“Any call for study of anomalous phenomena can kill an academic career in a heartbeat, which is especially troubling in the sciences. Science is supposed to be all about finding the anomaly that challenges the currently accepted theory, but instead, we've all been trained to treat science as the arbiter of 'truth' and hard fact. This is a misrepresentation of the scientific method, and amounts to a kind of scientific fundamentalism, or 'scientism'.
In fact, in Leslie Kean's recent book based on military and commercial pilot experiences and sightings, more like 25% of all reports remain unexplained, not 5%. But only a small fraction of UFOs are reported by pilots because today it's a job-killer to even report.
Also, UFO does not mean 'spacecraft'. It stands for 'unidentified flying object'. If UFOs were spacecraft we'd know what they are so they wouldn't be UFOs. But you say UFO today and 1) people right away start mocking you, and 2) people start talking about outer space. We don't know what UFOs are. That's the point.
Since the number of sightings of UFOs are high around military bases as well as nuclear installations (worldwide), it really makes me wonder what in the heck is going on in China that "they" are so interested in.”
“The passing of Sears is closely tied to the disappearance of the middle class.
Hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert, aka "Fast Eddie", never intended to update Sears. Even now his hedge fund continues to profit off Sear's decline. He's already de-leveraged and outsourced all the profitable brands. Now it's just a matter of how soon the vendors will decline delivery and the whole organization will come down like a ton of bricks. If you think Sears is bad, wait until the only discount retailer left is Dollar General. That day is just around the corner:
Right after the crash, many news outlets reported 30 million jobs lost. By late 2010, the number of jobs lost in the crash was being reported as 15 million. Last week I heard a pundit on NPR say 7.5 million jobs were lost in the crash.
Have we gained 22.5 million jobs since '08? Where are they?
We no longer have a free press. Don't pee on my leg then tell me it just stopped raining.”
Aristotle79 on Dec 22, 2011 at 11:08:36
“Yeah, I think your information is not comparing apples to apples. Right after the crash someone may have reported that 30m jobs could be lost, no one said that many were lost in October 2008.
Jobs gained can be reported as net jobs gained (gained minus lost jobs) or total gained (regardless of loss). Those two numbers will be dramatically different.
You just need to take time to understand the numbers you are looking at and how the were calculated / estimated.”
ThreadKiller on Dec 22, 2011 at 11:06:29
“35 consecutive months of job growth
while gubmint jobs have been cut
“This is what's known as eating the seed corn. A consumer economy can't last when few make enough money to consume things. Even Henry Ford understood that, and he was hardly a flaming liberal.”
American Subversive on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:03:55
“You speak of the laws of supply, and demand (ironically, a capitalist concept) that conservafascists refuse to acknowledge, due to their blind adherence to regressive ideology. The only way the economy will grow is if demand grows. The only way demand will grow is if consumers have money to consume. PAY WORKERS MORE! END MINIMUM WAGE AND REPLACE IT WITH A LIVING WAGE, SUBJECT TO AUTOMATIC INCREASES BASED ON COST OF LIVING INCREASES!”
Nonpartay on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:48:16
“Exactly. And as many times as this has been explained to conservatives, they still don't get it or perhaps they just don't want to, though why that should be is beyond me. F&F”
“If Congress is bent on letting the country fall apart, I'm thinking we could fire all of them and save about 35 million dollars per year, not even counting the cost of their excellent health care package.
I think that, seriously, the country can fall apart on its own without these jerks on the payroll. And there's all these other great new jobs out there that they can get instead (McDonald's, WalMart, Corrections Officer, shoveling snow...).
I just don't see how paying hundreds of buffoons to pretend to represent the people is sustainable at the present cost. Sure everybody WANTS a Congress, but you have to earn one, and we really haven't earned this one. Really.”
“Why is this always interpreted as encouraging news? At this point many long term unemployed have run out of benefits and many states have turned the screws on who can receive them. In MI, you have to make quite a lot of money over a fairly long period of time to even qualify. If you have several part-time jobs or on and off temp work, no way are you eligible.
The assumption is always that more and more people are finding good jobs. I think it more likely that fewer and fewer people make enough money steadily to even qualify.”
Rick Rembold on Dec 16, 2011 at 18:01:35
“Pam you are point on.”
consultingpbh on Dec 15, 2011 at 18:15:30
“Largest employer in the US...Walmart (2 million) second...the US Postal Service 600,000+ (lost $16 billion) the USPS will delay closing 3,700 post offices and 252 mail centers until May 2012 to avoid USPS employees hitting the unemployement roles(what's another 6 billion?). The US GDP was 70% retail sales..."stuff" made somewhere else. How many Walmart employees does it take to offset the revenue to the economy of the 1,066 MF Global employees that just lost their jobs while $1.2 billion is missing. When MF Global locks the doors 2,900 will be looking for work.
