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2951  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Some thought from the Eastern front on: October 23, 2013, 10:23:52 AM
Michelle who is one of my favorite writers, indeed if I was younger and she was available....

Yes we on the front lines of medical care are forced to spend ALL our time collecting and responding to data and data points, and formats, and numbers.  The personal touch between patient and doctor and decision making is being taken away.  Standards are set primarily by government but the big companies are also using the data to extract every single dime out of humanities daily lives.

A case manager at one of the hospitals I go to recently said to me it is all about the data.  Everything we do is for the data.  Data can be manipulated.  It can be falsified.  She said if it isn't written in the data - it doesn't exist.

Hospitals, dialysis, pharmacies, pharmacy benefits managers, pharmaceuticals, urgent care centers, nursing homes are all consolidating and being run by big corporations.  Most of this is I think funded via Wall Street.  One astute physician suggested how health care is one of the biggest and only drivers of the economy right now.  So the 1000 dollar suits are focusing on health care.  No one can compete with their billions to throw around.

(The energy sector could also do well if the liberal machine would get the hell out of the way.)

There are more jobs there will be more efficiencies.  I don't know if care will necessarily be better or not.  One definite thing is that the way it is measured will certainly be distorted to reflect that it is.
One professor who used to do a lot of research pointed out - it is all in the way one measure it. 

The data points that are shoved in front of us are the measurements used to reflect better care.  We will not see other issues that are not being measured. 

I can go on a hospital floor and see rows of nurses sitting at computers.  In some locations I have actually had to scramble to even get to a computer terminal before the nurse gets there.  Or vice a versa.

We can see first hand how every single human endeavor is being manipulated to squeeze every single penny out of our existence. 
2952  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / second post on: October 23, 2013, 10:08:30 AM
I don't love this guy much and while I disagree all of his prescriptions for anything he does have one valid point.  The middle class in the US is dying.  Remember when one could put their money in a local bank and they would pay us 5% interest without fees, without minimums?  Now banks TAKE as much from us while we park our money with them!  That is one example of the difference between years past and now.  No one can save anything.  One may argue with the exact number but when most people in the US are living from paycheck to paycheck we as a country have a big problem.  Republicans are not speaking TO these  people.  They just speak about debt, freedom, smaller government, etc.  I get it.  I agree with the concepts.  But most Joes want to hear what we can do for them!  We ALL know the Clintons will frame the debate so average people who don't spend much time thinking about political philosophy will understand.  They will frame it in a way to tug at people's emotions.  That is why she will win.  Of course, they have a complicit media.  And they are world class liars.  And they repeatedly commit fraud, cover ups, and take no responsibility for screw ups.  And the media lets them get away with it because they are liberal or want to hop on the money and power train.

So IMHO Reich is a crazy communist liberal.  Yet his points about the sinking middle class is DEAD ON.   So what say we?   Less government, more tax breaks, less regulation.  OK fine.  So how does that help or connect with the average Joe who doesn't know the difference between the AHA and Obamacare?  My answer it doesn't.  And that is why folks we lose.

*****Robert Reich: The triumph of the right
By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency

Posted October 23, 2013 at midnight

Conservative Republicans have lost their fight over the shutdown and debt ceiling, and they probably won’t get major spending cuts in upcoming negotiations over the budget.

But they’re winning the big one: How the nation understands our biggest domestic problem. Conservative Republicans say the biggest problem is the size of government and the budget deficit.

In fact, our biggest problem is the decline of the middle class and the increasing ranks of the poor, while almost all the economic gains go to the top.

The Labor Department reported Tuesday that only 148,000 jobs were created in September — way down from the average of 207,000 new jobs a month in the first quarter of the year.



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Many Americans have stopped looking for work. The official unemployment rate of 7.2 percent reflects only those who are still looking. If the same percentage of Americans were in the workforce today as when Barack Obama took office, today’s unemployment rate would be 10.8 percent.

Meanwhile, 95 percent of the economic gains since the recovery began in 2009 have gone to the top 1 percent. The real median household income continues to drop, and the number of Americans in poverty continues to rise.

So what’s Washington doing about this? Nothing. Instead, it’s back to debating how to cut the federal budget deficit.

But the deficit shouldn’t even be an issue because it’s now almost down to the same share of the economy as it has averaged over the last 30 years.

The triumph of right-wing Republicanism extends further. Failure to reach a budget agreement will restart the so-called “sequester” — automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that were passed in 2011 as a result of Congress’s last failure to agree on a budget.

These automatic cuts get tighter and tighter, year by year — squeezing almost everything the federal government does except for Social Security and Medicare. While about half the cuts come out of the defense budget, much of the rest come out of programs designed to help Americans in need: extended unemployment benefits; supplemental nutrition for women, infants and children; educational funding for schools in poor communities; Head Start; special education for students with learning disabilities; child-care subsidies for working families; heating assistance for poor families. The list goes on.

The biggest debate in Washington over the next few months will be whether to whack the federal budget deficit by cutting future entitlement spending and closing some tax loopholes, or go back to the sequester. Some choice.

The real triumph of the right has come in shaping the national conversation around the size of government and the budget deficit — thereby diverting attention from what’s really going on: the increasing concentration of the nation’s income and wealth at the very top, while most Americans fall further and further behind.

More cuts in the deficit will only worsen this by reducing total demand for goods and services and by eliminating programs that hard-pressed Americans depend on.

The president and Democrats should reframe the national conversation around widening inequality.

They could start by demanding an increase in the minimum wage and a larger Earned Income Tax Credit. (The president doesn’t even have to wait for Congress to act. He can raise the minimum wage for government contractors through an executive order.)

Framing the central issue around jobs and inequality would make clear why it’s necessary to raise taxes on the wealthy and close tax loopholes (such as “carried interest,” which enables hedge-fund and private-equity managers to treat their taxable income as capital gains). It would explain why we need to invest more in education — including early-childhood as well as affordable higher education.

This framework would even make the Affordable Care Act more understandable — as a means for helping working families whose jobs are paying less or disappearing altogether, and therefore are in constant danger of losing health insurance.

The central issue of our time is the reality of widening inequality of income and wealth. Everything else — the government shutdown, the fight over the debt ceiling, the continuing negotiations over the budget deficit — is a dangerous distraction.

The right’s success in generating this distraction is its greatest, and most insidious, triumph.

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is a columnist for the Tribune Content Agency.*****
2953  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: October 23, 2013, 09:51:11 AM
Doug,
First, sorry about the Giants and Vikings shocked.

Doug writes,

" In politics, they are endless.  How come Republicans want to starve the poor, take away Grannies' meds, don't care about working people, only care about the rich, care only about themselves, don't have a plan of their own, only know how to say no, hate government, hate black people, are war mongers, etc.  How come Republicans want people to raise a family on $8 an hour?  How come they want to stop 20 million people from getting health insurance?  The more we answer these questions, the deeper the hole we have dug."

I absolutely agree that the Republicans do not appropriately answer these questions.  But these are questions people have.
I don't think one can win anyone over by simply ignoring or rephrasing these questions.   We need to answer them. 

Doug writes,

****What do we know about income inequality?

a) It is badly measured and greatly overstated,

b) It is a fact, not an issue, and

c) Focusing on this false injustice leads you to all the wrong policy choices.****

Number one there is huge income inequality.  The top controls huge amounts of the country's wealth.  I agree it is not an injustice, but would you not agree there are injustices?   Would you agree the wealthy do get privileges the rest of us do not get?   I am not against them.    But people see the right totally ignoring some at the top who are ripping off the system.  There are people at the bottom doing the same thing with welfare fraud, disability fraud.  My point is we should strive for fairness at the top and bottom.   I want a system based on competition and hard work, conceding that luck and talent often separates those who do better than others. 

