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12th Percentile wrote:
Meanwhile, there are no new regulations that actual improve safety.
No doubt true re: pipeline safety as well.
edit to add: does the US still require double hulls on oil tankers? I think legislation was passed requiring them (again) after the Exxon Valdez spill, but haven't followed the issue so don't know if oil/shipping industry "persuaded" Congress that w/other "technical improvements" or some other vaguely worded reason they were again not needed for safety.
You can only be assured of that if you do the job yourself.
Or knowing/trusting the people who do. Or having the luxury of living somewhere w/effective regulation/inspection of slaughterhouses & transport.
The dramatic increase in disability payments may be a similar effect.
"Our analysis finds that four-fifths of the program's total enrollment in 2013 — and over two-thirds of the growth in enrollment since 1980 — stems from five easily quantifiable factors: growth in the overall working-age population, the aging of that population, growth in women's labor force participation, the rise in Social Security's full retirement age, and the growth in DI receipt among women eligible for benefits to match men's rate of receipt." http://www.cbpp.org/files/1-27-14ss.pdf
In short, the factors driving DI’s growth are reasonably well understood, were long anticipated ,
and do not depict a program that is “out of control.”
Pure theater. Meanwhile the real action is happening at CERA.
and probably exempt from FOIA requests under (b)4 & 5. How nice for industry & the agencies meant to regulate them.
I'd imagine AMZN prime could get meats faster to the front door than WMT, who ships theirs pre-cut from centralized meat processing plants.
With neither could you be sure of sanitary (or humane) slaughter, packaging and transport practices (self-regulation works so well to protect public health).
Our cars are getting smarter - so in the future traffic deaths could drop precipitously, (and staying alive young has a greater impact on the overall LE numbers than staying alive old).
Use of motor vehicles to go any & every place, including w/in 1-2 miles of residence, rather then walking or bicycling (or any other form of transport that requires physical effort), is a contributor to decreased life expectancy. As well as making walking outside less pleasant/more toxic (air pollution of fumes & noise). Supposedly significant % of driving is errands w/in 5 miles of home.
edit to add: hard to believe that the kind of technology contemplated will do much more then make motor vehicles more prone to malfunctioning and/or be much more expensive to repair, as well as endless upgrades, need for security software to prevent hacking (see frequent upgrades). Road infrastructure may also become much more expensive.
Paradigm Lost wrote:
I'm guessing about 10 to 15 years younger than their parents. I'm waiting for the stats to catch up. Hope I'm wrong.
Life expectancy across the U.S. - The Washington Post a quick search didn't turn up a more recent summary.
Rob Dawg wrote:
"Patent protection litigation" you list is a negative consequence of your premise.
Monsanto's patent protection litigation has not helped farmers trying to plant crops from other then GMO seeds. Monsanto's been recognized as a very aggressive litigator in "protecting" its GMO seed patents and doing its best (via purchases) to create a monopoly, not a "free market" or promote diversity. Supreme Court denies US farmers protection against Monsanto - News - The Ecologist
CorpWatch : Monsanto Bullies Small Farmers Over Planting Harvested GMO Seeds
and a repost of a link to an article posted yesterday by an HCN commenter. Sri Lanka killer kidney disease linked to Monsanto weedicide, phosphate fertilizer: study
Economic theory often doesn't equal practice or reality, or so I read frequently on HCN.
THEIR food security, that is.
If they've got the keys to the various national seed depositories, yes.
Or maybe Monsanto, et al, have their own.
BBC News - Crop diversity decline 'threatens food security'
plus a decrease in varieties of those crops grown because of MNC domination of commercial seed markets, patent protection litigation, etc.
What could possibly go wrong?
From what I recall, there were claims here at the time that some of the ordnance was jumped in Greek waters
The US Navy dumps DU ammunition/ordnance just about everywhere its seems, including US waters. Greece isn't alone.
underwater munitions : DMZ Hawai'i / Aloha 'Aina
Its latest DEIS for the NW Pacific Range training Complex (US) has maps showing where it's planning to dump hazardous ordnance, etc.
how they compare against xx,xxx live births when anencephaly so often does not result in a live birth.
given how inaccurate some reporting can be, it could be that the category is all neural tube defects.
In 1980, when phenoxy herbicides were being sprayed in the Suislaw National Forest (parts of Lane, Lincoln & Benton counties, in OR), the CDC looked at the cluster of anencephaly and other neural tube defects that were occurring in the area. According to a friend who lived in one part of the cluster area at the time (and experienced at least once miscarriage after previous successful pregnancies w/no birth defects) the CDC wanted to do a more intensive study but the timber & chemical industries pressured the state to prevent the CDC from preceding.
Mysterious cluster of birth defects stumps doctors - CNN.com
convenient for pesticide manufacturers/sellers.
