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Libertas_Vel_Mors 2 points ago +2 / -0

Re. The North Coast... Crater the bridge over the Nehalem River near Wheeler, wipe out OR-53, and you'd be dead-on.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 1 point ago +1 / -0

Even a crappy first-time pistol user with the cheapest Hi-Point ever made can't miss.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 6 points ago +6 / -0

An electrician can make up to $75k plus after two years of working and studying as an apprentice. Plumbers and other trades are similar, and some trades (e.g. welding) can rack up even higher incomes. No college required.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 10 points ago +10 / -0

That will only last until one of your 'royal guard' decides that he can be the next lord by building a cabal from among his compatriots, and offing you.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 2 points ago +2 / -0

True story: I live rural in Oregon. The nearest town to me (a tiny place) is 80% unmasked, and only the old folks bothered with the jab. All but two businesses (one of the a medical office) demands you wear a mask. Nobody bothers going in them unless absolutely necessary, and everyone gets along fine like we always have.

Contrast that to Portland Metro... Andrew Torba is right: it's like walking in zombieland there.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 1 point ago +1 / -0

Look up "Withholding Compliance ". The IRS can and does get their withholding when they want it.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 1 point ago +1 / -0

The IRS will force your employer to withhold at the Single no-deductions rate.

Look up withholding compliance.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 2 points ago +2 / -0

Will Nike demand the same of the zillions of Infosys H1-B workers they have on their various campuses?

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 11 points ago +11 / -0

Docs can go to private practice, and refuse Medicare/Medicaid patients.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 14 points ago +14 / -0

Not enough qualified Nasty Girls to fill the need., even if you lumped in field medics/corpsmen.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 16 points ago +16 / -0

Oregon is like that, but has extra hoops as well. The only new hospital to open in the past 10 years in Portland Metro (IIRC) is Kaiser Westside, and that was only because Kaiser (as an organization) is friggin' MASSIVE in Oregon.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 3 points ago +3 / -0

Well... yes and no.

Source: I actually live and swim in this world.

The companies people think of when "Big Tech" is spoken, yeah - it's a pure woke hell. Google, Apple,

The companies that actually power tech behind-the-scenes, especially hardware-centric companies? Not so much. For example, Electrical engineers are solidly conservative (and has the approximate demographic makeup of a polka party in Nebraska), which means folks like AMD, Intel, L3, and such are most definitely NOT woke.

The rest are mix-and-match.

Silly Valley startups are uber-woke, and startup execs use that wokeness to abuse the fuck out of kids fresh out of college (before, they just used other cheap/faux incentives to slave-drive them.)

Old-but-quiet tech (e.g. IBM, HP, and the like) may put up appearances, but tend to shy from it.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 7 points ago +7 / -0

That 'raise' is..

  • in the face of 7-9% inflation
  • only applicable to those who get Social Security (or other government-funded) payments
  • doesn't apply to 401ks, annuities, and other post-retirement forms of income.

I do agree that "fixed" income isn't the right description, but unless one is independently wealthy, the income is rather limited. Consider that the typical SSA recipient in his/her 70s receives maybe $1200/mo. 5% of that is $60, which was most likely swallowed by increased Medicare premiums.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 6 points ago +7 / -1

The HHS thing involves a different agency, with different rules, for different reasons, and only affects medical companies/facilities that accept Medicare/Medicaid.

The moment a hospital refuses to take any Medicare/Medicaid patients (or any federal funding), the mandates stop for them and their employees (barring any state actions, such as Oregon's stupid healthcare vax mandate). That's the tradeoff.

OSHA on the other hand didn't have the authority for this in the first place, and Brandon was trying to wedge in that authority.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 6 points ago +6 / -0

...and red states can similarly decide that gay marriage is no longer valid, and that all abortion clinics can shut down immediately - oh, and then proceed to kick out the FBI and IRS. After all, if one governmental entity can ignore SCOTUS...

Therein lies the rub. The moment any part of government fails to follow the rules, nobody has to follow the rules.

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 10 points ago +10 / -0

This.

Even if they tried to sue, the case would be dismissed with prejudice within five minutes of the first session. No (non-woke) sheriff or police force would enforce any edict. No (non-woke) judge would sign a shutdown order based on it.

So yeah, the SCOTUS decision does have enforcement power

(...otherwise? Every abortion clinic in Texas would have been shut down years ago, and gay marriages would still not be recognized by numerous states - which leads to a question: is that salty little apparatchik at OSHA really sure he wants to go down that road?)

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 1 point ago +1 / -0

This ought to be fun to watch... Beaverton isn't the 'company town' that it once was, and a SHITLOAD of companies in Portland Metro are not only hiring, but don't require the vax and are paying competitively.

Guess Nike will have to rely on Infosys-supplied H1-B slave labor for all their shit...

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Libertas_Vel_Mors 3 points ago +3 / -0

These guards have names, addresses.

I trust I don't have to explain any further?

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