So what.  It is still by far the best way.

Just to call it a "false injustice" is very evasive.   I don't think this will persuade anyone.   We need better responses.  I wish I was retired.   I would like to spend the time and give it a go.

We are having trouble winning people over because WE ARE NOT LISTENING to them.  We are not answering them.  We are not really offering a choice.   We are not reaching them.  Convincing them WE (REPUBS) offer the better way of life.

I think Rove and the Bushes and other Rinos think the compromise and concession is the way to listen to others.  I don't agree with that.  That is a losers take IMHO.

OTOH, if a guy with the completely flawed character of McAuliffe can win Virginia and indeed his numbers improve just by having Hillary stand next to him, another with a flawed dishonest personality than maybe we are finished.  THAT is very discouraging! cry cry

2954  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: October 22, 2013, 07:21:07 AM
A great analogy would be a patient who come in to my office and gives me a few questions.

My response,

Change the questions, rephrase them and give answers to questions he didn't ask and then tell the patient, "this is what you need to do and why".
2955  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: October 22, 2013, 07:19:12 AM
Second health thread post.

Perhaps readers might recall how I pointed out how electronic records are simply not ready for prime time.  Yes there are hundreds of vendors out there who will sell you that theirs is the one that works great.

But all are clunky cumbersome and frankly a pain in the ass.   I recall reading that there was some kick back to the politburo Ivy league know-it-alls.   IN one response editorial one of the leading doctor IT cottage industry  types basically wrote in his response for us doctors to more or less just stop whining, shut up, and be happy we are getting through the "FIRST PHASE".   So now all that IT that is being shoved down our throats is suddenly not the answer but is the first phase.   

Now the world with the AHA tech failure can see what we have been living through for the past couple of years.  The IT people are already blaming the government on Drudge.  Oh they were having to eat pizza and work till 10 etc.  No one ever heard a peep from this crowd while they were happily receiving their pay checks probably each and every one of the promising the government they could do the job so they could get the contract.

People, it is all the classic fingers pointing every which way when something is a mess.  Don't blame me it is him or her; not me.

Eventually it will be made workable but don't expect any of it to be a breeze.  This will take years.

IT does show how government regulations make all of us suffer.  While the Obamas of the world promise free health care to all.

Why even that idiot (I have concluded) Peirce Morgan was on last night saying how they have "FREE" health care in Great Britain.   

Wow!   How do they do that?  It's free?   Why can't we do what you wizards in Europe do here?
2956  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: October 21, 2013, 10:12:25 PM
Or put another way, how can we win people over by ignoring their questions and by posing answers to questions they are NOT asking?
2957  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The model of excellence for Donald Berwick on: October 21, 2013, 10:10:17 PM
who was one of the designers of AHA was Britain's National Health Service.
In a recent Lancet piece the resigning chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners says that primary care is in crises and headed for collapse.  Sounds like here in the US:

*****The continuing haemorrhage of UK general practice

The Lancet

Last week was no doubt a sad one for Clare Gerada, who gave her last Chairwoman's speech before stepping down from leading the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) after 3 years. She has been the most visible and successful head of the College in recent memory. Unlike previous Chairs, Gerada has not been afraid to challenge the Government on a wide range of issues. She has led doctors with more confidence, passion, positive vision, and success than the British Medical Association has ever been able to do. She has been the voice of clinical practice in the community for the tens of thousands of GPs who are at the frontline of primary care and the Coalition's bungled health reforms.

At the RCGP's annual conference in Harrogate, Oct 3—5, Gerada hit out at the Government again. At a time when it had just announced plans to increase GP surgery opening times in England from 0800 h to 2000 h, 7 days a week, she presented alarming new figures from the RCGP that general practitioners (GPs) in the UK face a £400 million “black hole” as a result of funding cuts during the past 3 years. This disinvestment equates to a 7% cut in spending per patient. Gerada pointed out that although GPs saw 90% of patients as the first contact, they received only 9% of the entire UK National Health Service (NHS) budget, and that percentage share was falling. “General practice is in crisis”, she lamented. In recent surveys, 85% of GPs also felt general practice was heading for collapse. Quality and safety of patient care are being put in danger, since GPs are seeing up to 60 patients in an 11 h day with far fewer resources. Many predict that patients will have to wait longer for an appointment in the future. Gerada called for general practice to get at least 10% of the NHS budget and 10 000 more GPs.

The Government and its Health and Social Care Act wanted to make general practitioners the clinical leaders of the NHS. But by by withdrawing investment in primary care they have starved general practice of the resources needed to lead the service properly. The result will not only be an inevitable vacuum in leadership but also serious damage to the care of patients.*****

Thanks to the other "Donald".

2958  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / We should not just answer the questions we choose to answer on: October 21, 2013, 12:23:56 AM
Doug writes<

"I share all your frustration, anger, disappointment, etc and then some!  To answer you literally, Republican is a brand that is still winning half of the elections, holding the House, a 30-20 lead in Governorships, a majority of state legislatures, well over the 40 Senator threshold, threatening (for a 3rd try) to take back that majority.  That is with no leader, clarity or message.   Also should have won the Presidency in 2012. 

At the start of the tea party movement I thought the uniting message was cut spending first.  Reduce the size and scope of government, especially federal government.  Lower tax rates along with a booming private sector can follow.  But this was in reaction to Obamacare passage in particular, the greatest expansion of government power in this country ever.

Failing to take the Senate, failing to take back the Presidency, failing to get these expansions struck down in the Court, and failing to defund it, all lead us to starting over, carrying all this damage and with a dispirited base.  We are fighting to get back to where we were, which was in a faltering economy with a huge government and even more people not contributing.

We actually need to both defeat the establishment Republicans and unite with them, a daunting proposition.

Each state, house district etc., IMO, needs to choose the most conservative candidate - that can win in that state or district.  Same for the Presidency.  They need to be focused and disciplined, not make the mistakes that sank others recently.  Get a message and stay on message; this is not about rape abortions, secession, or shooting our way out of this mess.

We need a vision and some visionaries.  A shining city on a hill.  Tell people the positive things about a realistic, America-2014 and beyond vision.  Move past the liberal terminology and definitions of the issues.  As Newt once did, ask questions that poll well and favor our side.  Would you like more government control over your life or more personal freedom and economic opportunity?  Would you like to stop others from succeeding or improve your own lot on life?  Do you like jobs, businesses, schools, health care, and everything else controlled mainly by Washington or closer to home?  Do you think public sector people should have far bigger salaries, pensions, benefits and shorter work days than the private sector people who support them or be in line with the rest of the economy?

At some point there are demographic groups such as unemployed young people who will begin to see that the move toward Stalinism isn't helping them.  Hope and change meant sit still and demand things.  These things tend to swing like a pendulum.  At some point people open up to a different message.  But we didn't made good use of the turns we had to govern and we haven't presented a coherent alternative while out of power, so we are now paying that price."

All excellent points.  It mostly works for me.  Yet I sense something is missing.  It is all beautiful talk but I still think this misses the mark.

Older people have suggested to me it is much tougher to get ahead then it used to be.  Competition is much greater.  One member of household out working was more common.  Now two must work.  College degrees are far more expensive.  Way ahead of the cost of living and wages.  Worse a college degree used to almost guarantee a good job.  Now even advanced degrees don't.

