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Re: “With HBO at the helm, 'Sesame Street' as we know it is doomed

Don't be racist. Muppets are people, too.

Posted by Paul Cheney on August 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Tecklenburg announces entry into race to succeed Riley

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Posted by Tony Long on August 18, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

"I am doing well, so there is no problem" - a thing people say when they struggle with logical fallacies.

Who decides what proportion of gross revenue is allocated to profits? What is considered an acceptable profit margin? Why are corporation in developed nations able to pay more and afford more benefits to their workers? Why do they pay their dead-weight executives less?

The problem is that, in order to meet the unrealistic expectations foisted upon them by shareholders, corporations seek to cut labor costs (compensation, benefit, hours, etc.)--thereby fucking the very people that generate their revenues to begin with.

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Posted by leemajors on August 18, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Re: “With HBO at the helm, 'Sesame Street' as we know it is doomed

Big Bird is even in the Muppet Movie.

Posted by Sam Spence on August 18, 2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

"Someone fell for the 'Unions are MAKING me jack my consumer prices through the roof because treating my employees like human beings is TOO expensive' line."
No, I fell for a simple combination of 4th grade math and business 101-If a company's expenses increase significantly, and a huge increase in pay for unskilled and probably uneducated labor certainly qualifies; then to not lose profit they must raise prices.

And, BTW, I have worked for a large corporation and been paid well.
Because I was worth it.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on August 18, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

The plant I happen to work at offers decent pay,good health care,sick pay, vacations, holidays and good retirement for the tasks I'm asked to do with safety being the most important part of the job.I have yet to see any volunteers with the exception of blood drives and toys for tots at christmas.And thanks for asking but my familys just fine. I dont see doing my job as a sacrifice, and yes, I would like to see the company make money,that keeps my paychecks coming.Thats how I share in their success.What exactly is your point?

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Posted by MCB on August 18, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Re: “With HBO at the helm, 'Sesame Street' as we know it is doomed

Jeff,

The Sesame characters are Muppets. Kermit is actually on both shows.

Posted by chrishaire on August 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Question #3: What U.S. city is 'doing it right?'

"Mat, I'd like to know if any of these candidates would be willing to invite Google to Charleston...."

Asking a major corporation here would not be municipal broadband. It would be corporate welfare.

That said, it's hard at this point to see how any municipal broadband operations work without at least some public money getting funneled to private ISPs. I'm sure it's possible, but I will admit I haven't studied that one out yet.

Also, I'm fairly certain that the City Paper (and possibly others) in town went back in time and altered the course of history so that Ginny Deerin would be first in these articles. It's the only theory that fits all the facts I have conveniently arranged in a particular order.

Posted by mat catastrophe on August 18, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

"(The answer to all of these problems is progressive taxation, socialism and regulation. But you assholes would rather die in a gunfight after a healthcare bankruptcy and an extended unemployment with no safety net than see taxes raised a single fucking penny.)"

The Charleston City Paper comments section closed today, following what was described as "possibly the best thing ever said there, or anywhere else on the internet."

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Posted by mat catastrophe on August 18, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Question #3: What U.S. city is 'doing it right?'

Regarding order: Even if you placed the candidates randomly, there will be either a candidate, their operative, or a supporter who will claim that the placement is not in fact random at all, but you consciously placed certain candidates in certain spots.

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Posted by chrishaire on August 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

This place is a wonder. Often, conservatives here will argue that nothing can be done to fix problems that have been solved in developed nations for years.

Labor protections. Healthcare. Gun violence. Student Loan crisis.

NOPE. Nothing can be done--even though we are the only purported 'developed nation' literally being crushed under the weight of these cancerous/capitalist tumors.

(The answer to all of these problems is progressive taxation, socialism and regulation. But you assholes would rather die in a gunfight after a healthcare bankruptcy and an extended unemployment with no safety net than see taxes raised a single fucking penny.)

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Posted by leemajors on August 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Question #3: What U.S. city is 'doing it right?'

