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question about deficit spending

Any time I read or listen to RW'ers, inevitably at some point they rail against deficit spending, along with the household budget comparison (which is totally off, of course). My understanding is that deficit spending is not an issue, unless it reaches very high proportions of GDP. I know it was very high during WW2 but I'm guessing no one dared to make it an issue back then ?

Am I correct here ? I'm not an economist, hence the sincere question. Thanks in advance!


Best non-family human you've ever met (in person) ?

My now-deceased therapist. I said non-family because my parents were, overall, pretty awesome. I always love to hear about wonderful people, it's uplifting to me.

Poll: priority for increasing public mental health funding

I'm curious to see how DU feels. I think it's in the top 5 of priorities, definitely. There are so many pressing priorities, but yes, I do feel it ranks very high for all Americans to have adequate public mental health facilities.


Today I want to pay tribute to all in the helping professions: therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and others I'm forgetting. One of you saved my life, I'm convinced, when I was much younger.

I'd go into detail, but because of the sociopaths on the internet and some nasty people here on DU, I will not. Anyway, thank you again to all who labor so tirelessly for not enough pay and benefits and with people's most intimate struggles. Thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart.


Rats dream about the places they wish to go


Do you dream of where you'd like to go tomorrow? It looks like rats do.

When the animals are shown a food treat at the end of a path they cannot access and then take a nap, the neurons representing that route in their brains fire as they sleep – as if they are dreaming about running down the corridor to grab the grub.

"It's like looking at a holiday brochure for Greece the day before you go – that night you might dream about the pictures," says Hugo Spiers of University College London.

Like people, rats store mental maps of the world in their hippocampi, two curved structures on either side of the brain. Putting electrodes into rats' brains as they explore their environment has shown that different places are recorded and remembered by different combinations of hippocampal neurons firing together.

Dear Skinner, Elad and EarlG, please read this thread and post and comment


Thank you kindly, gentlemen! Keep up the good work.


Dylann Roof, Charleston Suspect, Wore Symbols of White Supremacy


CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Facebook profile picture chosen by Dylann Storm Roof in May is thick with symbolism. It shows Mr. Roof, a scowling young white man, against a distinctly Southern backdrop: a swamp dripping with Spanish moss. His black jacket is adorned with two flags — one from apartheid-era South Africa, the other from white-ruled Rhodesia — that have been adopted as emblems by modern-day white supremacists.

Law enforcement officials identified Mr. Roof, 21, as the suspect in the mass shooting at an African-American church in Charleston on Wednesday night that left nine dead, including the pastor, Clementa C. Pinckney. Mr. Roof was arrested Thursday in North Carolina.

A cousin of Mr. Pinckney who had spoken to a witness, Sylvia Johnson, told NBC that the gunman entered the church, asked for the pastor and sat next to him during Bible study before opening fire. “I have to do it,” he said, according to Ms. Johnson. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” The shooting was being investigated as a hate crime.

Mr. Roof’s current address is listed in public records as Eastover, S.C., a very small town southeast of Columbia with an overwhelmingly African-American population. On Facebook, many of his 88 friends are black. He attended high school in Lexington, about 40 miles west of Eastover.

I'm glad the NY Times is highlighting this important fact.

how I'm approaching this group

If I post something really personal here, I KNOW for a fact someone on the internet will mock me. I don't care at this point and I don't really want to know, either. Knowing won't improve my life one bit.

On the other hand, if a DU'er drags my personal life into GD or another sub-forum here, I WANT to know. I will alert on them and even go to Skinner. NO DU'er should be doing that, period.

I respect your feelings though, mopinko. It's a lot easier to say you can ignore than actually DO it. I haven't posted anything really personal yet, so my theory is untested. I've been "suffering in silence", so to speak. Much good will to you!


That's a shame he said that

Of course I didn't agree with him on a few things (guns, Hillary), but he was a good guy and a good guy to me. He stuck up for me once (not that I ever need it) and I always remembered that.

Since he was here for so long and made good contributions, I'd like to see him be able to make a sincere apology in GD and be reinstated.

New homes in California will face watering limits


Water-guzzling lawns have taken significant flack in California’s four-year drought, and officials delivered another hit Friday by sharply limiting how much water newly constructed landscapes can use.

The limits came from the state’s Building Standard’s Commission in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order that urban water users cut back 25 percent during California’s four-year drought.

Builders and developers can meet the new rules by planting shrubs and bushes instead of grass, or by installing slow-trickling valves instead of traditional sprinklers.

“You can still see grass, you are just going to see a lot less of it,” said Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association, which supported the changes.
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