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Friday, August 11. 2017
Hi everybody. It's Friday. Light the smoking lamp early. Run the cocktail flag up the mizzen before you're under sail. It's noontime somewhere. Bust out the tonsil polish while the sun rides high. Bunk off. Take a mental health day. Slack. Don't kill the job. Make up your mind to procrastinate. Indole.
Read the links first, though.
If you've always wondered what a conservative is, and you work in hi-tech, the nice man will tell you in fourth-grade syntax about this rare but terrifying animal.
All of them work just fine, thank you -- if you're running them. Duh.
That's the best definition of blogging I've seen.
IBM should get with the times and appoint a female CEO to straighten out this mess. Oh.
Listen, iPhone drones. There's only one way to tell your airline you hate it. It has a steering wheel.
I and Pangur Ban my cat, 'tis a like task we are at; hunting mice is his delight, hunting words I sit all night...
An Irishman, late for an appointment, prays, "Lord, if you give me a parking space, I'll give up Guinness and go to Mass every Sunday." A parking space immediately opens up. The Irishman sticks his head out the window, looks up, and says, "Never mind, I found one."
Debts backed by physical assets are so 20th Century.
As long as Flinger's and Chotchkie's stay open, I don't care. You want to come over and watch Kung Fu?
Perhaps we should declare war on it. You know, a war on drugs.
It's unclear to me where Kevin Bacon fits into this.
Janet Yellen can't even cause inflation right. Where's Arthur F. Burns when you need him?
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Roger de Hauteville: It's unclear to me where Kevin Bacon fits into this... Public records show that the actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's mother-in-law Tamme McCauley owns the home
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in Sundance Skippy with Kevin Bacon.
The only one I've ever heard of is Kevin Bacon, who I could not recognize if I were to see him.
Just as automation brings lower costs even though minimum wage is increased, automation brings lower producer prices even as economy ramps up.
On inflation I am seeing dramatic prices increases on just about everything. I have seen this trend over the last few years and it seems to be much worse now. That the official inflation stats haven't increased much says more about what they measure and why than it does about actual inflation.
Clothes and shoes have gotten incredibly cheap. Construction lumber is crazy high, as is coffee. Random choices, but it clearly makes a big difference what commodities you track. I hope I may be forgiven for suspecting that the government's choices aren't neutral; their thumb is always on the scale one way or another, for our own good, of course.
"Just announced: Applebee’s is closing up to 135 restaurants"
Turns out it's not a good idea to have a sugar addict design all your recipes.
Re: the opiod epidemic. There are somethings that are being ignored in this discussion. According to less hyped news it isn't the prescribed opiods that are killing people but tainted drugs with extremely powerful fentanyl. These are black market drugs not the prescribed oxycodone and hydrocodone based drugs. The second point is that it is implied that innocent patient is being addicted by careless doctors. I believe that if these prescribed pain killing drugs are taken as prescribed that they are not generally addictive. But rather the addict choose to crush up the slow release drugs and/or take multiple dosages at a time to achieve the desired effect.
I am not saying that these drugs are not dangerous, they can be that is why they should be taken as prescribed. I am also not saying that they are not over prescribed because I suspect that they are, especially Vicodin. My point is that it appears the attack is intentionally aimed at the wrong place and coincidently at the deep pockets. I suspect this is more about trail lawyers prepping the potential juries for big money verdicts against the pharmaceuticals and has zippo to do with saving lives.
The "opioid epidemic" is a symptom. Underlying it is the economic collapse of 2007-8 and the resulting feelings of hopelessness for most of America during the Obama years, with no jobs, no economic activity and no future. Much of the country has seen factories and employers all go out of business, Main Street and Malls abandoned, poverty increase, health care availability, health and life expectancy all decline, and America turn into a third-world country. A lot like what happened in Russia when the Soviet Union and its economy collapsed, although there the drug of choice was vodka.
A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate
Death rates rose for white men, white women and black men. They stayed essentially even for black women and Hispanic men and women. “It’s just confirming this deterioration in survival for certain groups,” said Ellen Meara, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She wonders what factors might be protecting Hispanic men and women from the negative trend.
From the article: "Experts cautioned against interpreting too much from a single year of data"
I read the article and it seemed a little disjointed, talking about heart disease and cancer then drugs, alcohol and suicide and all of it based on a tiny one year change. I'm not sure there is any "there" there.
All of them work just fine, thank you -- if you're running them. Duh.
Yep. How often do you hear of failed government programs being shut down rather than their failure being used as an argument that they need more staffing and funding? Compare the number of failed private enterprises - doesn't it seem odd that so many well-intentioned, well-thought out business plans developed by enthusiastic business people given every incentive to succeed and every disincentive to fail still wind up failing and bankrupt and yet government enterprises without all these strictures seem to have about a 100% success rate, i.e., they're all still in business some number of years down the road?
(Now that I think of it, it's no wonder some people think socialism would be great way to go - the government has rarely if ever had a business failure and private enterprise has had tons of huge ones. Heck, some government programs like the wool and mohair subsidy program are so wildly successful they're still in business 50 years after their customer base has disappeared! Let's see private enterprise match that.)