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"When they came for the fish, I didn't speak up, because I am not a fish." Where did I read that -- maybe Soylent Green?
Toggle Commented yesterday on Links for 12-08-17 at Economist's View
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Some members of Congress are fighting to bring the issue to a congressional vote. https://khanna.house.gov/media/press-releases/release-rep-khanna-wins-debate-us-involvement-yemen-and-strikes-compromise
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Savag hat they deem over agree sieve [I say we get some tar and feathers and savage them. Overagressively, if possible.]
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Excellent.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Links for 12-04-17 at Economist's View
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As usual you're right on the money. What condescending claptrap from PK.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2017 on Links for 11-29-17 at Economist's View
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Exactly.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2017 on Links for 11-29-17 at Economist's View
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The people who had to decide between health care at a huge discount and shoes for their children have had their freedom of choice restored. MAGA!
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2017 on Links for 11-29-17 at Economist's View
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You're assuming it takes effort.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2017 on Links for 11-28-17 at Economist's View
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Dunno. "Undo self-righteousness" seems right on the mark with some of these characters.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2017 on Links for 11-28-17 at Economist's View
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Optimality is suboptimal. You just need to point yourself in the right direction which is a matter of principles, then press the pedal hard.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2017 on Links for 11-28-17 at Economist's View
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Yes, I am going through a similar change of perspective. Lots of parallels with your life as seen from your comments here -- we're the same age, same career (software), similar attitude towards it (let me do what I am good at and don't bother me with managerial politics), and a (late for me) appreciation of a garden. "Watching securities indexes with a cautious or hungry eye is quite repulsive to me." -- ditto, and partly as a consequence I wasn't very good at it. Retired now, found a way to reduce my expectations and not be thrown by the gyrations of the markets (though I am still dependent on them to some extent). "A political solution would be another matter, but I see none on the visible horizon." Agreed, but I see more popular involvement, which is a prerequisite, so I remain cautiously hopeful. "I just come here looking for news and engaging with a few familiar commenters." Yep, same here. I find myself using the scroll button a lot, past the usual food fights. Illegitimi non carborundum. "I hope the new normal is treating you well." Back at you. "I share your Paine." :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2017 on Links for 11-25-17 at Economist's View
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"*'make America great again' is a eulogy of sorts." [Classic.]
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2017 on Links for 11-25-17 at Economist's View
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Funny, I was thinking the same as I read your comments! Which I really enjoyed reading.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2017 on Links for 11-25-17 at Economist's View
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Yes, got it, thx.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2017 on Links for 11-21-17 at Economist's View
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Yes, got it.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2017 on Links for 11-21-17 at Economist's View
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I'm not following. "raises the debt burden" -- did you mean "lowers"?
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2017 on Links for 11-21-17 at Economist's View
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You keep saying that Sanders did not call for taxes to pay for his plans. I think you are wrong about this. Have you actually looked at his proposals?
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2017 on Links for 11-21-17 at Economist's View
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You anticipated all my comments in detail, down to the quote which gave me a start. Their overreach is breathtaking.
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It is not just market vs. not. It seems to me they have developed a "mixed" system: markets plus a very "intrusive" government which determines overall policy. Attributing their success to one or the other element seems extremely difficult. To what do you compare them? What would your counterfactuals be? As anne keeps pointing out, our economists and pundits say that their success is due to the markets, and it comes despite their government intrusiveness, which is going to cause trouble any day now. Is this your view? It seems wrong to me. Other economically backwards countries? Their performance ranges from South Korea (or even Japan if you go back further) to Kenya or Pakistan. Too many differences to be meaningful. But is seems to me that they have charted their own path, they set periodic ambitious goals, and they meet them consistently. That is an amazing performance.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2017 on Links for 11-17-17 at Economist's View
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China cannot be doing sustainably well, because then this would not be The End of History.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2017 on Links for 11-17-17 at Economist's View
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You keep referring to their human rights abuses. How does this refute the idea that their "success is due to their government control of the economy and credit"?
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2017 on Links for 11-17-17 at Economist's View
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Honey from bees? That's confused primitive science. Honey comes from the honeycombs. Bees just get in the way. So kill all the bees, harvest the honey by machine, buy new bees from Monsanto. Economists are there to measure the increase in GDP.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2017 on Links for 11-17-17 at Economist's View
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Digestion is zero sum. You ingest Drano and...oh, never mind.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2017 on Links for 11-17-17 at Economist's View
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Yes, it is a prerequisite.
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