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I'm going to explain, in simple terms, why raising the minimum wage DOES NOT hurt big business, but instead helps dramatically reduce poverty, and strengthen the middle-class: 

One thing that I have learned long ago, and have especially learned this lately after moving from Los Angeles to New England, is that the bottom line is not affected much by hiring more employees, and offering them higher salaries. Higher wages, and more American workers = a better country for all.

In California, where we had 40 million people, the average grocery trip for me would cost over $100. There were usually 1 or 2 registers open, long lines, and maybe 3-4 other employees in the store. These were overcrowded establishments that were understaffed with minimum wage workers. Neither the staff, nor the customer "makes out," in these conditions; even if a few dollars are being saved. The only one(s) that enjoy this, and actually do "make out," are the ones at the top.

In New England, in similar grocery stores that offer HIGHER wages, in areas that have a considerably smaller population, there are ALWAYS many more employees than there was in California. I rarely wait in line because several registers are always open. So i will go into a store with maybe 20 customers at any given time, and over 20 employees working higher wages than the overcrowded stores in Los Angeles. Think about that for a second. Somehow, the rich CEOs in these stores are able to survive... Why is that? 

The same could be said about fast food places like In-N-Out (which is sadly, not in New England). On an average visit to any major fast-food chain, there might be 2-4 employees making minimum wage; yet at In-N-Out, there is almost always an unusually high amount of workers, making an average salary of over $15 per hour. How are they able to survive if more employees and higher wages, "kill jobs?" 

The answer is simple: greed hinders our progress as a society. In also creates the need for the ultra-wealthy in this country to make the story about fear (losing jobs), rather than income inequality. Many Americans are so afraid to go against big business, that they feel the only way for us to make it, is to accept that the ultra wealthy should make all of the wealth in this country. Perhaps someday that wealth will trickle down on us! Let me tell you, that's not wealthy trickling down...

Anyway, I'll break down some hypothetical numbers for you. I like discussing things in terms of numbers because as you review the numbers, you start making connections and understanding the truth, beyond value-laden statements based on the observers personal viewpoint.

Keep in mind that I have worked as a Marketing Director and business consultant for many years, and have been responsible for analyzing company profits, company budgets, sales forecasts, etc. With that in mind, here is a fairly easy example to review, and share with your conservative friends and family:

I am using a grocery store as an example: If 100 people spend an average of $100 in a store in 1 hour, that is $10,000 in sales for that store in 1 hour. Lets say the store has 20 employees, and pays them $15 an hour. Now, lets add taxes, health costs, and raise that figure to $30 an hour. Multiply that $30 an hour with 20 employees, and that equals to $600 an hour in labor costs.

Now subtract another 50% for goods, and 10% for other incurred costs, that leaves the store with $3600 in profits, per hour; which is $43, 200 per an average 12 hour day, and $1.2 million in profits for an average 30 day period. Keep in mind these are VERY conservative figures. Visit your local grocery store and review how many people come and go, and you will be surprised at how many leave per hour with several bags of groceries.

Now, starting over, most minimum wage workers are getting paid under $8 an hour, and don't have employer-paid healthcare... How is that right for those employees? How is that right for the customers of these establishments? Lastly, how is that right for America? Simple answer: It's not. So the question is, *why pay American workers so little, when the ultra-wealthy could still be ultra wealthy while paying them more?"

The ultra wealthy in this country control the dialog it seems; especially with people on the right; that are so concerned with Adam and Steve, or some woman having an abortion, at the sake of ensuring their own friends and family will make less, and have less enjoyment out of life. People often assume that raising the wages, or hiring more American workers will be the end of all jobs as we know it; and the simple fact is, this is not true at all. In fact, the more Americans that do well, the more we will spend, and create a wealthier country.

Wait a minute! If paying workers more, and hiring more Americans to do jobs that we are currently shipping over seas will help the workers, and keep everyone more wealthy than they are now, why would corporations fight that? Simple: because of power and greed. The stronger the middle-class, the more likely we are to participate in the political process; The more likely we are to elect politicians that serve our needs; keep are taxes fair, and benefit the average American.

So, keeping wages low has nothing to do with saving jobs, and everything to do with maintaining control over the people so that the ultra-wealthy can maintain their lifestyle. The right-wing politicians serve the ultra wealthy, and don't want you to worry about your brother Joe, or your Sister Maggie, who only make minimum wage, and can barely survive. Instead, they want to keep  your focus on some gay couple getting married, or someone having an abortion. They do this because they KNOW that they could NEVER win against progressives when it comes to real economic issues that affect every American. So get us all focused on various issues, and we fall in line and ignore the bigger, more important issue: Income inequality.
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then to a better world for all !!! congratulations , dearest sister Jean
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Display problem:  Krita 2.9.6 on a HP2730p (intel core2 duo at 1.4 ghz x2)with 4 Gib memory running Ubuntu 14.04.

I find the graphics breaks down at times. I move my cursor and it seems to redraw just under it but can't refresh the whole thing till I hit "resize to fit page". It happens a lot after I rotate my view with 4 or 6 then try to get back to normal with 5. But it also happens as I try to pan or resize with my mouse wheel.

