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  • Russia probes leave Trump associates struggling with huge legal bills

    09/16/2017 8:23:06 AM PDT · 21 of 52
    only1percent to Defiant

    Between this, and the self-inflicted wound that’s been the high turnover in the Administration, the answer is: only people who have nothing to lose are taking jobs where you serve at the pleasure of the President and directly implement his policies — not only do you have to have money or an iron-clad pension, you also have to not care if you have a high profile clients or employment with others again. Scaramucci won’t starve, but he’s going to be in the wilderness for a LONG time. Priebus and Bannon have got to be kicking themselves they ever gave working for Trump a shot. Every Assistant Secretary of X everywhere is looking over his shoulder, to say the least of White House staff member.

    And it’s not like it’s that people are socially or professional embarrassed to take a Trump appointment. People are still falling all over themselves to get jobs that are insulated from direction by Trump and aren’t subject to be fired by Trump (indendent agency board seats, judgeships, etc.)

  • Russia probes leave Trump associates struggling with huge legal bills

    09/16/2017 8:13:27 AM PDT · 19 of 52
    only1percent to huldah1776

    In all likelihood, this article was orchestrated by the defense lawyers to send a clear message: get us paid or our clients flip on you. Ugly business all around, but this stuff is never pretty.

  • Gabrielle Deydier: What it’s Like to Be Fat in France

    09/11/2017 10:55:30 AM PDT · 64 of 85
    only1percent to 2ndDivisionVet

    There’s a reason why the VA will pay for a Roux-en-Y: because they have an incredibly good expected value.

    At a bariatric center of excellence, mortality rates are sub 1% and morbidity (serious complication rates) are low single digit percentages. Most of the poeple who get an Roux-en-Y have comparable risks EVERY YEAR of death or serious illness from complications of their severe obesity.

    Most people lose very large amounts of weight very quickly. The percentage of re-gain is lamentable but is FAR LESS than in any other form of medical diet or through gastric banding. A significant fraction (and a majority in some cohorts of patients) are actually able to transform their eating-and-exercising psychology to (essentially) a naturally skinny person’s, and don’t regain weight ever.

    Perhaps most interestingly, and probably very important in the VA’s cost-benefit analysis, is that the restructuring of the GI tract appears to have some permanent co-morbidity benefits independent of the degree of sustained weight loss. T2 diabetes starts to go away before much weight is loss and tends not to come back even if a large loss is regained. The body seems to harvest fat from the throat very quickly and so obstructive sleep apnea also starts to be remedied very quick.

  • Student gov member resigns over 'complicity' with conservatives

    09/11/2017 10:43:33 AM PDT · 16 of 20
    only1percent to C19fan

    This stuff mainly leaves me sad for all the black kids just trying to get good grades and start a career where they actually add value instead of looking for a handout. Guilt by association with these kind of idiots is a pain in the ass.

  • Will Minnesota Finally Go Red?

    09/09/2017 4:33:35 PM PDT · 12 of 39
    only1percent to GuavaCheesePuff

    No — but having to spend time and money on easy Obama EVs that Trump won (MI, WI, ME-2) and nearly won (NH, MN) makes it much harder for the Ds to win the White House back in 2020.

  • With ‘good woman,’ did Donald Trump just help Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp get reelected

    09/09/2017 4:45:42 AM PDT · 24 of 79
    only1percent to SMGFan

    When the President visits a state and he’s not on a campaign trip, it’s his job to be cordial to all the local elected officials, regardless of party. And for all that we talk about partisan battles, a huge part of what happens in Washington is non-partisan or bi-partisan or cross-party in character. Perfectly possible for a Democratic Senator to do a good job, while at the same time hoping she’s replaced by a Republican who can do a better job.

  • Inside the NYC schools critics call ‘failure factories’

    09/08/2017 5:53:36 AM PDT · 33 of 33
    only1percent to george76

    Education in NYC is a lot less bad than people make it out, and head and shoulders above any other large city’s system.