There has to be more specific ways in which republicans speak more than just ideals.  Freedom, less government, less taxes, etc.

This is just not enough.   Something is missing.   

This will not beat Hillary who all is about identity politics and her apparent phony story about conciliation and compromise.

Doug, I agree with you but the message is still short and unsatisfactory.  It is not a winner IMHO.  Unless times get so bad the Repubs win by default.

" As Newt once did, ask questions that poll well and favor our side. "   Why can't we come up with BETTER answers to the questions that don't poll well and favor our side?

Ignoring these questions or changing the subject is exactly the problem I am talking about.

We like it or not half the country wants answers to such questions.   We can't just change the subject.  We must answer them but do it better.

If someone asks why is it not one Wall Streeter went to jail the answer should not be to change the subject.

 
2959  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Turks betraying Israel for Iran on: October 19, 2013, 08:11:47 PM
I don't think the US would give up Mossad agents but I don't trust the Obama led US not give up Israel plans for an attack on Iran"

****Turkish Betrayal’ Is the Talk of Israel

By Karl Vick and Aaron J. Klein / Tel Aviv @karl_vickOct. 18, 201320 Comments   
       
Israeli newspapers were dominated Friday morning by a Washington Post report that Turkey betrayed Israeli spies to Iran.  “Turkey Blows Israel’s Cover for Iranian Spying Ring, “ was the headline on columnist David Ignatius’  Thursday piece, quoting “knowledgeable sources” who described how the Turkish government disclosed to Iran the identities of 10 Iranians who had been meeting in Turkey with Israeli intelligence case officers. The Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth noted a “thunderous silence” from the Israeli government in its article, headlined “The Turkish Betrayal” and including numerous quotes from unidentified officials reinforcing the premise of the story.  The Post column followed an Oct. 10 Wall Street Journal profile of Turkey’s intelligence chief, Hakan Fidan, that included a broader charge that he had passed Israeli secrets to Iran.

Turkey’s foreign ministry dismissed the reports as a “smear campaign” intended to further damage Turkey’s fraught relations with Israel, which Ignatius is in a position to appreciate better than most.  He was the moderator at the 2009 World Economic Forum panel featuring Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres, when Erdogan pulled off his microphone and stormed off the stage over the 2008-2009 conflict in Gaza. “When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill,” Erdogan told Peres.

Beyond tightening tensions between Ankara and Jerusalem, the new reports also add to the narrative of the secret war between Israel and Iran that has been emerging in bits and pieces.  In January 2012, intelligence sources acknowledged to TIME that a young man who appeared on Iranian state television in 2011 confessing he had been working for the Mossad, had, in fact, been an asset for the Israeli intelligence agency. The chagrined intelligence officials said 24-year-old Majid Jamali Fashi, who was executed in May 2012 as a “Mossad spy”, had been betrayed to Iran’s security services by a third country, which TIME did not identify.   A subsequent Israeli investigation concluded that Turkey had not overtly identified the Mossad agents, but rather permitted them to be discovered by Iranian state security, either by possibly through their movements between Iran and Turkey, according to an intelligence official.

Three months after Fashi was hanged, the Iranian government paraded another 14 Iranians on primetime television, all describing their roles in the assassinations of scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear program. Iran blames the killings on the Mossad – and correctly so, Western intelligence officials said. The officials acknowledged the loss of more operatives, Iranian nationals paid to provide logistics and other support for the Mossad operation. The officials said the assassinations were intended both to deter Iranian scientists from joining the nuclear effort, and as part of a broader covert campaign aimed at delaying Iran’s program. Before scaling back the level of covert operations later in 2012, Israel’s secret campaign ranged from silent attacks such as the Stuxnet computer virus, to very loud ones, like the massive Nov. 2011 blast at a missile base outside Tehran, which intelligence officials acknowledged to was Israeli sabotage.

Iran attempted again and again to strike back at Israel, in a fast-moving  “shadow war” that involved attempts on the lives of Israeli diplomats and expatriates, from Bangkok to Baku to Nairobi.  But it did not fare well. The Israelis or other governments thwarted every attack until July 2012, when agents of Hizballah – which Iran created and has a history of partnering with in terror attacks – bombed a bus in the Bulgarian resort of Burgas,  killing five Israeli tourists, a Bulgarian bus driver and a Hizballah operative who may not have meant to die.

Karl Vick   @karl_vick   

Karl Vick has been TIME's Jerusalem bureau chief since 2010, covering Israel,the Palestine territories and nearby sovereignties. He worked 16 years at the Washington Post in Nairobi, Istanbul, Baghdad, Los Angeles and Rockville,

Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/10/18/turkish-betrayal-is-the-talk-of-israel/#ixzz2iDhwVzJk****
2960  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Guerilla war or try retreat and regroup while we get our asses kicked on: October 19, 2013, 11:46:26 AM
Do we want a retreating action or a guerilla war?   Which is it?   

As Mark Levin would describe the Tea Party now,

"we are a resistance movement".

Like the French resistance.

Instead of a simple rear guard defensive retreat like establishment Republicans I prefer a guerilla resistance like the Tea Party.   Hit the enemy where one can.  As hard as possible.  Fight back.  Not as Hannity described simply, "manage defeat". 

Reading on Lenin and Stalin they were essentially the same thing - against Tsarist Russia.  They both fought their whole lives to gain power.  I don't admire their use of terror and lies, and murder, and robbery.   But I admire their persistence, their single minded agenda. 

Neither was about money.  It was all political.  Though the politburo members did later become more about money and power for power's sake.  Though they had to pretend they were not like evil capatilists.  tongue
2961  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Al Gore's stock advise on: October 19, 2013, 10:55:04 AM
Short oil.   

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/al-gore-carbon-bubble-going-burst-avoid-oil-121707563.html
2962  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politically (In)correct on: October 19, 2013, 10:47:53 AM
"Enough! Done! and a hearty Foff to any who would seek to correct me."

I have many Black patients.   I guess they trust and like me.

I have to admit to being a little afraid at times of how to address them.   Some diseases are different with regards to prevalence or severity in Blacks vs Whites vs. Latino vs Asians.   It does sometimes matter where a person is from; born, raised, how long they have resided in the US. 

Hepatitis B, sarcoidosis, Helicobacter pylori, malaria, intestinal parasites, glaucoma, prostate and colon cancer, liver cancer, thalassemia, sickle cell, and others to name a few.

I was not sure to address them as African American or Black.   I have no problem addressing anyone the way they wish to be addressed.   I sometimes do not know which is preferred.   Once I recall using AA and the patient immediately kind of grinned as though she thought it just as silly.   A few times I recall pointing out a disease is more common in "Blacks" and the patient does display a bit of a change in facial expression.   I try to be as sensitive to this as I can.    I don't know how else to tell them the medical facts.  I go with the facts and present them as they are. 

Usually I use the term Black.   For example when I discuss the pros and cons of doing the PSA (prostate blood test) I would make the patient aware that prostate cancer deaths are more prevalent in Blacks.   Cause unknown but you need to know this.   

I would not use the term colored or Negro.  But do I use AA - which by the way in this case is not even accurate.  Or do I use Black?  I have chosen to use "black".   Thank goodness there has never been any response that suggested anyone was offended.   That is the last thing I would want to do.

