Profile overview for bobroland.
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This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):

7 submissions to news

5 submissions to buffalobills

4 submissions to distillery

4 submissions to Over30

3 submissions to GOATFFL

This user has so far shared a total of 23 links, started a total of 21 discussions and submitted a total of 755 comments.

Voting habits

Submissions: This user has upvoted 3359 and downvoted 164 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 1865 and downvoted 107 comments.

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5 lowest rated submissions:

Call for questions? I have many, many questions., submitted: 6/21/2015 2:27:11 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

St. Louis Cardinals have Houston Astros, submitted: 6/16/2015 11:31:38 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

Any Megaloungers here from Reddit?, submitted: 6/17/2015 12:46:49 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

Hellbound Glory - Lost Cause, submitted: 7/1/2015 1:50:15 PM, 1 points (+1|-0)

A moonshiner's life, submitted: 6/15/2015 10:43:15 AM, 2 points (+2|-0)

Comment ratings

3 highest rated comments:

Are our servers ready for this? submitted by BustyChicksFTW to AskVoat

bobroland 1 points 530 points (+531|-1) ago

To paraphrase Jaws, we're going to need a bigger Voat.

IAmA has gone private with no notice submitted by userexec to MeanwhileOnReddit

bobroland 2 points 125 points (+127|-2) ago

According to Karmanaut, a mod there;

Today, we learned that Victoria was unexpectedly let go from her position with Reddt. We all had the rug ripped out from under us and feel betrayed. Before doing that, the admins really should have at least talked to us (and all the other subs that host AMAs, like /r/Books[1] , /r/Science[2] , /r/Music[3] , etc.) We had a number of AMAs scheduled for today that Victoria was supposed to help with, and they are all left absolutely high and dry (hence taking IAMA private to figure out the situation) She was still willing to help them today (before the sub was shut down, of course) even without being paid or required to do so. Just a sign of how much she is committed to what she does. The admins didn't realize how much we rely on Victoria. Part of it is proof, of course: we know it's legitimate when she's sitting right there next to the person and can make them provide proof. We've had situations where agents or others have tried to do an AMA as their client, and Victoria shut that shit down immediately. We can't do that anymore. Part of it is also that Victoria is an essential lifeline of communication. When something goes wrong in an AMA, we can call and get it fixed immediately. Otherwise, we have to resort to desperately try messaging the person via Reddit (and they may not know to check their messages or even to look for these notifications). Sometimes we have to resort to shit like this[4] (now with a screenshot[5] because I can't link to that anymore for you) where we have to nuke an entire submission just so that the person is aware of the problem. Part of it is also organization. The vast majority of scheduling requests go through her and she ensures that we have all of the standard information that we need ahead of time (date, time, proof, description, etc.) and makes it easier for the teams that set up AMAs on both ends. She ensures that things will go well and that the person understands what /r/IAMA[6] is and what is expected of them. Without her filling this role, we will be utterly overwhelmed. We might need to scrap the calendar altogether, or somehow limit AMAs from those that would need help with the process. We have been really blindsided by all of this. As a result, we will need to go through our processes and see what can be done without her. Tl;dr: for /r/IAMA[7] to work the way it currently does, we need Victoria. Without her, we need to figure out a different way for it to work.

https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bw39q/why_has_riama_been_set_to_private/

So, yeah. Chairman Pao carries two guns. One is the gun of evil, the other gun of stupidity. It looks like this Reddit wound was from that second gun.

How is $15 minimum wage doing in Seattle? submitted by radamhadameal to AskVoat

bobroland 0 points 115 points (+115|-0) ago

We really don't have enough data yet. Economic policies typically don't show results for at least a year or two. In this case, it should be longer.

Here's what we have seen. Unemployment has not increased, although the growth of new jobs is slightly lower than the national average. The number of restaurants has shrunk by .1% and opposed to the previous years growth of +1.5%. I think it's fair to say that the scenario is not as bad as some feared, not as positive as others have advocated.

Now, the question is what are the long term ramifications? Even those who push for a minimum wage increase admit we simply don't know what impact a drastic rise will have.

