| Political Talk|| Kansas Subaru Dealership expertly trolls union protesters - 90proofprofessional on 3/14/14 at 3:52 pm|
| O-T Lounge|| OT mechanic question: leak that apparently destroyed stuff in my engine - 90proofprofessional on 3/13/14 at 7:35 pm|
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...
| Political Talk|| another bizarre, delayed ACA funding piece about to kick in, will raise premiums - 90proofprofessional on 2/21/14 at 9:40 am|
[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...
| Political Talk|| CBO releases estimates on employment effects of proposed min wage increases - 90proofprofessional on 2/18/14 at 1:30 pm|
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...
| Political Talk|| 2013's Global Thought Leader list released: at the top, Al Gore - 90proofprofessional on 2/13/14 at 3:35 pm|
The dude still apparently has mad influence. [link=(http://www.realclearscience.com/journal_club/2014/02/13/the_worlds_top_thought_leader_is_al_gore_108506.html)]LINK[/link]
[quote]Last year, Karin Frick and Detlef Guertler of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and Peter Gloor of MIT compiled a li...
| Political Talk|| spin-off from ML thread: levee board O&G suit - 90proofprofessional on 2/12/14 at 4:07 pm|
didn't want to hijack that thread, but wanted to ask about something cwill posted there.
i don't know much at all about the suit details, that type of engineering, or the history there, so i haven't heard the levee system argument you made.
[quote]the ROWs that were cut for P/Ls and location ac...
| Political Talk|| Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize - 90proofprofessional on 1/29/14 at 7:36 am|
[link=(http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/29/edward-snowden-nominated-nobel-peace-prize)]this should make for some amusing theatre[/link]
[quote]Two Norwegian politicians say they have jointly nominated the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel peace ...
| Political Talk|| great rant on why the SOTU sucks - 90proofprofessional on 1/28/14 at 12:09 pm|
Perhaps a bit overstated, but still awesome :lol:
Some snips from a longish rant:
[quote] The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-re...
| Political Talk|| new Christie allegations of holding Sandy money hostage - 90proofprofessional on 1/18/14 at 9:01 am|
[quote]Two senior members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration warned a New Jersey mayor earlier this year that her town would be starved of hurricane relief money unless she approved a lucrative redevelo...
| Political Talk|| Some new info released on W Va chemical spill - 90proofprofessional on 1/16/14 at 11:15 am|
Inspectors had visited the spill site five times since 2001.
[quote]CHARLESTON, W.Va—[b]State environmental inspectors visited the site of last week's chemical spill here at least five times since 2001, mainly for routine reviews but once in response to complaints of a strong licorice smell[/b],...
| Political Talk|| #economicviolence - 90proofprofessional on 1/10/14 at 4:29 pm|
[link=(https://twitter.com/search?q=%23economicviolence&src=tren)]just leaving this trending topic here for your viewing pleasure[/link]
| Political Talk|| Supreme Court puts gay marriage on hold in Utah - 90proofprofessional on 1/6/14 at 9:38 am|
Just saw this tweeted, although i didn't know any such big case was before them. don't really know any background yet.
[quote]The Associated PressVerified account
BREAKING: Supreme Court puts gay marriage on hold in Utah.[/quote]
| Political Talk|| from Pew: some interesting public opinion & demographic observations from 2013 - 90proofprofessional on 1/1/14 at 11:30 am|
[link=(http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/12/23/13-data-milestones-for-2013/)]LINK with more, and associated charts[/link]
[quote] 1 Just over half (51%) of the public now favors same-sex marriage, while 42% are opposed.
2 A majority of Americans (52%) now favor legalizin...
| Political Talk|| White House to allow some to buy catastrophic plans - 90proofprofessional on 12/19/13 at 7:13 pm|
Insurers will love this for sure. [link=(http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303773704579268921897477550)]LINK[/link]
(I can only see the headline & first few sentences, because the content is subscriber-only.)
[quote]WASHINGTON—The Obama administration said Thursday it would ...
| Political Talk|| Gallup: Biggest threat to U.S. is big govt, by a continually widening margin - 90proofprofessional on 12/18/13 at 9:27 pm|
[quote]Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000.[/quote]
Weird how it just keeps gro...
| Political Talk|| What are the board's views on the budget deal? Off-cuff rambling encouraged - 90proofprofessional on 12/15/13 at 11:56 am|
Any strong views on any part of it? Should either side have gone to the mat again for something they want?
