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Big Bank Explains To Rich People How To Profit Off Inequality

Big Bank Explains To Rich People How To Profit Off Inequality

Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 16:22:50 in Business

“Let's have a list of luxury goods: mansions, expensive art work, professional sports teams, private airplanes, BMWs and Mercedes, vacation homes, jewelry, tailored clothing, sailboats, yachts, etc. I suppose there will be a lot more opportunities for people in the services: maids and butlers, private chefs, financial advisers, schedulers, escorts, etc. I don't suppose anybody goes poor catering to people with money.”
Here's What Corporate America Really Thinks About You

Here's What Corporate America Really Thinks About You

Commented Jun 1, 2014 at 21:15:54 in Business

“Home Depot, Lowe's, and others seem to know that I'm in the market for a new refrigerator. I access Consumer Reports, so I suppose that's how they figured out what I'm shopping for. I'd buy one to replace the old GE refrigerator now nearing the end of its life, but it seems all the good refrigerators today are huge with features (ice makers) I could care less about. No wonder there's an obesity problem. People are buying these huge refrigerators, filling them with food, and there's always something enticing to eat.”
Eric Shinseki, The Man Who Trusted Too Much

Eric Shinseki, The Man Who Trusted Too Much

Commented May 30, 2014 at 15:51:00 in Politics

“The VA will have to recruit middle managers of better character who have a public service ethic. Ethical competence is a necessary component of professional competence.”

Jtt on May 30, 2014 at 16:01:32

“In that kind of work its required. It cant be about compensation.”
John Boehner: 'I'm Not Qualified To Debate The Science Over Climate Change'

John Boehner: 'I'm Not Qualified To Debate The Science Over Climate Change'

Commented May 29, 2014 at 16:47:18 in Politics

“The Speaker implies that he knows something about the economics of different approaches to dealing with climate change. That's a problem, because there's a good chance he doesn't. A lot of people seem to believe that any effort to curb fossil fuel use will kill the economy. Is this true? Just because a lot of people believe something to be true doesn't make it true. What's the evidence?”
7 States Running Out Of Water: 24/7 Wall St.

7 States Running Out Of Water: 24/7 Wall St.

Commented May 25, 2014 at 13:26:01 in Business

“Life in Michigan is good with plenty of clean water but the state still needs to be diligent in safeguarding its surface and underground water resources. Great Lakes water is staying within the Great Lakes basin till it evaporates or reaches the Atlantic. It's time this country plan ahead for climate change rather than stick its head in the sand and celebrate myopia and ignorance.”
Obama: 'I Will Not Stand For' Misconduct At Veterans Affairs Hospitals

Obama: 'I Will Not Stand For' Misconduct At Veterans Affairs Hospitals

Commented May 21, 2014 at 13:51:04 in Politics

“It's difficult (or impossible) to run VA hospitals (or any government agency) without money and staff. When political appointees demand results but don't give sufficient resources to do the job properly, there are going to be problems. What the staff is alleged to have done at the Phoenix hospital is unethical, but not surprising. Most of the blame, however, belongs with elected public officials (the President and the Congress) for not properly funding the VA.”
Why This Hospital Turned An 18-Year-Old Away After He Was Shot

Why This Hospital Turned An 18-Year-Old Away After He Was Shot

Commented May 20, 2014 at 21:47:38 in Black Voices

“Maybe the Army should be in the south side. Their doctors and medics know how to deal with gun shot, shrapnel, and other kinds of traumas.”
Koch Brothers' Secrets Revealed In New Book

Koch Brothers' Secrets Revealed In New Book

Commented May 17, 2014 at 15:18:17 in Politics

“The heritability of liberalism-conservatism is fairly high. Perhaps it's a case where social learning reinforced genetic inheritance. With the exception of the older son, the acorns didn't fall far from the tree.”
Bill Clinton Insults Rove, But Acknowledges Hillary's Health Is 'Serious Issue'

Bill Clinton Insults Rove, But Acknowledges Hillary's Health Is 'Serious Issue'

Commented May 16, 2014 at 10:37:44 in Politics

“A 69 year old woman has about a 98.5% chance of surviving to age 70. A 76 year old woman has a 97% chance of surviving to age 77. It's a fair guess that Ms. Clinton, given her life history so far, is sharp as a pin and a lot healthier with a lot more energy than the average woman her age.”