    There are a significant number of good neighborhood zoned schools and a HUGE parallel system of parent-choice, charter schools, gifted-and-talented (and often test- or portfolio-selected). The public system has an effective annex in the relatively inexpensive Catholic school network and in the well-coordinated system of recruiting and scholarships for non-parochial private schools for the most talented poorer kids. (Admittedly, the latter is driven less by a desire to help poor kids than to increase the minority cohort in the independent schools, but there really aren’t any poor white kids left in NYC so it’s a distinction without much difference.)

    The really terrible schools, like the ones pointed out in the article, are the dumping grounds for the least-engaged and -responsible parents and the most incorrigible of children. It’s sad to say, but concentrating them in those places actually makes the rest of the schools better.

  • Putin Says The Nation That Leads In A.I. ‘Will Be The Ruler Of The World’

    09/05/2017 10:31:15 AM PDT · 35 of 45
    only1percent to Enlightened1

    It is undoubtedly true in an economic sense — if you can build a true AI, pair it with agile robotics, you’ll have (effectively) infinite services and manufacturing capacity at a cost of the unit’s depreciation and energy — anything which doesn’t rely upon absolutely rare commodities (not just ones that are expensive now because of production costs) will start out cheap and quickly become essentially free at the scale of individual consumption.

    If one company, or country, or an oligopoly of them, controls the technology, anyone outside the sphere of control has instantly lost almost all the value of their productive capacity (be it labor or industry) and most (if not necessarily almost all) of their other assets, too ... not good.

  • Report: Mueller, New York AG to work together on Manafort

    08/31/2017 5:19:37 AM PDT · 42 of 148
    only1percent to C19fan

    Trump has no pardon power over state prosecutions and they can continue even if Mueller is fired. If a Democrat is elected AG in Virginia in November to go along with Schneiderman in New York and Beccera in California that’s pretty much open season.

  • John Bolton says he's been shut out of Trump's White House

    08/29/2017 12:05:50 PM PDT · 82 of 108
    only1percent to Oorang

    The Iran deal was a bad one. The neocon solution to the Iran deal, or Iran generally, is even worse.

    However noble our intentions, American intervention in the Muslim world beyond what is STRICTLY necessary to retard WMDs and terrorist attacks on US has netted misery — to the people there, to American veterans dead and maimed, and to American taxpayers.

    And Bolton and his fellow travelers and their complete obsession with Saddam Hussein demonstrate that they, in particular, can never be trusted with the levers of power.

  • Anthony Kennedy retirement watch at a fever pitch

    06/24/2017 12:35:45 PM PDT · 46 of 113
    only1percent to Innovative

    RBG wouldn’t retire in 2013 when Obama would have replaced her with a 47-year-old liberal. She ain’t retiring now. Even if medically unable to take part in decisions she’s still half a liberal vote.

  • Tesla goes mega on gigafactories hype

    05/05/2017 12:30:45 PM PDT · 11 of 22
    only1percent to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    Yes. But for the battery packs, electric cars with their dramatically fewer moving parts are cheaper to make and maintain the internal combustion. Make batteries cheaper, electric cars rule.

    Central generation of electricity distributed by grid to vehicle charging points or home/office heating systems is hugely more efficient than distribution of gasoline or diesel to gas stations or heating oil or natural gas to home/office furnaces — with batteries increasing the resilience and decreasing load volatility of charging points and home systems.

    Robust batteries dramatically increase the extent to which rooftop and parking lot solar arrays can enable grid independence and increase the effective return upon rooftop solar investments.

  • Another Red State Democrat Hops Into Schumer’s Block Gorsuch Clown Car

    04/03/2017 1:33:19 PM PDT · 25 of 32
    only1percent to JBW1949
    McCain, Graham and one more Republican certainly do -- the nuclear option requires 50 Republicans plus Pence's tie-breaking vote, and there are only 52 Republicans to begin with.