In anthropology races were divided into Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid back in the 70's.  I do not know if it still that way when examining skeletons or not.
2963  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: October 19, 2013, 10:22:46 AM
3/05/14/former-gop-latino-outreach-specialist-is-now-a-demo
2964  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: October 19, 2013, 10:19:36 AM
Get rid of the clowns at the RNC.  I nominate Brent Bozell or maybe even Matt Drudge to become chairman of the PR department of the Republican Party.
How about Sowell?  This guy knows how to communicate.


http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell100813.php3#.UmKiLhXD-Cg
2965  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Benghazi and related matters on: October 19, 2013, 10:15:24 AM
I don't believe that either.   Wasn't there a time period of multiple hours?

And that doesn't excuse those who were in a position to respond for at least not sending help even if it got there late.

You send the help and hope they get there in time.

The crowd there was left to fend for their own.  And the whole affair was covered up and a complete phony story made up as an excuse just before an election and to cover glamour gild Clinton for her run.

The military people don't get promoted for outing superiors.  They fall in line (I think).  No?

The silence of the mainstream media is so telling.  The Republicans must get their act together and coordinated to respond and fight this propaganda war.  They are getting trashed. 
2966  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politically (In)correct on: October 19, 2013, 10:05:47 AM
"Why are people not OUTRAGED by the use of this racist term?"

Good point.  Could you imagine the political correct crowd criticizing the NAACP?

Inadvertently I hit on another point about this.

The organization isn't about "African Americans".  It IS about Black people.   And more specifically American Blacks.

We don't hear the organization's people's outrage over Nigerians slaughtering each other in the streets.  It doesn't represent them.

Also what about Africans who are not Black.  What about Egyptians?  The Arab peoples of northern Africa?  What about my white niece?

The whole "African-American" thing is not helpful.  So is "Asian American". 

This had to have started someone with the political elite liberal university types.
2967  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Continuing the absurdity of it all.... on: October 18, 2013, 10:33:38 PM
NAAAAP

So if one is from Somalia, Nigeria, or say Cameroon but is not also American one cannot be a member?

One has to be both American And African?

Do white South Africans qualify?  My niece is a white South African and now an American.   I guess that is why it is still called the NAACP - to keep white people out!

So what do we call Nigerians?   Nigerian Africans?

Can I be called a New Jersey American?   (not that I want to admit I am from Jerzy)

I guess I am a Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Prussian American?

In the end we are all descended from apes from Kenya.  So we are all African Americans.

2968  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: October 18, 2013, 09:58:55 PM
Noonan's piece was good till this end part:

*****Ted Cruz ? Here Taft paused. "That fellow is a little self-propelled." Another pause. "We had a saying, 'Give him time and space to fall on his face.' " Others with him on the Hill, however, are "good, smart, intend to make America better, and will be a big part of the future."

And don't forget, Taft says, "the first Mr. Republican. Abe Lincoln. First inaugural: 'We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies.' Members of the party should wake up every day saying those words."****

If it wasn't for Cruz we wouldn't even be having this conversation.  I wonder who the "others" on the Hill are who are good and so smart and will be a big part of the  future?  Would she care to elaborate?  I can't think of too many.
2969  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: October 18, 2013, 09:10:58 PM
"We actually need to both defeat the establishment Republicans and unite with them, a daunting proposition."

Yes.  And that is why Cruz is a hero to many of us.  For the first time he stood up to the cowards in our party and gave them a lesson on how to fight. 

It was a brilliant success no matter what the left wing media and the establishment Repooplicans will claim.  He gave me, at least, hope, inspiration, and a will to fight on.

I know no other Republican who can lay the same claim.  Ryan, Rubio, Boner, McConnell, Christie, even Rand (he might be closest).

Even in this temporary defeat there is triumph.   He took a stand and went down fighting.   And more alive to fight another day.

That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger.   

Doug writes,

 "At some point people open up to a different message."   

Why is it Republicans don't have a message machine, a talking points machine like the crats?  Thomas Sowell points out in a recent column how disastrously poor the republicans are with their messages.

This is a major flaw. 



 
2970  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politically (In)correct on: October 18, 2013, 08:37:04 PM
CK suggests we get rid of the "red" portion of the "Redskins".   And then use the "skins" portion.  I am sure he contemplated but for whatever reason did not suggest the other half of the name:  "reds".
I think he is trying to hard to be  above it all.
 
On a more descriptive note we should rename Washington's team the "porkers", or the "lobbyists", or the "redistributionists", or the "elitists", or the "croneyists".

We could name them the Washington "Reds" to parallel the communist tendencies of the politburo types.  Then again we already have the Cincinnati Reds which because of the association with communistm really offends ME as do the Sacramento "Kings".  Didn't we have a Revolution to get rid of the King?

Maybe we could use a politically correct term.   How about the Washington "gays"?  How cool?

Or the Washington "undocumented"? 

I could go on pointing out the stupidity of it all.

CK used to be one of my favorite opinion writers.   Not lately.   Too much Washington DC in his thinking, methinks.
 

2971  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the Republicans on: October 18, 2013, 09:16:05 AM
We keep hearing from establishment Republicans that Cruz has "damaged the Republican brand".

I submit the question:

What brand?

The party no longer represents us.

What is the message besides "low taxes"?

The establishment Republicans sound more and more like Democrats.

I submit the response that there is no "brand".

And that is what the Tea Party is about. 

2972  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen.Ted Cruz on: October 17, 2013, 10:31:17 AM
"Meanwhile, the most damage to ObamaCare this month has been inflicted by the law's supporters, with their rollout of the law's insurance exchanges. (See editorial above.) If not for the shutdown diversion, more of the American people might even have noticed the debacle."

The roll out failures mean nothing.  Temporary.   It will be fixed.   The problem is half the country will be forced to pay more to cover the other half.   That won't go away.

The big corporations are expanding and increasing their market power because they are the ones who have the financial and consulting recourses to figure out how to navigate the gigantic maze of regulations.

That's it.

It is all driven by data and assembly line tinkering from birth to grave.  No stopping it.   Whether it is better for us I am not sure.   But many of us will suffer with higher rates, less options, more regulation, and more being dictated to.   Managed care of the 80's and 90's was a small taste of what we will see. 

This could be on the Health care politics thread I guess.
2973  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The faces of some who were there on: October 17, 2013, 05:02:32 AM
One was supposedly Washington's favorite drummer:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2356524/Faces-American-revolution-Amazing-early-photographs-document-heroes-War-Independence-later-years.html
2974  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Carbon capture on: October 16, 2013, 11:13:42 AM
I didn't know Exxon holds the most patents in this area.  From Scientific American.   

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2013/10/15/will-oil-companies-become-carbon-capture-ones/
2975  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Dershowitz, on Cruz, then Levin responds on: October 16, 2013, 11:01:59 AM
Dershowitz throws the Constitution, figuratively, at Ted Cruz

National Constitution Center
By NCC Staff 7 minutes ago
 
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a noted liberal, threw the Constitution figuratively at GOP Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday night, as tensions flared in the debt-ceiling debate.

Ted Cruz

As of Wednesday morning, Democrats and Republicans were still trying to make a deal before a Thursday deadline set by the Treasury Department as a milestone for when the federal government lacked the ability to borrow money.

The so-called “debt ceiling” might, in turn, cause the government to partially default on its public debt, since the Treasury Department won’t have enough cash to pay all its bills.

The nonpartisan Bipartisan Policy Council has set a date range between October 22 and November 1 for the default, if a debt-ceiling deal can’t be reached.

Alan Dershowitz appeared with Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor, with CNN host Piers Morgan to discuss what negotiation tactics could be used in Congress.

Instead, Dershowitz had harsh words for Cruz, his former law student at Harvard, whom he had praised this spring.

