A few news items over the last week conspired to inspire me to vent.
First of all, PG&E has been fined for it’s San Bruno pipeline
explosion, and they just had another one near Fresno (however, that
one may, or may not be a maintenance fault). An interesting
side–note is that PG&E was granted a rate hike last year by the
California Public Utilities Commission to cover their costs in
improving infrastructure safety.
The other was an article in the
Wall Street Journal this last week stating that a number of nuclear
power station operators in the US are looking to charge their
customers, through rate hikes, for either lifetime extension …continue.
I was struck by commentary around the discussion about a potential increase in
the minimum wage for
to $15 USD per hour, which is very similar to what
It seems as if the restaurant owners’ associations in each city are
looking for a carve-out for tipped workers in both the
cases, and threaten very expensive meals if they don’t get
it. If you look at this argument rationally, those restaurant owners
are basically saying that the only way they can provide an affordable
service is for their customers to directly subsidize the salary of
their work force. In the United States, we call …continue.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the latest round of
scandals emanating from Washington D.C. For those of you who have
been living under a rock on the dark side of the moon, here’s a synopsis:
- The IRS has been
organizations that have specific political orientations.
- The NSA was caught with it’s hands in multiple cookie jars, multiple
metadata on communications in the United States without legal oversight.
data from individuals Internet activities with the assistance of
major Internet infrastructure and content providers.
in to domestic phone calls without warrants …continue.