Recent comments by Blackhalo

yuan wrote:

people who volunteer to fight an ebola epidemic are not the the kind of people...

Kind of like those pesky librarians, every-time the feds want a list of who has checked out which books.

arthur_dent wrote:

the probability of dying from the flu once infected is 0.45%, and 90% of those cases are people over the age of 65. The probability of dying from ebola once infected is 50%.

How many of those exposed to flu sufferers, contract the disease vs. ebola? I'm still thinking that your risk assessment, is impaired.

Also, I'm sure there is no downside from granting executive authority to quarantine for "health reasons."

Surprise! Controversial Patriot Act power now overwhelmingly used in drug investigations - The Washington Post

energyecon wrote:

this man has a full blown cranio-rectal impaction!

AKA Obola?

Yoringe wrote:

while their civil rights are illegally violated by anti-science ignoramus. a effort to score political points, with the most ignorant of the unwashed masses.

arthur_dent wrote:

only becasue the flu is far more widespread.

Also, because it is FAR more contagious. And, perhaps justifiably, merits more focus, legislation and action, than some exotic virus.

arthur_dent wrote:

its some common sense issues of how to handle a health risk and the science has been pretty far from infallible on the issue.

Can we treat flu victims the same way? That kills a hell of a lot more than ebola. What about say, mandatory flu vaccinations?

Nemo wrote:

keep her on the front page.

Is one of the ebola symptoms, a loss of eyebrow hair?

Wilberforce wrote:

I have problems with a "voluntary" quarantine enforced by executive detention.

We could just send 'em to GITMO...

Feckless Ness wrote:

Bush presidencies leave the economy in shambles...

Not really fair in my view to lump Poppy in that category as he was they guy at the tail end of some massive deficit spending, trying to be more fiscally responsible.

azurite wrote:

weren't able to give "enforcement" sufficient "attention"

And they did not even try to address it until the banks were on more solid footing and ample funding available for banking lobbyists to fight to weaken any regulation efforts. And waited 'til the (R) swayed a bit from the (T) "let 'em burn!" mind-set, back into the banker's pockets.

Yoringe wrote:

I dont use Belfry Lube...

Do you want bats? Cause, that's how you get bats.

Archer ~ That's How You Get Ants - YouTube

yuan wrote:

Keynes has a message

So, I noticed that the market is up a bit lately after a bit of a swoon, but have not been paying close attention. Did someone cut rates, or did Yellen back off the end of QE?

Or perhaps cheaper oil is good for business?

Jackdawracy wrote:

Whatever happened to "take me out to the ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch?

Cracker Jacks have peanuts and the song is insensitive to those with peanut allergies.

Cinco-X wrote:

Oftentimes those "improvements" are actually originally intended features that were dropped in order to make schedule since they were either understaffed to begin with or the scope changed and other "more important" features were added later in development.

Well... if the planners had actually communicated the required budget to get it done right, it would never have been approved... And then we would never have had a Space Shuttle.

Yoringe wrote:

The NK-33 Engines waited around 40 years

The Antares rocket exploding at liftoff - YouTube

That moment of silence, after it explodes.... when you know control is on mute and yelling WTF.

dilbert dogbert wrote:

The shuttle was a political decision driven by the question of what to do with the infrastructure, supply chains and talent developed during the Moon Landing race.

I see that a lot in software development projects. Once a project is complete, developer managed projects tend to come up with a whole host of "improvements" that need to be done.

Of course in the converse, the bean counter managed projects, tend to leave no one budgeted for support, patches and updates.

Yoringe wrote:

Cant wait for more Classics to come out on Android

Steam OS will help propel that, since it is Linux based, and will make an Android port so much easier.

Well, so far I've logged 80hrs playing SMBE. Not as compelling as SMAC. But perhaps after a few updates.

Cinco-X wrote:

We basically lost or threw away the plans for the Saturn V.

I wonder how it compares in the kilos to orbit vs. the space shuttle, in real dollars spent.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

private enterprise

There is an awful lot of altruism in those efforts, more so than a profit motive, at the moment.

It's more like a government/hobbyist-billionaire-benefactor, collaboration in an Elon Musk/Richard Branson kind of thing.

I doubt Carter Burke would be so generous with his time.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

with the best minds going into finance/trading - and/or engineering social utopias -

If you are trying to do space on the same budget as North Korea, expect similar results.

dilbert dogbert wrote:

Stay Away!

