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  1. #1376
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    Is it radix panax notoginseng? - splat

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again and again and again)--My grandfather was right. Capitalists should be lined up against a wall and shot.
    Was this the communist landlord?


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    Quote Originally Posted by abraham View Post
    Was this the communist landlord?


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    Not only do they vote, they take those profits from screwing you over, and 'donate ' a tithe to their politician of choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraham View Post
    Was this the communist landlord?

    Yeah, that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    To paraphrase Ronnie - Are you better off than you were 40 years ago?

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    Also ended the FCC Fairness Doctrine paving the way for Fux News..
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    FCC fairness doctrine didnt apply to cable channels. Just broadcast

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcski View Post
    FCC fairness doctrine didnt apply to cable channels. Just broadcast
    Back then true, but they now definitely regulate interstate cable and satellite broadcasts.
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    My high school senior daughter just quit her retail job. No clue what was the last straw but I'm amazed she made it this long before walking out of a retail job. She can go get her grocery store job back in a heartbeat. But I'm good with her taking a break from that kind of customer facing work until Omicron settles down. Standing there at a checkout with non stop customers talking to her for hours has to be risky. I had just now convinced her to entertain KN95s instead of surgical masks. But, those will be good for school too.
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    Piece on 60 minutes last night about the GR. The piece seemed to be oriented towards white collar workers (the main interviewee was an economist from Linkedin. How many ditch diggers are on Linkedin?) A good proportion of those leaving the workforce--at least the white collar workforce--consists of older workers retiring early and women with preschool and school age children, for obvious reasons.

    One thing I haven't seen talked about and which may cause workforce shortages to persist after the pandemic is the changing demographics in the US (and other first world countries). Decreasing birthrates, an aging population with time and money to spend, and a decrease in immigration means the pool of potential workers will continue to shrink while demand for goods and services grows. In addition, shortages of day care workers will further reduce the ability of people with kids (mostly women) to work.

    These factors also bode ill for inflation.

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    Driving back from Reno, we went through an open (green light) lane at the agricultural inspection station. Instead of inspector in the booth there was a sign said "Hiring".

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    Can't vouch for veracity but...

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    General Dynamics has been running a lot of help-wanted ads for their Electric Boat operations (sub building) on TV around here, it's about an hour away from here.

    These are union trades jobs, they are basically the top of the heap for plumbers, electricians, steamfitters, carpenters, etc. etc. Top dollar, full benes, retirement, etc. etc. And they can't fill them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzi View Post
    General Dynamics has been running a lot of help-wanted ads for their Electric Boat operations (sub building) on TV around here, it's about an hour away from here.

    These are union trades jobs, they are basically the top of the heap for plumbers, electricians, steamfitters, carpenters, etc. etc. Top dollar, full benes, retirement, etc. etc. And they can't fill them.
    Dont all those people end up with mesothelioma?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    Dont all those people end up with mesothelioma?
    No no no, they USED to end up with mesothelioma. Now they end up with something we dont even know about yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzi View Post
    General Dynamics has been running a lot of help-wanted ads for their Electric Boat operations (sub building) on TV around here, it's about an hour away from here.

    These are union trades jobs, they are basically the top of the heap for plumbers, electricians, steamfitters, carpenters, etc. etc. Top dollar, full benes, retirement, etc. etc. And they can't fill them.
    I heard they got a big order from North Korea

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    Know anybody who's worked there? Lots of reasons they're not filling those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzi View Post
    General Dynamics has been running a lot of help-wanted ads for their Electric Boat operations (sub building) on TV around here, it's about an hour away from here.

    These are union trades jobs, they are basically the top of the heap for plumbers, electricians, steamfitters, carpenters, etc. etc. Top dollar, full benes, retirement, etc. etc. And they can't fill them.
    Groton? Must be somewhere else. That can't be only an hour from you, can it?

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    Google says 1:18. Straight up 95 to Providence then east on 195 about 20-25 minutes

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    Heh! New construction is better than overhauling, but a tough working environment inside the hulls.

    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Know anybody who's worked there? Lots of reasons they're not filling those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzi View Post
    General Dynamics has been running a lot of help-wanted ads for their Electric Boat operations (sub building) on TV around here, it's about an hour away from here.

    These are union trades jobs, they are basically the top of the heap for plumbers, electricians, steamfitters, carpenters, etc. etc. Top dollar, full benes, retirement, etc. etc. And they can't fill them.
    Not that place, but knew of people that cut their teeth on the Portsmouth shipyard. It's steady work, but have you ever welded a mile in a day? It's just endless and monotonous, though an excellent way to go from zero to expert pipefitter/ironworker in a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schuss View Post
    Not that place, but knew of people that cut their teeth on the Portsmouth shipyard. It's steady work, but have you ever welded a mile in a day? It's just endless and monotonous, though an excellent way to go from zero to expert pipefitter/ironworker in a few years.
    I had a Navy vet working for me at one point. Dude was a welder. He would weld all day long. I asked how much welding he thought he did, and he simply said hundreds and hundreds of miles.
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    Can't vouch for veracity but...

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    ILWU (International Longshore Workers Union) contract is up first week of July. They are notorious for working half as hard as they normally work in the months leading up to a contract getting signed. I expect them to pull the same crap this year. You will be able to read the tire sidewall on a yard hosteler or gantry crane, they will be going so slow. Then the massive backlog will require months and months of OT to dig through. And yes, they get their new contract rates backdated to when the last contract expired. So if they go from $100/hr to $110/hr but the contract doesn't get signed until September, they get it backdated to the new rate from July when the current contract expires. It truly is a nice gig if you can get it.
    "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully." - Randy Pausch

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    They're one of the strongest unions around here too. They'll slow down to delay an offload so an extra shift has to get called in. That shift will have the remaining work done in an hour or two, then go home and get full pay.

    Need to have a card carrying relative, or have a respected member recommend you to get a job. Set for life from there.

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    Piece in the NYT yesterday. Apparently the record resignations in late 2021 are a statistic that only goes back to Dec 2020--so the resignations are the highest in a year, not in a decade or a century. Resignations weren't counted between 1980 and Dec 2020 because the Labor Dept didn't have the money to do the survey. From 1930 to 1980 they did a very similar survey using slightly different methodology and compared to those numbers the "record" number of resignations now are actually very similar to resignations then. With the exception of WWII, when record numbers of men quit their jobs. I believe the Selective Service had something to do with that.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/26/o...signation.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toadman View Post
    ILWU (International Longshore Workers Union) contract is up first week of July. They are notorious for working half as hard as they normally work in the months leading up to a contract getting signed. I expect them to pull the same crap this year. You will be able to read the tire sidewall on a yard hosteler or gantry crane, they will be going so slow. Then the massive backlog will require months and months of OT to dig through. And yes, they get their new contract rates backdated to when the last contract expired. So if they go from $100/hr to $110/hr but the contract doesn't get signed until September, they get it backdated to the new rate from July when the current contract expires. It truly is a nice gig if you can get it.
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