In 1999 the US approved 24 F16s to Egypt to keep 10,000 Lockheed employees employed until 2001 in 2009 the US sold another 24 F16s to Egypt. Egypt...$1.5 Billion in US aid/year, 2 years to deliver 24 F16s at $3 Billion...you/me/we bought 48 F16s for Egypt but kept 10,000 Lockheed employees employed for 2 extra years, twice. Lockheed sells F16s to 25 nations that receive US aid.
Figures for people underemployed should be kept. Simple questions...Did you find employment? If yes...is the wage less or more than what you earned in your last job. I would like those figures. People that run out of unemployment funds that don't find jobs are not listed as unemployed. Makes as much sense as selling F16s to nations using US foreign aid.
82nd Airborne (’66 -’73)”
MrStat1 on Dec 15, 2011 at 16:04:25
“Then you need to lobby your legistlature to change the law.”
“Working as a cashier at a mall in Michigan at 58 (with two college degrees), and I can tell you for sure it's already impacting retail right now, this Christmas. Drastically reduced traffic, and people who do shop use cash, no credit. This will get pretty scary in 2012, as Christmas is supposed to carry retailers through the rest of the year and it ain't happening. Look for some major brands to disappear forever, and all the crappy jobs they provide with them, making things even harder.”
“There isn't going to be a job for every person who wants a job. Right now that's true. It will be true for a long time. In no way is our government facing that reality or planning for it. In fact, state and local governments are cutting even more jobs, while half the country pushes for people to work into their 70s and while they are still legally children.
I don't see how this continues without getting very, very ugly at some point. I mean, way uglier than things are already.”
J T K on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:36:05
“Look at the countries that have tried to ensure a job for every person who wants one and what happened to them. Look at what happened to the USSR for example. The government will fall under it's own weight if it tries to give everyone a job, it just isn't possible. That's especially true when there is no basis in how our government is designed or laid out for creating jobs purely for the sake of creating jobs, despite what FDR and other liberals have thought over the years.”
Payned on Dec 11, 2011 at 14:58:01
“We need to get more programs and more voices around the idea of building infrastructure. This would not only create jobs, but create better access to jobs in the future. People who cannot get to work are a heartbreaking majority of those who fall through the cracks and can't get back up.
Public transit literally benefits everyone on earth. We should be investing more in that, and less in prolonging the suffering with benefits that don't allow these people to rebuild their lives.”
“"In fact, the bio-psycho-social perspective dominates the pages of newer psychology texts. Why is this? Because every day, research is produced showing correlations between mental states and brain activity."
But correlation does not prove causation.
Since its inception, psychology has zigged and zagged between the biological/pharmaceutical approach and the psychodynamic/therapeutic approach. It goes back and forth, back and forth. So I really do think, this too shall pass. Psychology starts to get self-conscious about is origins in Spiritualism (William James, for example) and goes all neuroscientific on us, trying to pump up and compete with the hard sciences (which are always snickering at psychology and insulting it).
If you unplug a radio, it no longer transmits sound. The radio waves don't disappear, you've just unplugged the transmitter.
I think it's way too early to declare the science has reduced consciousness to a squiggly pile of mush inside a brain case, but golly, I can see why that's an appealing prospect.”
Badwrongbilly on Dec 6, 2011 at 11:40:46
“"If you unplug a radio, it no longer transmits sound. The radio waves don't disappear, you've just unplugged the transmitter." This is one of my own favorite analogies when discussing brain/mind. Who is to say that our brains are not receivers of a larger entity/experience, part of which becomes known as 'mind'? Within this model, the fact that we tinker with the brain and make 'mind-like' things change or cease can simply be explained as having messed with the receiver. And as many have noted, the brain is 'embodied', evolutionarily inseparable from interaction with the larger whole. I find it further ludicrous that we exalt the human mind, a product of selection for survival, and even consider that it may come to know "truth".”
“Psych meds saved my life. The difference between life on meds and life off them was the difference between living in hell and feeling like a normal human being. It was that dramatic.
In 2008, after losing my job (many people did in late 2008), I listened to all the moralizing about how Big Pharma is just shoving this at us and all a person really needs is more exercise and change in attitude (even though I've been in therapy off and on for 30 years). Since I had no insurance anymore anyway, I went off the meds. I ended up in the hospital for 10 days and nearly died.
Now I'm back on the meds. For life. If I lose my insurance, I HAVE to find a way to get them, and I'm not an addict, I have a DISEASE, just like diabetes or cancer or heart failure. I work, I raised children, I have two college degrees, I'm normal weight, and I exercise daily and eat well.
As if that is anyone's business but mine.
