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by Marquee Moon
Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Third Party Shenanigans
Replies: 73
Views: 7429

Re: Third Party Shenanigans

I'm sorry, but disallowing political candidates because of their motives has got to be one of the scarier suggestions out there. The judge made the totally correct call. Although it does point out a flaw in the voting system, namely it fails " Independence of irrelevant alternatives ". Th...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Combat troops leave Iraq
Replies: 13
Views: 1973

Re: US Combat troops leave Iraq

I like how they carefully avoid mentioning how many troops were in Iraq before this. If this page is accurate, there were 65,000 U.S. troops there a few months ago, so from that point, we've reduced the troop count by...less than 25% (to 50,000). Yeah, that really sounds like "the end of comba...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Federal Reserve Begins Buying US Debt
Replies: 21
Views: 3476

Re: Federal Reserve Begins Buying US Debt

A bit of a more indepth explanation: The federal reserve has been accumulating Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) for a while now. It's kind of like the Fed is lending to home owners, or is at least holding their debt. The Fed has stoped accumulating MBSs and as these loans get paid off, the feds asse...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fannie May offering $1,000 deposit mortgages
Replies: 25
Views: 3305

Re: Fannie May offering $1,000 deposit mortgages

Economics is not really my thing, but why would making it easier for people to buy a house cause housing prices to go down? Surely if more people can buy a house that means an increase in demand, causing prices to go up? Sorry, that wasn't clear. I'm not saying that this policy will lead to lower h...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fannie May offering $1,000 deposit mortgages
Replies: 25
Views: 3305

Re: Fannie May offering $1,000 deposit mortgages

They could do that, but how would they make sure the money saved gets spent on a house rather than, say, a shiny sports car? It could be done, but it would undoubtedly result in labarynthine paperwork. That problem already exists with housing subsidies. How do we know these subsidies aren't being u...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fannie May offering $1,000 deposit mortgages
Replies: 25
Views: 3305

Fannie May offering $1,000 deposit mortgages

http://washingtonindependent.com/93795/the-return-of-the-1000-down-mortgage “Buy new with $1,000 down,” the advertisement says, the words resting atop a trim green clapboard house offset by a bright blue sky. “The time has come. Stop wasting rent check after rent check and start building equity in y...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Against Net Neutrality
Replies: 39
Views: 11072

Re: Google Against Net Neutrality

Yes, but these are all examples of restriction of content. What this deal is about is giving users who pay more higher speeds, regardless of what content they access. There is no discrimination by ISPs based on content. [pointing out my stupidity] Ah sorry you're right. I was only looking at the se...
by Marquee Moon
Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Against Net Neutrality
Replies: 39
Views: 11072

Re: Google Against Net Neutrality

Besides which, if you're a power downloader, doesn't it make sense that you'd want to pay more to get faster rates? Doesn't that benefit the consumer? It's not about bandwidth, it's about access and use. Let's go for the horror show first. Let's say you use Comcast Cable. Comcast blocks access to A...
by Marquee Moon
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public
Replies: 227
Views: 21041

Re: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public

You didn't respond to my other comment. How will you make it illegal for employers to look at peoples profiles? Easy: require them to make hiring decisions based only on information they know for a fact is actually about the potential employee. Nobody has explained how they decide which profile is ...
by Marquee Moon
Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public
Replies: 227
Views: 21041

Re: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public

What if during an interview you mention that you get wasted on Saturdays, and the employer decides not to give you the job? Would that be illegal? You're taking one party divulging information directly to another and equating it to that other party discovering that information by looking somewhere ...
by Marquee Moon
Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public
Replies: 227
Views: 21041

Re: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public

And ethical? You're right that hiring someone is an investment, but that's what resumes, cover letters, interviews, and references are for. See, there's already a structure in place for vetting potential employees. It's been around far longer than social networking sites, and employers seem to have...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public
Replies: 227
Views: 21041

Re: 0.1 Billion Facebookers made public

Could someone explain how this is any different from using facebook search to look for people? I mean, if I wanted to find out some dirt on Mr X, my archnemesis, what information would I get from this torrent that I couldn't get from facebook search? Or is this absolutely useless, expect for getting...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Senate Abandons Climate Effort... UPDATE: See page 2
Replies: 65
Views: 6448

Re: Senate Abandons Climate Effort, Dealing Blow to Presiden

Tell the people whose livelihoods were destroyed by the Exxon-Valdez and the DeepWater Horizon that the environmental damages caused by fossil fuels are a distant danger. Or the people who get lung cancer or chronic heart, lung, or kidney disease as the result of the immediate environmental impact ...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Has CEO Pay Increased So Much?
Replies: 18
Views: 2446

Re: Why Has CEO Pay Increased So Much?

Also, keep in mind that a more diverse, competitive market filled with smaller players is often better for the consumers and less vulnerable to disasters, regardless of whether it's more "efficient" for the companies themselves. An economy is an ecosystem, but economists try to live in a ...
by Marquee Moon
Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Has CEO Pay Increased So Much?
Replies: 18
Views: 2446

Re: Why Has CEO Pay Increased So Much?

