 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

Nope. Your wrong.
Try looking at some data other than a far left organization like http://foreconomicjustice.org/.

That popular graph used by many left leaning news organizations is wrong.
It rests on misinterpreted economic data.
More careful comparisons show that measured productivity has increased 100 percent and average compensation has risen 77 percent over the past 40 years. Issues inflating productivity measurements account for most of the remaining 23 percentage point difference.
An apples-to-apples comparison shows that employee compensation continues to closely follow productivity.

Foreconomicjustice juxtaposes productivity and pay data that cannot be directly compared, leading to inaccurate conclusions. The claim that pay has lagged far behind productivity growth:
- Examines wage growth instead of total compensation, which includes
rapidly growing benefits;
- Uses different price indexes to adjust pay and productivity for inflation;
- Omits the effect of faster depreciation, which reduces net income but not gross productivity; and Ignores known measurement errors in Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) productivity calculations.

Check these sources.
Harvard Professor Martin Feldstein, the former President of the National Bureau of Economic Research, concluded that the apparent divergence results from using the wrong data to measure pay and productivity. Using the correct data, he finds that pay and productivity have both grown together.
Dean Baker, director of the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research, and staff at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis also come to that conclusion.
Georgetown Professor Stephen Rose likewise finds that the apparent gap between pay and productivity collapses under scrutiny.
He concludes that economic growth resulting from productivity growth continues to benefit working Americans.

Most economists believe that employers generally set pay levels according to worker productivity, though a temporary gap may develop during periods of high unemployment such as the nation is now experiencing.

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Posted by artrogue on April 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

South Carolina and its workforce deserves to be poor.

If the workers in this state are so stupid they actually believe these corporations care one iota about them, their quality of life or the health of their families they deserve what they get and should be exploited until they are used up and then discarded like any other disposable commodity.

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Posted by Saildude on April 24, 2015 at 7:36 AM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

"High wages are related to worker productivity. " - artrogue

Completely and demonstrably false.

http://foreconomicjustice.org/wp-content/u…

If minimum wage had kept up with productivity gains since 1968, it would now be $16.50/hr or $33,000/yr. I'm glad you agree that wages should theoretically keep up with productivity, however. Maybe you agree that we should index the minimum wage to productivity?

The logic is not difficult. A rising tide lifts all boats. When the workers earn more, they spend more, and the economy grows, and business thrives. Somehow the Republicans have decided that tides are created by cutting taxes on wealthy people who are price insensitive and do not change spending behavior. It's never worked. Giving them more money changes nothing. Demand creates jobs, not rich assholes getting tax breaks.

Someone who must work 3 jobs or double shifts to make ends meet has lost their freedom. When do they have time to make choices of their own?

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Posted by Fish Pimp on April 24, 2015 at 12:01 AM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

"However, they are also a drain on the private sector, a negative and parasitic factor which contributed mightily to the death of the US steel, textile and garment industries and which have reduced the US auto industry greatly."

Or it was the free trade agreements and outsourcing allowing corporations to evade taxes, damage the US economy and get cheap slave labor abroad where worker safety and rights are a non-issue. I guess that's the fault of unions too.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on April 23, 2015 at 7:09 PM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

Indeed, artrogue writes LONG comments.

Posted by pugnax on April 23, 2015 at 6:39 PM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

not quite. hahah

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Posted by artrogue on April 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “The media, elected officials unite with big business to oppose unions

When government and business align to tell workers that organizing is a bad idea, then its time to organize. Says it all !!!

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Posted by Keith Dakota on April 23, 2015 at 6:12 PM
Posted by Pronghorn on April 23, 2015 at 6:08 PM

Re: “S.C. lawmaker proposes firing squad as death penalty option

Probably could have written that better; what I mean is will you receive a letter in the mail saying you have been called to serve on firing squad duty?
I never actually had to shoot anybody when I was on one in the military, so not sure what I would have done if told to do so.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on April 23, 2015 at 5:54 PM

Re: “S.C. lawmaker proposes firing squad as death penalty option

Well, we could make the experience as historic as the City itself, and reinstitute public hangings at White Point Garden. Or, there's burning at the stake, or hanging/drawing/quartering.

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Posted by YankeeLady on April 23, 2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “The Agenda: State may pony up for Volvo; S.C. DMV changes appearance policy after settlement; Boeing CEO on worker organizing: "We will work with them"

"Liberal = Tax and spend.
Conservative = Borrow and spend."

Liberal: living Life mindfully
Conservative: living Life in fear – constant fear; spreading hate

Posted by Pronghorn on April 23, 2015 at 5:20 PM
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