ShirleyinColorado on May 16, 2014 at 10:55:19

“I guess Rove forgot that women have a longer life expectancy than men! Ha ha!”
Congress Takes From The Poor, Gives To The Corporate Rich

Congress Takes From The Poor, Gives To The Corporate Rich

Commented May 15, 2014 at 16:56:33 in Business

“Why would members of Congress make it difficult on themselves and their staff members? Imagine them or a member of their staff making a phone call to solicit campaign money and a familiar and usually friendly voice on the other end says "Why did you vote against the extension?" You still expect me to write a check?”
Prehistoric Impact Theory 'Doesn't Hold Up,' Scientists Say

Prehistoric Impact Theory 'Doesn't Hold Up,' Scientists Say

Commented May 13, 2014 at 16:19:34 in Science

“Anything else that can cause a cold snap? Weather events can lead to the extinctions or near extinctions of small human populations (due to freezing and/or starvation and disease).”
The Government Just Made It Easier To Buy A Home

The Government Just Made It Easier To Buy A Home

Commented May 13, 2014 at 13:41:49 in Business

“According to economic theory, housing is a private good (rivalrous, excludable). The market will supply it efficiently without government intervention. All of the government meddling over the years has only brought on problems. Home ownership is not for everybody. That's why there are apartments and rental properties.”

jimtpat on May 13, 2014 at 16:16:29

“Actually, the biggest thing that history teaches us is that housing rental has been an abject failure whenever those who believe in landlordism have allowed it to creep into their economies.

Only when THE PEOPLE have tracked down these lords and guillotined them have we been able to create liberty, justice, and equality!

How's that theory?”

garynofishing on May 13, 2014 at 14:15:04

“Just like when the Government meddles by funding all the war suppliers. Now they are so big and powerful-----and used to the unlimited income they receive----that very meddling you describe has caused problems just as serious as the stock and housing crash.”
You Didn't Even Know These Wall Streeters Were Ripping You Off

You Didn't Even Know These Wall Streeters Were Ripping You Off

Commented May 10, 2014 at 21:20:28 in Politics

“It feels good to express moral outrage. Unfortunately, the Wall Street parasite has its proboscis deep inside the host (the American public) and there's nothing that can be done about it until the host votes all of the boot lickers in Congress grovelling for Wall Street dollars out of office.”
House Votes To Launch New Benghazi Investigative Committee

House Votes To Launch New Benghazi Investigative Committee

Commented May 8, 2014 at 21:39:54 in Politics

“It's called communications bias and occurs quite often within organizations when subordinates are charged with conveying unpleasant facts to higher ups. I'm quite sure Americans don't expect their elected and appointed public officials to be totally truthful, especially when they've messed up.”
Charles Krauthammer: Climate Change Is A 'Superstition' Like A Native American 'Rain Dance'

Charles Krauthammer: Climate Change Is A 'Superstition' Like A Native American 'Rain Dance'

Commented May 8, 2014 at 15:41:05 in Media

“Climate scientists may worry about what peers think about their research; it's for the better that Mr. Krauthammer doesn't show up on their radar screens.”
Senate Republicans Support Energy Efficiency Bill, But Hold It 'Hostage' Anyway

Senate Republicans Support Energy Efficiency Bill, But Hold It 'Hostage' Anyway

Commented May 7, 2014 at 22:01:57 in Politics

“Senator Mitch McConnell (the Senate Minority leader) and Hal Rogers (Chair, House Appropriations Committee), both from Kentucky, have disproportionate influence. I don't think much environmentally friendly legislation can be expected from representatives of a state where coal is a major industry, climate change be damned. What does energy conservation do for the profits of Peabody Coal?”
Republicans Portray Obama Climate Push As A Distraction

Republicans Portray Obama Climate Push As A Distraction

Commented May 6, 2014 at 22:11:51 in Politics

“Leaders should lead, not follow. If the American public is ignorant about the dangers of climate change, it's the duty of the president to show some leadership, tell them the truth of the matter, and tell them what needs to be done. It's better that a president, getting sound advice from scientific experts, set the agenda.”
End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists

End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists

Commented May 6, 2014 at 21:54:44 in Politics

“The drug war is a classic case of a failed public policy. Most first year college students taking macroeconomics can understand the laws of supply and demand. Attacking supply is a surefire recipe for failure. To the extent it has success, supply is reduced, leading to price increases, encouraging additional production and supply. This is a failure of program theory. Attacking demand has at least some prospects of success. The drug war is very costly and ineffective morality policy, little different (and far worse) than the failed effort at prohibition.”
The Next Frontier In The War Over Science

