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Lower Oil Prices Are Unambiguously Good

Macroman Wrote: Oct 18, 2014 4:00 AM
Good job, Larry! Tell it like it is.
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The Equal Pay Delusion

Macroman Wrote: Oct 17, 2014 7:19 AM
The "equal pay for women" issue is factually baseless. There is a slew of carefully done studies (the majority of which have at least one female author, at least among those that I have read) that show that women and men are equally paid - once one corrects for systematic differences in the industries in which men and women choose to work, the kinds of jobs they take in any given industry, the amount of education they have, the amount of accumulated experience they have, the characteristics of the job (e.g., inherent danger or outdoor work or time of day), and so on. Only when one takes the simpleton approach, as Hillary Clinton does, and looks at average wages of women compared to average wages of men without correcting for all the differences just mentioned does one get the impression that women are paid less than men.
The term "latino" is strange. It is derived from Latin, which in turn is derived from the region of Italy, Lazio (Latium in Latin) that surrounds Rome. Yet nowadays in the official vocabulary of the US government, it means someone who somehow is tied to the Iberian peninsula. One might have guessed that attention would have been restricted to Hispanics because the US has a lot of immigrants from Mexico who have Spanish surnames. But no. For some reason, the definition has been expanded to include Portugual and by extension Brazil. Romanians and French are not included, even they also speak a language derived from Latin. More strangely, Italians are not included, not even those from Lazio, who are the only true Latini. In the US, you don't even need a genetic "Latin" ancestry. The surname is enough. So a full-blooded Native American from Mexico with the surname of, say, Martinez, qualifies as a Latino, but someone from Rome does not, even if his surname is Marra (an old Laziale name). Is there a unifying theme for who gets counted as Latino? I think so. If you have any connection to the Iberian peninsula, even if only by adopted surname, *AND* if the Left thinks you are likely to vote Democrat, then you are Latino. Otherwise, you are not. So in the end it really does make sense and in fact is very easy to understand. It's a political power play by the Left.
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Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Macroman Wrote: Oct 12, 2014 9:03 AM
Someone in Seattle must have read this column. The link to the entire statement now goes to a page that no longer exists.
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Land of the Free?

Macroman Wrote: Oct 12, 2014 8:59 AM
I would like to see a formal definition of "soundness of our money." Like "a strong dollar," "soundness of our money" is phrase often used but that can mean many things and so may mean nothing at all. If it does mean something, I would like to see it spelled out. Low variance of the general price level? Low inflation? Low expected inflation? Low variance of inflation? High value relative to a unit of any other foreign currency? Unchanging value relative to other currencies? Low variance of value relative to other currencies? High value relative to gold? Unchanging value relative to gold? Low variance of value relative to gold?
I am willing to bet real money that the majority of respondents in any country don't actually know what capitalism is.
Another phase of the Obama plan to ruin America. Wait until the troops return from Liberia. Then we get to share the Liberians' pain by all dying together. But it's only right. After all, as one administration spokesman said, we bear some responsibility for the Liberians' plight because Liberia wouldn't exist except for the US history of slavery. Don't you just love the Obama administration?
"Is the President clueless? Or does he think we’re clueless?" Both. The combination of ignorance and superciliousness embodied in our President is breath-taking.
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Barack Obama, Outside Agitator

Macroman Wrote: Sep 30, 2014 10:06 AM
"What, other than its racial aspect, can explain why Obama is so hung up on Ferguson?" How about, "He's a jerk." Or, "He's so clueless that he doesn't know the difference between killing a criminal assailant in self defense and beheading innocent civilians who have done you no harm but are not of your religion." Or the one that I think is most important, "He's a communist looking for any excuse to denigrate the country he hates most, his own." Barack Obama is the most vile and disgusting man ever to sit in the White House, which is saying a lot. He is a disgrace to the office of President, a danger to the country, and an embarrassment to his people, all his people, not just those who are black but especially to them. It would be tactically unwise to attempt impeachment, which won't result in conviction anyway, but no President in US history has more deserved to be removed from office than Barack Obama.
How is any of this relevant to my question to Mr. Nantz? He is complaining about the public behavior of the movie stars in question, not their private behavior, which is none of his business and also none of yours. Jennifer Lawrence has said nothing that even hints she is angry because she did not get paid for the photos. Where did you dream that one up? Are you as much of an uninformed busybody and obnoxious scold as Mr. Nantz?
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