Posted Monday, August 22, 2011 12:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Mike and Gonch review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
I'd love to see someone say something to my mother when we're somewhere and she has to use a cart. She's got crippling RA, and can't stand on her feet for more than an hour at a time (sometimes even less, especially if she's walking on any sort of terrain) without them cramping and curling into a mess.
I hate to say I don't like to be around when she's got to use a cart, but the stares and I'm sure the comments people make under their breath make it really difficult. She also has handicapped parking, which causes trouble, too, because she doesn't "look handicapped" and she can "walk normally like everybody else." Little do you know what's going on inside her body.
I question anyone suggesting that unemp benefits can be a disincentive to work. Perhaps for a slight few bit that's doubtful.
Just because your job ends doesn't mean debts and bills do. I cut out every bill I could during my unemployment. No cable or Internet or sat radio. No gas for fun stuff. No eating out.
And it was still a struggle with my $268 net per week.
Well said, Josh.
Yes, there are people out there who are abusing the system, or are having issues they inflicted upon themselves. But there are also those of us with "hidden" handicaps who look perfectly fine but for various reasons may need scooters and the like.
(I may be in that category myself -- awaiting diagnosis now. And I'm not just talking about the Type 1 diabetes which I've never made secret...)
Why is it that the obvious existence of people who legitimately have a handicap or a difficult unemployment situation apparently invalidates any conversation about people who are not legitimate in either case? Did anyone ever try to make a case that the legitimate people don't exist? I'm pretty sure they didn't.
Because my mom doesn't "look like she has a handicap" and her using a scooter could be mistaken for laziness, and I'm sure it has been in the past. Same goes for others who are in the same situation.
Sure seems like people paint that group of fat/lazy/taking advantage of whatever with a *very* broad brush. The cynic in me says "don't give anyone the benefit of the doubt, they're all assholes." You know, what? 98% of the time, I'm right.
My mom needs a cart when we go to Walmart or to Dollywood, for example. She doesn't look disabled either, but has degenerative bone disease and metal rods in her spine, as well as other problems that prevent her from walking or standing for a long period of time. We don't think about what anyone else is saying under their breath about her, because the people who might be doing that don't matter at all. The only thing that matters is that she has a little bit of independence and fells some kind of dignity. We are just happy that she can get out of the house and involve herself with the rest of the world sometimes.
CP Chris said:
I've heard more and more about programming jobs going overseas. Possibly due to a talent shortage here, but mostly as a cost savings measure.
It's not always a cost savings measure (sometimes it is). I don't know what the allocation of H-1B's is, but the number is huge in Seattle. I don't think there are many corn-fed Midwestern folks left to pluck out and move out here. You have to fill that need in some way, and for better or worse, that means bringing people in from overseas. It's not an issue of "greedy corporations" short-selling America.
I certainly get that point. I should have clarified that my example was mostly pertaining to companies that specialize in something outside of the computing/software field that keep a handful of programmers on staff for whatever proprietary stuff their systems run. Those are the guys I know of who are seeing their jobs disappear to India. Obviously it's a different situation for the large software companies like Microsoft and Google.
Although you make me wonder how so many in that field are out of work around here, but they're so desperate on the west coast they have to import the jobs. I suspect a number of them are eventually making the move like you did, while others are probably finding other fields. The rest likely just don't have the skills or means to make a cross country move.
"Entitlements" has become such a four-letter word thru the magic of politics...
Bingo. I'm shocked (although I shouldn't be) at how successful certain politicians have been at getting large groups of people to want to cut something that is rightfully theirs. The only reasons the funds for these programs are tight is because the way they've been mismanaged and underfunded by the same politicians who now want to eliminate them. Fix the funding issues (like not capping Social Security tax for incomes above $106 k) and stop congress from "borrowing" from the funds and they'll be just fine.
I question anyone suggesting that unemp benefits can be a disincentive to work.
Maybe we need to define terms here, but this is an unequivocal fact by the traditional economics definition of "incentive" and traditional economic assumptions of rational behavoir, etc. An incentive means a motivator. A disincentive means a demotivator.
If you get $0 to not work and $10 to work, a job is worth $10. If you get $1 to not work and $10 to work, a job is worth $9. You are less motivated to find a job.
This is different from saying that people can/should/do/will intentionally avoid working because of unemployment payments, but it is still a disincentive, by economic definitions and assumptions.
If my expenses are $5 and not working pays $1, it doesn't matter if the difference between working and not working is only $9 instead of $10, I need that job either way. Unemployment benefits help ease the pain a bit, but it's still painful.
As for outsourced vs "just don't have the bodies", companies like Microsoft and Google do have a pretty high bar -- many unemployed Americans sadly just don't make the cut. I know our office is hiring and having problems finding enough qualified people. The Triangle Tech cutouts just don't have the skills we need.
I dunno, I've met some stupid people at Microsoft. :)
I dunno, I've met some stupid people at Microsoft. :)
Do they have in their email signatures
"Windows ME inventor" ?
They're the ones who worked on Windows ME, Windows BOB, and "Clippy"...
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
There are Clippy shirts in the company store. I think he's coming back.
I've always liked how Clippy could even help you out with a suicide note.
Do you mean he is being reanimated, or do you mean he is enjoying a cultural revival?
Some years ago during a radio interview, Jian Ghomeshi* made the observation that there is about a 20-year statute of limitations on pop culture. That is, at a certain point, people can admit to at least appreciating what they have been dismissing as crap. He cited as evidence the crowd response when they started playing ABBA songs in concert.
Maybe there is something to that. Or maybe Moxy Früvous' audiences were just weird like that. :) Or maybe their mash-up of Dancing Queen and Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side was just that cool.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
* I think it was Jian. It could have been Mike Ford, but I think it was Jian.
--DCAjrLast edited by RideMan, Friday, August 26, 2011 12:26 AM
Clippy and his "advice" has generated some of the funniest support calls I've ever received. Generally from people who were convinced he was some sort of demon virus from hell who was trying to get them to destroy their documents/computer.
I kind of miss the calls about Clippy. Our building finally migrated from Office 2000 to 2010 about six months ago. Although those support calls were kind of fun too, as they generally involved the user's head simply exploding when they viewed the Office 2010 layout for the first time. :)
Getting back to the source of this thread, Podcast #209 and the talk about Silverwood...
Jeff, if you have not done so already, you really need to take a long drive down IR-5 past Portland, and just past Salem, to Turner. While you are out there you must take Simon to Enchanted Forest. You know all that discussion about family friendly attractions and how there is more to family attractions than kiddie rides? Well, Roger Tofte has a very interesting take on that. Go see it.
(You also need to go to the Western Washington Fair at Puyallup,, but I don't know how 'family friendly' that is...)
--Dave Althoff, Jr
I've got less than four weeks to go as a Washington resident... I don't see it happening. Not even sure if I'll get to the Puyallup Fair. Might try to squeeze in Wild Waves while I still have the Microsoft discount there.
Any chance Podcast #210 will be posted soon? I miss it.
Yeah, sorry about that. Life has really gotten in the way the last couple of months. I finally got my junk unpacked last weekend after the move, but couldn't find some of the adapters I needed to set up. It was almost me and Mike.
This weekend, I can do, but we'll have to see who else is available.
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