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In Support of Brendan Eich

I am disappointed about Eich's support of prop 8 in 2008 and I disagree with his view. But what is truly appalling is his critics is pushing for ousting him as Mozilla's CEO base on his view. Isn't people allowed to have different value? This is not even a fringe idea. Majority of votes has voted for prop 8. What is the moral to deny people the job base on their political believe? What sort of world is this when we do background check to bar 52% of voters who has supported prop 8 from employment? This is far more chilling than prop 8 itself.

Brendan Eich

People need to speak up and stop this insanity about ousting Eich. This include the LGBT community and their supporters. Yesterday their were fighting for inclusiveness and accepting people with different values. They need to walk the talk themselves, even if it means to tolerate people whose value they disagree with.

2014.03.29 comments

 

A "Kind" Country

Speaking of trafficking their poor Vietnamese girl to work illegally in Britian, an uncle says

Anywhere in Europe is good to go to. But Britain is very popular because it is a kind country, and the government there looks after people even if they have entered illegally. If they catch you and arrest you and deport you, they even give you money to help you find your feet again when you get back to Vietnam.

I think the same can be say about other societies I have lived. San Francisco and Hong Kong are both kind countries.

2014.03.27 [] - comments

 

Minimum Wage Raise and Gentrification

A poll has shown that there is a strong support for raising the minimum wage in San Francisco by 40% to $15 per hour. I feel mixed about this proposal. On the one hand I like to see most people making more money. They need it to survive in this expensive city. On the other hand, these kind of direct intervention of economic often causes unintended consequences like lower employment, or business exiting to lower cost locations. Strangely in this case I side with conservative Ron Unz's idea that higher minimum wage is a preferred alternative to the reliance on public assistance. Although it is remain to be seem how public assistance can be reduced.

I have some additional concern that a big raise in minimum wage will further intensify gentrification. It is not that the raise will help many people to become middle class, which will be a very good outcome. My concern is that it will heavily impact low end family business. The high cost structure means it will no longer make sense to serve the low end market. The only viable business is to move up market. These days Whole Foods becomes main stream. Philz coffee is bustling selling $4 coffee. On the other hand low end market diminish more and more, to the point that an unassuming dive like Tasty Restaurant actual caught my eyes. My concern is higher minimum wage will just be the final nail in the coffin for low end business.

2014.03.16 comments

 

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