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Old 11-13-2012, 07:04 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Ouch! Never heard of underground trash cans, but then again, I live in the south. Sounds terrible for the collectors. They still use steel cans, and underground nonetheless?,... doesn't sound like a great idea. You'd need a metal detector to find the cans after a snowfall!
Yep, underground. They just step on a lever and the lid pops up, then they throw their trash in. You'd find these in the older wealthy suburbs. They never have to pull the can out so they don't care that it gets rusted out on the bottom.

What's cool is a residential garbage man makes good tips during the Christmas season. I haven't been on a truck in 20 years but back then guys were making 5 to 7 thousand dollars just during Christmas season alone. The best tippers were in the poorer middle class neighborhoods. Not everyone thinks we're over paid.

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:27 AM   #77 (permalink)
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thrasher, for the record Medical Doctors don't usually have Phd degrees. We have M.D degrees. Some go on to get a Phd but it doesn't really enable them to do a whole lot more unless they want to do research or teach in a University system.
Absolutely correct; my bad. Still, the point is the same: would anyone wanted to be treated by a "doctor" that didn't have an MD? I wouldn't.

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Speaking of the market. A very good friend of mine, whom I've know for 25 years, works as a directional driller in the oil patch. I got to know him when we both drove over the road truck. He's got an 8th grade education and presently makes about $300K/year doing directional drilling. He steers the bit, so to speak. A very skilled job. He worked his way up as a rough neck, line truck operator, and other jobs in the oil field. He now is an independent contractor for directional drilling. It also helps that he is very mechanically inclined and if ANYTHING breaks on the rig, he can supervise the repair, or repair it himself. I am delighted that he does this well. More power to him. For the most part, the last 8 years or so, he has worked nights, 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week until all the holes are punched at a site and the rig moves. He may be out for a couple months at a time. Often he is more than a thousand miles from home and lives in the "man camp" on the site. Always, he is at least a hundred miles from home and even then, given the length of his shifts, he lives on site. He is married and has two daughters aged 8 (twins). And you can bet your ass he is pissed about folks saying he isn't paying his fair share in taxes, or that he's "rich" because he makes a certain income. And no, the oil field is not union. Neither is he. Never has been.
Being in the oil patch myself, I know quite a few DDs, but mostly older guys that have taken their experience back to the office and into R&D, leaving the field work for the younger guys. Its a damn tough grind being gone from home for so long and living at the man camp, either land or offshore.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:22 PM   #78 (permalink)
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Whoops, chalk another one up to Obamacare!

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Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan.

The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party. Stryker does not run the company.

A "medical device excise tax" included in the mandate imposes a 2.3 percent levy on medical device manufacturers and suppliers, which critics say will raise prices on everything from pacemakers to prosthetics to stents. Companies will be required to pay the tax regardless if they have a profit or loss for the year. The tax is estimated to cost the medical device industry $20 billion.

House Republicans tried to have the tax repealed, drafting a bill called the Protect Medical Innovation Act, but the Democrat-controlled Senate has blocked the measure.


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Old 11-16-2012, 10:16 PM   #79 (permalink)
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Where's the outrage from the lefties when one of their own screw the WORKER. If it was Bain Capital they'd be on it like stink on sh!t. hypocrites
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:43 AM   #80 (permalink)
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We are forgetting the whole point, obuma won and we shall pay. The problem is his payed for voters wont pay never have never will they are third and forth generation welfare empoyees. The examples are long and fact. And James $140 k for a garbage collector is obsurd. Teachers unions are killing this country. Earlier someone said 25 k for a teacher with bonus based on performance. You hit the nail on the head. Performance based pay "unions get your head around that" wouldnt that be funny?
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:36 PM   #81 (permalink)
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Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan.

The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign.[Grandson does not run the company (obviously)]

“The targeted reductions and other restructuring activities are being initiated to provide efficiencies and realign resources in advance of the new Medical Device Excise Tax scheduled to begin in 2013, as well as to allow for continued investment in strategic areas and drive growth despite the ongoing challenging economic environment and market slowdown in elective procedures,”

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Old 11-17-2012, 06:18 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Kaiser Permanente is laying off a bunch of workers in CA in preparation of the wonderful life our illustrious leader promises us with ObamaCare®!!!
This article doesn't outlay reasons but other news outlets said this morning that it was indeed trying to cut the workforce down of "full time" employees...The USA is going to be staffed by part time employees w/o bennies!
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/...o-530-workers/
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