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rjs
denizen of a rural NE Ohio swamp
unencumbered by education, affiliations, beliefs or agenda; im not advocating anything
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wow. that was easy. if we can just get everyone to pitch in $8, the global warming problem will be solved!
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assuming you really did want to link to the johnny cash video, this'll do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOHPuY88Ry4
no snakes or other predators and your rodent population will explode...do you really like rats that much?
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a blogging friend who knows Wadhams writes that the interview was false and obtained by deceit...there's a article on the guardian about that: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/27/arctic-sea-ice-expert-complains-to-press-watchdog-over-times-story Cambridge professor Peter Wadhams says he was misquoted in a story about the deaths of three leading British scientists in 2013
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actually, it's pretty hard to stop the bees from multiplying even if you dont do anything...back in the 70s, i started with one hive, it swarmed and i caught it in an extra box, so the next year i had two...the year after that, after buying another hive, i had 7; then 13, then 17...i ran 3 dozen hives each summer for several years till varroa mites almost wiped me out...even now, with just one hive, i get a swarm every year...two years in a row, those swarms moved into the siding of the back of my house -- i had to call another beekeeper with a bee vacuum to help get them out both times...the siding is now fixed...
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near 4% under Clinton, under Jeb's brother, half that: http://www.statista.com/statistics/188165/annual-gdp-growth-of-the-united-states-since-1990/
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you cant do much about the xenophobes, Anne, it's inherent in their myopic world vision...if they weren't vilifying China, it would be Russia or some other monster under their bed...
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2015 on Links for 07-06-15 at Economist's View
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something odd about that link to the pope's encyclical...i can copy the text including it to Gmail, but not to Outlook, aka hotmail; i can copy plain text of it to both & to other drafts...clicking on it opens an Outlook web app page (different than my desktop version) that asks me to sign in with a password, and warns "By selecting this option, you confirm that this computer complies with your organization's security policy."
it does seem that anyone who's been checking a site for two years waiting for someone to write about him is pretty full of himself...
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coincident with this post, the WSJ says: "SF Fed: Robin Hood Economic Policies May Not Boost Economy That Much" Taking money from the rich and giving it to those less well-off may not generate the stimulative boost to the economy many economists and policy makers currently believe. http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/29/sf-fed-robin-hood-economic-policies-may-not-boost-economy-that-much/?mod=WSJ_EC_RT_Blog
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Bill Black responds to Harvard's Stavins anger at the Pope's encyclical: http://neweconomicperspectives.org/2015/06/a-harvard-don-is-enraged-that-pope-francis-is-opposed-to-the-world-economic-order.html he compares him to the Biblical rich man who rejected Jesus
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2015 on Links for 06-23-15 at Economist's View
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yes, i read your post at XE...i also just noticed that subtracting the 4,881,000 total separations from the total hires of 5,007,000 would imply an increase of 126,000 jobs in April, 95,000 less than the revised payroll job increase of 221,000 for April reported by the BLS establishment survey last week...so one or both surveys are off by a bit.. we do seem to have arrived at a point where its as good as its gonna get....we added more payroll jobs in 2014 than any year since 99, more private jobs than any year since 97, while first time claims for unemployment per capita have been tracking at an all time low..
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2015 on Links for 06-10-15 at Economist's View
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here is the data on job openings: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.t01.htm
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2015 on Links for 06-10-15 at Economist's View
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we'll have to check back on him in 40 years to see if he made the right choice...
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Feldstein says the yardstick is broke...but it's the same yardstick we've been using for years before...so growth - the change from period to period - already reflects that, and whether the absolute numbers are accurate or not doesnt matter as long as we have some kind of measuring stick, no matter how defective, to compare one period to another...
Toggle Commented May 20, 2015 on Links for 05-20-15 at Economist's View
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as a percentage of the labor force, it's been bouncing around at a record low for a while...it does not get any better than this...
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my comment was more facetious than it was meant to be an economic analysis, inspired by your suggestion that gas retailers would only pass 9 cents of a 10 cent tax increase on to consumers...i'd suggest however, that they're more likely to maintain whatever percentage margin that they figure they need to be profitable; as we've often seen them do when their cost of product increases...i've observed that they raise their prices as soon as futures prices increase, irregardless of the cost of the gas they have already purchased at wholesale; but when exchange prices are going the other way, their response is not so rapid...
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RE: "If $0.09 per gallon is passed on to consumers..." better figure it for 11 cents a gallon passed on to consumers
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5.3 planets...probably low because i never fly, rarely drive far
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the total depends on what you count as trees...hundreds of seedlings pop up under my old maples each spring; are those trees? dozens of walnuts sprout too...but they only last until i mow...
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in the field next to me, there's probably an ash tree ten feet in each direction (an old fallow cornfield that had large ash on the borders) - i'd guess that to be close to maximum density...there are 41,328 square miles in Ohio, which is 26,449,920 acres ...ODNR says that by 1997, total forested acreage had nearly doubled to 27% of the state, so say 11,158 square miles are wooded...that gives you 3.11 billion trees in the wooded areas...i leave it to you to check my math and tell us what percentage of those trees are ash...but on first glance, both the state count and NASA count both look suspect...
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around 4 times your normal: http://water.weather.gov/precip/index.php?yday=1428624000&yday_analysis=0&layer%5B%5D=0&layer%5B%5D=1&layer%5B%5D=4&timetype=RECENT&loctype=STATE&units=engl&timeframe=last7days&product=per_normal&loc=stateOH
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on Photo of the Day at Environmental Economics
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i appear to be a radical who leans left on economic issues..
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meanwhile, American car drivers managed to return to their gas guzzling driving habits...the latest report from the Department of Transportation found that vehicle miles driven increased by 4.9% to 237.4 billion vehicle miles in January over January from a year ago...this means that the 85 month American hiatus brought on by high oil prices in 2008 has ended and we have now set a new record for driving, covering 3.050 trillion miles on U.S. highways in the 12 months ending in January...in a similar vein, 40% of the increase in American's consumption of durable goods in the 4th quarter was for recreational vehicles and equipment...
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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/29/1374217/-fracking-and-the-Trans-Pacific-Partnership-et-al (mostly on the investor-state settlement provisions of the trade agreement)
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2015 on Links for 04-05-15 at Economist's View
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