“Is this good news?
Pumping out freshwater beneath oceans will have consequences.
And wouldn't it be better to stop wasting and polluting our freshwater? Just like with burning fossil fuels, the easiest and cheapest solution is conservation.”
“It must feel like being suffocated.
I spent a few days in lovely Mexico City and the air looked clear but my throat and lungs burned and my nose kept running.
Imagine what Shanghai must be like where fossil fuels have created toxic air.”
WaiguoNuren on Dec 8, 2013 at 01:55:55
“It certainly has been very bad here for the past week, with no question. But it is not like this often - I have been in 5 years and know many other expats who have been here 10 years or more; it is generally agreed that we have never seen it this bad, and for such an extended stretch. This is actually a really awesome city and we love living here, but I think any expat here (or really in any Chinese city) will tell you that if there is one thing that really makes them think of leaving, it's the pollution. Every year at this time it is a bit bad, but forthis year is exceptionally so.”
“America used to lead the world in manufacturing and exports but now ties with much smaller Germany both behind China. US corporations moved those jobs to China and elsewhere where manufacturing wages were a fraction of that in the US, never mind the working conditions.
And now the only thing left for the majority of Americans are minimum wage service jobs to buy these cheap imports. They are poorer now but the wealthy are richer than ever.
But Germany, with universal healthcare, certainly has as much government regulation and environmental protection laws as the US but they have managed through this Recession far better than the US in every respect.
Why can't America get it right anymore?”
Loki1001 on Dec 7, 2013 at 00:08:40
“Well, Germany is not the best example. Germany, essentially, used the European Central Bank to force austerity policies on every other nation in the Eurozone. Destroying everyone else's economy pretty much allowed Germany to sail through the recession. But Germany does have some pretty smart ideas. Board of Directors have to consist of 50% representatives from labor, and Germany takes a very interventionist/protectionist policy towards its manufacturing, all of which means that its income inequality stays low and its consumer demand stays high.”
vpolite on Dec 7, 2013 at 00:08:13
“Unions in Germany sit on the Board of Directors of manufacturing companies. Both sides realize they have to work together to accomplish something.”
“I am very much a supporter of President Obama but good-paying manufacturing jobs left this country many years ago. Republicans couldn't care less as long as their billionaire masters want it that way.
Germany manages to export as much as the USA with one quarter the number of people. It also is very much a "socialist" country in the eyes of TeaPubs but that nation, through it's government policies and protections, has done far better through this manufactured economic crisis. Only the top 1% matters and the rest of us keep getting screwed.”
WILLJLA on Dec 6, 2013 at 14:04:53
“If that is what you meant to say make that your first post(100% spot on post this time ) Was confusing as to your point The right makes the same argument about the jobs being crappy to Obama bash.
Sorry I misunderstood……………happy holidays!”
“Even if some of these are "crappy jobs" they keep Americans eating cheap food at cheap places, and buying cheap stuff at crappy places like Walmart. And it keeps low income people working. Crappy stuff made in China is the American way....But this article also stated that there was an increase in construction and manufacturing jobs.....not crappy low paying. Read the article again.”
BannedFromCommenting on Dec 6, 2013 at 13:39:50
“YOur cat is looking like that because it thinks you are an id-!0t”
headly67 on Dec 6, 2013 at 13:37:40
Good Guy Conservative on Dec 6, 2013 at 13:32:06
“Do you blame directly Obama and fault for all "203,000 crappy, low-paying jobs"?”
SpaceMonkeys on Dec 6, 2013 at 13:32:06
“For 203,000 crappy, low-skilled workers ;)”
WILLJLA on Dec 6, 2013 at 13:31:48
“…….Sorta like the crappy 5 cents you get for every negative post about The President!”
Dec 5, 2013 at 18:40:34
“The French, like the Italians, are also very conscious of how they dress and look and take pride in such. Americans are slobs, pure and simple.
There is Paris and then there is France. France is all too often only described from a Parisian balcony, which is a shame.”
Dec 5, 2013 at 16:04:50
“EQ may not apply to "successful" people at the top such as a CEO or politician. I've witnessed far too many of these people only put themselves first and be really nasty to those "beneath" them.
I've even come to believe that the successful and powerful are generally not nice people. The nicest and most sincere people seem to be the poorest people who have nothing to lose.”
calidesigner on Dec 7, 2013 at 12:55:17
“Indeed, many seemingly successful people, if judged by their status and bank account are not emotional intelligent. Rather they are sociopaths, who climb over others, use others in their scramble to the top. The definition of success determines whether or not one has a high EQ. Some poor achieve success, as you indicate, they have nothing to lose while those with images, reputations, material assets to lose find it a challenge to lose it all. Yet many of the greatest and noblest of human beings make this difficult choice, do their utmost, risk losing the esteem of society to truly succeed. Some even lose their lives to do so. Think of Schindler, and Ghandi, Mandela and the many others.”
luulmitfinis on Dec 7, 2013 at 03:18:34
“I read that most bosses were sociopaths,”
little bitter one on Dec 7, 2013 at 01:04:15
“I agree. Some leaders did not get to the top by being the nicest, most empathic people in the room, but by being the most manipulative, well-educated, and intimidating people in the room. Still, they're probably lonely and suffering in ways others don't realize.”
notadumbblonde on Dec 5, 2013 at 20:18:17
“Than I consider myself fortunate to know of or to have met many top guns who do not put themselves first.”
Pearlswan on Dec 5, 2013 at 18:14:34
“You are so right. I've also read several studies that say nice people finish last and mean, self-absorbed people have higher salaries and higher positions in the corporate world. Most people with high EQ probably aren't that interested in hierarchical achievements, preferring instead to lift all boats together instead of just their own. It seems like a smarter way to live, imho.”
“Income inequality will be the 2016 platform for the Democrats and the Repubs don't have a chance.
American corporations chose to send their manufacturing jobs overseas to increase their profits. Americans can now enjoy cheaper imported everything but the only jobs left are selling these products at Walmart.
Our policies need to change and Germany is a good example to follow.”
lshofstahl on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:09:37
“Union greed made the manufacturing jobs go away.
2014 democrats lose both houses, Americans put the skids on this demonic administration”
jshms on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:01:13
“the government ran our corporations out of the US because of the higher taxes and regulations.”
“Their huge salaries and Cadillac health care if completely covered by American taxpayers. And they certainly aren't working much the last few years. That's Welfare by any definition.
Let the peeing begin!”
“A college degree doesn't guarantee a job anymore and there are millions of 20-somethings living with their parents to prove it.
Walmart and the military doesn't care if their employees have a college degree.”