Interesting and elegant. I like the idea that we can avoid having to wage a holy war about CEO salaries and just break the firms up into smaller, more competitive firms. That begs the question: Has the increase in firm size over the last 30 years been efficient? (ie. have firms been getting bigger ...
by Marquee Moon
Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Senate Abandons Climate Effort... UPDATE: See page 2
Replies: 65
Views: 6448

Re: Senate Abandons Climate Effort, Dealing Blow to Presiden

Environmental damages ARE economic damages. They're just damages that don't hurt the industries that cause them. I understand this. But in order to stop the economic damages caused by climate change that would be incurred largely in the future, we must cause (arguably smaller) costs to the economy ...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Senate Abandons Climate Effort... UPDATE: See page 2
Replies: 65
Views: 6448

Re: Senate Abandons Climate Effort, Dealing Blow to Presiden

You've chosen to ignore every externality except the one that has a (slightly) delayed cost. And I sure as shit didn't list them all. Hurricane Katrina was almost certainly exacerbated by global warming. It will be impossible to calculate the total human and monetary cost of climate change, but wha...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Senate Abandons Climate Effort... UPDATE: See page 2
Replies: 65
Views: 6448

Re: Senate Abandons Climate Effort, Dealing Blow to Presiden

[That is a discussion of the long-term effects of cap and trade. No it's not. It's a discussion of the validity of the market theory you were just espousing. Which is to say, there is no validity to the market theory you were just espousing. All you said was that externalities exist. How does that ...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Senate Abandons Climate Effort... UPDATE: See page 2
Replies: 65
Views: 6448

Re: Senate Abandons Climate Effort, Dealing Blow to Presiden

Carbon-producing sources of energy out-compete renewable resources in part because of externalities-- that is, costs of production that aren't passed on to consumers. Witness the continued existence of Massey Energy and BP, which have added to their profit margin at the expense of safety. Or in the...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Senate Abandons Climate Effort... UPDATE: See page 2
Replies: 65
Views: 6448

Re: Senate Abandons Climate Effort, Dealing Blow to Presiden

They both are equally prone to ignore the obvious counterpoints. Like the utter lack of evidence of previous cap and trade regimes slowing the economy. Really? I thought there was large consensus that cap and trade will cost something. The argument is over whether the benefits outweigh the costs. D...
by Marquee Moon
Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Potential Breakthrough in War on AIDS!
Replies: 28
Views: 3429

Re: Potential Breakthrough in War on AIDS!

Female condoms are great but if the gentleman in question doesn't want to wear one, esp. in the cases of rape, there's generally little to be done about that. The gel is an improvement over something the man can remove at will, or even see. In some parts of Africa there are myths that having sex wi...
by Marquee Moon
Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Potential Breakthrough in War on AIDS!
Replies: 28
Views: 3429

Re: Potential Breakthrough in War on AIDS!

skeptical scientist wrote:
Diadem wrote:How exactly is this a breakthrough when condoms are easier to use and much more effective?

You have to get the guy to wear the condom. The gel is something you use yourself.

There are condoms that women put "in themselves". See here.
by Marquee Moon
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bypassing the Electoral College
Replies: 165
Views: 12950

Re: Bypassing the Electoral College

This totally doesn't matter, because when an election is close enough that the popular vote and the electoral vote get different results, then the result is effectively random anyway. It would have an immediate effect on the behaviours of candidates, moving their focus away from swing states and to...
by Marquee Moon
Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Perry v. Schwarzenegger ninja'd; DOMA partially struck down
Replies: 31
Views: 3574

Re: Perry v. Schwarzenegger ninja'd; DOMA partially struck d

That's true, there are two cases. One was brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts claiming DOMA illegally forces them to discriminate because federal benefits like Medicaid (among others) are provided through states and therefore it forced Massachusetts to discriminate against same-sex couples...
by Marquee Moon
Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Perry v. Schwarzenegger ninja'd; DOMA partially struck down
Replies: 31
Views: 3574

Re: Perry v. Schwarzenegger ninja'd; DOMA partially struck d

Actually, if the equal protection part stands, the states right part does not give states the right to outlaw gay marriage. The US Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and just because the feds cannot do something does not mean that states can. If this case sets the precedent that discrimin...
by Marquee Moon
Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Michael Steele: Afghanistan is a war of Obama's choosing
Replies: 26
Views: 4010

Re: Michael Steele: Afghanistan is a war of Obama's choosing

Well, probably C. It really wasn't Obama's choice to start this war. Now... there is obviously contention about continuing it, but in the way Steele phrased this basically put the entire blame on Obama for starting a war going 7 years longer than he's been in office (Bush who?). Yes but the situati...
by Marquee Moon
Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Michael Steele: Afghanistan is a war of Obama's choosing
Replies: 26
Views: 4010

Re: Michael Steele: Afghanistan is a war of Obama's choosing

Uhh, I think I'm missing something here. What is it that Michael Steele has done wrong? Is it: A. Saying something that will obviously anger fellow Republicans and may cost him his job. B. Phrasing his criticism very stupidly.** ("look at any history textbook and the words "DON'T INVADE AF...
by Marquee Moon
Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McChrystal replaced for comments
Replies: 56
Views: 5181

