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General Discussion / Re: rail strike averted
« Last post by dismalist on Today at 09:03:39 PM »
Anyone else mad that Biden and Congress forced the rail unions to accept management contract offer, without giving them some sick leave and a relaxation of the onerous scheduling rules, just as Big Rail posted a $1b profit in the 3d quarter alone?

Not at all! I'm glad somebody brought this up.

The difficulty is that American labor law allows more than a single union per company. Because railroads [and airlines] are so significant for everybody, there's a special 1923 law governing them, giving Congress dictatorship rights. Nevertheless, we have had a jousting among unions of who can demand most. It's important to remember that most railroad unions agreed to a specific contract, so it's efficient for somebody to dictate terms to everybody, for that prevents harm to many, many others.

The profits of railroads don't belong to the workers, they belong to somebody else, like the guys who paid for the tracks. Private property rights matter!

I don't think Congress would have acted in the way it did had there not already been agreement by most unions.

I do think we have to recognize that many union members would rather have the extra cash [24%?] than more pleasant working conditions, whatever we might wish for ourselves in that situation.

All this from a bloody big railfan who can look beyond the railroad! :-)
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General Discussion / rail strike averted
« Last post by kaysixteen on Today at 08:41:19 PM »
Anyone else mad that Biden and Congress forced the rail unions to accept management contract offer, without giving them some sick leave and a relaxation of the onerous scheduling rules, just as Big Rail posted a $1b profit in the 3d quarter alone?
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General Discussion / Re: Single parent while being an academic
« Last post by clean on Today at 08:13:59 PM »
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Quote from: HappilyTenured on Today at 01:17:05 PM

    I've never been in a relationship. I find it's the saddest thing ever. That's why I'm asking myself if I should just do it on my own.


Hm. This would be a concern.

Most single parents had a partner when their children were born, and thus have another person to co-parent with.

Have you worked through this with a therapist?

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General Discussion / Re: Single parent while being an academic
« Last post by research_prof on Today at 07:55:05 PM »
I feel that being a single parent would be a tough situation for every profession. In academia, it would be even tougher.

For me, having kids is not a goal on its own. It's about having kids with my partner. I feel the desire to start a family, but with my partner. I do not think I would ever do that on my own.

OP, you probably have not met the right person yet. I do not believe there are two people in this world that are absolutely perfect for each other. I believe there are people more compatible than others but also have the desire to make things work. Without this desire, I do not think that a family will be sustainable.
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General Discussion / Re: Single parent while being an academic
« Last post by ciao_yall on Today at 07:12:54 PM »
I've never been in a relationship. I find it's the saddest thing ever. That's why I'm asking myself if I should just do it on my own.

Hm. This would be a concern.

Most single parents had a partner when their children were born, and thus have another person to co-parent with.

Have you worked through this with a therapist?

 
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General Discussion / Re: Single parent while being an academic
« Last post by clean on Today at 06:56:49 PM »
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I've never been in a relationship. I find it's the saddest thing ever.

I know that this is not what you mean, but you have been in several relationships.
You have parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents, classmates, friends...

Maybe not a... searching for the correct words after COVID....  married, or leading to married relationship, but you have certainly not lived alone, even Romulus and Remus had relationships with each other than the she wolf!

IF you have really never had any type of relationship, then perhaps starting out with an infant, may not be the first stepping stone!  Maybe start with Toast Masters or Rotary first! 
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General Discussion / Re: Random Thoughts Anew
« Last post by jimbogumbo on Today at 05:56:01 PM »
When it comes to using my hands I believe it's possible that every primate and monkey on the planet is more adroit than I.

I conceded to raccoons long ago.
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Bones.
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General Discussion / Re: Dinner--or Dessert--Tonight
« Last post by evil_physics_witchcraft on Today at 04:51:01 PM »
SO made a lovely turkey pot pie with a homemade crust tonight.
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