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Friday, February 23. 2018
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First Do No Harm - Medical Ethics vs Transgender Politics
I Totally Get California, But the Golden State's Nightmare Confuses Me
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Law Prof AMY WAX LOOKS BACK
The global ‘educational-gender-equality paradox’: the more gender equality in a country, the fewer women in STEM
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Go Green Europeans Rip Trump On Climate Change, Import Record Amounts Of U.S. Coal
Former Official Will Cooperate With Investigators Probing Scheme Funneling Money From State To Kerry’s Daughter
PRESIDENT LE TRUMP?
On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History - There's a case to be made that in every way, save rhetoric, the president has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor.
Yet another way Obama’s spies apparently exploited the Trump ‘dossier’
Oxfam's 'Aid For Sex' Scam Exposed
It's not just Oxfam. It;'s Save The Children, Unicef, and the UN in general
Marine Corps again lowers requirements for Infantry Officer Course. Brig. Gen. Jason Q. Bohm: ‘The course is as hard as it’s ever been’
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Vox regurgitates Democrat talking points. No mention of the three young guys on the French train.
I like the caption photo. It reminds me that the best way to deal with leftists is not to engage in rational debate with them (because they are emotionally incapable of such), but rather to be a conservative smart-ass with them.
CBS celebrates cheaters: Not surprising; they're leftists.
California seems to have a death wish. John Kerry and Obama's intel... Dems and leftists have no shame. Seems like Missouri's governor might have some, now.
Sam L: California seems to have a death wish.
California's real GDP has grown an average of 3% per year over the last several years, while accumulating an $11 billion state budget surplus under Jerry Brown.
and accumulated an unfunded pension shortfall of $100 Billion, even assuming 7% portfolio returns over the next 30 years. They're paying down the credit card debt by borrowing against the second mortgage.
Along with the highest rate of people leaving the state, California also has the highest poverty rate of all states. Perhaps those leaving the state and those in poverty are not sufficiently impressed with California's GDP growth and budget surplus.
Real human: Man, but California sucks.
Clattering Site Robot(s): We shall observe that we observed that we observe that California has rising GDP, real human.
Clattering Site Robot(s):
Real human: And?
Clattering Site Robot(s): HANDWAVING!
Clattering Site Robot(s):
Real human: Hold my beer. Even if it were pertinent, you gigantic monochromatic green Cyclops(s), California's GDP hasn't outpaced inflation. Idiot(s). And the place still sucks. For real humans, anyways.
Clattering Site Robot(s): TROLL!
Medical Ethics vs. Transgender Politics: Mt. Sinai needs to be sanctioned or decertified or whatever for putting the life of an infant at risk. Not only is the child subjected to the hormone that allows lactation in a birth-gendered male, but also to the doses of hormones this person is taking to exhibit female characteristics. What could possibly go wrong here?
We are living in LaLaLand.
another guy named Dan: and accumulated an unfunded pension shortfall of $100 Billion
With an annual GDP of $2½ trillion. So while pension liabilities are large, they can be managed. California is stepping up its pension payments.
another guy named Dan: Along with the highest rate of people leaving the state
That's typical. People work in California, then retire where it's less expensive to live. Keep in mind that overall real GDP growth has been faster in California than the national average. California is still where you go for economic opportunity.
another guy named Dan: California also has the highest poverty rate of all states.
Again, largely driven by the high cost of living due to high demand.
The latter two comments should have been attributed to mudbug.
Real human: Dangit but California has some seriously irresponsible pension stuff going on, right? The figures are staggering and I just bet they owe to typical urban corruption of markets out on the left coast. Probably Sacramento and Brown are involved. After all we know their history, reputation, and trajectory.
Clattering Site Robot(s): We(s) shall observe that we(s) observed that we(s) observe that money grows on trees and trees love Moonbeams. And you can throw maples and saplings and Volkswagen surfboard tacos into sinkholes.
Fiscal solvency! QED! Marx!
Real human: -I mean, people have been leaving that dump for decades, now that the lunatics are running the asylu-
Clattering Site Robot(s): HANDWAVING!
Real human: -and the poverty! Have you seen the street scene in SF? It lies in the richest greater urban are in the nation, or close to it, and it's populated by "compassionate liberals"! Wow, that's rich.
Talk about your cognitive bias. Or do I mean outright social hypocrisy? Ha, I crack me up.