Re: McChrystal replaced for comments

You don't see anything wrong with a general refusing to follow an order by his Commander-in-Chief? Or a general going on TV declaring his take on the Only Way Forward in Afghanistan while new war policy was still under discussion by Obama, Gates, and the Joint Chiefs in an attempt to box in his Com...
by Marquee Moon
Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McChrystal replaced for comments
Replies: 56
Views: 5181

Re: McChrystal replaced for comments

How the hell did McChrystal keep his job for this long anyway? First he lied about the circumstances Pat Tillman's death for what can only be construed as propaganda. Then he came out and said that he would refuse to follow the Biden plan if he was ordered to do so. (I know I'm missing something he...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK VAT rate to be raised to 20% in Jan 2011
Replies: 86
Views: 7501

Re: UK VAT rate to be raised to 20% in Jan 2011

Tax more on the people who can most easily bear the burden, the upper middle and upper classes, and spend less on them. That's not a good recipe for economic growth, or keeping them in Britain. Just for curiosity, why do you say it's not a good recipe for economic growth, if assuming the same amoun...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are there too many undergraduates?
Replies: 75
Views: 9322

Re: Are there too many undergraduates?

For example, someone who wants to get an education in English but expects to get a job in a largely unrelated field is probably better served by starting their job 30 hours a week out of high school, and then doing some sort of intensive book club for 10 hours a week for sixteen years, than having ...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK VAT rate to be raised to 20% in Jan 2011
Replies: 86
Views: 7501

Re: UK VAT rate to be raised to 20% in Jan 2011

Cutting corporation tax whilst taking more away from the poor isn't good business, it's vileness. VAT increases whilst giving some relief to businesses is nothing but an ideological driven attack on the working class. Nothing more, nothing less. If you look at the tax rates of Scandinavian countrie...
by Marquee Moon
Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are there too many undergraduates?
Replies: 75
Views: 9322

Re: Are there too many undergraduates?

A lot of people in my country go to Uni (in part) for 'recreational education', as opposed to job centric education. Myself included. There's nothing wrong with recreational education, but I believe it is less worthy of a government subsidy. The line between 'recreational'and 'job-centric' is very ...
by Marquee Moon
Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What blogs/sites do you read to find news and articles?
Replies: 19
Views: 2220

Re: What blogs/sites do you read to find news and articles?

I tend to read these newfangled things called instead newspapers; Professional journalism, for all it's inadequacys is generally much better than hobbyists. Cue much flaming. Newspapers are good for "what happened in the world today" sort of news, but they don't cater very well to more un...
by Marquee Moon
Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are there too many undergraduates?
Replies: 75
Views: 9322

Re: Are there too many undergraduates?

I think there's an optimal number of people getting bachelor's degrees at a traditional college, and I suspect it's less than 50%. (Even the ~33% we have in America might be too high.) I think, however, the response needs to coming up with alternative modes of education which better serve the remai...
by Marquee Moon
Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Indonesian baby on 40 cigarettes a day!
Replies: 40
Views: 5548

Re: Indonesian baby on 40 cigarettes a day!

But I do find the popularity of this article disturbing, for different reasons. I think we like it because it allows the Western world to collectively tut Indonesia with a firm sense of smug superiority. As someone pointed out, when Alan Alda did this at the same age it was considered cute and nove...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CFTC allows futures trading in Box Office opening sales.
Replies: 48
Views: 4505

Re: CFTC allows futures trading in Box Office opening sales.

What if exhibitors start deciding how many screens to alot each film by the stock price?? A rival studio could just short sell a competing movies shares, thereby reducing the number of theatres that movie is shown in, and in turn increasing the amount of theatres its movie is shown in. They profit ...
by Marquee Moon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'
Replies: 184
Views: 21835

Re: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'

It's a balancing act. The borders are more porous than you'd imagine, and especially the one with China, so keeping the people fed and healthy is a major concern for the stability of the state. And North Korea has taken steps to make things better for their people, it's just they've been steeped in...
by Marquee Moon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops in Ohio Can Write Speeding Tickets Without Evidence
Replies: 69
Views: 6621

Re: Cops in Ohio Can Write Speeding Tickets Without Evidence

I'm not up to date on American traffic laws (and frankly, lack the willpower to fill my mind with it): One thing that always gets me on these "AMERICAS WORST DRIVERS CHASED BY COPS!!!" programs is that people are still asked to "walk in a straight line" when being tested for dri...
by Marquee Moon
Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops in Ohio Can Write Speeding Tickets Without Evidence
Replies: 69
Views: 6621

Re: Cops in Ohio Can Write Speeding Tickets Without Evidence

How does "police eyeballing" work with other crimes? If a cop sees you running a red light or stealing a handbag, they can convict you without video evidence right? As far as I can tell, this 'law change' just puts speeding in line with any other crime. We don't require video evidence for ...

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