The latest tale of Lois Lerner’s hard drive
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Blogging, every once in a while, from the United States of Whatever!
I am underconfident that the 17 agencies participating in the Pollinator Health Task Force, starting their deliberations a mere eight years after the problem became apparent, will add much value, although I'm sure National Honey Board could use some support for its grant program to study bee health. Maybe the task force should have some actual private-sector beekeepers and pollination customers, not just government officials? Or is that crazy talk?
MALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59
1 8 JON SCHOENBERG 51 HARVARD MA 31:04
2 14 DOMINIC GOLDING 54 PRINCETON MA 34:17
3 29 DAVID PECCHIA 51 CHELMSFORD MA 36:46
It bears note in this regard that the cost of
an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for
workers earning the minimum wage
* Seems pretty unlikely but how about this: The statesman was found buried in Pompeii and had the coins on his person. There had been an unbroken chain of custody since the discovery.
*If I feel like it, it does seem pointless to spell-out things which should be obvious to anyone with a rudimentary education in biology, I will explain why there is no intrinsic differences between the above rarefied categories and regular food.There are real differences in how special foods (the above categories) are produced and handled. In the religious categories, the differences in how the foods are handled is important to the observant because they put some value into following the commands laid out by their faith. The organic and GMO free are similar in that there are very real differences in how the food is produced: Organic will not use GMO seeds, nor chemically derived fertilizer or most pesticides. In general, it takes more land and more labor to produce such food and this accounts for the higher prices. One can debate the relative value of refraining from adding artificial chemicals to soil versus using chemicals but leaving more land uncultivated. It becomes more of a metaphysical question if one tries to differentiate between nitrogen supplied by horse manure or the Haber process. A growing plant can't tell the difference, because there is no difference between these molecules.
As an aside, the NRA is often derided as having out sized influence given its meager numbers, but compared to say NOW, it is rather more representative:
NOW has some 500,000 members and there are about 150 Million women in the USA, so the ratio is 1:300
NRA has 5,000,000 members and there are about 75 Million gun owners in the USA, this gives a ratio of 1:15, which is 20 times more representative of the group they supposedly speak for.Not to fight the gun control fight here but let's have a look as some of the proposals the good doctor put his name to:
A federal ban on the sale of assault weapons and ammunition – to stop weaponsIt is well known that only a vanishing small fraction of murders are committed by long guns of any type (mostly shotguns). By far, most crimes (that involve guns) are committed with pistols. Also, well known among people who know anything about firearms, is that the ammunition used in so-called assault weapons is also very commonly used in regular rifles. It is also well known that the differences between normal rifles and assault weapons are almost all cosmetic rather than functional. Some anti-assault weapons proposals and laws go after certain pistols and shotguns too, but the assault versions use exactly the same ammunition as the regular ones. The upshot of all this is that the guy makes proposals which would curtail the rights of millions of law-abiding Americans and yet can't be arsed to know the first thing about fire arms or bother to look at easily obtainable data such as FBI crime statistics. These stats would show him that the lion's share of murder is committed with one type of gun, pistols. And it would show him that "gun deaths"* have been on the decline for decades.
from being added to the existing stock.
“Current and former administration officials . . . have been surprised at how steadfast the opposition has remained,” the Washington Post reported last summer, quoting MIT economist Jonathan Gruber saying, “It used to be you had a fight and it was over, and you moved on.” But few have moved on, for reasons which are not all that hard to tease out: It’s not working out, in fact it’s a disaster; it’s blowing holes in the federal budget; the win-to-lose balance is way out of kilter, as many more people are hurt than helped by it. Obamacare may collapse on its own for practical reasons, but there is a fourth strike against it that adds a dimension of weakness no comparable measure has faced: Much of the country believes it’s a fraud, passed dishonestly, and not deserving of moral authority. In short, they find it nearly illegal, highly immoral, and possibly fattening. And their minds won’t be changed.
CBO estimates that the ACA [Affordable Care Act] will reduce the total number of hours worked, on net, by about 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent during the period from 2017 to 2024, almost entirely because workers will choose to supply less labor—given the new taxes and other incentives they will face and the financial benefits some will receive.(People like Greg Mankiw (and many others) saw this coming from a long-way off.)
Turkey Vulture February 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm
I really dislike working. I don’t like being tied down, and want to pursue other activities. But at points in my life when I haven’t worked, or have worked minimally, I have tended to just waste time doing nothing of use. And I want to do things, accomplish things, I just don’t. I am lazy, and especially so when I have no immediate need to do anything. This lowers my life satisfaction. But still, even knowing this, if I have a way to get by without having to work, I will be tempted to take it, and probably lose the good habits a regular job can bring.
I think most people are like this, which is why even though I will never pray at the alter of the protestant work ethic, I think that programs that encourage idleness can lead people into a rut from which they won’t have the wherewithal to escape. But hey, maybe everyone else is more of a go-getter than me, and I’m completely off base.