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Friday Afternoon Accentuation of The Positive

Totally irony free!

Name some systems that work! I can think of two:





1. The United States Post Office (at least in my town) and

2. The Internet as a technical platform (leaving aside the effort by corporations to optimize it for distributing pr0n -- oh, I'm sorry, video on demand -- the techology of the Internet is amazing. I mean, here I am, typing into a box in a browser, and when I press Save, actual thousands of people will be able to read it. That really does work for me).

NOTE And by "work," I don't mean work like a tapeworm "works," in a parasitical, rent-extracting way. That's not positive.

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Submitted by lambert on

Maine marijuana growers form trade group:

[A]ccording to an e-mail notice from Jonathan Leavitt of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine.

“Caregivers provide an essential service for people throughout Maine who get relief from severe pain and suffering through medical marijuana. Patients get to have a personal relationship with the people who grow their medicine, and the lack of administrative overhead [low rent!] means they can get their marijuana at a better price," Leavitt said in today's e-mail.

"Caregivers are able to make a decent living while helping people in need. Since spring, medical marijuana caregiver networks have generated some 500 good jobs throughout Maine. Medical marijuana Caregivers of Maine is here to make sure caregivers have a place at the table when policy decisions are made.”

Well done. And the 420 is something all generations can agree on.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

I don't remember the exact stat, but something like 90% of people who go onto government assistance, like Food Stamps and Aid to Dependent Families, come off of it. Which is why you smell the stink of right-wing bullshit whenever even well meaning lefties start harping about "welfare moms" and how we have to restrict their ability to reproduce, to "save the system" or some such other bullshit. The amount of money "wasted" in the welfare system, even by the .001% of people who deliberately have more children to continue recieving benefits, is still less than the DoD spends on new airplanes each year.

Submitted by hipparchia on

i did some volunteer work with 'welfare moms' and their kids, back when the first wave of them were hitting the 5- year limit, and i never once met a woman who deliberately had more kids just to get more wwelfare. anecdata, i know, but still...

that 90% figure that you quoted has always bothered me, because i've never found a good source [ie, one that i would believe] for how many of them really do return to making a real living and how many of them just get permanently thrown out of the system because their alloted time is up.

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Submitted by nihil obstet on

You turn the faucet, it comes out.

Trash collection -- I put it out by the street once a week, and by evening, presto! it's gone. It's magic!

One could in fact make the argument that they work too well, so that we expect limitless purified water and landfill space. Not denying that there are issues, but for early last century's goals of providing water that isn't full of typhoid germs and getting rat-bait out of the populated area, it's pretty awesome.

Which appears to be why the right wants them privatized.

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Submitted by Valley Girl on

unless there's a big push back. Which succeeded in one case, but that battle began in 2002.

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~~In recent decades, the government’s role in water service has changed. Three years before Reagan took office, 78 percent of money for new water projects came from the federal government. Nearly 30 years later, the proportion has fallen to 3 percent. Then the Clinton administration made several tax-law changes that made it easier for cities to privatize local water and sewer systems and for foreign companies to enter the market, explained Emily Wurth, water program manager for Food & Water Watch.~~

~~Water Watch has studied the effects of water-system privatization and has helped Felton and other communities turn—or return—to public control. In a 2009 report that examined nearly 5,000 water utilities and 1,900 sewer utilities, the organization found that the private entities—which have a fiduciary obligation to shareholders—charge up to 80 percent more for water and 100 percent more for sewer services.~~