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Almost 40% of Americans have nothing saved for retirement - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote] A third of people (36%) in the U.S. have nothing saved for retirement, a new survey shows. In fact, 14% of people ages 65 and older have no retirement savings; 26% of those 50 to 64; 33%, 30 to 49; and 69%,18 to 29, according to the survey of 1,003 adults, conducted for Bankrate.com, a p...


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Have you ever had a bad dream involving LSU football? - HailHailtoMichigan!
As a Michigan fan, especially as the season is approaching, I often dream about the wolverines getting blown out or losing to grossly inferior teams. While those dreams often become reality these days as a UM fan, these nightmares were happening to me even when the team was good. Have you ever ha...


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If we are to accept that unemployment is unavoidable in a capitalist system - HailHailtoMichigan!
then shouldn't it be necessary that the people who are victims of unemployment receive state aid? Unemployment is very necessary, as it shifts people away from jobs and services that the market does not need, towards jobs that are demanded by the market. But does it somehow interfere with the free m...


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Braxton Miller could be out for season - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller reinjured his right (throwing) shoulder in practice yesterday, sources told The Dispatch, an injury that could cause him to miss the upcoming season and put a new spin on it for the Buckeyes, the fifth-ranked team in the Associated Press preseason ...


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Why does the word "profit" have a negative connotation? - HailHailtoMichigan!
I started this thread a few months back, but I was thinking again today about the peculiar hostility against "for-profit" institutions, even among populist conservatives. Where does this hostility come from? Profit (and loss) is probably the most important component of a market economy, yet in ...


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I found out today that I am related to a 19th century house representative - HailHailtoMichigan!
So I was looking through an extremely extensive family tree that my uncle put together on ancestry.com, and stumbled upon a great great great great grandfather named Emery D. Potter. There was a Wikipedia article about him that my uncle included, and it turns out he was a US representative from Ohio...


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Potential rex fark - HailHailtoMichigan!
[img]http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/trlrky.gif[/img] Can someone put the dogmask on the outside man's head? And then, on the closed blinds, can someone put the words "dr" (didn't read)? ...


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Los Angeles considers paying people to vote - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City C...


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When do you think automation of fast food stores will arrive for good? - HailHailtoMichigan!
I know that some stores have already installed some kiosks, but I think it will be a great benefit to the masses when this becomes a huge trend. If kiosks can do the job much faster than humans, the immense time-cost will be greatly reduced. The good thing is that we have many people (and leader...


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No matter what people say, Ferguson is an example of big government: 1033 - HailHailtoMichigan!
Rand Paul today blamed the militarization of the police on "big government". Statists and believers in soviet philosophy, even on this board, called such an accusation ridiculous. But it's not, for the militarization of local police is a result of the 1033 program. [quote]America has been quietl...


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Not that anyone cares, but Northwestern just lost two huge players - HailHailtoMichigan!
Venric Mark was their star running back. The school tried very hard for him to get a sixth year eligibility, and was successful. He then got suspended for two games this year, and instead is transferring. This is big news in big ten world. Their leading WR is out for the year with an injury, whi...


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Pro-gun Milwaukee Sheriff Defeats Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Money - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's dollars have been defeated again, this time in Wisconsin. Despite Bloomberg dumping $150,000 into the Democrat primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff on behalf of anti-gun Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews with a goal of defeating pro-self defense i...


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Penn State University is a cult which is run by trash people (link) - HailHailtoMichigan!
At first glance, you may think the letter below was authored by a fan nutcase on their forum, but it was actually prepared and distributed by nine current PSU trustees. They are now demanding the following: 1) termination of the NCAA Consent Decree, and of all sanctions against PSU, 2) the...


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Is it bannable to call for cops to shoot store merchants and their families? - HailHailtoMichigan!
Just curious... ...


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As we watch these folks loot the stores, an economic lesson can be taught - HailHailtoMichigan!
Namely, when you make something "free", people will flood to use it. When governments make healthcare "free", for example, people will not economize, and will use the resource at will. (ERs, for example). This is why rationing is necessary in every single planned and centralized economy. Just be...


