| Political Talk|| Here's some bad news that Landrieu will REALLY care about- - 90proofprofessional on 11/17/14 at 8:53 pm|
some of her DC neighbors don't seem to like her very much. They're holding protests and put a giant inflatable pipeline in her yard.
[quote]Environmental activists descended on the Capitol Hill home of Senator Mary L. Landrieu this morning to protest her renewed push for the Keystone XL pipeline....
| Political Talk|| Why infrastructure costs in the US are so high (7 reasons) - 90proofprofessional on 11/14/14 at 12:25 pm|
Damn America, you dumb.
[quote]1. Davis-Bacon Laws: Passed in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act mandates that laborers for federal public works projects receive local prevailing wages...
calculated prevailing wages at 22 percent above BLS figures, forcing higher prices. [/quote]
[quote]2. Project Labor A...
| Political Talk|| Scientists land spacecraft on a freaking comet, feminists melt down - 90proofprofessional on 11/12/14 at 8:25 pm|
because one of the chief scientists wears this during interviews:
:rotflmao: These trifling, hating losers can eat shite. This dude is a fricking boss.
[quote]Erin Brodwin, science repor...
| Political Talk|| Check out how much loot the CO gov is making of legal MJ - 90proofprofessional on 11/7/14 at 3:21 pm|
Will never supplant fuel taxes, but surprisingly large compared to alcohol/tobacco, and quickly. This alone makes swift legalization everywhere else seem plausible and in fact likely:
| Political Talk|| GOP improving w asian/black/middle class since 2010. worse w hispanics & women - 90proofprofessional on 11/5/14 at 11:36 am|
Did better with all groups since 2012 (no surprise.) 2010 comparison is the one on the right. GOP also improved with 18-29 year-olds since 2010.
| Fark Board|| Is it possible to replace the words in this comic without it looking like crap? - 90proofprofessional on 10/30/14 at 3:21 pm|
I'm hoping "LIBERALS" here can be replaced by "RACISTS." Would someone do this, if possible?
| Political Talk|| Fun 2-minute video of Chris Christie being a big, fat boss - 90proofprofessional on 10/30/14 at 11:36 am|
To brighten the day of any who may be inclined to watch him refusing to take any shit: [link=(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaqK7w9SzT0)]LINK[/link]
| Political Talk|| Health-spending deceleration: mostly Bush's fault, apparently - 90proofprofessional on 10/27/14 at 4:37 pm|
[quote]A great deal of analysis has been published on the causes of the health care spending slowdown system-wide — including in the pages of [i]Health Affairs[/i]. Much attention in...
| Political Talk|| Updated CEO pay OP: CEOs earn 3.8 times average worker - 90proofprofessional on 10/2/14 at 4:58 pm|
Is it too large, about right, or too small? What would be ideal?
What is the actual ratio of average worker to CEO pay? (cheating allowed)
Update: Bureau of Labor Statistics says [link=(http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#00-0000)]the ratio is ~3.8 to 1.[/link]
Average CEO as of May...
| Political Talk|| Wal-Mart getting into the banking business - 90proofprofessional on 9/30/14 at 11:38 am|
[link=(http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/wal-mart-stores-are-clustered-near-the-unbanked/)]and it makes a lot of sense[/link]
[quote]Wal-Mart announced last week that it will partner with Green Dot, an issuer of prepaid debit cards, to offer low-fee checking accounts to customers in all Wal-Mart s...
| Political Talk|| Excellent (but longish) read on what we usually mean when we say "Science" - 90proofprofessional on 9/26/14 at 9:13 am|
for nobody to read, by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry:
[quote]Here's one certain sign that something is very wrong with our collective mind: Everybody uses a word, but no one is clear on what the word actually means.
One of those words is "science."
Everybody uses it. Science says this, science says t...
| Political Talk|| Are we successfully bending the healthcare cost curve? - 90proofprofessional on 9/18/14 at 1:47 pm|
[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...
| O-T Lounge|| Maids reveal: Michael Jackson even more disgusting than previously thought - 90proofprofessional on 8/10/14 at 3:18 pm|
[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,...
| Political Talk|| Could an expert on the global/fascist Elite tell me a bit about - 90proofprofessional on 8/10/14 at 1:09 pm|
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...
| Political Talk|| Cafe owner charges Min Wage fee in response to increase, libs irate - 90proofprofessional on 8/6/14 at 6:26 pm|
[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, ...
| Political Talk|| QE Update: down to $25bil this month, still ending in October - 90proofprofessional on 7/30/14 at 3:19 pm|
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...
| Political Talk|| No thread on St George FRONTLINE documentary? - 90proofprofessional on 6/25/14 at 2:29 pm|
[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 ...
| Political Talk|| Is Scott Walker a legit contender? - 90proofprofessional on 6/19/14 at 7:12 pm|
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...
| Political Talk|| StL Fed: 2009 Stimulus --> trash. - 90proofprofessional on 6/17/14 at 8:08 pm|
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 ...
| Political Talk|| Scope of practice laws & health outcomes, dental edition - 90proofprofessional on 6/13/14 at 9:30 am|
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.
Index based on [link=(htt...