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Trump and Carson's weird wage disconnects at the GOP debate


First, as we all are assumed to know, increasing wages hurts employment.

As Ben Carson put it, every time the minimum wage goes up, African American unemployment goes up. The proof of his statement practically writes itself. When African Americans weren't paid at all, there was near 100% African American employment. I was expecting him to expressly point that out.

Trump pointed out that increasing wages hurts the economy. Then he said that illegal immigration depresses wages. Did he actually mean to say both of those things in the same debate?

We're busted. The Pyramids ARE full of food


Look. I didn't make this up. These are US government scientists that came up with it:



And it's not just grain. It's got meat, dairy, vegetables, fats, and just about anything you'd eat in there.

"Both of us have had supporters and staff members who have gone over the line..."



Lets bear in mind that not every genuine or purported supporter of a candidate is necessarily the embodiment of all of the candidates' virtues or vices.

Interesting things to say when there is a bicycle under your car


"I didn't see you."

Why is Rand Paul polling so low among the R's?


Given the heretofore indefatigable enthusiasm of the Paulbots, I find it hard to believe that they have simply gone with Trump or Carson.

What happened to the army of dedicated Randroids?

Have they gone the way of the buffalo?

Did they all succumb to some illness that is preventable by a vaccine that most normal people get?

Aunt who sued her 12-year-old nephew says insurance rules forced her hand

One thing I would suggest, whenever you see news of "that outrageous frivolous lawsuit" that some awful person filed somewhere, is to step back and to think about what else might be lurking outside of the picture that has been framed for you by the media.

Even if you have health insurance, if you suffer an injury and there is the potential that the injury occurred under circumstances where another insurer should cover the injury, you will find yourself trapped between forces beyond your control.

You might have the best health insurance in the world but if, say, you are injured in a car accident, then it's up to the auto insurance of the responsible company to deal with claims arising from your injuries. If the health insurer says the auto insurer should pay, and the auto insurer says your injuries were not caused by the accident, then the only thing that is going to resolve which insurance company ends up paying the bill, is a lawsuit which either does, or does not, assign responsibility for your injury to the auto insurance policyholder.

In this iteration of the trope, a lot of people wanted to know "why didn't she sue the insurance company" or "why didn't she sue the homeowner". The answer, quite simply, is that the named defendant has to be the covered person who caused the injury, in this instance the nephew in question.

And, as Paul Harvey used to say, the rest of the story:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/14/aunt-who-sued-12-year-old-says-insurance-claim-rules-forced-her-hand/?tid=pm_national_pop_b

Jennifer Connell, 54, said that she was forced to sue her nephew, who was 8 when the accident occurred, because it was the only way to get her homeowners insurance policy to pay for the cost of her care.

“This was meant to be a simple homeowners insurance case,” Connell told CNN. “Connecticut law is such that I was advised by counsel that this is the way a suit is meant to be worded.”

According to Connecticut law, the insurance company couldn’t be named in the lawsuit, so 12-year-old Sean Tarala was named as the defendant.

...

Connell’s insurance company offered her $1, her lawyers said. “She suffered a horrific injury,” they added. “She had two surgeries and is potentially facing a third.”

Best pic from the debate


People in respective camps here at DU need to get over themselves.

The Danes are Great!



But is there something rotten in Denmark?

Attention Fumesucker, your ship has come in....

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2015/oct/07/avoiding-pollution-on-bike-we-test-cycling-anti-pollution-masks-respro-totobobo-biologic

Anti-pollution cycling masks tested



Henry Cole, founder of anti-pollution mask company Respro, argues that masks make sense: “The average bike commuter is breathing huge quantities of air per year. The danger comes from the cumulative effect of all these particles and over-exposure to these particles can lead to respiratory problems.”

How obvious can something be? re: McCarthy dropping out


As of yesterday, there was little question that McCarthy would get it.

Then, this happened:

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/256202-gop-lawmaker-warns-leadership-candidates-of-skeletons-in-their


In a letter to House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Jones asked that Republicans discuss urging candidates for leadership to drop out if they might one day embarrass the party because of past indiscretions.


Today McCarthy dropped out for no apparent reason.

Seems pretty simple.
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