| 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...
| Political Talk|| BR city council supposedly talked about Uber yesterday - 90proofprofessional on 6/12/14 at 8:42 am|
Anyone know if anything came of it? Thirsty for an update....
| Political Talk|| class size research: grade improvements driven entirely by grade manipulation - 90proofprofessional on 6/4/14 at 9:16 am|
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...
| Tech Board|| A company just appointed an algorithm to its board - 90proofprofessional on 6/3/14 at 9:46 am|
[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...
| Political Talk|| St George proponents think they'll make the November ballot - 90proofprofessional on 4/22/14 at 3:39 pm|
[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...
| Political Talk|| For your viewing pleasure: racist Koch Institute posts racist things on Facebook - 90proofprofessional on 4/16/14 at 9:44 am|
US share of world population vs US share of world's prison population:
US minority share of general population vs. US minority share of prison population:
| Political Talk|| Bill to label speed traps passes through panel - 90proofprofessional on 3/24/14 at 3:43 pm|
[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...
| LSU Ticket Exchange|| Got what I need, thanks folks - 90proofprofessional on 3/20/14 at 2:54 pm|
| 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...