    Does McCain or Graham control whether or not the “nuclear option” can or cannot be used?????
  • House Republicans, short of votes, withdraw health care bill

    03/24/2017 1:46:17 PM PDT · 261 of 358
    only1percent to Lurking Libertarian

    The prohibition on existing condition exclusions in work-based health insurance is a key ERISA provision that predates Obamacare by decades, but even it required employers to provide everyone insurance (so no cherry-picking) and also required the new employee to have had prior “credible” coverage.

    The Obamacare prohibition on existing condition exclusion has NO requirement of prior credible coverage AND applied to the individual (i.e., “exchange”) markets, where sick or injured people can cherry-pick to their hearts content. The disastrous actuarial impacts are EVER SO SLIGHTLY mitigated by the individual and employer mandates ... so of course the House GOP takes away the mandates while leaving the prohibition on exclusion.

  • Rich New Yorkers ask Cuomo to raise their taxes

    03/21/2017 2:22:05 AM PDT · 5 of 46
    only1percent to Brad from Tennessee

    Of all the stupid things Cuomo could do, this isn’t especially bad. It has never made sense that a Rockefeller and his dentist have the same marginal tax rate.

  • How outrageous was Johnny Depp’s $30,000-per-month wine habit?

    03/16/2017 8:47:11 AM PDT · 5 of 56
    only1percent to Mr. K

    Rich wine lovers have a lot of friends and family over to drink wine, order a lot of wine in restaurants with huge markups, and even then buy and cellar much more wine than they can ever drink, like a record or book collector buying records they won’t spin or books they won’t read (the rule, not the exception).

    $30k a month is a lot for you and me, but for a wine-lover who makes $10-$50mm a year? Not a big number of at all. I know a few centimillionaire wine lovers who go low 7 figures net a year, and mid-7 figures gross (they are selling wine at the same time as they are buying it).

  • How outrageous was Johnny Depp’s $30,000-per-month wine habit?

    03/16/2017 8:47:09 AM PDT · 4 of 56
    only1percent to Mr. K

    Rich wine lovers have a lot of friends and family over to drink wine, order a lot of wine in restaurants with huge markups, and even then buy and cellar much more wine than they can ever drink, like a record or book collector buying records they won’t spin or books they won’t read (the rule, not the exception).

    $30k a month is a lot for you and me, but for a wine-lover who makes $10-$50mm a year? Not a big number of at all. I know a few centimillionaire wine lovers who go low 7 figures net a year, and mid-7 figures gross (they are selling wine at the same time as they are buying it).

  • Why the Acosta nomination is very bad news for conservatives [Levin]

    02/23/2017 5:20:50 PM PST · 52 of 52
    only1percent to conservative98

    Puzder was by Trump’s worst top-level appointment. Trump owes his Presidency to the support of private sector hourly workers who voted for Obama over Romney — workers who rely upon government fair pay protections and the right to unionize (either because they’re unionized, or its a fall-back if things get bad). Puzder was a walking, talking finger in the eye of those voters, to say the least of a huge contrast to the Trump policy on illegal immigration (the number of illegals on Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s registers and fry grills is countless).

  • Protests erupt in LA after off-duty cop was filmed pulling his GUN and opening fire(T)

    02/23/2017 2:57:54 PM PST · 59 of 66
    only1percent to rktman

    Can they all lose?

    Trespassing thugs deserve no sympathy.

    But a cop firing a warning shot, or having such poor trigger discipline that he fired accidentally, deserves no sympathy either. You only shoot when you intend to kill, full stop.

    How did this LA cop not get the local boys in blue to roll with their warrant / injunction list and put the scare into them?

    Why didn’t this guy do what anyone does in greater LA whose gated yard isn’t quite enough deterrent — get a nice big German Shepherd?

  • Seattle judge blocks Trump immigration order

    02/03/2017 5:04:33 PM PST · 46 of 203
    only1percent to Pinkbell

    One federal district judge issued the injunction that blocked Obama’s expanded amnesty EO nationwide. Live by the sword, die by the sword.