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Why Narratives Are More Powerful Than Ideas

SD3 Wrote: 18 hours ago (10:48 AM)
If you want to hear first hand the triumph of stories over facts, listen to any call in radio show. Every time the host or guest sites a fact (e.g. children raised without two parents are less likely to be successful than those raised with two), there will be a barrage of callers with counter stories (e.g. I raised my son alone and he's now a doctor). See, if we get a sufficient number of appealing anecdotes together, it negates the actual underlying data.
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Paul Krugman's Late Obama Valentine

SD3 Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 8:49 AM
Why would you be surprised? This is what Krugman gets paid to do by his employer, the NY Times. Expecting him to be objective is like expecting objectivity from a former umpire who now works as a broadcaster for the Dodgers.
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Embarrassing Economists

SD3 Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 8:44 AM
Oh, please. Krugman gave up his job as an economist long ago for his current job as a shill for the NY Times. Expecting him to behave like an economist is like expecting objectivity from a former umpire who now works as a broadcaster for the Dodgers.
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Federal Persecutors

SD3 Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 8:37 AM
About a hundred years ago government warned about the dangers inherent in organizations with monopoly powers. The dangers are the same today, but now government IS that organization with monopoly powers.
You do realize that Denmark is the way it is largely because it has a homogeneous population? Back when Minnesota was almost entirely Scandinavian you were able to do the same thing there. Today we push multiculturalism, which is antithetical to "getting to Denmark".
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Predatory Journalism

SD3 Wrote: Oct 21, 2014 9:40 AM
So apparently you would rather that they either not borrow at all or borrow from a loan shark. Why do you prefer that? And why should you get to make that decision for them?
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Predatory Journalism

SD3 Wrote: Oct 21, 2014 9:10 AM
You didn't mention mortgage lending. The NY Times supports forcing lenders to lend to people who can't reasonably be expected to afford the loan. No matter, the Times gets to strut that they are making home loans more affordable to lower income people.
Larry -- You're missing the whole point of the minimum wage, which is to eliminate competition from entry-level and other low skilled workers. If my labor value is, say, $10, I don't want to compete with some teenager who is willing to work for $8 and if there's a $10 minimum wage I don't have to. It's exactly the reason the most famous MW (the Davis Bacon Act) was passed in 1931 -- to eliminate competition from black workers who offered to work for less. It accomplished its objective then and it will today.
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Crumbling Constitution

SD3 Wrote: Oct 15, 2014 10:28 AM
I wonder how the people who think the Constitution is a "living" document would feel if they rented their home with a "no pets" provision and the renters said "things have changed and this is a 'living lease', so I'm going to start breeding dogs."
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Crumbling Constitution

SD3 Wrote: Oct 15, 2014 10:26 AM
If those who ratified the constitution had wanted it to be as flexible as liberals say it is, why did they not write "Congress may do anything they think is in the best interests of the country."
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