Monday, November 14, 2016
Parents and Payrolls
Mostly, if we made it so that the cost of a part time employee gracefully scaled with the hours worked rather than spiking at the magical "full time" threshold, that would make being a part time employee less comparatively terrible for workers and less comparatively beneficial for employers, so we'd find a different set place based more on the actual scheduling needs of both employers and workers rather than on trying to game a larger system. We can try to get there by increasing proportional benefits to part time workers or by removing them from full time workers, and I obviously have a preference there as well, but not the one that's likely to happen in the current political climate.
Most of the characters live with the feeling that their lives could be turned upside down in an instant because of someone breaking into the data held on the network. They also believe that the network knows more about them than they do about themselves. This is an extension of the sense of paranoia felt by many people in the 1970s, believing themselves to be powerless in the face of political and economic forces over which they had no control. — Wikipedia
The ending, especially, is poignant:
THE CONTENT OF THE PROPOSITIONS
#1: "That this is a rich planet. Therefore poverty and hunger are unworthy of it, and since we can abolish them, we must."
#2: "That we are a civilized species. Therefore none shall henceforth gain illicit advantage by reason of the fact that we together know more than one of us can know."
THE OUTCOME OF THE PLEBISCITE
Well — how did you vote?
And sadly, we know how America voted…