Looking forward to Stossel's retirement.
Do voters not know that government has no money of its own, so when politicians “create” jobs, they take money from the private sector, the only group that creates real jobs?
Do voters not know that corporations have no money of their own, so when CEOs "create" jobs, they take money from the consumers, the only group that creates real jobs?
Neither of these statements are much of the whole story. Sounds like the first day's lecture of Overly Simplistic Economics 101.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 02:45
Does putting a blanket on your bed make you sleep warmer? Some say No.posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 02:18
@yeti: I'm glad that no one was injured as far as I could tell in my Google searches about this incident. Ms. Kennedy is responsible but there can also be risks that are not reasonably her fault. It doesn't look to me like this was a verdict influenced by money or status. I'm open to considering a contrary argument.posted @ Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 08:38
@yeti: I have a friend taking the same medications and I was told the pills do look very similar in size and color. Also, zolpidem, a sleeping medication, is not particularly abused and does not make a lot of sense to take in the morning even by a hypothetical abuser.
I was pretty dubious about this until I asked my friend if they thought the pills looked very similar.posted @ Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 01:47
@Hair of the Dawg: If you were an unborn soul, and had a choice of being born as a random black boy or a random white boy, which would you choose? I think most people would agree that there are still advantages to being born as a white boy. We are not quite past that yet.
Also similarly, would you pick to be born as a random poor boy or a random middle-class boy? That is why we also have programs for the benefit of children from a poor background.posted @ Friday, February 28, 2014 - 15:05
"The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service recently received a $1.7 million federal grant for a navigator program to accelerate the Obamacare train that is destined to crash. Georgia has no business participating in such a known folly." If the program is so bad, wouldn't the Navigator program help it more quickly reach your desired result of "crashing"?
Just what is the Republican plan for the poor and uninsured? Does someone pay for their healthcare? If so, who? Obamacare is rooted in a Republican idea that makes people responsible for paying as much as they can afford, but still give them good healthcare.posted @ Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 19:39
@Jaki: Every election is a term limit. If the electorate is paying attention then we should be able to get an acceptable representative. Also there is the problem of campaign financing, lack of participation in the party primaries, and other ways that the parties in power try to rig elections (gerrymandering, voting rules). But I don't think term limits solves any real problems, and maybe it makes the non-elected political powers more influential by limiting the power and experience of the elected representatives.posted @ Monday, February 24, 2014 - 14:21
@snarkydude: If you look at an earlier document of the study, you can see that the questions are not ideological or partisan, as in Appendix A on page 25.
If there was going to be some violation of free speech rights, then I do not see how that would happen based on the descriptions of the program as in the document.
In any case, the FCC is revising the study questions in response to the concerns that have been raised. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-fcc-cin-st...
I was wrong about saying the survey might be mailed to a small number of people. After reading the detailed survey document, they proposed interviews at a maximum of 56 TV and radio stations, talking to 5 people (reporters and managers) at each site. I think that part of the surveying is particularly likely to be left out of the revised study.
The point of the study is to find out how effectively people are getting "critical information" from their local media, useful stuff instead of celebrity news or other fluff.posted @ Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 16:47
Nice history. Good to get these stories, Thanks.posted @ Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 03:30
“Smart, insured men will not go to the doctor and that just bothers me to no end,” Gelfand said. But what about the uninsured people due to Georgia's refusal to expand Medicaid to about a half million of Georgia's working poor? Even though it would be more than 90% paid for by the federal taxes that Georgians are paying.posted @ Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 03:22
@Used2baFreeCountry: An outrage, an outrage I tells ya. Someday, maybe next year, maybe later, up to six people will receive a voluntary questionnaire in a manila envelope, in the mail. Or maybe not. Clearly the end of free speech in America.posted @ Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 03:13
More about the FCC study from the Columbia Journalism Review
Nothing has happened yet, and it doesn't sound scary to me. The survey doesn't sound totally crazy in light of the concentration of media ownership and how that affects the information given to the public.posted @ Friday, February 21, 2014 - 14:23
The stimulus was not big enough, and not sufficiently targeted at infrastructure rather than tax cuts for wealthy people. And yet it was beneficial :posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 03:26
Sons of Confederate Veterans need to come up with a new design, a nice one could use an "XY" motif for the male chromosomes. A bit of Christian wisdom comes from Romans 14:20
"Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense."
