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Stop This Voter Card Madness!

David4 Wrote: Oct 18, 2014 9:01 PM
About 12 years ago I heard a story about vote fraud in Dallas TX, which sounded more plausible than today's controversy over voter IDs. A multitude of campaign or vote office workers visited the homes of many homebound voters in poor black sections of Dallas. They carried absentee ballots with them and they "helped" the homebound fill out those ballots. Needless to say the ballot reflected what the worker wanted, not what the homebound voter wanted. Or the homebound voter was a LIV and didn't really care what went on the ballot. Even so those workers managed to violate some election laws. But the election result was never brought up for questioning on whether the result was stolen.
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Stop This Voter Card Madness!

David4 Wrote: Oct 18, 2014 8:55 PM
Two famous jokes. 1. "The people can vote for whoever they want, so long as I count the votes." -- I heard this attributed to Joseph Stalin. 2. "The people can vote for whoever they want, so long as I choose the candidates." -- I heard this attributed to Benito Mussolini.
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Political Correctness and Ebola

David4 Wrote: Oct 18, 2014 8:36 PM
The news, and common sense, tells us that the situation was more ambiguous. Instead of "knowing she likely had contracted Ebola" it was more "dreading that she might be coming down with Ebola." -- She did good by calling up the CDC. She told the truth, that she had tended to an Ebola patient and was on a watch list for possible exposure and coming down with it. Her temperature was 99.5 degrees. The CDC guy looked up his 'Practices, Policies & Procedures', which said that it is a concern if the fever is >= 100.4 degrees. -- The day after she got back to Dallas her condition had gotten bad enough that she checked herself into the hospital, and was diagnosed with Ebola. So all those 'Practices, Policies & Procedures' are now looking foolishly wrong.
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Free Market Response to Ebola

David4 Wrote: Oct 18, 2014 8:11 PM
Mish would not choose to do this, or this, involving a person who may have been exposed to Ebola. But there is the asymmetric knowledge problem. The other person knows whether he may have been exposed, but Mish does not know. We are seeing the first signs of market response to Ebola in America. Because Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has gotten bad press from Ebola the number of people using it has dropped by a lot. Texas Health has now asked its staff who are on the watch list to not go to public places or travel by public modes. -- We see a Carnival Cruise Line cancel its cruise because they have one of those watch list persons on board. That person, voluntarily or not, is staying in his cabin until they get back to port.
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Where Are the Angry White Folks?

David4 Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 9:58 PM
Not well reported: ¿ What are those complaints ?
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Where Are the Angry White Folks?

David4 Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 9:56 PM
'Do the Right Thing', a movie by Spike Lee. ...
According to the left and the greens, the way to energy independence is to use less of it. As taught by Buddha and by St. Benedict. They prescribe living in a smaller house, closer to work and stores, and learning to love your feet and your bicycle. ...
Things are what they are. I feel for the economic policy people who will attempt to do something about it. Or perhaps dread is a better word, since odds are whatever they do will distort things.
Several years ago the Wall Street Journal had an article on Mexico's capital gains tax and its effect on their economy. Mexico's capital gains rate was quite high. There were any number of properties and businesses had been built by the previous generation, and then inherited by the current generation. The inheritors in the current generation were often incompetent at running those properties and businesses, but held on to them rather than sell them because of the prospective high tax hit.
Worth repeating, as an analogy, something a Native American once said. "They made us many promises, but they kept only one. They said they would take everything we had, and they did."
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