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Sun Jan 25

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rharmelink replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:40 PM

Re: OT: The $3500 shirt

I'm guessing nobody could afford skivvies. ;-)

Not once the union started demanding $15 an hour so that the garment makers could earn a living wage. :)

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rharmelink posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:31 PM

OT: The $3500 shirt

Doesn't seem right to me, but I have no knowledge of the topic:

http://www.sleuthsayers.org/2013/06/the-3500-shirt-history-l...

Let's talk [more]

Sat Jan 24

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 8:41 PM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

According to MorningStar, the CEO salary is $650K, and has been for a while.

I provided a link with my post.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB117607679932563601
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rharmelink replied to the All things Sci-Fi board. 7:15 PM

Re: "12 Monkeys" SyFy TV Series

I like it, but I don't think they understand what paradox means.

I did enjoy the watch bits from the first episode. But, again, paradox? The time dilation was just something cool to do.

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 7:04 PM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

CEO of Costco Wholesale Corp. , has for years voluntarily capped his salary at $350,000, although the company says it doesn't track the ratio of executive-to-worker pay.

According to MorningStar, the CEO salary is $650K, and has been [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 11:26 AM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

Or employers can't find workers that will work for that low of a wage so pay higher?

I also wondered what the statistics would look like if they used a "living wage" (e.g. Seattle's $15 an hour) as the metric, instead of [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 10:53 AM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

24% of minimum wage jobs are held by teenagers.

But over 50% are held by "kids" 24 or under.

And 64% of those in minimum wage (or less) jobs are part-time.

The statistic I found interesting was the drop in [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 1:31 AM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

But what if you fired all the non-key executives that serve no other purpose save brown-nosing?

Then you'd have a stronger and more efficient organization.

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 1:22 AM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

There was a time, and I remember it, because I worked during those times, when senior management earned approximately six or seven times what the lower level employees earned.

I'll bet it wasn't a worldwide conglomerate with 2 [more]

Fri Jan 23

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rharmelink replied to the Television Banter board. 11:33 PM

Re: Backstrom S01E01

I liked it enough to tune in again, if only for the weird vibe it generated.

But I think the schtick could get old real quick. It will need to be more than a one-trick pony.

It wouldn't stand a chance if I had to decide between it [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 9:39 PM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

Calling a minimum wage job a job for the kids just shows you are out of touch with the current state of the workforce. How many kids do you see working at McDonalds these days? I haven't seen any in several years. The jobs are staffed by middle [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 9:24 PM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

I supposed it would never occur to CEOs making many millions a year to go without a pay raise for a couple of years.

Really think that would help?

Even if you fired every one of the key executives of WalMart and distributed [more]

Thu Jan 22

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rharmelink replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:16 PM

Re: America’s lifestyle expectations are f

So is this a lifestyle you recommend for everyone?

Nope. Just providing an example that one can live without spending a lot of money. A lot of expenses are lifestyle choices. They don't come without a cost.

Far too many [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:15 PM

Re: America’s lifestyle expectations are f

Wish I could say the same. I've paid $54,000 so far for estimated income taxes for 2014, and will have to pay more on April 15th.

Never even made that much. :)

When I was working, I had years where my 401K appreciated more [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:02 PM

Re: America’s lifestyle expectations are f

When I was still working...

What do you eat? Spent about $300 per month. I mostly bought things on sale. If I timed it right, I could do a run to the grocery store on the bus with a one hour trip.

How do you stay [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:52 AM

Re: America’s lifestyle expectations are f

“America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” Greene said in an interview today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We need to reinvent our whole [more]

Tue Jan 20

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rharmelink replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:37 PM

Re: Poll: Beef, is it what's for dinner?

Well there goes my supper plan, perhaps a fast food burger or soylent green instead? }};-D

You can color it green if you want to:

http://diy.soylent.me/

Or use one of the existing [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 8:00 PM

Re: Poll: CC tuition

We currently have about 49% of the adult population who don't pay Fed income tax because they don't make enough money

Hey, I resemble that remark.

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rharmelink replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:39 PM

Re: Poll: Beef, is it what's for dinner?

We try to follow Michael Pollan's advice, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

I usually end up following Andrew Zimmern's advice, "If it looks good, eat it."

Most salads I see these days look like someone went [more]

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rharmelink replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:54 AM

Re: Wealth of 80 = Wealth of 3.6 Billion

Here's a different perspective -- if everyone in the United States donated one day's value of minimum wage labor, they could put someone on that list of the top 80, with about $18B.

Whose turn is it today? :)

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