Clattering Site Robot(s): [Smell of smoking relays. Lights dim momentarily in San Jose.] It could be said that if Derridaist reading holds, we have to choose between Batailleist `powerful communication’ and predialectic capitalism. The subject is contextualised into a realism that includes truth as a whole. Thus, any number of constructions concerning Marxist capitalism may be found. The example of realism which is a central theme of Eco’s The Name of the Rose emerges again inFoucault’s Pendulum, although in a more self-justifying sense. However, Foucault uses the term ‘Marxist capitalism’ to denote not narrative per se, but subnarrative. The characteristic theme of the works of Eco is the common ground between class and culture. Thus, Marx promotes the use of the cultural paradigm of consensus to deconstruct capitalism. Several constructivisms concerning a neodialectic reality exist.
Real human: You(s) really should have that looked at-
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I've always wondered if Z is high when he writes his drivel. After these last two comments, I am convinced he is.
Perhaps those leaving . . . are not sufficiently impressed with California's GDP growth and budget surplus.
You're probably right, considering that:
One, you do in fact have to average several years to get a growth rate of 3% (last year's was 2.5%), and the trend is decidedly in the wrong direction.
Two, the projected budget surpluses aren't anywhere near $11B. This years projection is $6.1B, and next year's is $7.5B.
Three, now that the Trump tax reform has ended the deduction for state and local taxes, the likelihood that the state will actually hit those projected revenue numbers has moved into the "wishful thinking" end of the spectrum.
Heck, even their own governor is pretty pessimistic, saying, "What’s out there is darkness, uncertainty, decline, and recession, so good luck, baby."
So if trump raided the Social Security fund to reduce the deficit, you'd praise him for paying down debt?
And yes, I know, this is already happening.
Your post makes no sense. If California were the place to go for economic opportunity, why are people leaving? Are you saying the people who are leaving are too stupid to realize how good they had it? Then you say there are lots of poor people there because it is so expensive. So they are apparently too stupid to leave.
Taxes and regulations are a large portion of why it's so expensive to live there.
One of the the most beautiful cities in the country is wallowing in filth, Southern California is beset with the modern equivalent of Hoovervilles, pension payments are going to be slashed, they're building a ridiculous expensive train, but not to worry. Everything's cool.
If, as you assume, it is a robot your responses are a waste of electrons and space.
Not a robot, Furp, a robot. Jeez. Killjoy.
This used to be a decent site for intelligent commentary and rational discussion.
It is being destroyed by two pieces of slime that should have been left to rot under their respective rocks.
California — not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia — has the highest poverty rate in the United States.
Back to your sandbox, kiddiez.
You are right. We have to learn to discipline ourselves to read the signatures first.
I've watched California become a s**thole over the past 50 years.
No kidding. And the comments are so much more interesting than th-
Y. pestis: One, you do in fact have to average several years to get a growth rate of 3% (last year's was 2.5%)
Actually closer to 2.1%, which is considerable in a highly developed economy such as California's. That still means California's real GDP grew over 3% per year over the last four years. Whatever economic issues are involved today were certainly a factor over the last several years. California has an economy the size of France, and nearly the size of U.K.
Y. pestis: Two, the projected budget surpluses aren't anywhere near $11B. This years projection is $6.1B, and next year's is $7.5B.
Sorry, we meant cash on hand. As you note, California is running a budget surplus under the current administration.
Y. pestis: Three, now that the Trump tax reform has ended the deduction for state and local taxes, the likelihood that the state will actually hit those projected revenue numbers has moved into the "wishful thinking" end of the spectrum.
Not sure why the current U.S. government would attempt to hurt the most productive states, but there you have it.
mudbug: If California were the place to go for economic opportunity, why are people leaving?
Many come for the jobs, but then leave to retire. Also, lower skilled workers (lower income, less education) tend to leave due to the high cost of living.
mudbug: Are you saying the people who are leaving are too stupid to realize how good they had it?
No. It's because California is highly populated, and there is competition for jobs that attracts higher skilled workers, and deters lower skilled workers.
mudbug: Taxes and regulations are a large portion of why it's so expensive to live there.
Sure. It's also why the state is so productive in other ways. To reiterate: California's real GDP has grown an average of 3% per year over the last several years, while accumulating $11 billion cash on hand. With an annual GDP of $2½ trillion. It's one of the most important centers of production in the U.S.
You "meant cash on hand"?
If you really pay so little attention to the nonsense that you spam these comments with that you "missed" that difference, then we've all been seriously underestimating your uselessness.
Not sure your point. Per your own numbers, California will have a $13 billion surplus over the next two years.