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"chickengate" could turn Iowa red this November, as dem Braley under fire - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]The battle for control of the U.S. Senate could come down to a dispute between two neighbors in this heartland hamlet over four plump, wander-prone hens. [b]This spring, Pauline Hampton’s chickens roamed onto Bruce and Carolyn Braley’s vacation property on tranquil Holiday Lake. Hampton sa...


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delete- - HailHailtoMichigan!
thread is glitched or something. ...


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Jihad child from suburbs of Sydney, Australia holds severed head - HailHailtoMichigan!
[img]http://www.jihadwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/7yearoldwithseveredhead2-195x300.jpg[/img] [quote] Sydney jihadist Khaled Sharrouf’s son — a child, 7, raised in the suburbs of Sydney — struggles with both arms to hold up the decapitated head of a slain Syrian soldier. According to a r...


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Red States Pressured To Expand Medicaid As Care Contrasts Emerge - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Pressure is building on states to go along with the expansion of Medicaid benefits under the Affordable Care Act as new studies and financial reports from health care companies point out stark differences between states treating more poor Americans and those that aren’t. One of the nation’...


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Question for supporters of single payer healthcare/gov't healthcare - HailHailtoMichigan!
What are some examples of successful government agencies/institutions in this country that make you confident the government could effectively provide medical care? I understand many of you look at other countries to justify your position, but what makes you think American government workers are...


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Walmart will soon be people's doctor. - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Walmart is making its long-awaited move into delivering primary care: The retailer has quietly opened a half-dozen primary care clinics across South Carolina and Texas, and plans to launch six more before January. The clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners, in a partnership with Qu...


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Should companies be mandated to pay for maternity leave? - HailHailtoMichigan!
I believe this will be an eventual political battle, and the democratic party will use the same point they do about many other proposals: "Europe does it, so we must too". Personally, I think this is an issue that a woman should work out when she is looking for a job. Many companies use paid...


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An interesting conversation I had with a man from Appalachia at the coffee shop - HailHailtoMichigan!
I didn't want to mention the poverty of the region, as I think it would have been in bad taste, but then he brought it up. Basically called out his own people, saying that rational people leave areas when the areas become economically unimportant, and criticized them for being "just content enough" ...


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Who are the closet upvoters of liberal threads on this board? - HailHailtoMichigan!
It seems to me that the poliboard has a fair share of liberal lurkers who don't really post much, but will defend their brethren with upvotes. Rex threads always have around 10-15 upvotes, for example. Who are these 15 posters, and why don't they post more on this board? ...


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Man: I bought every pie at Burger King to spite whining brat - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]After waiting in line in front of a mother and screaming child, a man having a bad day decided to take matters into his own hands. A Reddit user posted to a thread labeled, "offmychest" detailing the story of how he was waiting to order at a local Burger King in Montreal, Canada. As he wai...


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Democrats Have a White Working Class Problem—and Not Just in the South - HailHailtoMichigan!
Many democratic posters on here claim that white voters outside of the south are more democratic than Republican, but this is not true: Here is a very interesting read from the New Republic: [link=(http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118960/democrats-white-working-class-problem-isnt-just-sout...


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Democrat Walsh drops out of Montana senate race amid plagiarism controversy - HailHailtoMichigan!
[quote]Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) is dropping his Senate campaign in the wake of a plagiarism scandal, giving Republicans an even bigger edge in the critical open-seat race. "The 2007 research paper from my time at the U.S. Army War College has become a distraction from the debate you expect and ...


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The Return of the Stay-at-home Mother - HailHailtoMichigan!
[img]http://cdn.static-economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/original-size/images/print-edition/20140419_USC738.png[/img] [quote]In 1967 the share of mothers who did not work outside the home stood at 49%; by the turn of the millennium it had dropped to just 23% (see chart 1). Many thought...


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Are public schools still the great equalizer? - HailHailtoMichigan!
I say no, for the American public k-12 school system itself is one of the most grossly unequal institutions in the nation. One can literally use a zip-code directory to determine if the kids are getting prepared for college or if the school simply struggles with gangs. Capable kids in inner ...


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The worst politician in American History - HailHailtoMichigan!
[img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fa/WilliamJBryan1902.png/330px-WilliamJBryan1902.png[/img] William Jennings Bryan. Not only was this loon a rabid theocrat (He defended the state of Tennessee in the Scopes Monkey Trial, defending the Butler Act which forbade the teaching...


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