We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The fire next time. One big meteor did it. But the earth recovered, and not all that long ago. This should be reassuring to the doom and gloomers. Not to worry, Greenies: one day, the cockroaches will rule the earth and the nasty humans will be extinct. Gaia will be lovely once again.
What's the deal with "corporate responsibility"? I don't know. Who does? Samizdata
NYT discovers that income effects job choices. Sometimes, yes, but not always. How stupid are they down there? Conspiracy. In freedom, you make your own decisions for your own reasons. Money matters to lots of people, NYT. Money is fun, and gives you choices in life.
Financial activities have financial payoffs. Social activities have social payoffs. Spiritual activities... oh, why bother. There seems this unaccountable desire to mix these categories. Because the activities of people besides the CEO might be more socially important or spiritually important, people think it is immoral that they be paid less.
Markets apply for work, too. It has to do with how much economic value you add to an enterprise. This is news? If you don't want to make a lot of money, fine - wonderful. You are free to chose what you do, but grown-ups don't bitch about the consequences of their choices.
"Behavior associated with a security probe". Maybe those Imams were doing a security probe. Is that paranoid?