Sometimes discussion material is self-evident, like the cost of U.S. mobile data compared to the rest of the world.
Author Archive for: Rayne
Blogger since 2002, political activist since 2003, geek since birth. Opinions informed by mixed-race, multi-ethnic, cis-female condition, further shaped by kind friends of all persuasions. Sci-tech frenemy, wannabe artist, decent cook, determined author, successful troublemaker. Mother of invention and two excessively smart-assed young adult kids. Attended School of Hard Knocks; Rather Unfortunate Smallish Private Business School in Midwest; Affordable Mid-State Community College w/evening classes. Self-employed at Tiny Consulting Business; previously at Large-ish Chemical Company with HQ in Midwest in multiple marginalizing corporate drone roles, and at Rather Big IT Service Provider as a project manager, preceded by a motley assortment of gigs before the gig economy was a thing. Blogging experience includes a personal blog at the original blogs.salon.com, managing editor for a state-based news site, and a stint at Firedoglake before landing here at emptywheel as technology’s less-virginal-but-still-accursed Cassandra.
The country has had enough economic hassle this past year — they don’t need more from Trump’s corrupt appointee Louis DeJoy. And whatever’s holding up Anton Hajjar’s appointment needs to end, stat, so he can help get rid of DeJoy.
There are few ways faster to piss me off than to say, “Slackers don’t want to work” in response to the lack of candidates for low-wage jobs. Try paying a living wage and not being a bully, for starters.
The lack of broadband infrastructure serving Americans uniformly leaves them prey to disinformation about existential matters. This country needs broadband everywhere.
The cards have been opened and read, the flowers admired, you made your phone call to the mothers in your life yesterday to tell them you care. Now prove you really care and follow through.
Angry ranting at the U.S. and Big Pharma never let up this past weekend while the U.S. formulated a response to India’s explosive COVID surge. While complaints received ample air, news media didn’t address several curious facets.
Why would any food service or retail employer think for a moment that minimum wage workers would be beating down the doors to come back to more of the same if their health and their lives had been and could be again at risk, for an absurdly low wage?
Speculation, the high cost of secondary education, and long-stagnant wages put the American Dream out of reach for millions of young people. Canceling $50,000 student debt would be a good starting point to fix this mess.
Too many people are dragging their feet getting a COVID-19 vaccine, some actively refusing to get vaccinated. Will we ever stop the spread of COVID if the hesitant and resistant continue to heed to misinfo and disinfo?
We’re waiting now for NASA’S latest Mars rover craft to land on the red planet. What a blast to focus on future-looking science!