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26  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support public smoking bans? on: May 26, 2016, 11:52:48 pm
Are we just talking tobacco, or does this extend to any and all substances like marijuana? 
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Death Penalty is sought for Charleston killer on: May 26, 2016, 11:49:10 pm
I would have preferred a sentence of life imprisonment without parole for him -given the notoriety of US prisons, that's likely a fate worse than death for someone like him.
28  General Politics / Economics / Re: Trans-Pacific Partnership to Boost US Exports and Increase Wages on: May 25, 2016, 03:37:05 pm
Can't believe I missed this:

U.S. trade panel says TPP would have small positive effect on growth

Reuters
May 18, 2016 7:12 PM
By David Lawder


WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
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The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Wednesday that the sweeping pan-Pacific trade deal President Barack Obama wants Congress to approve before he leaves office would likely have only a small positive effect on the overall U.S. economy.

The influential trade panel said in a new analysis that gross domestic product would be $42.7 billion (£29.2 billion) higher in 2032 with the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership in place than without it, about a 0.15 percentage point gain.

The increased output would translate to about 128,000 more jobs by 2032 with TPP than without it, the ITC said. Over the past three months, the U.S. economy has added an average of 200,000 jobs per month, according to Labor Department data.

U.S. real annual income would be $57.3 billion, or 0.23 percent, higher with TPP than without it in 2032. A TPP analysis by the Peterson Institute for International Economics in January estimated an income gain of $131 billion by 2030.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the ITC report would be "one data point among many" that members of Congress will consider in deciding how to vote on the trade deal.

"Every major study has said that TPP will benefit the American economy," Froman told reporters on a conference call.
29  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie Sanders Requests Kentucky Recanvassing on: May 24, 2016, 02:18:30 pm
It makes no sense that he would do this after not asking for a recount in Missouri. He is probably just doing this because he wants to try to make the media keep taking his candidacy seriously so that he has a platform to promote issues, and that is easier if it looks like he is vigorously competing.

To be fair, this isn't a recount. It's a recanvass. So basically, on Thursday morning, a group of people in every county will retabulate every vote cast the same way they were counted on the 17th. In this case, the votes will all be put through the same voting machines again. It's not like every vote will be recounted manually with a group of lawyers on each side calling shenanigans for every ballot counted.

I didn't know there was a difference between conducting a 'recount' vs. a 'recanvass'.

You learn something new every day.... 
30  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Millennials More Likely to Live with Their Parents Than Previous Generations on: May 24, 2016, 02:06:03 pm
If you're between the ages of 18 to 34, and you're still living with your mom and dad, don't feel so bad -nearly a third of your peers are doing the same thing.

31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton's Running Mate? on: May 23, 2016, 09:52:15 pm
Elizabeth Warren, but most everyone else here think it will be Tim Kaine up until she proves them wrong. 
32  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Terry Mcauliffe Under FBI/DoJ Investigation on: May 23, 2016, 09:40:41 pm
Well, prospects have just brightened for Republicans looking to regain the governor's mansion it seems. 
33  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Angelina Jolie Will be Visiting Asst. Professor at London School of Economics on: May 23, 2016, 09:36:38 pm
I didn't realize she knew enough about economics to teach a class at a university...  Tongue

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The Hollywood actor and director has been appointed a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, teaching a course on the impact of war on women.

From 2017, Jolie will join the former foreign secretary William Hague as a “professor in practice”, the university announced on Monday, as part of a new MSc course on women, peace and security, which LSE says is the first of its kind in the world.