Cruz had led the fight for the GOP’s conservative wing to scale back or repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and to cut back government spending in general. He is also blamed or praised, by some, for helping facilitate the federal government shutdown as a protest against Obamacare and for his leadership role in seeking concessions from Democrats in any debt-ceiling deal.

After praising Cruz as a student, as he had done earlier this year, Dershowitz leveled some harsh claims against him.

“He has to qualify among the brightest of the students,” Dershowitz said, who added that Cruz is deeply principled.

But when it came to the shutdown and debt-ceiling fight, Dershowitz made his case.

“I think it raises very serious constitutional questions of the kind that Ted Cruz should be interested in. Could you imagine Hamilton and Madison sitting around and drafting the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. They’re talking about how the government has to pay its debts, how it has to secure the credit of the United States, how the House of Representatives to originate bills on revenue. Nobody in a million years would have contemplated the power of Congress to shut down the government, to create doubts about our creditworthiness,” he said.

“I think you can make a very strong argument that what Ted Cruz is doing is deeply unconstitutional. Whether a court would accept that or say it’s a political question is another issue, but Cruz is a principled man. He ought to look at the Constitution and look into his heart and ask himself, ‘What would Alexander Hamilton have done,’” Dershowitz said.

The comments quickly found their way to the Internet and got an equally quick response from author and radio show host Mark Levin.

“Dershowitz is dead wrong. We don’t have to imagine anything,” he told the Newsbusters website. “Congress and only Congress can authorize borrowing under Article I. The president must first pay interest on the debt under the 14th Amendment. The federal government collects 10 times as much revenue each month as it needs to cover those payments. As long as the president complies with the Constitution there can be no default. This is basic stuff. Even a Harvard law professor like Dershowitz should comprehend it.”

Cruz has emerged as the most talked-about figure in the Washington budget battle, and he might be at the center of another constitutional test, as any final bill that goes through the Senate will need to survive a cloture vote, with at least 60 senators agreeing to overcome a filibuster to bring a bill up for a vote.

As of Wednesday morning, there were reports that a deal was struck with John Boehner, the House’s speaker, to have the proposed Senate compromise voted on first by the House, which would limit potential efforts by Cruz, Mike Lee, and other conservatives to extend debate time in the Senate.

Cruz hasn’t publicly indicated if he would try to block or slow down the bill in the Senate. But there are estimates that delays in the Senate could push the bill’s passage closer to this weekend, and several days past the Thursday deadline for borrowing.

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2976  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Big Data on: October 16, 2013, 10:28:24 AM
You can move it if you like.

Or if you want me to I can.

I feel it is not just about privacy at this point.   It is mankind's future or destiny.

2977  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: October 16, 2013, 10:25:27 AM
Doug,

Just think of the jobs this creates.  The policy tinkerers, the lawyers, the academics, the associated "researchers", their staffs, the interest groups who insert themselves somewhere into this mess, the cottage industries, the consultants who thus attempt to interpret all this to the rest of us, the fodder it gives to pundits, and media types. 

Why, this has created a huge internal economy.   Never mind the rest of us are forced into it whether we like it or not.
2978  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Anyone else feel this way? on: October 16, 2013, 10:20:48 AM
Dear Republican party.  I am no  longer interested.  I would consider myself a Tea Party advocate now.

That is the only party that represents me.

There is no point in considering myself Republican anymore.
2979  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Harsh price of fast food jobs on: October 16, 2013, 10:19:01 AM
Yes, one can blame the big corporations.  I submit the blame goes to government.  Why are we subsidizing these employees?  If we remove these subsidies maybe they would work harder to get to higher positions.  Or perhaps they would not work at server jobs .  Then the big corporations would be forced to pay more wages.  Around here a large proportion of low wagers are from other countries.  If we just stop allowing companies to hire these people their large numbers would not keep wages at the bottom.  The left and right has sold out.

****The harsh price Americans pay for fast-food jobs
October 16, 2013: 9:39 AM ET

Some 52% of families of cooks, servers, and other fast-food workers receive public aid, nearly twice the percentage of the overall workforce.

By Elizabeth G. Olson

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FORTUNE -- Taxpayers spend at least $7 billion annually to subsidize food stamps and other public assistance programs that fast-food industry workers depend on to get by, according to two new studies.

Some 52% of families of cooks, servers, and other fast-food workers receive public aid -- which is nearly twice the percentage of the overall workforce, based on an examination of public data on such assistance programs by the University of California Berkeley Labor and Education Center and the University of Illinois.

"These are conservative estimates that do not include programs like child care assistance or subsidized lunch programs," says Ken Jacobs, chair of the Berkeley Labor Center and co-author of the report, in a briefing.

While the fast-food industry vigorously disagrees with the recently published report, the researchers say their data supports claims by fast-food workers, who have staged walkouts in 60 cities over the past year to highlight their lack of full-time schedules and benefits like health care and to call for a $15 hourly wage.

"People who work in fast-food jobs are paid so little," Jacobs says, "that having to rely on public assistance is the rule, rather than the exception, even for those working 40 hours or more a week."

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A separate study, also issued this week, directly blames 10 fast-food heavyweights, including McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Subway, Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN), and Domino's (DPZ), for more than half the total cost of the benefits, some $3.8 billion.

McDonald's alone accounts for $1.2 billion of the cost to taxpayers, the National Employment Law Project study found. The massive burger chain and others use a low-wage, no benefits model that forces workers to turn to the public safety net, the report found.

"The seven largest traded companies paid $53 million in compensation to their CEOs, but low-paid workers are unable to afford the basic necessities," says Jack Temple, author of the NELP report.

Other corporations singled out by the NELP were Yum Brands (YUM), Wendy's, Dairy Queen, Little Caesar's, and Sonic.

Berkeley's Jacobs says that "one of the most surprising findings is that more than two-thirds of the fast-food workers were over age 20, and 68% are the main earners in their families, and more are parents raising a child than teenagers living with their parents."

"The CEO of McDonald's makes more in a day than I do in a year," says Devonte Yates, 21, who earns $7.25 an hour at a Milwaukee McDonald's and receives food stamps. "Taxpayers are basically subsidizing the CEO, who has more money than he knows what to do with, and corporations need to pick up that slack."

In its defense, members of the restaurant industry argue that students make up a big chunk of their core workers and dispute the studies' findings.

"In addition to providing more than 13 million job opportunities, the restaurant industry is one of the best paths to achieving the American dream, with 80% of restaurant owners having started their careers in entry-level positions. In fact, nine out of 10 salaried employees started as hourly workers," Scott DeFife, the National Restaurant Association's executive vice president in charge of policy and government affairs, said in a statement.

DeFife called the studies "misleading" and accused the researchers of failing "to recognize that the majority of lower-wage employees works part-time to supplement a family income. Moreover, 40% of line staff workers in restaurants, the primary focus of the reports, are students."

Jacobs says that only one-third of such workers are under 19. He also noted the large share of families on public assistance, even those who work 40 hours a week. "So it's not just a question of work hours, but of wages."

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The median wage for fast-food workers nationally is $8.69 per hour, according to the studies, and only 13% of those jobs offer health benefits, compared to 59% of jobs overall in the U.S. The median fast-food worker also works only 30 hours weekly, in comparison to the average 40-hour workweek.

The states where fast-food jobs cost taxpayers the most are California, at $717 million; New York, at $708 million; Texas, at $556 million; Illinois, at $368 million; and Florida, at $348 million, according to Jacobs.