The Next Frontier In The War Over Science

Commented May 6, 2014 at 13:41:54 in Politics

“Representative Hunt, as a christian SCIENTIST, is plainly qualified to evaluate the merit of scientific research proposals.”
Piketty Is Right: These Wealthy Men Make Billions For Basically Doing Nothing

Piketty Is Right: These Wealthy Men Make Billions For Basically Doing Nothing

Commented May 6, 2014 at 13:27:05 in Business

“It sounds like redistribution occurs even among the 1%. Many of the 1%, rather than get respectable returns from an index fund, gamble away their money by sending it to hedge fund managers. No doubt few if any of these managers can beat index funds over the long haul. Still, they are able to charge exhorbitant fees for delivering some excitement and entertainment (although not above average returns) to their investors. It's a nice job if you can get it. Hedge funds are a casino for the 1%. The hedge fund managers are the House.”

Adam Woehler on May 6, 2014 at 13:56:33

“The strata of wealth we are talking about have so much money with only limited investment opportunities. They are desperate for their 5-7% a year return they'll park money just about anywhere. And with the rest they buy 12 homes and hang a Monet in every crapper.”

Overd0g2 on May 6, 2014 at 13:38:32

“Good for them. Start your own and see how it goes.”
Brazilians React To Soccer Fan's Racist Banana Taunt: If Anyone Is A Monkey, 'We Are All Monkeys'

Brazilians React To Soccer Fan's Racist Banana Taunt: If Anyone Is A Monkey, 'We Are All Monkeys'

Commented May 1, 2014 at 19:17:33 in Sports

“We're all apes, not monkeys. That's the science of it. Apes eat fruit, including bananas. That's true regardless of the ape's race.”
When It Comes To Health Care, There Are 2 Americas, And These Maps Are Proof

When It Comes To Health Care, There Are 2 Americas, And These Maps Are Proof

Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 22:43:46 in Business

“Perhaps in another 100 generations or so populations in the Southern state, due to natural selection, will be as healthy as populations in states that have expanded Medicaid. For that outcome, however, great patience is required.”
U.S. Slaps New Sanctions On 7 Russian Officials, 17 Companies Over Ukraine Crisis

U.S. Slaps New Sanctions On 7 Russian Officials, 17 Companies Over Ukraine Crisis

Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 11:41:25 in World

“For the oligarchs, the rule of law and democracy are annoying nuisances, things to be rid of, like a bad cold. The oligarchs may suffer some from the sanctions (it may slow the pace at which they further enrich themselves), but the main victims will be the Russian people.”

Reuben Somerset on Apr 28, 2014 at 23:29:33

“and the American in boomerang effect America instigated this nonsense for no other reason than:

America creates instability so that they can keep world hegemony in their subjective justification...
Factual US defense policy

"Our first objective is to prevent the reemergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed by the Soviet Union. This ... requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia."

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb245/doc03_extract_nytedit.pdf”
More Than 40 People Were Shot In Chicago Over Easter Weekend And The Feds Are Stepping In

More Than 40 People Were Shot In Chicago Over Easter Weekend And The Feds Are Stepping In

Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 22:49:58 in Crime

“Communities throughout the U.S. deal with the feral cat problem using trap-neuter-release. The SCOTUS would no doubt rule it unconstitutional, but arresting gang members, convicting them, castrating them, and returning them to the otherwise peaceful neighborhoods from which they came might work. It works for feral cats.”

G8tor on Apr 25, 2014 at 10:19:25

“Give you credit for originality. LOL”

fizzed on Apr 22, 2014 at 10:24:22

“You think they would be less violent without their balls? Don't think it changes anything if the castration is done after puberty. Might make them more violent since women wouldn't distract them as much.”

pciorlandosales on Apr 21, 2014 at 23:11:42

“John Strate for Chicago Mayor! I am a free thinking liberal and I would be totally down with that idea :)”

Sandy Beaches on Apr 21, 2014 at 23:05:16

“Here in S. CA, the police went to court with a fistful of gang names & had them declared in violation of the federal RICOH act, Now the police can arrest any 2 individual they see who are together. They also can charge any single individual in one of these gangs when arrested for other reasons under the RICOH act. No more of this in and out in 24 hours crap.

It has made a gigantic difference in reducing gangs & gang violence. We still have gangs, but they go out of their ways to be circumspect. No more territorial wars.

Do not understand why Chicago is not using this weapon.”
Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20

Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20

Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 16:32:54 in Politics

“How about a life free of tobacco, weed, alcohol, refined sugar and every other vice that afflicts and addicts humans? You're right. It's not going to happen.”
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