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genxlib's Journal
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February 26, 2021

The potential ripple effect of the $15 minimum wage

The increase is absolutely necessary and would be a huge boost to the working class.

What I have been wondering about is how the low end salaries will redistribute.

At face value, there seems to be this presumption that everything below $15 will be raised to $15 and that will settle everything.

I don't see where the impact will stop there. There are lots of people who were never MW that had salaries that were between the old and new numbers. I will call them MW+. If nothing else changed, they would be MW going forward.

But there were reasons those people were MW+. Perhaps they had seniority or some supervisory responsibility. Perhaps they were full time instead of part-time. Perhaps their employer was trying to compete for employees. Whatever the reason, many of them will need to stay above minimum for those same reasons.

So the ripple effect I foresee is that many $12 jobs will jump to $18, etc.

I just don't see how an economy works with too many people stacked at the same wage. There has to be some kind of hierarchy even among the lowest end of the salary spectrum.

In the end, this could have a big impact even beyond the base minimum.

February 13, 2021

Reframing the question

I think the question of whether Trump incited the insurrection is the wrong framing.

I would ask it this way.

Would the attack on the Capitol have ever occurred if Trump didn't exist? If he didn't lie about results, tell them to come to DC, rally them, tell them to march, etc.

The attack never happens without his involvement. He has to be responsible for it.

January 25, 2021

Thinking outside the box on the filibuster

I have mixed feelings about eliminating the filibuster because I don't assume that Democrats will always be in power. Thus I am concerned about handing assholes a weapon and an excuse to bludgeon us with it.

Having said that, it sucks and makes it hard to govern.

So I think a compromise is in order. I think it should be like a coaches challenge for instant replay in sports. You get a certain number of opportunities to use them and that's it. With such a quota, Senators would have to pick their battles and couldn't just lock everything up.

I know is sounds insufficient but the filibuster isn't going away. We don't have the numbers for it even if I loved the idea. I would like to see it reformed so it wasn't abused so badly.

Aside from that, the concept of individual holds where a single Senator can block something just needs to go.

January 11, 2021

Radical Right is a self fulfilling prophecy

We don't want to lock down the economy if you would just wear a fucking mask.

There was no intention to confiscate your guns until you got violent with them.

We were all against a surveillance state until you started plotting violent overthrow of the government

No one wants there to be FEMA deprogramming camps so stop acting like you need cult deprogramming.

There was never a thought to curtailing your speech until you talked like a violent insurrectionist.

It is often hyperbole to call people Nazis but you keep doing Nazi things.

We don't want to cancel you but you continue to behave outside the boundaries of polite society.

Stop being assholes and maybe these things won't happen to you

January 8, 2021

Meanwhile...COVID is still killing us at record rates

I try not to look at individual days because reporting delays associated with weekends and holidays tend to pile up and skew the data. Seven day trends are better as smoothing the noise in the data but even that falters over a long weekend like the holidays.

So I have been waiting to see if the drop over the holidays was at all real or whether the trend line would bounce back up. As expected, the trend line bounced. As of yesterday, the 7-day average hit its all time high of 2834 and will surely go up further today. And I expect it to keep going up through next week.

So here is a prediction. Just a hunch on pretty close data monitoring and some simple logic

I think the 7-day average for deaths might peak right around Inauguration Day.

Don't get me wrong, the shit will still ravage us for months and people will still die for most of the year. But there will be a peak.

I realize that many will think this is a pollyanna prediction but here is my logic.

- Peak transmission probably happened over the holidays. Travel and get togethers being the biggest offenders.
- New Years Eve was likely smaller as a spreader event than Christmas because many gathering places would have been closed. And people are more cautious of public gatherings than they are of family gatherings
- Illness to death is about a 3-4 week lag
- Slowly but surely the vaccine will affect the death statistics. Most of the deaths are coming from the elderly and vulnerable. Since the most vulnerable people went first so that impact will be disproportional to its actual penetration into the population. So even at 50% effective (ie 1 dose) it can begin to bring down deaths sooner that you might expect.