I almost feel like the question was misleading? Europe is way ahead of us in everything, so asking what US city to emulate is odd to me. Anyway, at least Colorado was mentioned. However, none of the candidates got it right. /shrug

Posted by katzeye on August 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

"Very simplistic view of global economics."
Then you write the most facile, biased, shallow observation of unions.

It's your contention, then, that health care, wages, collective bargaining, vacations, etc... are not as valuable as having the flexibility to do more than one task at your job w/out being paid for it? That is both stupid and insane.
So you volunteer your time at your factory to do many tasks at your master's behest, in the hopes that you can volunteer your time at another factory later to do many other tasks? That's the American Dream to you?
Your own personal life takes a back seat to your masters' profit margins, and nothing else in the world, not your family even, matters more than the success of your company, EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T SHARE IN THAT SUCCESS?

You want your company to be successful, and you'll sacrifice for that, yet you want nothing in return? And, to even consider to ASK for something in return is "simplistic."
Wish more for yourself, dummy. Aim higher. FFS.

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Posted by landsnark on August 18, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

Very simplistic view of global economics.You disparage the entire South as a ''english speaking third world country'' full of ignorant unskilled farm hands to which I take great exception to.Maybe we are smart enough not to make the same mistakes other parts of the country made in losing all those jobs.And a flexible workforce has very little to do with pay rate. It is the opposite of the standard union way of rigid workplace rules that limit an employee to one particular task regardless of need and any variation gets a grievance filed.Non-union plants have much more multi-skill,multi -area team concept which gives management the flexibility to adapt and improve quickly and efficiently and promote or replace employees by merit instead of seniority.That is the way its moving now and until the rest of the country figures this out,we will continue building plants and creating good paying jobs

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Posted by MCB on August 18, 2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Question #3: What U.S. city is 'doing it right?'

Re alphabetical order: Couldn't you post these like a snake draft? Start with Deerin once, then start with Washington the next?

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Posted by Daniel Brock on August 18, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

"Then let's unionize the grocery stores and price them out of the food market too."

Someone fell for the 'Unions are MAKING me jack my consumer prices through the roof because treating my employees like human beings is TOO expensive' line.

If corporations would be reasonable about profit margins and accept that their previous margins were artificially high because they fucked their employees out of basic wages and rights, then maybe the end price would be more reasonable as well.

But no, we have 'sharedholders' to please. *vigorous jacking off motion*

Unions are a scapegoat for corporations to do everything possible to make money hand over fist at the expense of the employees.

I'll never understand why so many basic workers will argue in favor of multinational conglomerates when their best interests are at stake.

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Posted by leemajors on August 18, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Re: “With HBO at the helm, 'Sesame Street' as we know it is doomed

This is America goddamnit. Shame on the Cookie Monster for suggesting a healthy alternative every now and then. Vegetables are for socialists. We can't be teaching those values to children. NCSpartan is free to cram her gullet and her daughter's gullet with as many cookies as she wants. That's the true spirit of freedom. Until, of course, they waddle their hyperglycemic asses into the hospital to get a leg cut off and everyone else has to absorb the cost of it. http://www.diabetes.org/advocacy/news-even…

Posted by Ron Liberte on August 18, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Re: “With HBO at the helm, 'Sesame Street' as we know it is doomed

@ ncspartan What exactly was wrong with that episode. If you payed any attention to the episode, Cookie Monster was not becoming "Veggie Monster", he said he liked to eat veggies sometimes and the sensational media portrayed by Lopez misconstrued that into him meaning he was changing his name to Veggie Monster. Cookie Monster then spent the whole episode trying to convince him he was still Cookie Monster. Calm down, Obama's not going to change Cookie Monster. Also this article is stupid and fails at trying to be funny because "The Muppets" and "Sesame Street" are two different things and HBO has nothing to do with the latter and "SS" will remain on public free television.

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Posted by Jeff8086 on August 18, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

"Do poor people have a right to consume products they cannot afford?"
Then let's unionize the grocery stores and price them out of the food market too.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on August 18, 2015 at 8:24 AM

Re: “S.C. to end segregation of HIV-positive prisoners

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