The 10 largest fast-food companies made more than $7.4 billion in profits in 2012, according to the study data.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), said that "anyone concerned about the federal deficit only needs to look at this report to understand a major source of the problem: multi-billion dollar companies that pay poverty wages and then rely on taxpayers to pick up the slack, to the tune of a quarter of a trillion dollars every year in the form of public assistance to working families.

"Seven billion of this is just for fast-food workers, more than half of whom, even working full time, still must rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet."

McDonald's USA, in a statement, defended its track record of providing jobs to "hundreds of thousands of people across the country," and noted that "wages are based on local wage laws and are competitive to similar jobs in that market. We also provide training and professional development opportunities to anyone that works in one of our restaurants."

Despite spreading to dozens of cities, worker walkouts have done little to prick the industry's conscience, but Temple, author of the NELP study, says that "companies are very sensitive to their brand because its success depends on popularity.

"The tipping point is going to be continuing activities we've seen this past year until companies see business as usual is not going to cut it."


Posted in: Burger King, compensation, Dunkin' Donuts, Fast-food industry, Income inequality, Low-wage jobs, McDonald's, Public assistance, Subway****   
2980  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Evoultion - out of God's hands into ours on: October 16, 2013, 09:32:51 AM
Not long ago many people wondered if we are still "evolving".  How can we be if there is no survival of the fittest.  Even those who are not "fit" still get to survive and reproduce in our society.

Now it is clear.  Not only are we evolving but evolution will accelerate.   We will soon begin to control our evolution and accelerate it.  From simple choosing the sex of babies to divesting of flawed DNA to insertion of chosen DNA.  Parents will be able to view menus of traits.  You want your son to be tall, athletic.  How about an IQ of 180?  How about extrovert?  High energy?

No problem.   

Not only will evolution increase so that we develop master races of humans we will be controlling it.

2981  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Big Data on: October 16, 2013, 09:27:13 AM
http://www.edge.org/conversation/reinventing-society-in-the-wake-of-big-data
2982  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: October 16, 2013, 09:17:16 AM
True to form.  Continue to spit on half the country:

****Obama plans immigration push after fiscal crisis ends
ReutersReuters – 2 hours 29 minutes ago..


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved.

"Once that's done, you know, the day after, I'm going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision.

The president's domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation of domestic surveillance programs, chemical weapons in Syria, and a fiscal battle that has shut down the U.S. government and threatens a debt default, immigration has been relegated to the back burner.

But Obama, who won re-election with overwhelming Hispanic backing, had hoped to make reforms easing the plight of the 11 million immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

In June, the Senate passed an immigration overhaul, but House of Representatives Republicans are divided over the granting of legal status to those in the country illegally, a step many see as rewarding lawbreakers.

Although the president had sought comprehensive reform, he said last month he would be open to the House taking a piece-by-piece approach if that would get the job done.

Obama on Tuesday blamed House Speaker John Boehner for preventing immigration from coming up for a vote.

"We had a very strong Democratic and Republican vote in the Senate," he said. "The only thing right now that's holding it back is, again, Speaker Boehner not willing to call the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives."

Boehner said the sweeping Senate bill would not pass the House and has said the lower chamber would tackle the issue in smaller sections that would include stricter provisions on border protection.

2983  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Nature on: October 15, 2013, 11:33:40 PM
Some surreal photos:

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/natgeos-photo-assignment-to-the-public-explore-our-changing-world/
2984  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / putin shows some judo moves on: October 13, 2013, 09:28:27 PM
http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oG7iAxU1tSwFsAT.VXNyoA;_ylc=X1MDMjc2NjY3OQRfcgMyBGJjawMzbzRvMDY1OTVtZ3A4JTI2YiUzRDMlMjZzJTNEZnAEY3NyY3B2aWQDVUF5NGxVZ2V1ckE4RXdBeFVsdERLQVNGUlhRZ2tGSmJVekVBQVY3eQRmcgN5ZnAtdC05MDAEZnIyA3NiLXRvcARncHJpZANDOGhwdVNzVVEzaVlGOW5PWS5VR0FBBG5fcnNsdAMxMARuX3N1Z2cDOARvcmlnaW4Dc2VhcmNoLnlhaG9vLmNvbQRwb3MDMARwcXN0cgMEcHFzdHJsAwRxc3RybAMyOARxdWVyeQNncmVhdGVzdCBqdWRvIG1hcnRpYWwgYXJ0aXN0BHRfc3RtcAMxMzgxNzE3MjM5MDg0?p=greatest+judo+martial+artist&fr2=sb-top&fr=yfp-t-900
2985  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Military Science and Military Issues on: October 13, 2013, 09:19:18 PM
Three women who fought in the Civil War:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285841/The-women-fought-men-Rare-Civil-War-pictures-female-soldiers-dressed-males-fight.html
2986  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Putin's net worth? Maybe 70 billion? on: October 12, 2013, 09:28:03 PM
http://www.celebritynetworth.com/articles/celebrity/how-vladimir-putin-stashed-away-a-secret-70-billion-personal-fortune/
2987  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / elephant and car on: October 12, 2013, 08:56:43 PM
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=largest+elephant+on+record&qpvt=largest+elephant+on+record&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=96316E0E08568BC37CB7D1FCEB1067B2AA46F80E&selectedIndex=77
2988  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: October 12, 2013, 07:35:25 PM
Tinfoil:

All just coincidence.   rolleyes cry angry

Like I said.  It is amazing what money and power can do - almost anything.

The media is complicit.

Like Crafty said.  The legal system is not a "justice" system.  It is a "legal" system.  Those with money and influence and with the right know how can run around it.

We just don't see it.   
2989  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / explaining that which is unexplainable on: October 12, 2013, 11:30:23 AM




Higgs Boson Gets Nobel Prize, But Physicists Still Don’t Know What It Means

By Adam Mann
10.08.13
3:54 PM










Data from the CMS experiment, one of the main Higgs-searching experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. Image: CERN


More than a year ago, scientists found the Higgs boson. This morning, two physicists who 50 years ago theorized the existence of this particle, which is responsible for conferring mass to all other known particles in the universe, got the Nobel, the highest prize in science.

For all the excitement the award has already generated, finding the Higgs — arguably the most important discovery in more than a generation — has left physicists without a clear roadmap of where to go next. While popular articles often describe how the Higgs might help theorists investigating the weird worlds of string theory, multiple universes, or supersymmetry, the truth is that evidence for these ideas is scant to nonexistent.

No one is sure which of these models, if any, will eventually describe reality. The current picture of the universe, the Standard Model, is supposed to account for all known particles and their interactions. But scientists know that it’s incomplete. Its problems need fixing, and researchers could use some help figuring out how. Some of them look at the data and say that we need to throw out speculative ideas such as supersymmetry and the multiverse, models that look elegant mathematically but are unprovable from an experimental perspective. Others look at the exact same data and come to the opposite conclusion.

“Physics is at a crossroads,” said cosmologist Neil Turok, speaking to a class of young scientists in September at the Perimeter Institute, which he directs. “In a sense we’ve entered a very deep crisis.”



The word “crisis” is a charged one within the physics community, invoking eras such as the early 20th century, when new observations were overturning long-held beliefs about how the universe works. Eventually, a group of young researchers showed that quantum mechanics was the best way to describe reality. Now, as then, many troubling observations leave physicists scratching their heads. Chief among them is the “Hierarchy Problem,” which in its simplest form asks why gravity is approximately 10 quadrillion times weaker than the three other fundamental forces in the universe. Another issue is the existence of dark matter, the unseen, mysterious mass thought to be responsible for strange observations in the rotation of galaxies.