On June 28, 2013, the consortium that controls the Azerbaijani natural gas chose the TAP project to connect to TANAP.
Who actually engineers & builds these pipelines? What's their safety record like? (for pipe line leaks)
Another factor increasing RE inventory:
Tony Alamo victims awarded $525 million; L.A. properties may be sold - latimes.com
Another Elmer Gantry.
BBC News - North American scientists track incoming Fukushima plume
That's the radiation that was never released any even if small amounts were it'd never reach the US. I guess now the message will be that, the amounts will be so small that, even added to all the other radiation people are exposed to, no harm to humans, even children, is possible.
BBC News - JP Morgan to cut 8,000 jobs in mortgage and retail
Lordship is direct control through property ownership and rent-extraction,
Lordship (historically) carried obligations with it as well, to protect and to assist in maintenance of the rented properties. Also settle disputes among tenants, sometimes provide other kinds of care as well. In some ways, all of the positions in feudal hierarchy involved some aspects of control. Or so it seems from what I've read, not an expert.
Different rules for lords of capitalism, corporate or otherwise, it seems.
Thanks for the explanation.
slavery isn't to become a quartermaster.
wouldn't that be overseer? I associate quartermaster w/the army (and he did sometimes have quite a bit of power & skim) Maybe I missed your point?
how hard would that be to build into bitcoin transactions? Assuming anyone wants to protect "consumers".
Anonymous Bosch wrote:
and merchants have an incentive to accept the currency because transaction fees are lower than the 2–3% typically imposed by credit card processors.
potential ally for bitcoin(ers) then. The merchants.
but it's already identified as a syndrome -- Buyers' & Seller's Remorse.
I thought it was JP. et al, stopping up potential leaks.
Wikipedia is wrong. Is that shocking? The HF-10 series of roads revenue and expenditures goes back to 1929 and shows no such thing.
Table HF-10 – Office of Highway Policy Information (OHPI) – FHWA
From that table: Other Taxes and Fees:
Property Taxes and Assessments - - - - 9,808 9,808 4.75%
General Fund Appropriations 4/ - 1
Or money for highway use coming from General Fund appropriations, property taxes, etc. 20.64% listed as coming from General Fund appropriations. Listed revenues used for highway, which also includes bond proceeds, investment income and "other taxes & fees". Amounting to around 32% of revenues used for highways. Doesn't seem to prove the wiki entry incorrect.
Do they pay taxes?
Used to have lower property taxes then Nassau county.
even better, one or more of those hands are likely to lack completely formed thumbs, and perhaps a finger or two. More opportunities for technology to help solve the problem of: how do you dress (both sexes), shave (males), put on makeup (both sexes actually), while driving a large vehicle that can kill mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc.
Although supposedly pretty soon Microsoft, not us, will be driving our motor vehicles. Am sure that will solve the problem of distracted driving and substitute malfunctioning and easily hacked software accidents in its place.
The biggest is the incredible expense of providing public transit.
According to the Pew study, which has been linked here many times, public transit, by which I believe you mean buses, passenger rail, light rail and bicycle lanes although in reality public transit includes any kind of road, bridges, etc., since the public uses those roads for transporting themselves, is not any more subsidized then the systems of roads and highways in the US. Air travel, commercial & private is heavily subsidized.
Different pools of money--you mean that the DoD isn't part of the federal budget? The highway trust fund has been in trouble for years and city, state & county roads are not financed strictly from the highway trust fund and I doubt if they ever have, see below.
I don't understand why you don't see how heavily subsidized your apparently favorite form of travel is, but it seems clear that that is your belief. There are indirect costs of your favorite form of transportation as well--all the lead in soils from the days of leaded gas--as well as various other forms of air pollution as well as noise pollution.
Every form of transport is subsidized.
"Interstate highways and their rights of way are owned by the state in which they were built. The last federally owned portion of the Interstate System was the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the Washington DC Capital Beltway. The new bridge was completed in 2009 and is collectively owned by Virginia and Maryland Maintenance is generally the responsibility of the state department of transportation. However, there are some segments of Interstate owned and maintained by local authorities.
About 70 percent of the construction and maintenance costs of Interstate Highways in the United States have been paid through user fees, primarily the fuel taxes collected by the federal, state, and local governments. To a much lesser extent they have been paid for by tolls collected on toll highways and bridges. The Highway Trust Fund, established by the Highway Revenue Act in 1956, prescribed a three-cent-per-gallon fuel tax, soon increased to 4.5 cents per gallon. In 1993 the tax was increased to 18.4 cents per gallon, where it remains as of 2012.
