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Re: “A Strain for Every Brain

BUT WHAT OF THE EFFECT OF MARIJUANA ON FREQUENT MERCURY COMMENTERS? WHY WAS THIS NOT RIGOROUSLY TESTED?

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Posted by Commenty Colin on 04/17/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Cross Me, Will Ya?!

Remember kids: If you don't sin then Jesus died for nothing!

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Posted by disastronaut on 04/17/2014 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Space Cakes and Beyond

or you can just eat buds like food. They dont chew well, taste funky and are hard to swallow but you can keep the wad in your mouth like its copenhagen and nobody knows the difference. EXCEPT YOU ARE BAKED BEYOND BELIEF.

the point is you want to be stoned. 2 hours of ingredients gathering and baking for 1 minute of ingestion and 5 hours of stoned ness? Cut to the chase already

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Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 04/16/2014 at 7:44 PM

Re: “A Strain for Every Brain

not smoking weed currently but this article made me feel high. Well done.

Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 04/16/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “A Strain for Every Brain

Probably shouldn't have admitted to letting him drive home, but I do enjoy the theme of the experiment.

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Posted by Melogna on 04/16/2014 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Drawing Distinctions

Hell yes! Let's all go. I'll see you there. I'll be in the penthouse at the corner booth Ayyy!

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Posted by Brandon Bwana Spoons on 04/09/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “How to Improve Your Dragons

Definitely just got a mental image of Chris Evans' chest eating dragons. Yeah, it was awesome, thank you for that.

Posted by Ginny on 04/07/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Books! Versus! Show!

Well I haven't read the books yet, but I do generally tend to prefer a book over its adapted movie. HOWEVER, I can't trust a creeper who calls the Red Wedding a "sexy good time." And I do enjoy nudity, and looking at dragons. So consider me a bannerman for House Ned.

Posted by Ginny on 04/07/2014 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Books! Versus! Show!

I'm surprised that anyone who considers reading 1500 pages an accomplishment can even follow the show.

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Posted by PDXwahine on 04/03/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “The Erotica of Westeros

he also seems to love the pregnant ladies! at least, his characters seem to find pregnancy quite the turn on.

Posted by abt on 04/03/2014 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Bare Minimum

Sunday's DOONESBURY comic strip shows Garry Trudeau to be on same wave length as the working and wanna be working grunts in the expanding minimum wage class we now call THE WORKING POOR: Read it and have it accompany the MERCURY cover story you mail and otherwise send to our fellow campesinos: http://doonesbury.slate.com/strip/archive/…

Only way to make it count is to send it to the one-party Democratic candidates whose policies during these Blue State years of domination look startlingly like the Red state
know-nothing years: Only 4 other states in U.S. spend less on their college students than Oregon tax payers. Corporate tax breaks & subsidies among the highest in the union, with flat job growth to show for it. Oregon remains a WORK AT WILL state that becomes a dumping ground for multi-national corporations that want to leave states that actually have laws protecting their work force from termination without cause and without notice. This also creates permanent instability in the job market that has bad effects on business climate, although that is harder to measure than the savings that come from letting go of older workers who've earned seniority benefits and hiring the desperate college-debt burdened young workers at lower cost to the employer.

Like the French say in their charming language: "Those who don't do politics, get done!"

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Posted by Laylow Studios Mitch on 03/31/2014 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

If there is a mandate to double the starting wage in my business, here is a likely scenario. Those starting jobs are now more desirable. From the larger pile of applications on my desk, I will choose the candidates who have experience in my industry and are worth that higher wage. It is unlikely that I would hire a high school kid or other low skilled worker. Those folks, unfortunately, have been priced out of the market.

Municipalities considering higher starting wages should look carefully at the economic consequences of doing so. It is quite possible that the folks they are trying to help will have fewer chances to enter or even to remain in the job market.

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Posted by Slacker on 03/29/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

This will only lead people to work for less than minimum wage under the table, or black market labor. When governments make it illegal or infeasible for people to make arrangements on their own terms, they do it anyway, out of view. While the black market is free from government coercion, it's also illegal, making it unlikely for an employee to seek justice from the government concerning a breach of contract. This is the governments job: to protect people from getting screwed over based on what individuals have agreed to with each other, not based on an number that a politician thinks is just for his subjects, I mean constituents.

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Posted by jksville on 03/29/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

I can understand a $12.50 minimum wage in Oregon, $13.50 in CA, $15+ in NYC. But $15 does seem like a lot starting in a entry level type job, especially somewhere like here. There are teachers making $19 an hr in Beaverton, OR. Does a Mc Donald's worker really need $15 an hr to survive with some dignity?

Now, maybe there could be adjustments in pay based on need and age. I am unsure what would be a fair means of doing this, but it might open more opportunity for teens needing jobs PT in high school. Say, living at home as a dependent, wages starting at $10.00 an hr? Once you are not a dependent, the wage is increased to $12.50 an hr. Seems reasonable to me. There is generally less living expenses while living with your guardians. Now, would that mean better paid entry level workers ending up not receiving jobs due to young kids being the competition? Not sure? I know plenty of folks that needed to take a $10 an hr job that might have been seen as a high school job back in the day. They HAD to.

