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Thursday, August 18, 2016

NPR is making an announcement today that is sure to upset a loyal core of its audience, those who comment online at NPR.org (including those who comment on this blog). As of Aug. 23, online comments, a feature of the site since 2008, will be disabled. With the change, NPR joins a long list of other news organizations choosing to move conversations about its journalism off its own site and instead rely on social media to pick up the slack. ... A user named Mary, from Raleigh, N.C., wrote to implore: "Remove the comments section from your articles. The rude, hateful, racist, judgmental comments far outweigh those who may want to engage in some intelligent sideline conversation about the actual subject of the article. I am appalled at the amount of 'free hate' that is found on a website that represents honest and unbiased reporting such as NPR." read more

Saturday, August 13, 2016

David Ignatius, Washington Post: Job insecurity is a central theme of the 2016 campaign, fueling popular anger about trade deals and immigration. But economists warn that much bigger job losses are ahead in the United States -- driven not by foreign competition but by advancing technology. A look at the numbers suggests that the country is having the wrong economic debate this year. Employment security won't come from renegotiating trade deals, as Donald Trump said in a speech Monday in Detroit, or rebuilding infrastructure, as Hillary Clinton argued in Warren, Michigan, on Thursday. These are palliatives. The deeper problem facing the United States is how to provide meaningful work and good wages for the tens of millions of truck drivers, accountants, factory workers and office clerks whose jobs will disappear in coming years because of robots, driverless vehicles and "machine learning" systems. read more

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Veterans Health Administration has improved the quality of and access to health care for vets over the past two years, but the agency's continuing struggle with hiring and retaining employees is undermining its mission, according to a newly-released report from an outside organization.

"Staffing shortages significantly impacted the organization's ability to meet veterans' needs and led to delays in care," said a Joint Commission survey of 139 VHA facilities and 47 community-based outpatient clinics between October 2014 and September 2015.

The Joint Commission, which is a widely-respected independent non-profit that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the country, began conducting surprise surveys of the facilities soon after the 2014 scandal erupted in Phoenix involving patient wait times and access to care. read more

Sunday, August 07, 2016

New York Times reporters have spent over a year covering Donald J. Trump's rallies... what struck us was the frequency with which some Trump supporters use coarse, vitriolic, even violent language -- in the epithets they shout and chant, the signs they carry, the T-shirts they wear -- a pattern not seen in connection with any other recent political candidate, in any party.

WaPo - Dana Milbank: Americans should be alarmed by Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone's suggestion that Trump claim Hillary Clinton is trying to steal the election.

Asserting that there is already "widespread voter fraud," Stone said Trump should say that "if there's voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate . . . we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government." In an interview with the conservative outlet Breitbart, Stone continued: "I think he's got to put them on notice that their inauguration will be a rhetorical, and when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath."

A bloodbath. Rhetorically speaking, of course.

Americans take for granted peaceful transfers of power. But if the losing side declares the government illegitimate and talks of bloodbaths, something else could occur.


Reagan's former senior economic advisor Bruce Bartlett thinks reparations is a good idea ...

How the GOP Can Win Back African American Voters

Republicans need more than the same-old-same-old policies if they were to get black voters to give them an audience.

I don't care how certain Republicans are that the minimum wage destroys jobs for black workers--this sort of thing is never going to sell in the black community.

Just quoting the black economists Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams doesn't cut it, politically.

I decided that reparations to blacks for the history of slavery and racism that they suffered was an idea worth proposing.

Of course, the vast majority of Republicans react very negatively to the suggestion, but I thought it was possible to make it palatable. If reparations are rejected, they have to find something else to offer African Americans or their outreach efforts will be futile.

Like it or not, the GOP has a bad reputation in the black community and something new and substantive must be part of the package.

If it is just going to preach the free market gospel, it is a waste of time and money.


What I can't figure out is how an 87 year old sports legend got the same amount of time as a 24 year old.


Jose Fernandez's early death cut short MLB's most promising pitching career


Fernandez began his pitching career in historically great fashion.

After only one full season in the minors -- spent entirely in Class A ball -- Fernandez jumped to the big-leagues at age 20 at the start of the 2013 season and excelled from the outset.

He missed time in 2014 and 2015 due to Tommy John surgery, but Fernandez was never anything short of spectacular on either side of the procedure.

And in 2016, Fernandez leads the Majors in strikeout rate and FIP and maintains a decent case for the NL Cy Young Award on performance alone.

Pitching and pitching stats change a lot across eras, so it's impossible to find a great historical precedent for a guy pitching as well as Fernandez at as young of an age.

Recent pitching greats like Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson did not perform anywhere close to as well as Fernandez did before turning 24, and even Clayton Kershaw needed a half-season of pitching like a human at age 20 before becoming the best pitcher in baseball.

Fernandez appeared not only the heir apparent to Kershaw for the title of best pitcher in baseball, but also one of the emerging MLB stars best suited for crossover popularity.

A Cuban refugee turned U.S. citizen who reached Florida at age 15 on his fourth attempt at defection, Fernandez already meant a whole lot to a lot of people but stood, perhaps, to mean much more.


@ JeffJ

Here's another source explaining that government spending during Obama has declined ...

FOX Business News: The Deficit is Disappearing, Literally and Politically


If you find me concensending, sorry. I don't mean to, but I do feel strongly about truth and fairness ... and I'll yell if I have to in order to get the truth thru the fog of lies and misinformation.

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