| 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...
| 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...