There is so much inequities out there. Where does it all end? I wish for free continued education, health care, and a minimum income paid to keep people afloat. If these health and education entitlements were in effect then there would be less need for $15 an hr wages, $12.50 would be within reason.

Just removing the cost of dealing with benefits for businesses seems like a way to allow an increase in wages. I don't see why an employer has a bit of business in my ability to see a Doctor. It is actually semi creepy IMHO. Slavery like. Single Payer is common in most developed countries because it just makes sense. Health Care should not at al be about profits, it is only about the people.

In the end, if we just made sure there was a subsidy for all, there could be less need for social programs and more room for folks to go back to school (that would be an option due to the high tuition being removed) and stimulate the economy by having more spending power. Less stress from not being in fear they cannot even see a physician if they get sick, or if they did.. it would mean debt that cannot be paid back.

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Posted by djkenny on 03/29/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Bare Minimum

Guys this is basic. I understand compassion and wanting to help others. But let's actually think this through:

* IT IS A ZERO SUM GAME !
* The money has to come from somewhere. Only the federal government gets to "create" new money.
* Will the business owners take it out of their profit? Not likely. They will try to pass it on.
* Will consumers want to pay it? That is a value judgment for every individual consumer.
* If consumers don't want to pay it, the business owner must cut costs some other way. This includes cutting staff.
* If the cost is successfully passed on to consumers, then wealth is being redistributed from the lower and middle-class (assumption here that they are the primary consumers) to the lower class.
* Will this redistribute money from the wealthy to the lower class? Answer: Not much.
* Will it in effect be a tax on every one else? Answer: Yes.

So what we have here is a compassionate but misguided attempt to help the poor that does little to change the real systemic/structural issues our country has with economic inequality. What we need are changes to our tax system (how about taxing capital gains and carried interest the same as regular income, for example) and regulation of executive compensation.

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Posted by Ed on 03/28/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

Colin - far from a single issue candidate: http://calebforcouncil.com/issues/.

Per achieving a living wage in Portland, there are a few ways of doing it without raising the minimum wage as mentioned in the article. You can use tax policy to achieve the same result as raising the minimum wage. It's actually probably better because can enact a progressive tax on higher earning employers to subsidize lower earning small businesses that might otherwise have a hard time adjusting at first. Despite the focus on $15/hr, it's only one of the issues that needs to be addressed to keep a Portland that people can afford to work and live in.

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Posted by NCaleb on 03/28/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

Any study cited from UC Berkeley-give me a break, you guys in Portland are so far up California's rear end.Like the state has something to boast about. Truth be known,it's Bush's fault.

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Posted by Chuck Conners on 03/28/2014 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

"Caleb, [apparently a fucking attorney and professor] when he first proposed a $15 minimum wage, didn't realize there was a state pre-emption until told by the Mercury."

This is all insanity. I'm personally in favor of a hike, but what's the point of debating this when state law clearly forecloses it? Are we so stupid we would elect a single-issue candidate who can't even affect his single issue and didn't even fucking know that fact before he declared?

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Posted by Commenty Colin on 03/28/2014 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Bare Minimum

Two side notes: absolutely nothing has changed with the law and concept of pre-emption. Mr. Fish, Esq. had the same pre-emption arguments today that he had four years ago. Obviously Fish is "reactive" and not "pro-active" on a city minimum wage.

In fact, when you think about the fact that Fish is a labor lawyer- it is a little surprising that he did not understand the issue "chapter and verse." Labor law is full of pre-emption issues. Labor lawyers are paid to analyze pre-emption and other issues and argue them before a judge or arbitrator.

On to Salzman v. Caleb: I just visited Caleb's Facebook page. Something tells me that he may be a formidable candidate.

I believe that Salzman and Fish are going to have trouble motivating parts of their base, and that Caleb and Maxwell will do better than expected. Some of votes will be "for" the outsider candidates, some voters will be strongly motivated by their dislike of incumbents. Two powerful forces. I see both outsider candidates peeling away the progressive vote. Between minimum wage issues and water bureau woes,- I think we will have an interesting May.

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Posted by Reverend Bite Me on 03/28/2014 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Bare Minimum

Down Twinkles.
Occupy was a notable failure. At least those damn Tea Party idiots were able to get people elected and attempt some change, even if it was change most of us didn't care for.
That the Occupy crowd is now looking at this 15 as being an issue seems at least somewhat related to their original core issue.
Their "dealing with a wide variety of issues", and failure to make grounds on any front, shows a lack of discipline and understanding of how the political process works.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for raising the minimum wage, and more importantly, eliminating such extreme highs and lows in distribution of wealth in our country - but you put a Occupy label on just about anything and it is doomed to fail, as they don't know how to realistically deal with the problems we face.
Much like this 15 Now campaign.

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Posted by frankieb on 03/28/2014 at 6:49 AM

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