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post #1771 of 5454
Let me preface this by saying I am someone who is extremely critical of the high salaries of a lot of non-profit arts administrators. However, the CEO of PBS's salary ($667k in 2010) is downright cheap for an organization of that budget size ($400m+). The CEO of the Met Museum, which has a similar budget, made over a million in 2010. The CEO of the Metropolitan opera, with a smaller $270m budget, made $1.38m. And I don't know where the NPR numbers came from, but Vivian Schiller, the previous CEO of NPR ($180m budget), made $506k in 2009 and $598k in 2010.
post #1772 of 5454
I'll preface my own statement by saying I know nothing about the particular orgs you've decided to compare, so it's possible that I'm all wet on this, but....

...I'm not sure it's fair to compare CEO salaries by budget size across different types of organizations and draw meaningful conclusions.
post #1773 of 5454
Lol, Big Bird is a 1%er. Stick that in your shoe and beat it.
post #1774 of 5454
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I'll preface my own statement by saying I know nothing about the particular orgs you've decided to compare, so it's possible that I'm all wet on this, but....
...I'm not sure it's fair to compare CEO salaries by budget size across different types of organizations and draw meaningful conclusions.

Right, but the problem is there are no other organizations to which you can compare NPR or PBS since they're both umbrella organizations without competitors. The graphic makes it sound like $600k for a CEO is a ridiculous amount of money, but it's really not in comparison with the organization's total budget size.
post #1775 of 5454
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I'll preface my own statement by saying I know nothing about the particular orgs you've decided to compare, so it's possible that I'm all wet on this, but....
...I'm not sure it's fair to compare CEO salaries by budget size across different types of organizations and draw meaningful conclusions.

Right, but the problem is there are no other organizations to which you can compare NPR or PBS since they're both umbrella organizations without competitors. The graphic makes it sound like $600k for a CEO is a ridiculous amount of money, but it's really not in comparison with the organization's total budget size.

You are 100% correct that 600-700k on a $400 million revenue stream is not out of line. What I think you're missing is that the tone of the comment is designed to mimic the tone usually being employed by folks from the opposite side of the political spectrum on similar topics. Basically, the left wing outrage machine was being mocked.
post #1776 of 5454
"I struggled with my student loans and my wife's health problems while Cookie Monster ate cookies all day and sang songs. I work 34 hours a day and have no health insurance. I am the 99%."
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"Oscar the Grouch lives in a trash can above an exhaust grate that keeps him warm all winter. I was evicted and sleep in a refrigerator box with no heat. I am the 99%."
post #1778 of 5454
"Snuffleufagus doesn't have to buy health insurance or pay a fine because he's off the grid. I try to do the responsible thing and I can't afford a single mocha latte or a TV to watch PBS. I am the 99%."
post #1779 of 5454
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Good question - how have companies patented things that basically work off the internet? Our laws are messed up.

Because they didn't patent the Internet, which demonstrates my point that publicly-funded fundamental research can be applied by private industry without creating monopolies (in contrast to your assertion that 'today's IP laws would certainly create a monopoly').
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Because they didn't patent the Internet, which demonstrates my point that publicly-funded fundamental research can be applied by private industry without creating monopolies (in contrast to your assertion that 'today's IP laws would certainly create a monopoly').


You're right - nobody patented the internet... although there are limits to how standardized it is, even today. For example, I can't see many web pages on my iPhone because they refuse to make a deal with Adobe to put flash player on the device.

And there are a number of patents on things that hook up to the internet (search engines, etc.). There is no cost in switching from yahoo to google, but once you invest in a car, you can't just change to a competing technology, so unless car companies voluntarily standardize their energy storage (unlikely) then I fear the infrastructure build-out will be a hap-hazard attempt for competing patent owners.

As a historical example, contrast the universal adoption of GSM in Europe with the competing technologies of CDMA, TDMA, and GSM in the US.
post #1781 of 5454

This friend of mine is a cool dude, but posts some of the dumbest shit I've ever seen.



While I'm cool with people owning guns, there is something really fucked up about the subtext of this image -- like training little kids to be proficient in militia style combat is an awesome way to raise them.

post #1782 of 5454
I don't think training a kid to shoot a rifle has anything to do with "militia style combat."


The girl in that picture looks too young to be shooting though.
post #1783 of 5454

Understood -- but in many cases, it might. That is what I find to be disturbing.

Anywho, the picture is silly. 

post #1784 of 5454
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This friend of mine is a cool dude, but posts some of the dumbest shit I've ever seen.





While I'm cool with people owning guns, there is something really fucked up about the subtext of this image -- like training little kids to be proficient in militia style combat is an awesome way to raise them.


Right, it's better to raise kids to be in perpetual fear of tools, instead of learning how to use them.


And that's a .22, or even smaller. It has the recoil of a fart. It's perfectly appropriate.
post #1785 of 5454
Birddog, you're going to buy your birdchildren .22's and teach them how to shoot other birds?
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