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Are we successfully bending the healthcare cost curve? - 90proofprofessional
[quote]Growth in Health Spending Exceeds 4%, Driven by Prescription Drugs SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 ANN ARBOR, MI— Health spending in July 2014 grew 4.3% over July 2013, bringing the year-to-date increase to 4.4%. This is well above the 3.6% growth rate estimated for 2013 by the Centers for Medicare & Me...


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Maids reveal: Michael Jackson even more disgusting than previously thought - 90proofprofessional
[link=(http://nypost.com/2014/08/10/michael-jacksons-ex-maids-reveal-madness-at-neverland/)]King of Poop[/link] Some excerpted highlights, for you to read one or two of: [quote]“Michael sometimes ran around where the animals were, and he’d track poop throughout the house and think nothing of it,...


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Could an expert on the global/fascist Elite tell me a bit about - 90proofprofessional
what their relationship with and opinions on ISIS might be, and if ISIS might be a nuisance/help to their goals? Could I also get an idea of how what Obama intends to do & is doing in response might fit in with their plans? ETA: hopefully I'm not confusing two groups with the global/fascist d...


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Cafe owner charges Min Wage fee in response to increase, libs irate - 90proofprofessional
[link=(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/06/minimum-wage-fee_n_5656278.html?1407364773&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067)]LINK[/link] [quote]A new "minimum wage fee" tacked on to receipts at a Minnesota restaurant is proving hard for customers to stomach. Facebook users are bombarding Oasis Café, ...


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QE Update: down to $25bil this month, still ending in October - 90proofprofessional
Just so the politards are current. :cheers: [quote]Fed policymakers, as anticipated, agreed to reduce purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities to $25 billion a month from $35 billion. The Fed has said it expects to end the program in October.[/quote] [quote]The statement conced...


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No thread on St George FRONTLINE documentary? - 90proofprofessional
[link=(http://theadvocate.com/home/9558319-125/st-george-backers-nervous-about)]Searched but did not find[/link] [quote]he proposed city of St. George has found itself in the uncomfortable glow of the national spotlight once again — this time with a 30-minute PBS FRONTLINE special scheduled to air ...


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Is Scott Walker a legit contender? - 90proofprofessional
After Decatur's thread earlier, I looked into today's Walker story a bit more, and noticed how it had been reported. I saw the story on NYT's page with the headline of "Prosecutors in Wisconsin Say Gov. Scott Walker Had Central Role in Fund-raising Scheme." Not until 6 paragraphs down did it poi...


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StL Fed: 2009 Stimulus --> trash. - 90proofprofessional
Just wanted to share some boring empirical work FWIW. Analysis of the first year shows some... weak results. Title of the analysis is appropriately straightforward- "The 2009 Recovery Act: Directly Created and Saved Jobs Were Primarily in Government." The direct numbers look so low compared ...


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Scope of practice laws & health outcomes, dental edition - 90proofprofessional
Just wanted to share. Some decent-looking evidence that top-level healthcare providers in this industry have too much control over who is "qualified" to do what and under which conditions. [img]http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/assets/4610793/toothloss.png width=500[/img] Index based on [link=(htt...


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BR city council supposedly talked about Uber yesterday - 90proofprofessional
[link=(http://businessreport.com/article/20140611/BUSINESSREPORT0112/140619932)]LINK[/link] Anyone know if anything came of it? Thirsty for an update....


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class size research: grade improvements driven entirely by grade manipulation - 90proofprofessional
Evidence from a natural experiment in Italy. [link=(http://www.nber.org/papers/w20173)]LINK[/link] Definitely not the last word in how class size should fit into education policy, but interesting IMO. [quote]An instrumental variables (IV) identification strategy that exploits statutory [b]cla...


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A company just appointed an algorithm to its board - 90proofprofessional
[link=(http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2014/06/a-company-just-appointed-an-algorithm-to-its-board.html)]:not sure whether Money Talk or Tech Board:[/link] [quote]A Hong Kong VC fund has just appointed an algorithm to its board. Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age...


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St George proponents think they'll make the November ballot - 90proofprofessional
[link=(http://businessreport.com/article/20140422/BUSINESSREPORT0112/140429956)]LINK[/link][quote]"If we continue the pace we're on, it looks like we will make it," says Norman Browning, who is leading the movement. "Can I guarantee it? No. But are we on pace for it? Yes." Browning and fellow or...


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For your viewing pleasure: racist Koch Institute posts racist things on Facebook - 90proofprofessional
US share of world population vs US share of world's prison population: [img]http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/31688689/koch.0_standard_755.0.png width=250[/img] US minority share of general population vs. US minority share of prison population: [img]http://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/...


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Bill to label speed traps passes through panel - 90proofprofessional
thoughts? [quote]If one day you are driving down a Louisiana highway and come across a large flashing sign with the warning "Speed Trap Ahead," you can thank Rep. Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro, whose bill to so label certain towns is headed to the House floor. The House Transportation Committee today a...


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Got what I need, thanks folks - 90proofprofessional
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Kansas Subaru Dealership expertly trolls union protesters - 90proofprofessional
[img]https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t31.0-8/p526x395/1957808_598005730290953_559737682_o.jpg[/img] [link=(http://twitchy.com/2014/03/14/subaru-for-the-win-dealership-hits-back-at-union-protest-with-kick-ass-sign-pics-video/)]LINK[/link] ...


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OT mechanic question: leak that apparently destroyed stuff in my engine - 90proofprofessional
so i'm driving and i start to smell some type of electrical burn, and see white smoke. i notice a slight drop in brake pressure, but am almost home. my car shuts down at a red light, but restarts and i make it the half-mile home (with normal brake pressure back). i look inside and see this green...


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another bizarre, delayed ACA funding piece about to kick in, will raise premiums - 90proofprofessional
[quote]Affordable Care Act's "annual fee on health insurance is a unique tax levied on health insurance companies as a fixed amount each year that is roughly proportional to their insurance market share, as measured by total premiums. [/quote] So, it's a fee of pre-determined and increasing size fr...


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CBO releases estimates on employment effects of proposed min wage increases - 90proofprofessional
if it's raised to $9/hour, they project 100,000 fewer employed workers in 2016. if it's raised to $10.10/hour, they project 500,000 fewer. their exact scenario: [quote]A “$10.10 option” would increase the federal minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour in three st...


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