So, Imagine that the company you work for held a poll, and asked everyone if they thought it would be a good idea to put a soda machine in the break room. The poll came back, and the majority of your colleagues said “Yes”, indicating that they would like a soda machine. Some said no, but the majority said yes. So, a week later, there’s a soda machine. Now imagine that Bill in accounting voted against the soda machine. He has a strong hatred for caffeinated soft drinks, thinks they are bad you you, whatever. He campaigns throughout the office to get the machine removed. Well, management decides “OK, we’ll ask again” and again, the majority of people say “Yes, lets keep the soda machine.” Bill continues to campaign, and management continues to ask the employees, and every time, the answer is in favor of the soda machine. This happens, lets say… 35 times. Eventually, Bill says “OK, I’M NOT PROCESSING PAYROLL ANYMORE UNTIL THE SODA MACHINE IS REMOVED”, so nobody will get paid unless management removes the machine. What should we do???
Answer: Fire Bill and get someone who will do the fucking job.
Bonus: Bill tells everyone that he was willing to “Negotiate”, to come to a solution where everyone got their payroll checks, but only so long as that negotiation capitulated to his demand to remove the soda machine.
Bill is a fucking jackass.— Brian Krewson (via themetricruler)
One slight but important point here: this example only works if everyone at work is required to buy a soda. If they don’t buy one, their salary gets cut down.
Bill, naturally, would be quite upset by this, as we all would. But when it’s something bigger, like health insurance, it’s suddenly okay to mandate purchases under penalty of law.
"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie supports easing access to medical marijuana for sick children." — CNN
What do you think about the Trayvon Martin Verdict?
Rebloggable by request.Q. What do you think about the Trayvon Martin Verdict? — liveinmessenger
A. I didn’t watch any of trial, and given that there was not, to my knowledge, any direct eye witness who saw the whole thing (other than Zimmerman), I’m not super surprised by the not guilty verdict on murder. Proving guilt beyond reasonable doubt is not an easy task — and intentionally so.
I am somewhat surprised that Zimmerman was not convicted of manslaughter; as it seems to me that is a far easier case to make given the evidence available.
However, I should note that there’s a real extent to which I don’t feel qualified to talk about what the verdict should or shouldn’t have been.Part of this is because, as I said, I didn’t watch the trial, and even if I had, I wouldn’t be in possession of all the information the jury had.
But a bigger issue is the incredible contradictions in the media coverage. I know this is something everyone has complained about in relation to this case, but the complaints are to a large degree accurate. Personally, I’ve read wildly divergent media accounts of the characters and histories of Martin and Zimmerman both, as well as of the night of the shooting — to the point that I’m not even 100% confident in my own ability to recount what happened.
HipsterLibertarian is so much better at articulating beliefs than I am…
Raising minimum wage will not help.
It will backfire, increase both prices and unemployment, and cause more clamoring down the road that we should raise minimum wage.
That is all.