I think it applies here, but of course the Sons of Confederate Veterans might not be into Christian behavior.posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 02:49
As it has been presented here in previous articles, the Navigator program provides information about the law as it exists and as the program can be utilized by GA citizens, not pushing ideological viewpoints. Sounds like a very useful service to the community - don't use it if you don't want to.posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 02:38
[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - Obamacare is causing the closure of some Georgia hospitals:
States that are going along with the Medicaid expansion are not having this problem. The Supreme Court said that states have the option to not expand Medicaid as in the Affordable Care Act, but that does not mean that it makes any financial or public benefit sense to do so. A very sad decision for GA and other states to make.posted @ Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 15:14
I always thought it was crazy that uninsured people have to pay a much higher price than the insured, so it is good to see the following in the article :
"Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service is expected to soon issue regulations, required by the Affordable Care Act, barring nonprofit hospitals — about half those in the U.S. — from charging uninsured patients more than the discounted rates for insured patients. The regulations also will include protections from abusive collections practices and require nonprofit hospitals to inform patients about available financial assistance and eligibility rules."posted @ Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 15:07
What routes do the HEROs patrol?
HEROs currently patrol the following metro Atlanta freeways:
-- I-20 between Thornton Rd. (Exit 44) and SR20/SR138/Stockbridge Hwy. (Exit 82)
-- I-75 between SR 155 (Exit 216) and Emerson-Allatoona Rd. (Exit 283)
-- I-85 between SR 74/Senoia Rd. (Exit 61) and SR 20 (Exit 115)
-- I-285 between Washington Rd. (Exit 1) and Old National Hwy. (Exit 62)
-- I-575 between Barrett Pkwy. (Exit 1) and Townlake Pkwy. (Exit
-- I-675 between I-75 and I-285
-- I-985 between I-85 and Spout Springs Rd./Flowery Branch Rd. (Exit 12)
-- SR 166/Langford Pkwy. between I-285 and I-75/85
-- US 78 between Valley Brook Rd./N. Druid Hills (Exit 1) and West Park Place Blvd. (Exit 9)
-- SR 400 between Sidney Marcus Blvd/Piedmont Rd. (Exit 1) and Windward Pkwy (Exit 11)
Has "Americans for the Prosperous" ever done anything that is in the general interest? Too bad the UGA people are feeling politically threatened because of their work to help people understand and use the ACA benefits.posted @ Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 00:00
Most economists do not agree with this. "The weak recovery is caused instead by factors beyond the Fed’s control: concern over government spending, tax policy, regulation and uncertainty over Obamacare." The real cause is lack of demand - government employment (fed, state, local combined) has shrunk considerably, Republicans have blocked spending on government infrastructure at a time when interest rates are near zero which means that all private companies are spending as much as they possibly could. Tax policy - really.... Regulation - what regulation, clearly not enough regulation to prevent plants exploding in various states, miners killed, West Virginia water supplies knocked out, Wall Street is paying everyone off to write loopholes into all their regulation. Uncertainty over Obamacare - huh. Republican games with debt ceilings have caused much more uncertainty, and damage (lack of spending) from the government shutdown. Inflation is very modest, and if it grew to 4% while getting out of the unemployment situation, that would not be so bad. But much better than Fed policy would be government infrastructure spending.posted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 03:48
Purcell's argument is flailing around with a lot of inaccuracy. His insurance premium did not double to subsidize others - subsidies would be coming from general tax revenues. Health care cost growth has actually slowed down in the past few years. Whoever is paying for his insurance needs to shop around. If he is buying it himself, maybe he needs to check out the ACA insurance exchange and find out if there are any subsidies he qualifies for. Or his insurance premium may have doubled if it was previously not really covering very much (leaving others to pick up the bill if he goes into medical bankruptcy, or he just dies due to delayed and reduced medical treatment) - his sloppiness in this article leads me to suspect he really does not know the details of his old coverage policy, all that fine print.posted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 03:14
[quote][b]Logical[/b] - My dry cleaner charges a penalty for credit cards, I'm sure much of the cash gets "lost" from the books.[/quote]
If your dry cleaner's penalty is around 5% or a little more, then they are just trying to compensate for the credit card processing fees, which are eating up a large part of their earnings otherwise. But you make a good point about a lot of unreported cash earnings. I think it would be good to have some kind of national sales or VAT tax, and then raise the low income limit for even needing to file a tax return - that would compensate some for the unreported cash income.posted @ Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 03:07
Great article, thanks for writing it. From Wikipedia
"Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a magnetic resonance imaging technique that enables the measurement of the restricted diffusion of water in tissue in order to produce neural tract images...... The higher information content of a DTI voxel makes it extremely sensitive to subtle pathology in the brain. In addition the directional information can be exploited at a higher level of structure to select and follow neural tracts through the brain—a process called tractography"posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 13:56
More about relaxing the employer mandate at
There are still substantially more unemployed people actively looking for work than there are job openings. That has been true for quite a while now, usually stated as 3 unemployed job seekers for every 1 job opening. The number may actually be a little lower, and also there is the issue of new job openings that are never advertised.
Kingston is advocating the same supply-side economics and deregulation that have caused the slow growth and increasing income inequality over the last 30 years. This article does not mention his opinion about the lousy international trade treaties that give multinational corporations more power and have eroded the US trade balance.posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 15:12
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more