Standing on the rooftop of Gawker Media with some of Longshot’s web team, watching the sun rise Sunday after a sleepless night of coding, I said, “I don’t even know how I got here. I’m just some kid from Fresno.” Adam responded, “We’re all just kids from somewhere.”
Largest Corporate Quarterly Earnings of All Time
There is exactly one company on that entire list that is not an oil and gas company. And they’re not that far from the top.
Looking at this table makes it obvious that we pay too much for our oil and gas. It takes extraordinary performance to achieve these kinds of profits in the world of gadgets, whereas oil and gas companies make as much money as Apple by default.
I don’t think we pay to much for our gadgets and iPhones though. But at least someone in the gadget value chain deserves a raise. All gadget vendors should start paying Foxconn et al. more IMO. I understand that it’s a very complex situation and that it wouldn’t solve the problems instantly for Chinese factory workers, but it would be a start. Apple could manage such a thing, but it would be harder for the competitors, considering that many of them are showing negative numbers.
Durbin, a leading proponent of the DREAM Act, used the tale of suicide victim Joaquin Luna to call on lawmakers to pass the bill. (Getty Images)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act in the wake of the suicide of Joaquin Luna, a teenage boy in Texas whose family says took his life out of frustration over his undocumented status.
Durbin, the Senate’s chief proponent of the DREAM Act, cautioned that he did not want to “jump to conclusions” about the circumstances surrounding Luna’s death, but said that it should serve as a wake-up call for lawmakers to pass the measure, which provides a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants who join the military or graduate from college.
“His story, I hope, will inspire others to step up and speak up for those who are promoting the DREAM Act,” Durbin said during a speech on the Senate floor. “I want to bring this to the floor again. I want to pass it, I want to make sure that the hopelessness and despair people feel is replaced by the hopeful belief that if they continue to work hard in their lives and continue to be dedicated to America, they can make this a better and stronger nation.”
(Watch Durbin’s speech here).