@vanderlyn This: "Seems to me like we’d all be best just having the last person out shut the light." Makes me think you are advocating that we let humans die out? I don't doubt that that would be better for the planet/natural resources, but as a human . . . I can't get behind such drastic nihilism. Also - to expand a little on what I take EM's point to be, saying that resource usage should be part of the calculation (I don't disagree that it should be *part*), that implies weighing a duty to the existing inhabitants of the earth not to waste natural resources against your desire (or, in some religions, duty) to have children. I think it's easy to determine the balance at either extreme: desire to have 1 child trumps duty to the world, duty to the world trumps desire to have 50th child.
@mintyesq in class action suits seeking money, the attorneys usually take their cut out of the award or settlement, and it can be a big percentage of the settlement. Usually you don't have to pay money up front, tho.
@garli Can you send me a coupon please, too? My email is my user name at yahoo. Do you really wear those pants to yoga (or whatever workout), or are they just super comfortable wear-to-work pants?
@Josh Michtom@facebook "I will admit that I don't really understand the people for whom this is not true: why work harder when you have more money than you can spend?" My motivation is that I'm risk-averse. Especially in this economy, there is no guarantee that you will be always be employed/employable. I save money to hedge against that possibility.* *I do contribute to charity, but probably I should do more. ETA: I do think there's a moral obligation to use your assets -- in the form of money, expertise, etc. -- for the benefit of the community (to whom much is given, much will be required). But putting this in practice is not always straightforward.
Was immigration figured in? My mother's family has been in the United States for a long time, and has remained pretty much the same class. My father's family immigrated from Ireland in the early 1900s. My paternal grandparents didn't have much money or anything beyond an 8th grade education, but my dad was the first in his family (and only one of his generation) to go to college, and my brother and I both have graduate degrees. So his family has gone from lower class (I think?) to middle class in about a generation.
@HelloTheFuture But Val Kilmer and Helen Mirren.
I read about a group of Stanford students doing this as part of a class project to come up with and implement a business with $5 + 2 hours labor (planning time as long as desired). So douchey and terrible.
@Samantha I taught English for a year through a program run by the French government. When I did it (2001-2002), the stipend was 600 Euros/month for about 16 hours/week of work, and they provided decent housing. 600 Euros/month was enough for me to live on and travel as a dirtbag (my preferred mode of travel), but it wasn't enough to pay back my student loans.
@MollyAuden I work in a satellite office (located in a not-expensive area) of a larger company that is based in New York. In my town, nobody cares what I wear, if I buy all my clothes from Target I'm still more fashionable than 80% of the people on the street. But when I interact with colleagues from New York, I feel like a gross frump. So, that's what motivates my lifestyle inflation (which is mainly clothing-based).
As much as I love Hillary and want her to be our next president, what she, her husband, and the Clinton political machine did to the women Bill had affairs with is abominable.