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Obama Learns of Pearl Harbor

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 9:59 AM
Great column! Of course, your preaching to the choir. Irony, sarcasm, satire and humor are rhetorical tools that are only effective when understood and recognized by those with a broad enough education to be able to perceive depth and meaning. In this case, you bewilder those ignorant of history. And, of course, your words will irritate most of those with knee-jerk reactions to anything that even slightly implies that their politically correct stances on things that are "universal truths" (because Everybody Knows...) are actually based on wishing and hoping.
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Professors Must Defy Feds To Protect Victims

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 9:50 AM
There has been established by duly elected lawmakers at various levels working for years to develop a considered system of law enforcement and judicial determinations. I see no reason why a university setting is independent of the legal systems surrounding the campus. Almost 100% of the students are adults - age 18 or over; they are subject to the laws and social expectations and have adult responsibilities for their behavior. College is not just an extension of high school and college students are not a segregated class of citizen subject to a different set of laws and judicial procedures. Universities should impart knowledge not modify or subvert a legal system or act as a filter between a victim exercising citizen rights and the real-world, off-campus legal system.
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Late-Talking Children

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 9:35 AM
"A false diagnosis is worse than no diagnosis." It takes a true professional, one who knows and admits what he/she does not know, to accept and communicate this concept. A large number of practitioners seem either unable/unwilling to do it or need to satisfy the parents more than they desire optimum results for the patient.
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Max De Pree has the answer to Ferguson

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 15, 2014 12:09 PM
The War on Poverty has been going on since 1964. lets eliminate the jobs of all those who have not only failed to win it but have institutionalized poverty. Let's start with the 535 Congress Critters and their staff and then move on to the money-pit bureaucracies known as Departments of ...
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Why Ezra Klein is an Idiot

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 15, 2014 12:03 PM
In the current environment devoid of absolutes and objective meaning what is said today has no relation to what was said or done yesterday. The important thing is to try hard and mean well. Being rational, logical, aware, honest and honorable is not only too hard it is reminiscent of the actions of a lot of traditional, dead white guys.
The only reason single payer is better in the minds of a lot of people is that there is no uniform definition of what single payer pays for or to what degree. Not many in Congress or anywhere else realize the extent of "medical services" to be considered for coverage. They think of Physicians & Surgeons but ignore the rest: Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Services, Dentists & Dental Surgeons; Psychiatrists; Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies; Medical Social Work, Podiatry,Visiting Nurses, Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, Psychology, Mental Health Services, Laboratory Services, Orthotists/Orthotics, Prosthetists/Prosthetics, X-ray/MRI/CAT services, Prescription Medications and Vaccines, Hospice, Transportation Services (Emergency Ambulance; Non-Emergency Ambulance/Ambulette/Buses & Taxis); Durable Medical Equipment Purchase/Rental, Oxygen, Radiation Therapy, Renal Services, Vision Services/Glasses/Contacts, Hearing Services/Hearing Aids, Dental Appliances, Home Care Supplies (including Post-Surgical Supplies, Diabetic Supplies, Ostomy Supplies, Incontinence Supplies), Residential/Custodial Services (Skilled Nursing Facilities, Health Related Facilities, Convalescent Care Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Adult Day Care) and Non-Conventional Specialties such as Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Nutritionists, Midwifery. I probably omitted some others.
A trillion is about $3,150 per person in the US. The $6,300 representing my household was certainly wasted.
I should have added writing as a field that requires skill and talent. It is one of the more obvious failings demonstrated by new graduates wanting a job and feel they deserve one.
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Mob Rule Economics

Ed52 Wrote: Sep 13, 2014 5:37 PM
Raising the minimum wage also affects the prices of those goods and services provided by minimum wage workers - a lot of which is consumed by low income people. Fast food, -Mart, food processors, food stores, etc.- all need employees and will raise prices accordingly. Politicians love to proclaim ideas that sound good but have no sound basis in practical logic. Also, the leaders who want to increase minimum wage believe that those who work for that will stay at that level forever, or until the Lords & Ladies Bountiful deign to increase the minimum wage again. These are same people who want to tax earned income above 50 times minimum wage at 100% (or more). Most of these critters are either politicians or administrators of not-for-profits; people who have no need (or ability) to find a real job in the competitive marketplace.
Those who are really good at their jobs make it look too easy; the oblivious think anyone can do it right now. Watch a good short order cook, waitress, bartender, plumber, (house) painter, tire mechanic - they all move smoothly, adjust priorities, handle changes and efficiently get the job done. Results of training, practice, awareness and dedication. And talent - add talent on top of skill as in acting, singing, dancing, interviewing and you have an "overnight sensation" that took years to develop. Those who have been brought up in a constant "good job", praise-filled environment are being built up for big let-down; they've always been told that whatever they did was good enough.
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