I should point out my bias. I live in Buffalo, NY where the cost of living is low, but so are the wages. New York State, under pressure from New York City, is pushing to raise the minimum wage for only fast food workers to $15. That means that a person flipping burgers in Buffalo will make as much as an EMT, a starting system admin, an insurance adjuster and a starting teacher. This will hurt the working poor as those fast food jobs they rely upon will be grabbed by people with a higher level of education and training. So, that's where I stand on the issue, and use that knowledge to view my answer through an objective lense.

3 lowest rated comments:

deleted by user submitted by SenorPoop to news

bobroland 4 points -4 points (+0|-4) ago

So, I agree with you in general...however, I can't help but think of a personal hero of mine. Mayor Frances X. Schwab of Buffalo. Now, Schwab was a brewer who was raided by the feds during prohibition. The jury refused to convict, and he waged war against prohibition. Prohibition was a progressive movement, and one of the main players was the Klan, defending the "good" people of Buffalo from those filthy immigrants.

The Klan would raid speakeasies. Looking out the window of the distillery I work at is a bowling alley that was serving hooch against the law. When the Klan found out they stormed the Place. Schwab and some Irish police he trusted fought back, clubs flying, noses blooded.

He then sent in a cop to infiltrate the Klan. After finding out where their records were kept, the house was "robbed" by people unknown. Next day, the list of Klan members started appearing tacked to sign posts. Schwab figured if he couldn't touch them with the law, he would touch them with shame. It worked.

Oh, I might be against the public statements of this sort of thing...on the other hand, sometimes you fight with the weapons you can get your hands on. Ethics are rarely black and white.

Some thoughts on the MCU Spider-Man reboot submitted by thoughts-from-alex to MarvelStudios

bobroland 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

Well, I do have one antagonist who, in my mind, is gay. He's also a minor antagonist, and a nasty piece of work. Part of his character was shaped by feeling isolated growing up. Since it's not important to the story, it was never written down. That sort of thing happens when writing. You often have more backstory than ever hits the page. Sexuality comes up only when important to the story. Lead character was straight because there was a romance through story.

Anyways....

See, Peter isn't unlucky. Luck is that point on the Venn diagram where bad actions overlap accidents. Any other person, including the reader, would do a better job at being Spider-Man than Peter Parker does. We roll our eyes slightly. We identify. We've all been screw ups. It's not luck.

As for Flash....well, in a well written story, every character has an arc, but it's usually unseen. Flash works best as a force of nature. He's an obstacle. You don't care about where he's going, any more than you care about where a tornado goes. You don't need o redeem every character...and in fact you should avoid it as often as possible in a drama.

Look, I'm not saying you shouldn't approach minority character as real characters...it's just that 99% of the time it's done badly. David Simon is a great writer for television because he does show deeply flawed minority characters. It's great. Problem is, the vast majority of people can't...and even if they could, there's going to be some hollywood knucklehead who is going to edit the flaws out of a minority character. Nature of the beast. We have the world as it is, not as we wish it.

Some thoughts on the MCU Spider-Man reboot submitted by thoughts-from-alex to MarvelStudios

bobroland 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

The "redemptive ending for everyone" ending dates back to Shakespeare's comedies...and in a comedy it works. The end of the work is like an episode of Oprah where everyone finds something under their seat. Everyone gets a car, cue credits. Drama is different. In a drama you need to narrow the focus to the main characters so that the resolution and the journey becomes more important, more poignant. In the example of Spider-Man, the focus has to be Peter's journey, not that of other characters. In a drama the comedic characters can have their own resolution, but the serious characters should have their redemption tied directly to the actions, or inactions of the protagonist.

Is it a hard and fast rule? Nope. No such thing. Art sometimes has to break the rules, but most of the time when it happens it's to the detriment of the art.

David Simon was a beat reporter for the Baltimore Sun before he published "Homicide: A Life on the Killing Streets". That would be turned into a TV show (highly under-rated) which would lead to some incredible HBO shows. The Corner, following the lives of drug addicts in Baltimore, The Wire, following police in criminals in Baltimore and Treme which took place in post Katrina New Orleans. Great stuff because he manages to capture the reality of all the characters. He tackles race head on, and doesn't flinch. He shows people both good and bad.

I'm insanely jealous of his skills.