The solution to both these problems might come from the discovery of new particles beyond the Higgs. One theory, supersymmetry, goes beyond the Standard Model to say that every subatomic particle — quarks, electrons, neutrinos, and so on — also has a heavier twin. Some of these new particles might have the right characteristics to account for the influence of dark matter. Engineers built the Large Hadron Collider to see if such new particles exist (and may yet see them once it reaches higher energy in 2014), but so far it hasn’t turned up anything other than the Higgs.

In fact, the Higgs itself has turned out to be part of the issue. The particle was the final piece in the Standard Model puzzle. When scientists discovered it at the LHC, it had a mass of 125 GeV, about 125 times heavier than a proton — exactly what standard physics expected. That was kind of a buzzkill. Though happy to know the Higgs was there, many scientists had hoped it would turn out to be strange, to defy their predictions in some way and give a hint as to which models beyond the Standard Model were correct. Instead, it’s ordinary, perhaps even boring.

All this means that confidence in supersymmetry is dropping like a stone, according to Tommaso Dorigo, a particle physicist at the LHC. In one blog post, he shared a rather pornographic plot showing how the findings of the LHC eliminated part of the evidence for supersymmetry. Later, he wrote that many physicists would have previously bet their reproductive organs on the idea that supersymmetric particles would appear at the LHC. That the accelerator’s experiments have failed to find anything yet “has significantly cooled everybody down,” he wrote.

In fact, when the organizers of a Higgs workshop in Madrid last month asked physicists there if they thought the LHC would eventually find new physics other than the Higgs boson, 41 percent said no. As to how to solve the known problems of the Standard Model, respondents were all over the map. String theory fared the worst, with three-quarters of those polled saying they did not think it is the ultimate answer to a unified physics.

One possibility has been brought up that even physicists don’t like to think about. Maybe the universe is even stranger than they think. Like, so strange that even post-Standard Model models can’t account for it. Some physicists are starting to question whether or not our universe is natural. This cuts to the heart of why our reality has the features that it does: that is, full of quarks and electricity and a particular speed of light.

This problem, the naturalness or unnaturalness of our universe, can be likened to a weird thought experiment. Suppose you walk into a room and find a pencil balanced perfectly vertical on its sharp tip. That would be a fairly unnatural state for the pencil to be in because any small deviation would have caused it to fall down. This is how physicists have found the universe: a bunch of rather well-tuned fundamental constants have been discovered that produce the reality that we see.

A natural explanation would show why the pencil is standing on its end. Perhaps there is a very thin string holding the pencil to the ceiling that you never noticed until you got up close. Supersymmetry is a natural explanation in this regard – it explains the structure of universe through as-yet-unseen particles.

But suppose that infinite rooms exist with infinite numbers of pencils. While most of the rooms would have pencils that have fallen over, it is almost certain that in at least one room, the pencil would be perfectly balanced. This is the idea behind the multiverse. Our universe is but one of many and it happens to be the one where the laws of physics happen to be in the right state to make stars burn hydrogen, planets form round spheres, and creatures like us evolve on their surface.

The multiverse idea has two strikes against it, though. First, physicists would refer to it as an unnatural explanation because it simply happened by chance. And second, no real evidence for it exists and we have no experiment that could currently test for it.

As of yet, physicists are still in the dark. We can see vague outlines ahead of us but no one knows what form they will take when we reach them. Finding the Higgs has provided the tiniest bit of light. But until more data appears, it won’t be enough.
2990  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: October 12, 2013, 11:20:28 AM
Despite this he will defend and "protect" the President.   Just wait till we have another 30 million people who will work harder than you and will work for less Tavis.

*****Tavis Smiley: 'Black People Will Have Lost Ground in Every Single Economic Indicator' Under Obama

By Noel Sheppard | October 11, 2013 | 12:34
 
PBS's Tavis Smiley made a comment Thursday that every African-American as well as liberal media member should sit up and take notice.

Appearing on Fox News's Hannity, Smiley said, "The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: My last question to you. You often do these seminars with the state of black America. I've watched them on C-Span and different channels, right?

TAVIS SMILEY: Right.

HANNITY: Are black Americans better off five years into the Obama presidency?

SMILEY: Let me answer your question very forthrightly. No, they are not. The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category. On that regard, the president ought to be held responsible.

But here's the other side. I respect the president. I will protect the president. And I will correct the president. He's right on this government shutdown. Republicans are thwarting the rule of law with the Constitution. If they let this debt go into default, they're trampling again on the Constitution.

Wow!

Now to be fair to Smiley, he has been hard on the president concerning how his policies are economically damaging the black community, but this is the first time I believe he's been this harsh on national television with such a large audience.

Sadly, he's right.

So why would this community re-elect someone doing so much damage to them economically?

Is it possible they're not aware of it because most liberal media members other than Smiley aren't reporting it?

Hmmm.
.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/10/11/tavis-smiley-black-people-will-have-lost-ground-every-single-economic#ixzz2hWcEICL1
2991  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / the name "Redskins" was to honor their coach in 1932 on: October 11, 2013, 07:01:17 PM
Who was of Sioux heritage!

******Do You Know the History Behind the Name ‘Washington Redskins’?

Oct. 11, 2013 12:21pm Erica Ritz

Do you know the history of the Washington Redskins?  As the issue becomes increasingly contentious — with many claiming the name is racist or discriminatory and pushing for a change — Glenn Beck tackled the issue head-on Friday.

“Ninety percent of Native Americans feel that the name isn’t offensive and shouldn’t be changed,” Beck remarked, echoing a letter written by the Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fans. “Students at primarily Native American schools all across America wear the name with pride, and say now they’re afraid they might lose the name. At Kingston Oklahoma high school, which is 58 percent Native American, the name ‘Redskins’ has been worn by its students for 104 years.  In fact, ‘Redskins’ was a name first used by Native Americans.”

Glenn Beck Explains the History of the Washington Redskins
Photo via TheBlaze TV

“In 1932, the NFL team moved to the historic Fenway Park and were left under the leadership of George Preston Marshall. The very next year, Marshall changed the name to ‘Redskins.’ Why?” Beck continued. “Well that’s a good question for the president to ask … the name was changed to ‘Redskins’ to honor then-coach Lone Star Dietz, an American Sioux.  So the name actually pays tribute to a great people.”

Switching to a deeply sarcastic voice, imitating those who want the name changed, Beck remarked: “But the people it pays tribute to?  Oh, I guess they just don’t know any better. But Obama does. And Peter King does. And NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does. But the majority of the Indians … don’t have a clue at all.  The speech police using political correctness again to take care of these helpless, hopeless people so they are never harmed again.  It’s for their own good…”

Beck said perhaps it’s not those who don’t want the name changed who are out of touch, but those “who have no connection to the Native American culture, people out there trying to draw attention to themselves.”*****
2992  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / poster boy for cronism on: October 11, 2013, 07:55:44 AM
There could be no other person who uses his government influence to make a lot of money.
Whenever associated with any wrongdoing just donate to charity, take a big tax deduction, deny any wrong doing and shift the attention to another subject.   Works every time:

*****McAuliffe among investors in Rhode Island insurance scam that preyed on dying people

  By Fredrick Kunkle,   Published: October 10 E-mail the writer
 
 Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was one of dozens of investors with a Rhode Island estate planner charged with defrauding insurers by using the stolen identities of terminally ill people, according to court documents filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Providence.

