Sunday, June 28, 2015

nice business you've got here, be a shame if something happened to it...,

WaPo |  Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) made a fortune as an early wireless industry executive. Now, he's on a tear about the tech industry's most disruptive companies and why politicians — especially presidential candidates — aren't talking more about their impact on the labor economy.

He sees a growing number of sharing-economy companies such as Uber, TaskRabbit and AirBnB transforming employment. About half of all American workers will be freelance or contractual workers by 2020, some economists predict. This trend is upending our notions of what it means to be a worker and what responsibilities a company has to provide benefits like health care and pensions. If unanswered, questions about a national social safety net for contractual workers may end up burdening the whole economy, he warns.

To be clear, Warner isn't proposing federal laws just yet for part-time and contract worker benefits. He's already seeing innovative solutions from tech companies and local governments to address policy concerns. But he's trying to get candidates, policymakers and the biggest companies in Silicon Valley listening -- and says legislation at some point may be the best option.

The following is an interview with Warner, edited for length and clarity.


Vic78 said...

Warner's problem is that he lacks creativity. He sees potential but doesn't know how to maximize it. Perhaps he should read John Restakis.

You think Senator Warner has the smarts to figure out that infinite growth is the problem staring him in the face?

CNu said...

The job of a mainline-establishment party senator is to enforce and preserve the status quo.

ken said...

At around 1:55...Or something more dramatic had to happen, the very underlining values and affections of the culture would need to be altered.

The preacher at my church was speaking about Matthew 6. He was talking about the choices we have as Christians, when making a decision, on the one side was is this God's will? But on the other side which seems to have replaced the previous question more often is: Can I afford it? It was easy to see the one question was asking our maker and designer what is good for us, and the other was asking Money if you can have it?

Today of course we have all been taught how ridiculous and mindless and unscientific it is to wonder if there is a God who has a will for us, or one we should answer to, so really there is only one party to ask now. " “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

We all know now from the change in the very underling values and affections there is no choice now, unless we can insert the state.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Sadly for us now, there is no God.

CNu said...

Oh puh-leeze...., just put the breath and britches pipe down, man up, and directly access and experience the source - everything else is merely some other clown's conversation. (and why any self-respecting heterosexual male would put that much stock by some other phugger's covnversation absolutely eludes my comprehension)

John Kurman said...

The confusion stems from the word sharing. For clarity , in a different situation, the drivers are called whites, and Uber is called a pimp.

ken said...

"and why any self-respecting heterosexual male would put that much stock by some other phugger's covnversation absolutely eludes my comprehension"

I think by now you must know if I didn't think what he was saying was true, it wouldn't matter who was saying it. It's not stock in the person saying, it's stock in what is being said.

I don't think its any mystery as more and more are convinced their heritage comes from animals rather than a God who sacrificed for us and challenges us to sacrifice for others. Without any revelation of God of course we'll see endless self indulgence as the Godless and hopeless seek acceptance and contentment. Your video at 1:55 explains the need for the masses to abandon any internal laws or restraint or values to embrace nothing but the now.

Instead of disciplining oneself to become Godlike, we now because of the new value of Godlessness, we can embrace our heritage the materialist tells us we have, and its right that we satisfy our animal urges as all animals do. We are just an animal.

CNu said...

Impulsive mindless consumption is what you celebrate Ken. Your disdainful remarks about Cuba were informed by nothing so much as the religion of conspicuous consumption and the delusion that the valueless culture of waste in which you're embedded is somehow better than the utilitarian self-sufficiency of those godless Commies.

Uglyblackjohn said...

A group of club owners wanted to share our bartenders and waitresses since some clubs are only open a few nights a week. I pay my tipped employees $12.50 an hour so the workers from other clubs would gladly sub-in whenever I needed them.

ken said...

Cubans are in the position they are in without anything left over to help someone else because of the system they are in. I think you are mixing up mindless consumption and freedom. I had nothing to say disdainful about Cuba, I simply pointed out that their system in no way is a solution for us.

Vic78 said...

They do pretty well with the doctors they send overseas. I remember a few years ago Castro offered to help Americans that wanted to go to med school.

CNu said...

There is no solution for you. When the music's over, and it's winding down right now, you are too.

Cuba OTOH - has an active aid program operating in over 103 countries.

ken said...

Yes Cuba sends doctors around to other countries, great. I was talking more about the to have enough food, or other products, but they do export services medical services at a greater tenacity than even caring for their own citizens. However, none of this covers the fact their government system is a failure as even admitted by their leaders. It appears even the medical portion that was previously subsidized by the Soviets may be slipping down when only depending on the Cuban system.

It is true, there is no way you are going to convince me that Cuba's system, with the resources they have should have to have their people live as they are now. No solution argument you will offer is going to convince me Cuba is America's answer for a government system, true. As Cuba opens up we will soon have light on real statistics from the communist police state, unfree press and controlled information country.

John Kurman said...