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26  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: George R. R. Martin thinks The Winds of Winter will be out this year on: January 13, 2017, 11:21:43 pm
The less interviews and events he goes to, the more time he can devote to his books.  Which means people need to stop demanding to talk to him. 
27  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sooooo. What lessons did Democrats learn from 2016 that they can apply in 2020? on: January 13, 2017, 11:17:27 pm
We have to find a candidate who appeals to both the white working class (as long as they still have the numbers to decide elections) as well as the 'emerging Democratic majority' that Ruy Texeira and John Judis talk about in their book.  Preferably someone reasonably young (Generation X for now), attractive, charismatic, inspiring, and hip.  None of the names mentioned so far seem to fit. 
28  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Where should the 2020 Democratic National Convention be located? on: January 13, 2017, 11:07:36 pm
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a symbol of our determination to win back the white working class -or at least a respectable share.  Also a fine example of a formerly industrial city's ability to reinvent itself. 
29  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Who was the better leader for China? on: January 13, 2017, 04:24:10 pm
Wasn't it the Kuomintang who did the bulk of the fighting against the Japanese invaders, while the Communists largely hung back, hoarding their strength until the KMT was too exhausted from the long struggle to resist them after the war? 
30  General Politics / Economics / Robots Won't Take Jobs as Fast as Some Fear on: January 12, 2017, 09:10:50 pm
So the Luddites need not fret so much:

Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says

By STEVE LOHR
JAN. 12, 2017


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The robots are coming, but the march of automation will displace jobs more gradually than some alarming forecasts suggest.

A measured pace is likely because what is technically possible is only one factor in determining how quickly new technology is adopted, according to a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute. Other crucial ingredients include economics, labor markets, regulations and social attitudes.

The report, which was released Thursday, breaks jobs down by work tasks — more than 2,000 activities across 800 occupations, from stock clerk to company boss. The institute, the research arm of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, concludes that many tasks can be automated and that most jobs have activities ripe for automation. But the near-term impact, the report says, will be to transform work more than to eliminate jobs.

Globally, the McKinsey researchers calculated that 49 percent of time spent on work activities could be automated with “currently demonstrated technology” either already in the marketplace or being developed in labs. That, the report says, translates into $15.8 trillion in wages and the equivalent of 1.1 billion workers worldwide. But only 5 percent of jobs can be entirely automated.

“This is going to take decades,” said James Manyika, a director of the institute and an author of the report. “How automation affects employment will not be decided simply by what is technically feasible, which is what technologists tend to focus on.”

The report, a product of years of research by the McKinsey group, adds to the growing body of research on automation and jobs.

31  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Atlas Moral Acceptability Poll on: January 09, 2017, 09:29:52 pm
Regarding the part asking whether I find it acceptable or unacceptable that married men and women have affairs -is this strictly asking within the context of a monogamous relationship in which the other partner has an affair without the other's consent?  Or are you extending this to swinging/polyamory which can be regarded as consensual affairs? 
32  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Petition to add Russian avatars on: January 08, 2017, 10:29:48 pm
We need them.

x Santander

Of course you do.  In fact, everyone who voted for Trump should be made to wear that avatar. 
Wow, hope you got the Obama/Biden Truth Team memo that it's the current year and that Romney's remarks on Russia being a geopolitical threat were way too hawkish?

Was Russia interfering in our election back then?  If so, then I definitely missed that memo. 

The intelligence agencies that said we had Iraq WMD hadn't cooked up the story on the right yet.



'If our intelligence agencies were wrong about Iraq's WMD, then they must be wrong about everything else, and must therefore never be trusted ever again.'

I love your absolutist 'logic'.  Roll Eyes
33  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should Marital rape be punished as harshly as non-marital rape on: January 08, 2017, 10:23:51 pm
Waiting until Famous Mortimer shows up.

That explains one 'no' vote -who are the others?
34  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Petition to add Russian avatars on: January 08, 2017, 10:21:41 pm
We need them.

x Santander

Of course you do.  In fact, everyone who voted for Trump should be made to wear that avatar. 
Wow, hope you got the Obama/Biden Truth Team memo that it's the current year and that Romney's remarks on Russia being a geopolitical threat were way too hawkish?

Was Russia interfering in our election back then?  If so, then I definitely missed that memo. 
35  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Petition to add Russian avatars on: January 08, 2017, 08:40:50 pm
We need them.

x Santander

Of course you do.  In fact, everyone who voted for Trump should be made to wear that avatar. 
36  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Digitally Recreated actors? on: January 08, 2017, 08:37:57 pm
FF, if done right.  For instance, consider that Tower of Joy fighting scene.  I would have much preferred if we had a younger version of Sean Bean (like how he appeared in Sharpe's Rifles more than twenty years ago) as the young Ned Stark:



Or as he appeared in that one episode in the acclaimed Inspector Morse series:



Extremely negative for re-creating dead actors. Ambivalent for living ones.

Then who do you think should take Carrie Fisher's place as Princess Leia in Episode IX?  
37  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Here we go again. If Trump has to replace Pence as VP, who does he pick? on: January 08, 2017, 08:25:49 pm
Stephen Bannon
38  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Knowing what you know now, would you have voted for ObamaCare.... on: January 08, 2017, 05:34:37 pm
I definitely would still have voted for it, and in the future -once we get back our majorities in Congress- we should federalize Medicaid and have one single national health insurance market, instead of leaving it to the states so they can do their mischief at the expense of the most vulnerable.  
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Can Trump please kick Lindsey Graham upstairs already? on: January 08, 2017, 04:48:14 pm
Perhaps you should reconsider your allegiance.  Senator Lindsay Graham is a true patriot (unlike you) who doesn't let partisanship color his perception of reality.  
40  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Welp, the California drought is probably over. on: January 08, 2017, 04:39:54 pm
Everything will have to align to officially declare an end to this most recent drought.  And even then, given it took years for it to develop and become entrenched, it will take years for California to truly recover from it. 
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New Declassified Report released: Putin ordered intervention in election on: January 08, 2017, 04:30:25 pm
I guess it's karma for all times America interfered with other countries governments.