The rest of the costs of these highways are borne by general fund receipts, bond issues, designated property taxes, and other taxes. The federal contribution comes overwhelmingly from motor vehicle and fuel taxes (93.5 percent in 2007), and it makes up about 60 percent of the contributions by the states. However, any local government contributions are overwhelmingly from sources besides user fees. The portion of the user fees spent on highways themselves covers about 57 percent of their costs, with about one-sixth of the user fees being sent to other programs, including the mass transit systems in large cities. In the northeastern United States, some large sections of Interstate Highways that were planned or constructed before 1956 are still operated as toll roads. Others have had their construction bonds paid off and they have become toll-free, such as in Connecticut (I‑95), Maryland (I‑95), Virginia (I‑95), and Kentucky (I‑65). Interstate Highway System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Apparently a fair portion of funding for roads come from other sources, so there's no reason why tax dollars couldn't be shifted from the DoD budget to transportation.
Seems more like Darwin will.
Am sure that will console the families of the people killed by distracted drivers who can't take their eyes off that phone screen or monitor.
CDC calculates nine distracted driving deaths a day - that's one every 2.6 hours. Washington Post: Distracted driving: 9 die, 1,060 hurt each day, CDC says
Technology will save us.
More radiation detected near New Mexico nuke site - Yahoo News
I'm sure the DOE has it all under control. Just as well as the Japanese have their cooling water tanks/pools under control. http://rt.com/news/fukushima-nuclear-leak-japan-664/
No need to conserve energy when we have nuclear energy available.
Infrastructure financing problems:
" COUNTIES SPEAK UP: A new report from the National Association of Counties looks at where counties get transportation dollars, finding that money from federal and state government is "increasingly inadequate." The report warns that "counties have adopted additional funding and financing mechanisms, but they are not sufficient to cover the needs of their economies and residents." Check out an executive summary (http://bit.ly/1fOpx41), the full report (http://bit.ly/1fjuBfW ) and an interactive map looking at counties in each state (The Road Ahead. " from politico.com
What happens when you spend so much on aircraft carriers, F-35s, drones, and never withhold funding until the DoD performs a full audit. Or defund the NSA until it complies w/constitutional limits.
BBC News - 'Goldman Sachs Elevator' tweeter unmasked
I now officially disavow this tasteless joke but in doing so I suspect there are many rushing to order new keyboards.
Just seemed like it fell flat to me.
"The plans have become a key source of revenue growth for insurers who sell and administer the subsidized coverage. They offer basic Medicare coverage topped with extras like vision or dental coverage or premiums lower than standard Medicare rates. There are hundreds of different plans around the country, each with its own set of variables like different deductibles, premiums and co-insurance."
Cuts may be in store for Medicare Advantage plans - seattlepi.com
Can't cut into those insurer revenues.
Saudi Arabia reports 1 more death from new virus - seattlepi.com
all hail the benevolence of Businesswire
A.G. Schneiderman Applauds Decision By Business Wire To Prohibit High-Frequency Traders From Purchasing Direct News Feed | Eric T. Schneiderman
Water: The drying of the West | The Economist
Cadillac Desert, The American West and its Disappearing Water, Marc Reisner, copyright 1986. Cadillac Desert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It's not as if people couldn't see it coming.
I love looking at things like these, but only when they are perfectly new.
SOM completes Mumbai airport terminal with coffered concrete canopy
I love looking at things like these, but only when they are perfectly new.
SOM completes Mumbai airport terminal with coffered concrete canopy
It's interesting, but does it make spending time in an airport, including getting from gate to gate, to baggage, to outside transport, any less onerous? Doesn't look like it.
Today's cartoon = good representation of ultrawealthy's complaints re: "class warfare"
— UCLICK GoComics.com
BBC News - Ukraine credit rating cut by S&P as violence continues
BBC News - Security failings in home routers exposed
"A separate study by security firm Tripwire has found that 80% of the 25 best-selling routers available on Amazon are vulnerable to compromise.
Security researcher Craig Young from Tripwire said exploits had been publicly discussed and published for more than one-third of these devices.
The past 12 months have seen a flurry of interest in routers by security researchers keen to find bugs and loopholes. One project detailing their findings now lists hundreds of exploits for routers from 36 separate manufacturers."
Seems like the router manufacturers should be paying "consumers" for doing their product testing for them.
BBC News - Wolf of Wall Street triggers $25m legal action
"The papers, printed in The Hollywood Reporter, said: "The motion picture contains various scenes wherein Mr Greene's character is portrayed as a criminal, drug user, degenerate, depraved, and/or devoid of any morality or ethics."
Mr Greene has said he did not consent to his image, likeness and characterisation being used in Wolf of Wall Street.
He has also claimed the movie contains libellous statements that have "permanently damaged" him by portraying him as a "criminal and drug user with misogynistic tendencies.