The course, it says, is intended to “[develop] strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women’s economic, social and political participation and security”, with visiting professors playing an active part in giving lectures, participating in workshops and undertaking their own research.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/23/angelina-jolie-new-role-visiting-professor-lse-william-hague
34  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Free Trade demographic? on: May 23, 2016, 11:10:14 am
Let's not forget Midwestern farmers who stand to gain from the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
35  General Politics / Political Debate / Federalizing Medicaid on: May 22, 2016, 01:17:00 pm
There is a case to be made for it.  
36  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: How would you solve the student debt crisis? on: May 22, 2016, 01:09:00 pm
Make community colleges (I would encourage students to fulfill their introductory college course requirements there) and vocational schools tuition free -and keep the current system for those students who want to go on and complete their bachelor's and master's degrees at a traditional four-year college or university.  
37  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Which of these states will still have caucuses by 2020? on: May 22, 2016, 11:09:05 am
Only Iowa, hopefully. 
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Haiti to join African Union on: May 22, 2016, 10:42:41 am
AU is not a very functional organization. Does not really matter.

I would say that AU have been a great success, it have made the African continent much more stable, thanks to their hostility to coups, support of free elections, willingness to deliver soldiers against local uprisings and peacekeeper. Africa have not been as stable and peaceful as now ever. Of course I can't see what AU can do in Haiti, so this is a purely symbolic act.



How do we know all that progress has been due to the African Union?
39  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Bernie's Single-Payer Healthcare Plan Would Cost More Than Advertised on: May 22, 2016, 10:33:42 am
I'm not sure the majority of Americans are willing to make the trade-offs necessary for a single-payer plan to work when they are fully educated on its pros and cons:

A Single-Payer Plan From Bernie Sanders Would Probably Still Be Expensive

Margot Sanger-Katz @sangerkatz
MAY 16, 2016


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Bernie Sanders’s chances at enacting a “political revolution” are all but gone. But that doesn’t mean his policy agenda won’t continue to be felt in this election or future Democratic platforms.

One of his signature proposals is to move the country’s health care system to a government-run, single-payer system. Last week, Hillary Clinton nodded in that direction, suggesting that she would be open to allowing Americans older than 50 to buy into the government Medicare program that currently covers those 65 and older.

But also last week, a detailed analysis of the Sanders health care plan from researchers at the Urban Institute showed that it would probably cost the government double what the campaign proposed. It is the second credible analysis to suggest that the Sanders plan costs more than advertised. (The other comes from the Emory health policy professor Kenneth Thorpe.)

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That Medicare-for-all plan would still cost more than single-payer plans in other countries. Here’s why: Medicare pays doctors and hospitals higher prices than single-payer systems do in other countries.

“The big thing is that providers here make quite a bit more money than they do anywhere else, and in order to get in the ballpark of where these other countries are, you’d have to reduce payment rates to physicians to much, much lower levels,” said John Holahan, one of the authors of the Urban analysis. “That’s just hard to do.”

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which looks at a group of developed countries, has found that the United States pays substantially higher prices for doctors, hospital stays and prescription drugs than the rest of the group. Medicare pays less than the United States average, but not enough less to make up that difference.

Making the American health care system significantly cheaper would mean more than just cutting the insurance companies out of the game and reducing the high administrative costs of the American system. It would also require paying doctors and nurses substantially lower salaries, using fewer new and high-tech treatments, and probably eliminating some of the perks of American hospital stays, like private patient rooms.
40  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should life imprisonment without parole be abolished? on: May 21, 2016, 04:05:41 pm
There are some criminals who personify evil, and we should keep them locked away from the rest of society for as long as they still live.  

And I think there are some here who are taking the era of low crime rates a bit too much for granted...  
41  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton's Most Likely Running-Mate on: May 21, 2016, 03:55:42 pm
Considering that Hillary is having so much trouble putting Bernie away after Trump has already locked up his nomination should indicate to everyone that she must pick someone who will appeal to Sanders' supporters (especially the independents).   



 
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News latino poll: Clinton 62, Trump 23 among Hispanics on: May 20, 2016, 12:52:03 pm
23% still seems too high.  Tongue

Though then again, it is Fox after all, so what they say can be taken with a grain of salt. 
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Experts: Most Mass Shooters Aren't Mentally Ill on: May 20, 2016, 12:49:33 pm
At least not in any medical sense of the term:

Most mass shooters aren’t mentally ill. So why push better treatment as the answer?