Perhaps some Americans are overmedicated. For sure GPs should stop passing out Prozac and Xanax as if they know what they are doing. But real mental illness is not a moral issue, it's a health issue. The state of mental health care in this country is abysmal. We need more and better care not less. If you've never had to deal with this, why not keep your political opinions to yourselves?”
“Perhaps McDonald's keeps the pay low so the workers are forced to eat the food there. You can get a Mc-heart-attack burger for $1.00. By contrast, a 3# bag of apples here costs $3.99. A pound of ground beef costs around $5, and we've had a major problem with adults getting e-coli from grilled burgers made from supermarket meat. A half gallon of milk costs $4.
It's one way to insure you have a customer base. Who else would eat that McStuff?”
“People here will actually try to hit you if there's no sidewalk, and several pedestrians die each year, as well as a bicyclist or two. I would like to walk more, but at 61 I only ever do it in the company of a large dog. I know that's not a solution for you, but it does work. Men who do this are cowards. They count on women being scared to escalate, but I think you are right to not respond, at least from a safety standpoint. And we talk about misogyny in the Middle East. Right.”
“The whole idea that women need to somehow catch up with men--in confidence, salary, whatever--shows how thoughtlessly we all accept the status quo. I would rather see expanded lifestyle options for everyone. Most men don't love working a gazillion hours for not-enough more money, and most women don't want that either.”
“Why is it that every young woman who makes this tiresome argument for the legitimacy of sex work seems to think she is the first one to make it? It isn't a new argument and it isn't all that interesting or compelling, but it's easy to explain:
If sex work is voluntary and a viable choice, then there is no guilt in a 'customer' enjoying the product. But, by and large, it isn't and there is.
Think of it this way: If you don't want your kids or your parents to watch you working, then whatever it is you are working at is wrong.
Seriously, it's not complicated.”
EllyW on Apr 16, 2014 at 19:35:39
“It actually is slightly more complicated than that. Unless you think there's something shameful about the work done by gynaecologists, coroners, life models, actors in violent or explicit films etc...”
Balthasar Thomass on Apr 15, 2014 at 15:17:47
“This is simply because incest is a very strong taboo that structures family life and society, and thus sex in general is taboo between parents and kids, and we would never watch our parents or kids having sex, be it with their spouse. But it's not because you wouldn't watch your mother have sex with your father, or your daughter with her husband or boyfriend, that you believe it is wrong for parents to have sex or for children to get married. So the problem here is an entirely different issue than the one you believe.
Yet, I do believe it actually is an issue/ It's OK for me to do porn, and I wouldn't mind complete strangers seeing me have sex on screen. But if my parents or children watched my porn movies, this would be a real problem, as it would be unbearable and unacceptable would they fantasize or even feel aroused sexual about their son or father. I thought about this when reading about Belle Knox's father, and wondered if he would have the dignity and resolution to not watch his daughters sex scenes despite the obvious curiosity.”
Bluedrgn on Apr 15, 2014 at 11:33:25
“I guess by that logic being a soldier is wrong too?”
primordialsoup on Apr 15, 2014 at 08:52:20
“Using your logic, sewer cleaners work is "wrong". Just because the content is decidedly adult, doesn't make it wrong.”
“Thank you. The dearth of comments and relative lack of outrage is beyond depressing. The likelihood that our permanently deadlocked, corrupt Congress will deal with this is next to nil, and I'm sure the Justices know this.
Taking this action was a slap in the face to Congress, especially to Congressmen like John Lewis who risked his life for this legislation.”
“Instead of arguing over causes and realities and pointing fingers and assigning blame, couldn't we at least have a call for mitigation BEFORE effects? Reinsurers are beginning to call for this and they are hardly tree hugging idealists.”
“Another problem is that in shifting from a mercantile to an information society, the relationship between 'consumers' and institutions has become subordinate to the relationship between CEOs and stockholders. To put it bluntly, 'stuff' doesn't matter anymore. The persons who buy and use stuff (us) do not matter nearly as much as increasing profits on paper so stock prices continue to rise, no matter how that is done. The ideal product these days is no product at all.
More and more, profits are increased artificially and money is invented out of thin air. Essentially, the vast majority of ordinary people are now cut out of finance even though nearly EVERYTHING has become financialized. Capital no longer flows to new industry, retail, on-the-ground enterprise. Capital is becoming more and more abstract and detached from daily life.
Hence the lack of trust. I mean, it was hard-earned, that lack of trust.
I'm encourage to hear this author sees things getting better, as I've read him often before and he seems to be on it. But wow. I don't see that. It feels like everything is grinding to a halt here.”
HamletsMill on Dec 11, 2011 at 18:37:52
“Things are NOT going to get better. Not at all. 2012 will be far worse than 2008.