well, duh, if insurance pays off on an empty building that burns down, that's a benefit right there. I think some of the insurance companies are having these places torched so they can claim arson and refuse to pay.
You must really need a job as a cop to take one in the low rent district. Why would a person work there unless he just enjoyed the opportunity to "bust on" a population more likely to provide opportunities for a cop to exercise his pitiful little "power."
In most cases, reducing the size of government agencies will actually increase their productivity. This is because, other than the few that actually meet the public and provide direct service, there are more government workers than are needed. How does this happen? Government expands by promoting civil servants into supervisory positions which then require -- TADAAAA! -- people to supervise. When there's not enough money in the budget to effectively use the skills of the few people who actually have them, the people stay on but don't do anything to actually benefit the taxpayers.
I worked for seven years in a U S Government position in a "major" military command where 500 people on the General's staff were required to "supervise and direct" the work of 1000 people who were actually turning wrenches to repair equipment. At least 300 of the 500 could have been eliminated with no loss of effectiveness because the 300 were all involved with stuff like the marching band, publicity, marketing (yup, that's done in your government these days in what they call a public-private enterprise arrangement), managing and maintaining the extra buildings and offices needed to house the excess 300, etc.
Why did we have 500 people? Because that's how many are needed to justify a two-star general and a SES (senior executive service) civilian deputy to be in charge.
One of the goals of civilian federal employment is to further "social" goals such as the correction of past wrongs with regard to equal opportunity. There's nothing wrong with that in principle, as long as the taxpayers are willing to support it. The minority employees who are benefiting from such policies are, with rare exception, highly professional and productive people who are dedicated to doing their jobs and to advancement in their professions. The question is, do we as taxpayers benefit from funding those jobs?
For some agencies, the answer is "yes." DoD is a great example. Other agencies (education, energy, portions of the department of the interior) may not be contributing to the common good as much as they are to the good of the employees alone.
Congress is going to be making some big cuts over the next few years. Most of the cuts will never affect the public or the welfare of the taxpayers at all. I emphasize the word, "taxpayers," as being those who actually pay taxes. In general, the lives of taxpayers will be better if about 40% of federal government workers are sent back to the private sector.
No seat belt. Geez, what does it take to convince people to wear a seat belt. I once had my own life saved because I was securely strapped into my seat during a 100 mph crash. Typically, when accidents like this happen, the occupant is thrown out and the vehicle rolls over them. End of story. How sad, and what a waste.
I think it would be great if the Eastside Utility District had the ability to drive down the street and determine that my toilet is leaking. I think it would be great if they had electronic billing and a website where I could log on and see how much I owe, and pay my bill. Right now I am paying them more than I owe and carrying a credit with them because half the time the post office loses my bill. I say, more "smart" meters are a good idea, and the less I have to deal with the U. S. Postal service, the better. If you're worried about somebody keeping tabs on you, or stealing your information, you need to be getting rid of the post office instead. Those are the people who can "lose" your mail, open it up and steal all the information needed to steal your identity.
What a bunch of alarmist hokey. For one thing, "peak" hours are during the daytime in the summer when everyone - particularly commercial businesses, retail stores and offices - is using air conditioning. The hours after dark will be the best time to do things like laundry, run the dishwasher, etc.
These meters will do the same thing for the electric grid that computers and electronic ignition have done for cars; make them more efficient and cheaper to operate. Also, when my power goes out, EPB will know it in seconds instead of waiting for me to call them - also nice if I'm not home at the time.
Using more efficient appliances (particularly compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs) will reduce the need for more power plants, reduce fuel consumption by the utilities, and lead to cheaper energy costs for everyone. Reducing the power demand for lighting by 75% (with fluorescent bulbs) to 90% (LED bulbs) is a huge thing to bring down the cost of energy in general, because it will reduce overall demand and encourage producers to lower their prices.
If somebody wants to know when you are home, and what you're doing in your home, they can park outside and watch you come and go. They can scan the heat signatures from the house, and watch lights go on and off. The question is, why would anyone want to do that? It's a lot of useless information that few people could decipher and understand, and I guarantee you, nobody in the government is smart enough to know how, or even care, and could never get funding to do it anyway.
If you are growing marijuana in your basement and are afraid that power usage will tip off the cops, don't worry. They are already doing that anyway. There's an easy fix; STOP GROWING MARIJUANA IN YOUR BASEMENT.
I'm afraid the Tea Party (and I sympathize with them in many respects) is made up of a bunch of ignorant Bozos. LEARN THE TRUTH, PEOPLE! Learn how to figure this stuff out. Don't be swayed by every nut case with an agenda to push.
The so-called "government" is made up of mostly people who can't get a better job. Have you been to the DMV, or social security office, or any of those places? Are there any people there who seem smart enough to spy on you? No. Unless you're a lot dumber than any of them, you have nothing to fear. Law-abiding citizens don't get attention, and neither do white collar criminals. There are too many petty criminals running around hurting people for the "government" to have time to chase anyone when it requires actual thinking. All of that stuff is Hollywood paranoia.
Until NASA takes over the IRS and the FBI, you're safe. Don't do anything to get your picture in the mugshots, and nobody in the government will know you exist as long as you pay your taxes.
Well, here's the lesson. We've had equal rights by law in this country for more than 40 years, and although there are still prejudices, we've come a long way. So how come people are not taking advantage of the equal employment and educational opportunities granted by our society? That's easy.
Some people are still waiting for the government to come rolling in with guarantees and subsidies and programs to give everyone a better standard of living, while others have used the opportunities and done better for themselves.
Waiting for the government to make your life comfortable while you are not busting your hump to do well in school, and on the job, and in every other part of your life is the thing that leaves you with the slim pickings while the 1% are living comfortably.
If you don't want to have very much in life, then all you have to do is wait for somebody else to provide it for you. That's what you'll get. Not very much.
There are crooks in the 1%, and those folks need to go to jail. But as for the ones who just worked hard to get to where they are, don't blame them. Try to be one of them instead, and your life will be a lot better in the long run.
This is a very sad event for Collegedale. It's one of the places you can drive around here without being run off the road by reckless drivers, thanks to the Collegedale police department's reputation for speed enforcement.
You had to love his voice, even when he was rooting for the Dawgs against the Yellow Jackets.
"Hey, Mortie, did you hear about my house? I lost everything in a flood. The insurance company just wrote me a big check!"
Mortie replied, "How do you start a flood?"