Is this a problem with my graphics driver? Not having a dedicated graphics card or graphics accelerator?  Do I need more than 4Gigs of memory to have enough to share with the on board graphics processor?

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+Aric Hill​​ yet it works for me for now. HP stuck with this design of convertible tablet for several years. Mine was a significant improvement over earlier ones which did not have touch sensitivity. They advanced into the HP 2760p which was available with an i5 or i7 upgradeable to 16 Gib memory. I believe it also has some dedicated video memory for the on board graphics processor & graphics acceleration. These were designed as business tool and to meet military durability standards. They are a bargain on eBay now as these are starting to hit the secondary market just coming out of business leases. I'm seriously considering buying one. Mine is a work horse set up as a dual boot with Ubuntu and the Windows 7 professional which was already installed. 
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How do you save your signature in Krita so it can be easily pasted into any new artwork.  Or do you rewrite your signature each time?
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Is better do it every time it’s needed. No human makes an identic copy of his/her own sign each time, he/she makes a slightly variation each time. Graphologist studies those variants and if two signs match perfectly it can be a replication not an original. Even Picaso has slightly variations from sign to sign.
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Of course there are articles in the media claiming that this is another indication that Google Plus is dead. Many on FB are saying good riddance. I always reply that those who never bothered to learn how to build a rich news feed here are the ones to complain the loudest.
 
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These are a few of my political or editorial cartoons. #LotzToons  
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I'm looking for a powerful video editing software for Linux so I ran a search and found the following recent article. I was shocked to see after giving 6 video tools a try, his favorite was Blender!

I've also read rave reviews about KDEnlive as well

I've tried to use Blender before for some 3D editing and it drove me crazy. I guess I should do as Chris Long did and force myself to try it again with an open mind. #videoapps #KDEnlive #Blender  
A review of 6 free and open source (FOSS) video editing tools. Who came out the winner? Find out in this article on Pitivi, OpenShot, Lightworks, Avidemux, Cinelerra, KDEnlive, and Blender.
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your not alone Jean being driven crazy by blender, i think a lot of people have an initial struggle with it, but from what i've heard once past it's learning curve, folk come to love it. sadly i stopped when my head started throbbing as i tried to master it lol !!
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I just reworked this toon to better illustrate what I dislike about Jindal's evangelical stance. He routinely urged the legislature to kill every anti-bullying effort because LGBTQ students were listed as potential targets of bullying! Like duh! #jindalized #LotzToon  

His "religious freedom bill" allows for blatant discrimination against non-christians and LGBTQ.

His charter school outsourcing of our public schools has infuriated teachers and has removed these schools from oversight. They are NOT performing well and teach creationism over science.
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OMG  hope not  it is bad enough here in Utah   can you Imagine that guy and Romney together   think i would move to Canada
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Good answer to digital or traditional art for media work here. #cartoons #cartoonists #DigitalArt  
 
Q: Two questions about digital coloring: 1) I realize that probably 99% of your coloring work is digital, but when you do go old fashioned do you exclusively use watercolor? Or do you use other mediums as well to get the effect you want? 2) Do you see a…
Q: Two questions about digital coloring: 1) I realize that probably 99% of your coloring work is digital, but when you do go old fashioned do you exclusively use watercolor? Or do you use other med...
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artist
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social media, web design, writing & art - particularly political cartoons.
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  • Self
    artist, present
    I enjoy drawing cartoons, line work and painting. I have also enjoyed wood carving in the past. I work part time on a temp basis to help a friend in a legal office as needed if I'm able -- currently setting up quick books for them.
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    Social Media Committee, 2013
    I was the chair of the AAUW Social Media Committee from the start of the AAUW Social Media Task Force, then committee till July 2013. Before this I researched social media platforms (including Second Life) for possible use for AAUW and other nonprofits.
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    CAD/Oracle programmer, 1980 - 1995
    I worked for the drafting department at Shell as Oracle database software administrator for CAD, user support on IBM mainframe, Unix, VAX, PC, MAC and CAD specialties such as Auto-Trol and MicroStation machines. I also migrated files from a turnkey typesetting system into Auto-Trol so the old system could be retired. In the days of Mac's not talking nice to PC's, a lot of my efforts was finding ways to share files between all these machines from the MAC's which were the odd balls of the whole system.
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AAUW advocate for equity and respect for women & girls.
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I love art and photography. I'm absolutely nuts about cartoons - especially political & social cartoons.

Some people call me an old hippie because of my strong feminist views and out spoken ways but it is ridiculous to be labelled "radical" for only expecting equity and respect for women and girls today.

I try to be non-partisan and vote independently. I will speak out against those I feel do NOT deserve your vote but I typically do not make endorsements.

I AM NOT PRO-ABORTION, but must be pro-choice. I would prefer women choose life but I accept that only they and their doctors can make this difficult choice.

Please know that there is help when life and kids get too hard --  CALL " 2 1 1 "  FOR HELP.
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I am the past chair of the AAUW Social Media Committee from the conception of the Social Media Task Force through July 2013
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