And what about the stuff they've moved around on the cuts/new revenue?
I saw several old military buddies griping loudly about how future retirement benefits will be adjusted more slowly...
| Political Talk|| MSNBC’s Touré: Mary Landrieu’s ACA Defection Due To Gerrymandering - 90proofprofessional on 11/14/13 at 9:41 pm|
[link=(http://m.nationalreview.com/corner/363991/msnbcs-tour-mary-landrieus-defection-due-gerrymandering-andrew-johnson)]LINK w video of talk of gerrymandered senate seats[/link]
[quote]He explained on The Cycle that vulnerable Democrats such as Landrieu, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, and Mark Pryor...
| Political Talk|| WA insurance commissioner: no uncanceling policies in WA - 90proofprofessional on 11/14/13 at 3:05 pm|
[quote] Nov 14, 2013
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Just hours after President Obama announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to k...
| Political Talk|| good explanation of one way we make healthcare much more expensive - 90proofprofessional on 11/1/13 at 10:41 am|
This came from [link=(http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/03/here-in-one-graphic-is-whats-wrong-with-american-healthcare/)]this guy[/link]. I think this is a decent explanation at one of the largest problems we h...
| Political Talk|| Valerie Jarrett unironically makes outlandish Obamacare claim, not one hour ago - 90proofprofessional on 10/28/13 at 8:05 pm|
[quote]Valerie JarrettVerified account
?@vj44 FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans. [/quote]
[link=(https://twitter.com/vj44/status/394978744227475456)]LINK[/link] :wha: ...
| Political Talk|| why Nurse Practitioners should be allowed greater authority to practice - 90proofprofessional on 10/18/13 at 9:33 am|
Good read: [link=(http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/the-dubious-case-for-professional-licensing/?_r=1&)]The Dubious Case for Professional Licensing[/link]
[quote]Organized medicine invariably opposes wider scopes of practice and independent practice of nonphysician health professionals, ...
| Political Talk|| good read on why stuff like $15/hr wage protests are actually a great thing - 90proofprofessional on 10/16/13 at 10:14 am|
[quote]It's called "alt-labor," and it has some union critics up in arms. In theory I ought to be joining them -- I'm the author of a long National Review story saying we should rep...
| Political Talk|| PT poll: what do you want us to do w/ the debt ceiling? - 90proofprofessional on 10/16/13 at 9:33 am|
I see 3 choices:
1. Get rid of it for good- no more ceiling at all.
2. Raise it to some higher number.
3. Not raise it- balance the budget immediately.
If your answer is 2, I'll request a rough number and an explanation. If you'd like to see us take some option I haven't considered, pls say ...
| Political Talk|| Would like opinions on this: land-value tax views, Marx vs Friedman - 90proofprofessional on 10/10/13 at 8:54 pm|
Agree with both, neither, or some of each? Which parts, & why?
| Political Talk|| Lockheed plans to furlough 3000 next week- anyone care? - 90proofprofessional on 10/5/13 at 12:44 pm|
| Political Talk|| WaPo: Neo-confederacy has achieved what old Confederacy could not - 90proofprofessional on 10/5/13 at 9:10 am|
[quote]The New Confederacy, as churlish toward President Obama as the Old Confederacy was to Lincoln, has accomplished what its predecessor could not: It has shut down the federal government, and without even firing a weapon or taking 620,000 lives, as did the Old Confederacy’s instigated Civil War....
| Political Talk|| Update: 12 LA customers have enrolled via Healthcare.gov - 90proofprofessional on 10/4/13 at 9:14 am|
| Political Talk|| Updated polling: 36% blame R's, 33% blame Obama/D's, 25% blame all - 90proofprofessional on 10/3/13 at 7:45 am|
Edit for update from [link=(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/05/government-shutdown-blame-poll_n_4045780.html)]HuffPo/YouGov[/link]:
CBS poll: ...
| Political Talk|| WWII Memorial vast majority was paid for by private contributions - 90proofprofessional on 10/2/13 at 10:04 am|
and its maintenance is funded privately completely by its trust fund. It is an open-air, unmanned monument 24/7, 365.
Why was it closed?
[quote]The National World War II Memorial was funded almost entirely by private contributions, as specified in Public Law 103-32. The campaign received more th...
| Political Talk|| Center for American Progress rates Louisiana worst state - 90proofprofessional on 9/25/13 at 1:46 pm|
[quote]Women in the United States earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar that men make, face many barriers to reproductive health care and are significa...