Just my thoughts.

I think it would be perfect if that threshold happened on 1/20 just as a cosmic acknowledgment that better days were coming. It's got to be better than it has been.

No matter what, I expect that peak to be no more than a few weeks later.

January 8, 2021

I suspect we will start hearing about the Vampire Defense

You are allowed over the threshold if you are invited in.

"But, but, but I couldn't have been trespassing since the cops let us in..."

January 8, 2021

When I knew this time was different

I, like most people, have very strong memories of isolated moments where you can just feel something has shifted.

This video is one of those moments for me courtesy of Newt Gingrich in 2016. Following that famously dark and self-aggrandizing speech by Trump at Republican Convention, Gingrich was challenged on the reality of it. This newscaster asks him to justify all the fearmongering since the statistics show Americans to be safer than ever. He essentially said how people feel is just as true as the reality.

Of course, unsaid is that people are made to feel that way. They are made to feel angry, cheated, scared, offended, etc.

We have a reality problem in this Country and it is killing us. Of course there are plenty of perpetrators including politicians, pundits, r/w media, social media, etc. But the real problem is the cynical idea that it is OK to manipulate people as a means to an ends for the exercise of political power.

It used to be that there were manipulators on the inside and true believers on the outside. It has only gotten worse as the true believers are now in positions of power. The monster has broken free of its cage and the manipulators are no longer in control.
January 7, 2021

This was a painful, but necessary display

Yesterday, despite increasing levels of insanity, Congress was all set to make the protest official. GOP Senators and Representatives would lend their credibility, position and reputation to put a gentile political spin over all of the conspiracy theories to give it a veneer of legitimacy.

Then the MAGAts jumped on to the table, dropped their pants and showed their assholes to the world. In one day, they did more to shock the system back into reality than four years of investigation will ever produce.

Most of you will believe I am crazy but I think that yesterday's dangerous and embarrassing spectacle will turn out to be a net positive. Sometimes a festering wound needs to boil over to let the poison out.

All along I have felt like Hilary got it right that about half of his supporters are deplorables. The others are traditional conservatives who just could not see themselves as anything else so they went along for the ride. This is a wake up call for them.

December 10, 2020

What Frightens me About the Texas Lawsuit

I know it is ludicrous on legal matters but I have a hard time dismissing it for this reason.


That is the number of people standing between it and success. Five Supreme Court justices that are not reasonable people. Five SC justices that are hyper partisan. Three of which owe their job to Trump. My fear has gotten worse when I see multiple states and hundreds of politicians piling on to give the Supreme Court political cover.

Even though I expect it to fail, I find myself fearful that the line of defense comes down to these five people that I do not trust.

I would add that I never thought they would interfere in 2000 either and I was blindsided when they did. So I don't take anything for granted.

As a related topic, are we even going to talk about whether the Trump appointees should recuse themselves? I know it is a non-starter but it seems painfully obvious to me that they should. Especially Barrett who was expressly appointed by Trump to protect him.

I hate these assholes.

December 9, 2020

College football player out with myocarditis from COVID-19

Miami Hurricanes CB Al Blades Jr. to miss remainder of season with myocarditis


Miami Hurricanes junior cornerback Al Blades Jr. will miss the remainder of the season with myocarditis, he announced Tuesday night.

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle and one of the potential complications from COVID-19.

“As of last week, I was going through COVID protocols when doctors had some concerns about my bloodwork,” Blades wrote in a Twitter post. “After undergoing an MRI on my heart, I have been diagnosed with myocarditis. This will cause me to be out for a minimum of three months.

“It hurts to not to be out there with my brothers, but I will always be a Hurricane. I’m looking forward to returning to the field in 2021.”

This was always the fear of putting young people at risk to resume sports. Of course, he could have been exposed in his regular life even if he never played football this year. Only time will tell if this is a long term problem or just an extended recovery.

I have been on record as supporting Football coming back. I would be hypocritical not to recognize that this was potentially a mistake. We will see.

As a Hurricanes alumnus, I wish Al Blades Jr. the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

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