But isn't that how they're supposed to be? Can't understand why he isn't happy to have been a proud representative/model for his peers.
that the nazi pond scum were still alive.
turned out quite a few of them were and were in the US helping the US in the new "war" against communism. - NY Times
dead war criminals are still war criminals.
Yes & no. Generally a person has to be indicted, tried & convicted by a jury or judge to be a criminal (for sure).
Things have changed though, these days, the US has decided that's not necessary, an anonymous group of people, on the basis of undisclosed evidence, can decide someone's a "terrorist" or might be thinking about terrorist acts, and the prez then decides it's ok to kill that person and anyone who happens to be in that person's vicinity (guilt by propinquity), by drone.
The prez, et al, have decided it's all constitutional though, so no worries. Couldn't possibly be a war crime if it's the US doing it.
Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Reagan,
I think the SOL for impeachment & conviction runs out w/death (impeachment of a president). Not sure though.
"By the time Mr. Bloomberg left office at the end of last year, the homeless population had peaked at more than 52,000 — the highest number on record since the Great Depression.
That tally reflects only the shelter population, which fluctuates daily and does not include families that live doubled up with friends or relatives. According to data compiled by the State Education Department, more than 80,000 school-age children in the city were identified as homeless during the last academic year." - NY Times
"The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members." Who said this? And is this an acc
No arguments from me on the cruelty, greed, etc. of the invasion of Iraq and the heedless destruction and theft of priceless works of art. I've long said there's still time for Impeachment, conviction, handing over the the ICJ or whichever international court would try Bush, Cheney, Inc., for their crimes.
I think the Dalai Lama acquiesced.
" The Dalai Lama had to cross the 500-yard wide Brahmaputra river, and endure the harsh climate and extreme heights of the Himalayas, travelling at night to avoid the Chinese sentry guards.
He finally crossed the Indian border at the Khenzimana Pass, and is now resting at the Towang Monastery, 50 miles inside the Indian border. . . . The Chinese repression of the rebellion in Lhasa is now complete. A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed, and a military commission is now ruling the city.
It is estimated that 2,000 people died during the three days of fighting between the Tibetans and the Chinese army.
In the worst single incident, four days ago, the Chinese army fired about 800 artillery shells into the Dalai Lama's Summer Palace, razing the ancient building to the ground.
The area contained over 300 houses, and thousands of civilians died and were injured in the inferno.
The tragedy marked the end of the uprising in Lhasa. All fighting-age men who had survived the revolt were deported, and those fleeing the scene reported that Chinese troops burned corpses in the city for 12 hours.
A day later, China announced in an order signed by leader Chou En-lai that a large-scale rebellion had been crushed in Lhasa, although it said the revolt was still continuing outside the capital.
It announced that the Tibetan governing body had been dissolved under martial law, and said the Dalai Lama had been replaced by the Panchen Lama, his pro-Chinese rival, as the nominal head of a committee to set up a Tibetan Autonomous Region within the Chinese People's Republic." BBC ON THIS DAY | 31 | 1959: Dalai Lama escapes to India
Sounds more like he left to form a gov't in exile rather then being killed or imprisoned.
Hitler had excellent taste in what he stole
He destroyed some of what he took. He tried to destroy the artists (their careers if he couldn't kill the artist). He planned to destroy more of it. Goering & others managed to steal some of the art. Some has never been recovered.
"Long before coming to Paris for his first visit, Hitler and the Gestapo, especially Hermann Goering, had been stealing whatever art they wanted from Jews in Germany and Austria. Every Nazi leader had an art collection. Some of the modern art was burned for being "decadent"; some went into Hitler's and Goering's vast private collections; others went to the new House of German Art built in Munich to the Fuhrer's own specifications.
When Hitler wanted to decimate a people, he not only killed all he could, he also destroyed their museums and libraries. The video footage of Hitler's blitzkrieg of Poland shows the deliberate razing and torching of Poland's cultural treasures. Warsaw's Royal Castle, the symbol of Polish identity, was plundered but not initially destroyed (the Italian allies protested): It was drilled with holes throughout, where sticks of dynamite were inserted and used to intimidate the populace into submission."
"Only one-tenth of what was taken from Poland was ever recovered." Deal Hudson: Why Hitler Stole the Art of Europe
The Major League Baseball sees your omission and is greenie with envy.
Them too? I hadn't known.
edit to add: I forgot MDs too, I think some were pretty big users too, probably starting during residencies.
The drugs may have been better, but they were far less widespread, and illegal.
It was interesting for me to learn from reading about Andy Warhol & his group, et al, and some of my older friends (people who attended college in the late 1950's/early 1960's), that speed was once touted (and freely injected or prescribed by some MDs) as a pick me up. Military pilots, truckers, students, all had easy access to amphetamines. A wonder drug.
And that cigarettes were provided, for free, to the military in WWII.