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Unfortunately, if an American cosmonaut ever wants to get into space again, or if the NSA ever wants to put another intelligence satellite in orbit again, or if America ever wants to set foot on it's space station again (I say "its space station, because the American taxpayers paid for the vast bulk of it!), she's going to have to do it in a vehicle propelled by a Russian rocket motor for the foreseeable future. So natural gas supplies for the EU is not the only "card" Putin is holding. I don't know which president allowed this, but Putin now has a vote on the degree of future American national security. Not good.
While I agree with you that increases in the minimum wage are always job killers to begin with (and that they thus hurt the very people the politicians say they are trying to help), I don't believe they affect business closures all that much, and here's why: the group that will, as a group, experience the job and income losses represent the bulk of the demand for consumer goods and services. Businesses that provide the bulk of the consumer goods and services this group (the lowest two income quintiles group) consumes hires the bulk of unskilled labor, the group that will most be affected, both positively and negatively by the increase. As this group suffers a net loss in employment, it will benefit from a net gain in federal subsidization, in the form of more unemployment, more food stamps, more housing assistance, more daycare, etc., which will go a long way, in the aggregate, to offsetting the job loss and the resultant lose of income for the group as a whole. So because this group will have basically the same amount of money to spend on consumables, and since the businesses that lay off due to the minimum wage increase generally hire from within this group, those businesses will generally work the remaining employees longer hours to produce basically the same amount of goods and services for this group, and the equilibrium will be fairly easily restored after a short period of disruption, albeit with the taxpayer footing the bill for the exercise in economic futility. That's how it has always played out in the past, but in the past we've never had a 106% increase, the historical range being closer to 15%. So this time around, who knows what will happen, either in the short run disruption of the status quo, or as the economy seeks its new equilibrium. My guess is it won't be good.
Unless Obama plans to orbit 100 US fighter-bombers, fully loaded with air-to-ground weapons, over Irbil and Sinjar, 24/7, then that number needs to be increased from 4 a day to 400 a day...starting tomorrow. And I mean, what's the point of limiting the strikes? If one or two armored personnel carriers, made in the US, and manned by blood-thirsty terrorist savages threatening death to America as soon as they get the time, is okay, why not all of them? Are we concerned that we might unintentionally eliminate the threat to us and to our allies in the region if we don't severely limit our targets? Wouldn't "accidentally" killing ever last one of those monsters with 500lbs bombs be a good thing?
California state flower! It's also become a cliche.
I'm not confident the story merits a discussion on Pitcher's preferences in underwear materials. I could be wrong, though.
I can tell you, relying on considerable experience, it already is construed as a pejorative for a physical disability...the physical disability to play to par; a malady from which, I'm extremely sad to say, I'm a long-sufferer.
You really need to pay closer attention to what you read. The good professor's fears had to do strictly with horticulture. He had nothing to say about physics or astronomy, which apparently remain safe until Ben audits a physics class or visits an observatory.
Every ant trail began as a lost ant wandering around aimlessly.
(sarc on) Actually there is another underlying aspect to this story. It's not so much that academics are never questioned, but rather, when they are, and when they're shown to be wrong in jaw-dropping fashion, there are no serious adverse consequences. They don't lose their jobs or their overstuffed chairs in the professors' lounge. They still get their books published, and lo and behold, people still buy them! There simply is no "Darwinian" mechanism in play here to protect the herd from their lunacy, and so the disadvantageous traits of the monumentally stupid academics tend to proliferate throughout the gene pool of ideas, infecting society. Any healthy society, if it is to remain healthy over the long haul, must demonstrate to its intellectuals the fact there are consequences to proposing a bad idea, just as there are for the inventor who invents a stupid invention, or the businessman with the stupid business model, or the politician with the stupid policy proposal...wait...strike that last one! I say we go get Professor Ben Pitcher and string 'em up! I say we pin a sign to his corpse that reads, "Anyone else got any bright ideas?" And I say we leave his body hanging from the bell tower of Westminster University until the rope rots, or until once again the Sun never sets on the British Empire! Who's with me?! (sarc off)
Well there you go! You've just proved to Professor Ben Pitcher that the eating of organically grown vegetables and fruits cause racism in human beings, which, if I've correctly read between the few lines of this story I actually read before I couldn't take anymore, was Pitcher's fear.
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