I wish you crazy gypsy hippies would stay there.

arthur_dent wrote:

nothing to do with economic data

The beliefs being WHICH data is most relevant?

Firemane wrote:

I got a 2%

Hmm. I got 1.3, and decided to explore other options.

arthur_dent wrote:

inflation almost right at target, growth proceeding as planned, safe to normalize rates.

If only wages were growing at 1.7%.

energyecon wrote:

Dear glod in heaven but you all so deserve each other...

Meh. I'm just killing time until 11PM tomorrow.

Belmont wrote:

All that deflation and no place to go?

European Central Bank Considering Buying Corporate Bonds as an Option - WSJ - WSJ

That, in turn, should boost economic activity and inflation. Consumer prices in the eurozone were up 0.3% from prior-year levels in September, far below the ECB’s target of just below 2%.

I'm guessing the goal is to change the math in favor of corps borrowing, and buying back shares?

Outsider wrote:

cash buyers out there, they don't care about rates.

I'd argue that they do. In that, if they can get a higher return on a 10-year T, than the return on buying houses an renting them out, they would.

Outsider wrote:

There's a city called Rising Sun?

I thought it was just a house in New Orleans.

curious wrote:

a state charter was applied for and approved in June 2002

All national banks and savings institutions are chartered and regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

State bank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Those guys must hard to get along with.

Vonbek777 wrote:

Patient ‘Screened’ For Ebola At Baylor, Testing Not Confirmed « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

azurite wrote:

It's a mistake to lump together people who are anti-GMO w/people who oppose vaccination of their children.

What about glutenphopbes and climate science deniers?

lawyerliz wrote:

Biden's son got kicked out of military for testing positive for cocaine.

If only the testing of Congress and Wall St. were as rigorous.

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

Janet might have enough of a conscience that she can't deliver handouts without having to take some action in the other direction, even if it's just giving a speech.

But isn't what's good for that banks, good for the peeps?

Wisdom Seeker wrote:

Seb earns his bragging rights again.

That does not sound right.

Nemo wrote:

Maybe the Fed could help by lowering interest rates

Perhaps you should let up on that horse?

He's Dead, Jim ! - YouTube

Wilberforce wrote:

punitive top and estate tax rates.

I don't even think they need to be punitive. Even on par with the effective overall tax on J6P would be a bit of relief.

Mitt Romney's effective tax rate is very low: Most economists think it should be.

Wilberforce wrote:

Sherman and Clayton antitrust acts.

Y U H8 Comcast?

Speed wrote:

unions did the dirty work.

Or the bolsheveks

Bill Gates on Capital in the Twenty-First Century

I very much agree with Piketty that:

High levels of inequality are a problem—messing up economic incentives, tilting democracies in favor of powerful interests, and undercutting the ideal that all people are created equal.
Capitalism does not self-correct toward greater equality—that is, excess wealth concentration can have a snowball effect if left unchecked.
Governments can play a constructive role in offsetting the snowballing tendencies if and when they choose to do so.

Speed wrote:

Nobody wants to say "taxes".

How about class-warfare or wealth redistribution?

sebastians_dad wrote:

given that the Ebola screw-up happened at a private for-pay hospital in Texas.

What do you want to bet that the Doc and Nurse airlifted to CDC Atlanta, have a better outcome than patient zero and nurse at the for-profit establishment?

dilbert dogbert wrote:

"I'm from Wall Street and I'm here to help you invest your retirement money till it is all gone"?

Y U H8 2 & 20?

JP wrote:

Oh well, off to the bit mines

Meh, Just finished my 2 weeks notice. I had 3 offers from folks in orgs less systemically dysfunctional. I think I'll take a 2 mos sabbatical first.

Outsider wrote:

We are not Russia!

Can't tell if snark, or really uneasy at the nature of the English language to adopt words.

But what else would you use to describe the head of a mammoth pogrom to address a specific issue.

Foreign Language words used in English Language

Rajesh wrote:

more than 70 health workers

Uh... That seems high. How are these workers being compensated for these limits, I wonder?

Mike in Long Island wrote:

being selfish and embracing denial as a coping mechanism.

Y U H8 Capitalism?

Outsider wrote:

the last time we'll see 70F for months.

Aren't you in some crazy place like Maine?

I just hiked over 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine. This is my face and body before and after the hike. : pics

The high was, hands-down, the entire state of Maine, especially the Hundred Mile Wilderness and Mount Katahdin. I only got home yesterday, so I still owe a lot more detail on that last section.