McAuliffe’s name appeared on a lengthy list of investors with Joseph A. Caramadre, an attorney and accountant who obtained the identities of dying people to set up annuities that ultimately cost insurance companies millions of dollars, the documents say.
 
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The list also included the law firm of a former Rhode Island Supreme Court justice, a Roman Catholic monsignor, a former Cranston, R.I. police chief, and a bookmaker, according to The Providence Journal, which first reported McAuliffe’s investment Wednesday.

Federal court documents do not accuse McAuliffe of wrongdoing, and it wasn’t clear whether he had made money or lost money on the investments. His campaign spokesman said McAuliffe was a “passive investor” who was deceived like many others. Spokesman Josh Schwerin also said that the campaign and McAuliffe donated sums to the American Cancer Society totaling $74,000 — approximately the amount McAuliffe earned as a return on the investment and received in a campaign donation from Caramadre.

“Terry was one of hundreds of passive investors several years ago and had no idea about the allegations against the defendant — who, at the time, was widely respected by business leaders and elected officials,” Schwerin said. “The allegations are horrible and he never would have invested if he knew he was being deceived.”

Caramadre and his former employee Raymour Radhakrishnan were charged in November 2011 in a 66-count indictment accusing them of wire fraud, money laundering and witness-tampering. Both men pleaded guilty last November, the FBI said in a press release.

Federal authorities say Caramadre, through his firm Estate Planning Resources, began developing products in the 1990s that used the identities of terminally ill people to purchase variable annuities from insurance companies. The annuities offered death benefits when those annuitants died. The investments — which Caramadre allegedly made on behalf of himself, friends, family and others — included returns of all the money invested and sometimes a guaranteed profit, federal authorities said.

In 2006, Caramadre also began investing in “death-put bonds” that relied on obtaining the identities of terminally ill people, according to prosecutors. These investments allowed the owner to redeem the bonds years or decades earlier than the maturity date when the bond’s co-owner died.

The FBI, in a November 2012 press release announcing mid-trial guilty pleas by Caramadre and Radhakrishnan, said Caramadre located terminally ill people by visiting AIDS patients at a hospice, locating relatives of terminally ill people, and placing an ad in a local Catholic newspaper offering $2,000 cash to people with a terminal illness.

In 2009, Caramadre gave McAuliffe’s campaign an $26,599 contribution, including an in-kind event donation of $1,599, according to records kept by the Virginia Public Access Project.

Researcher Alice Crites contributed to this story.*****


2993  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fascism, liberal fascism, progressivism, socialism: on: October 08, 2013, 11:29:52 PM
Yeah.  Were a nation of laws. angry
2994  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The modern version of Walter Cronkite on: October 08, 2013, 05:40:14 PM
It certainly is a different world:

http://search.yahoo.com/search?cs=bz&p=Megyn%20Kelly&fr=fp-tts-168&fr2=ps&woeid=12761293
2995  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Electricity on: October 08, 2013, 05:13:56 PM
I am not sure I can access to article from the link. 
2996  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: October 08, 2013, 05:12:14 PM
One year ago the use of the word liar would have been politically incorrect.  Accuracy and honesty finally trumps PC.
2997  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Amazing how the left just keeps spitting on us on: October 08, 2013, 05:07:31 PM
Citizens are not allowed on the Mall but illegals are permitted.  The excuse is "first amendment rights".

*****Pro-Amnesty Forces Rally on National Mall

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Several thousand AFL-CIO and SEIU sponsored pro-amnesty demonstrators began rallying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon around 12:30 PM to call for Congress to grant legal status to America’s at least 11 million illegal immigrants. 

The size of the crowd suggest the organization that put on the rally, the Center for Community Change (CCC), under-delivered on its promise to have “hundreds of thousands” attend the rally; the group tweeted on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday morning that it expected “hundreds of thousands” of people to attend.

Several members of Congress are in attendance at the event, including GOP Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expected to join the event soon as well, an organizer confirmed to Breitbart News.

Scores of Democratic House members also began arriving shortly after 12:30 PM on golf carts. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is scheduled to speak as well, as are many different labor union officials. Washington, D.C. mayor Vince Gray is slated to address the group too.

Illegal immigrants and union members have been chanting “Si Se Puede!” the Spanish slogan of the United Farm Workers which President Barack Obama adapted for his “Yes we can!” campaign slogan.

The event on the National Mall, which is supposed to be closed because of the ongoing government shutdown but to which the Obama administration granted exception for today's rally, is heavily funded by organizations like the labor unions and amnesty special interest lobbyists sponsoring it. At least four jumbotrons and an elaborate setup of port-a-potties, special event fencing, tents, and raised and lighted stages are set up across the National Mall.

AFL-CIO, SEIU, and Casa De Maryland organizers are walking around in groups, wearing orange vests labeled with their organization’s namesake printed on them. 

Referencing how union dues from working class American citizens are being used to help fund this rally, a congressional GOP aide told Breitbart News, “It is utterly shameful that these big money interests have fooled so many they’re trying to hurt into helping them.” If amnesty were to pass, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and many other high-ranking economists expect wages of American workers to be driven down while similarly expecting unemployment to go up.

In a statement released as the rally was about to begin, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said that this is unfair to American workers. “Why are businesses laying off thousands and then spending a fortune to lobby for ‘comprehensive immigration reform’?” Sessions said. “That’s because, in Washington, ‘comprehensive reform’ means increasing the number of immigrant workers to reduce the cost of labor."

"The Senate bill would double the number of guest workers and add 30 million mostly lower-skill legal immigrants over the next ten years. Today’s rally is designed to pressure the House to pass similar legislation," he explained. "There’s something odd about House leaders like Nancy Pelosi protesting on the Mall to get jobs for illegal aliens and pushing legislation to reduce job opportunities for US citizens. The House must resist calls to replace struggling workers and instead fight for the public interest and to restore our shrinking middle class.”

- See more at: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/08/Pro-amnesty-forces-rally-on-National-Mall#sthash.jyLaoYTl.dpuf****
2998  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / web shutdown selection not all based on essential needs on: October 07, 2013, 09:10:21 AM
but on political needs.  If this does not put a chill on those who think the NSA stuff is a big threat to freedom nothing will.   I know the other posters on the board think Snowden is a rat.  And that is ok.  You all have a big valid argument.  I just come down on the other side I guess cause I have an emotional response to surveillance.  To me he is a hero.  But the internet is the battleground of the future (as is space).  So there is a good reason for the NSA/military to try to have more control over it.  In any case this should be impeachable:

http://therightscoop.com/obama-plays-politics-with-your-lost-children-shuts-down-amber-alert-website/
2999  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama said. So it must be so. on: October 06, 2013, 08:55:51 PM
Obama said he is offended by the Redskins name.

Well I'm offended by the "giants" name.  I am not that tall so that has got to go.

I'm offended by the "Viking" name.  Vikings were rapists, murderers, thieves, and plunderers.

What about the New Orleans "saints' .  This offends me.  I am Jewish but I don't see any team named after "menches".

The "buccaneers?"   Weren't they pirates thieves, liars, con artists, and in general low lives?

The Houston Oilers really pisses me off.  Oil is destroying our planet.  Better name them the windmills.

And the "patriots?"   Why they were all slave holders!

I want them all changed.  I am one person who is offended!  What is going on here?  

3000  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, deficit, and budget process on: October 06, 2013, 07:57:57 PM
Yes Sowell hits the nail on the head.   Now we need a small army of mouthpieces to hit the airwaves everywhere to make these same talking points ala the Clinton spin machine.

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