By Michael S. Rosenwald
May 18, 2016


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When it comes to mass shootings, President Obama and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan are in rare accord on a leading culprit.

Both point fingers at mental illness. And in poll after poll, most Americans agree.

But criminologists and forensic psychiatrists say there is a critical flaw in that view: It doesn’t reflect reality.

While acknowledging that some of the country’s worst mass shooters were psychotic — the Colorado theater gunman, James Holmes, with his orange-dyed hair; the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung Hui Cho, whom a judge ordered to get treatment — experts say the vast majority of such killers did not have any classic form of serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or psychosis.

Instead, they were more often ruthless sociopaths whose ­behavior, while unfathomable, can’t typically be treated as mental illness.

The oversimplification, experts say, is perpetuated by the gun industry and a society that assumes that the mentally ill are the only ones capable of deadly rampages. Now, with the White House and Congress prioritizing an overhaul of the ­mental-health system to try to curtail mass shootings and gun violence, critics say the country is chasing an expensive and potentially counterproductive cure on the basis of the wrong diagnosis.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / GMOs Could Help Us Adapt to Human-Induced Climate Change on: May 18, 2016, 10:44:46 pm
According to the National Academy of Sciences:

Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe and Possibly Good for Climate Change:
The National Academy of Sciences reaffirmed GMO safety and pointed to the potential for future improvements

By Niina Heikkinen, ClimateWire on May 18, 2016

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Genetic engineering could play a role in making crops more resilient to climate change, but more research is still needed to understand the technology’s potential uses, the National Academy of Sciences said yesterday.

In a sweeping 400-page report, the country’s top scientific group found there was not evidence to support claims that genetically modified organisms are dangerous for either the environment or human health. At the same time, the introduction of genetically engineered crops had little apparent influence on the rate at which agricultural productivity was increasing over time.

In the future, the academy said, researchers and regulators should be sure to evaluate the safety and efficacy of specific crops, rather than focus on potential risk posed by the process of modifying the plants.

“The technology is changing so rapidly, we needed to see where it is taking us in the future,” said Fred Gould, chairman of the NAS Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops, which conducted the report, and a professor of entomology at North Carolina State University.

The report takes an in-depth look at past research on and future potential of the often controversial application of genetic engineering to U.S. crops.
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Hillary Clinton's Most Likely Running-Mate on: May 18, 2016, 10:08:08 pm
Who do you think she is going to pick?

This is based on that list provided by The Hill.
46  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton & Trump VP search news LATEST: Carson leaks Trump's list? on: May 18, 2016, 09:55:21 pm
It's safe to say by this point that Hillary cannot afford to pick a centrist/center-left running-mate like Tim Kaine, not if she is to have any hope of reconciling with Sanders' supporters (not to mention Bernie himself) and get them energized for November.  There's a host of other, more substantive changes that would need to be made to the Democratic Party, but picking a running-mate that could gin up enthusiasm for Hillary would be an excellent start.  
47  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you have voted for in 2004 Democratic Primaries on: May 18, 2016, 04:53:04 pm
At the time, I supported Dennis Kucinich (I was 21).  Looking back, I would have backed John Kerry instead. 
48  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Haiti to join African Union on: May 18, 2016, 09:07:18 am
Will Greenland join Canada?
49  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic KY / OR primary results thread (first polls close at 6pm ET) on: May 17, 2016, 10:38:10 pm
As far as delegates go, if Washington had stuck with its primary (instead of a caucus), would the results have been as close as we are seeing in Oregon?    
50  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic KY / OR primary results thread (first polls close at 6pm ET) on: May 17, 2016, 07:48:20 pm
The vote is tightening again -should we expect a recount?
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