You are the perfect example of everything that is wrong with American liberalism.  

Huh

Russia's interference in our election is obviously unacceptable, but equally so is America's interference in other countries' elections since the start of the Cold War.

It's the implication of what this 'Blame America First' troll said that bothers me about as much as the comment itself.  As if we have no standing to complain or take retaliatory measures.  That we should take this lying down. 
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New Declassified Report released: Putin ordered intervention in election on: January 08, 2017, 04:21:38 pm
I don't trust the report that much. The lack of evidence hurts the arguement that Russians hacked the election by the  establishment that still knocking their heads together trying to find out why Trump won the election.

Do you believe everything that comes out of Trump's mouth when he makes claims that he doesn't even attempt to back up?  Would you take his word over theirs?  
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New Declassified Report released: Putin ordered intervention in election on: January 08, 2017, 04:15:58 pm
I guess it's karma for all times America interfered with other countries governments.

You are the perfect example of everything that is wrong with American liberalism.  
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Trump Voters See Nothing Wrong With Russia Interfering in Our Elections on: January 08, 2017, 04:10:36 pm
Sure Putin is undermining our democracy, and the election result is now under suspicion, but since our man won, it's all good.  Nothing to see here guys, nothing at all:

‘What’s the Big Deal?’ Ask Trump Voters on Russia Hacking Report

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and MITCH SMITH
JAN. 7, 2017


COVINGTON, La. —
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“Sour grapes,” explained Bob Marino, 79, weighing in on the recent spycraft bombshell from the corner table of a local McDonald’s.

“Sour grapes,” agreed Roger Noel, 65, sitting next to him.

“Bunch of crybabies,” Reed Guidry, 64, offered from across the table.

The subject of conversation was the report released by United States intelligence chiefs on Friday informing President-elect Donald J. Trump of their unanimous conclusion that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia ordered an extensive, but covert, cyberoperation to help Mr. Trump win the election. The Russians had hacked and leaked emails, unleashed “trolls” on social media and used their “state-run propaganda machine” to spread stories harmful to Hillary Clinton.

In Washington, the report was viewed as extraordinary, both for its timing, raising sharp questions about the president-elect’s legitimacy on the verge of his taking office, and for its assertions, describing the operation as Russia’s boldest effort yet to meddle with American elections, to spread discontent and to “undermine the U.S.-led democratic order.”

But interviews with Trump supporters here in Louisiana, a state the president-elect won by 20 points, and in Indiana, a state he won by nearly the same margin, found opinions about the report that ranged from general indifference to outright derision.

NY Times


45  General Politics / Economics / Wage Growth Accelerating, and 156,000 Jobs Added in December on: January 06, 2017, 08:15:02 pm
U.S. added 156,000 jobs in December; wage growth picked up

By Ana Swanson
January 6 at 4:40 PM


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The nation is well on its way in one of the largest economic recoveries in modern history, new government data shows, but some workers are still lagging behind as President Obama prepares to hand the office to Donald Trump.

The U.S. economy added 156,000 new jobs in December, the Labor Department reported Friday, slightly below economists’ expectations. Yet wages rose 2.9 percent from last December, the strongest increase in more than seven years and evidence that economic growth is finally translating into gains for workers.

“The big surprise, and what we found really reassuring, is the bump up in hourly earnings,” said Beth Ann Bovino, chief U.S. economist at Standard & Poor's. “We’re starting to see signs that people are going to get more money in their paychecks.”

(...) The number of new jobs added each month has gradually slowed as the economy recovers from the depths of the recession, from average monthly gains of 251,000 in 2014 to 229,000 in 2015 and 183,000 in 2016.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What if Trump VETOES ObamaCare Repeal? on: January 06, 2017, 07:57:25 pm
Does anyone see him be cunning enough to actually do this? 
47  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: religion in the 115th Congress on: January 06, 2017, 07:18:14 pm
Something seems off with those numbers.  It says that 56% of all Christians in Congress are Protestants, and another 31% are Catholics.  Who composes the remaining 13%?  The percentages for Orthodox Christians and Mormons are miniscule, so they can't be it.  

It says 56% of Congress is Protestant, not 56% of Christians in Congress are Protestant.

That's not how it is presented -if you look at it, it says 90% of all congressmen are Christians, and of those Christians, 56% of whom are Protestants.  And then another 31% are Catholics, with 13% by and large unaccounted for.  

Wait -oh, I see.  So the percentages (for Christians in general) are supposed to add up to 90%.  That makes more sense.  

Protestants: 56%
Catholics: 31.4%
Mormons: 2.4%
Orthodox: 1%

And then there's everybody else who comprises the 10% non-Christian element.  
48  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: I've Seen America: If Al Gore Ran In 2008 on: January 06, 2017, 06:40:06 pm
Interesting timeline....   
49  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Between Two Majorities: 2014-2030 | The Pence Presidency on: January 06, 2017, 06:31:26 pm
Any updates?
50  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: religion in the 115th Congress on: January 06, 2017, 06:29:30 pm
Something seems off with those numbers.  It says that 56% of all Christians in Congress are Protestants, and another 31% are Catholics.  Who composes the remaining 13%?  The percentages for Orthodox Christians and Mormons are miniscule, so they can't be it. 
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