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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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A Humanist Statement on Separating Families at the US Border

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 6 hours ago. 5 Replies

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2018)—The Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association has issued the following statement:The American Humanist Association condemns in the…Continue

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Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 12:01pm

"Pay ratios of Fortune 500 companies range from 2:1 at the low end to nearly 5,000:1 at the high end. The average CEO to median worker pay ratio among all 225 companies is 339:1. For historical context, in 1965, the average CEO made 20 times the average worker.4"

Rewarding or Hoarding 

https://ellison.house.gov/sites/ellison.house.gov/files/Rewarding%2...

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 11:51am

"Beginning in the late 1970s, income inequality in the United States began to spiral upwards. However, this inequality was not driven by falling wages at the bottom of the income distribution. In fact, incomes for most Americans have been stagnant for four decades. Instead, this increase in income inequality was almost entirely driven by soaring compensation levels for the top 1% of income earners. Because about two-thirds of the top 1% of American households are headed by corporate executives, examining CEO pay is one key to understanding the takeoff in income inequality in the United States."

~ Rewarding or Hoarding

https://ellison.house.gov/sites/ellison.house.gov/files/Rewarding%2...

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 11:46am

"Top income earners increasingly earn their income at the expense of everyone else. In the 1970s, the top 1% of families earned less than 10% of the total national income earned by all workers; today, their share is greater than 20%. Despite increases in worker productivity over the course of the last four decades, workers are simply not earning a larger share of the output they produce.1

~ Rewarding or Hoarding

https://ellison.house.gov/sites/ellison.house.gov/files/Rewarding%2...

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 11:42am

CEOS AND FIRMS RESPOND TO PAY RATIO DISCLOSURES:

Comparing what I do to the median employee is not even apples and oranges. It’s more like fruit compared to Star Wars. They don’t know how to allocate capital, and their educational level and skill set is vastly different...People have decisions to make as to whether they want to improve themselves and get higher paying jobs. Some people decide to do that and others don’t.”

~ Ronald L. Havner, CEO Public Storage Rewarding or Hoarding 

https://ellison.house.gov/sites/ellison.house.gov/files/Rewarding%2...

Comment by Joseph P on May 20, 2018 at 10:15pm

Certainly, the product is great, at the moment.  We have both AT&T and Spectrum fiber running down my street.  Google Fiber just isn't in my neighborhood.

I have gigabit fiber with AT&T, myself.  It's beautiful.  I had to reinstall a 69 gigabyte game (XCOM 2), recently.

I did it during off-peak hours (the internet itself slows down in the evenings, between about 5:00 PM and 11:00 PM, regardless of your connection speed), so I got almost my whole available bandwidth.  The whole thing took about 10 or 12 minutes, if I remember correctly.  The Steam servers had plenty of access time to spare, and the local internet infrastructure wasn't loaded down.

Uploading a high-quality video to YouTube or my Google Drive is a flash, too, since it's always a synchronous connection, unlike with my old cable modem.  Even a high-quality 1080p video only runs about 3.5 or 4 gigabytes for an hour's worth of footage.  It comes off of my camera at a sample rate that's a few times that, but it's silly to upload at the camera's crazy-high sample rate, since YouTube processes it to much lower quality than the 4 GB/hour sample rate.  I just upload at what I know is much higher than YouTube's sample rate, so I know the videos will be at the highest quality possible, once YouTube finishes with them.

The problem is the potential for the manipulation of what is otherwise a beautiful system.

I'd feel a bit better if Google Fiber was in my neighborhood, so there would be that competition, even if AT&T and Time Warner merged.  Google's whole reason for going into the ISP business in the first place is that they thought that the existing ISP's were deliberately giving people shittier service than they could be.  I think that Google wouldn't do the throttling-lesser-websites bullshit, since their entire goal is better service.

Before Google Fiber started preparing to move into my area, my Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) cable modem was running 30 gigabits down, 1 gigabit up.  Once Google began installing infrastructure in the Triangle, my cable modem suddenly shot up to 60/6.

Of course, that still wasn't enough.  Once AT&T laid fiber down my street, I jumped ship.  My 1 gigabit up, 1 gigabit down fiber connection runs about $10/month more than my cable modem did.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2018 at 9:30pm

Actually, Joseph, it may not be all that bad.  We had an AT&T guy here (Cleveland suburb)  maybe a month or so ago, talking about a fiber feed directly into the house.  If Ma Bell is making noise about that, my guess is that Time Warner / Spectrum won't be far behind, because they won't be outperformed.

And at the current moment, Spectrum has us at 100 mbps (actually 117.5, just measured), which is twice what DirecTV offers in this area.

Comment by Joseph P on May 20, 2018 at 7:23pm

We have some issues with that in my area, too.  You know about the attempt at an AT&T/Time Warner merger?  The two big ISPs in the Triangle are AT&T and what used to be Time Warner Cable.  They're called Spectrum now, for some reason.

Google Fiber is in the area, but they're very far from full coverage of the Triangle.  They aren't in my neighborhood, yet.

So, if the ISP's start playing silly buggers with service throttling ... and the two companies merge into one company?  Yeah, I'm kind of screwed, if I want gigabit fiber, huh?

Comment by Chris on May 20, 2018 at 5:30pm

At least that's a step towards Net Neutrality.

Senate Approves Overturning FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal (NPR)

The other Republicans voted to represent the interests of large internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, who'll be able to charge extra for, throttle, and even block and censor specific sites and apps, over the 86% of voters (including 82% of Republicans!) who support net neutrality.

In other words, most Republican senators are fine with this: (click to enlarge)

Comment by Joseph P on May 20, 2018 at 4:19pm

Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.

I didn't think you'd do it, but you did.  You went full-on, 9/11 Truther-level, conspiracy nutter.  Do you want to know what happened to Six World Trade Center, now?

Everybody knows you never go full conspiracy-nut.  You went full conspiracy-nut, man.  Never go full conspiracy-nut.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 20, 2018 at 2:20pm

Okay, Loren and Joseph, I’ve been researching efforts to influence Congress. You are allied with NASA and want to keep the Bang’s taxpayer money flowing.

Your attacks will continue to fail; try reason. We might agree on a detail or two.

 
 
 

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