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vt_investor 347 posts  |  Last Activity: 7 hours ago Member since: Apr 29, 1999
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  • Reply to

    Obamacare at work

    by springer_1994 Jul 24, 2014 8:05 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 24, 2014 8:40 AM Flag

    It's good that holes in the registration process are being filled in, but when I read that report, i wondered why it was even an issue.

    Why would anyone even consider creating and paying for a health insurance policy that they couldn't use? (It's not for them, but for a fake name, so they can't use the policy themselves). Might a criminal insurance company try it, to get paid for doing nothing?

    Maybe that's why no one has yet been arrested for trying it. Insurance companies have many easier and legal ways to make a good buck from those they insure.

    And if these are the kinds of things that are being checked for now, then it looks like the registration process is in pretty good shape.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 25, 2014 1:29 AM Flag

    Maybe or maybe not. We'll see when all the witnesses tell us what happened. As best anyone can tell there were only 3 or 4 witnesses who actually saw what happened. All the witnesses who have spoken tell about the same story. There is only a single witness, so far who has not spoken.

    The police officer, probably the most important witness, has said absolutely noting so far. He hasn't even submitted an incident report, that all policemen are required to write. Until he speaks and does what his job requires that he do, we won't know what happened, Until we have the incident report, as required from any police officer, whether for an accident resulting in a scratched fender, or for a shooting death, we won't know what his story is. What are the normal consequences for a policeman who refuses to write an incident report for a homicide? I don't know. but until he speaks and tells us (and his police chief), what happened, it sure looks like he's got sometime to hide. An incident report that shows that he was attacked, and that he was simply protecting himself would probably have stopped the past week of rioting cold. But, unfortunately, there was no such report.

    It looks like we will simply need to wait a while longer to see what his story really is, and see how it matches the stories of the other witnesses, which have already been told.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor by vt_investor Jul 18, 2014 8:23 AM Flag

    Give our Senators and Congresspeople a break! They are exhausted! After nearly 2 years of doing nothing, they are completely burned out. Give them a rest so they can refresh and then come back after the election in November to do nothing again.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    More on unemployment

    by w.heinlein Jul 24, 2014 11:16 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 24, 2014 12:33 PM Flag

    Yes fairly recently it appears - just 5 years ago or so. But don't worry, he'll forget all about that as soon a the next Republican president is elected.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jul 8, 2014 12:35 AM Flag

    The current minimum wage is $7.25/hour. An increase of 100% would put it at $14.50. Who's asking to raise the minimum wage to more than $14.50/hour immediately? Certainly not the president. And Seattle's proposed $15 minimum wage will be raised gradually to that number over the next 6 years.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Good News On Long Term Unemployed

    by w.heinlein Jul 23, 2014 3:03 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 23, 2014 11:42 PM Flag

    90 million out of work? That's nearly 1/3 of the entire US populations. You must be counting 8 year olds who are not at school for summer vacation, 80 year olds who are retired and just don't want to work any more, people in hospitals being treated for illness and who can't work, and house wives who are home taking care of the kids and who don't want to or need to work for pay. Good counting and covering all the bases, though!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Aug 30, 2014 5:06 PM Flag

    What country are you in?

    In my country, most everyone has a decent job. (A big change from 5 years ago!). Electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and landscapers nay waiting lists. (Also a big change from 5 years ago!). Houses are selling. (Big change there , too.) Things are not bad at all, at least when compared with 5 or 6 years ago.

    But, you are right. there are a bunch of big problems that still need to be addressed. Company profits and productivity are high, but they are not hiring as many people as they did a few years ago. There have been big droughts, floods, tornadoes, and other storms to deal with. There are military rumblings overseas that we need to figure out how to handle, without getting ourselves into a much bigger war. We have a big national debt to pay down.

    Be sure to ask your Congressional candidates this year whether they plan to keep Congress in session for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week until they have done some things to fix these problems, and the others that we face. Doing nothing for their pay is no longer an option.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Sep 15, 2014 2:13 PM Flag

    You are correct, Springer. Now name any president who NOT spend more than he has collected in taxes, Republican or Democrat.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to


    by springer_1994 Sep 5, 2014 9:53 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Sep 7, 2014 12:53 AM Flag

    that's great news! It means that our population continues to grow. It also means that more and more baby boomers continue to retire. In addition, it means that more and more of our young people are staying in school to get their degrees. Finally, it may also mean that some people are staying home to raise their children, while letting their spouse bring home the paycheck.

    For these same reasons, our participation rate will continue to drop to about 56% or 58% over the next decade. We'll need to bring in a bunch more immigrants to fill the open positions.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jun 19, 2014 4:57 PM Flag

    NYC has seen a huge drop in both murders and crime in general because of their effort to put more cops on the street and their "stop and frisk" policy that has been quite controversial. But the reduction in guns, drugs, and crime has been praised by most.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jul 19, 2014 9:30 PM Flag

    First you say she's a Commie pinko pig, then you say she represents huge American capitalist corporations. How can we believe anything you say, with contradictions like that???

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    SARAH AMERICA: "Time to impeach Obama"

    by c8w73 Jul 8, 2014 1:42 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 8, 2014 2:01 PM Flag

    Sadly, that's today's Republicans' message and MO and it has been for the past few years.

    "Yup, we'll do something, sometime. No need to get off our collective #$%$ now. Wait till next year. We're being paid good money to do nothing. No need to change that."

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jun 21, 2014 3:09 PM Flag

    Hey Springs, here's the hard part that you may not yet understand. You are working much too hard and making it much more complex than it really is. Hint: there's no smaller or larger to it at all. The debt increase each and every year is an amount that is EXACTLY equal to the deficit that year. It may come as a surprise, but the way it works! Simple, easy to compute, and always correct when you do it that way!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Interesting article for some of today's posters!

    by vt_investor Jul 18, 2014 11:42 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 18, 2014 11:56 AM Flag

    They say that essentially paranoia is hard-wired into the brains of many conservatives. When they see something bad, their reaction is simple flight - run away. This helped with survival in the paleolithic era. But beginning about 10,000 years ago, another approach began to help human survival. that is to ignore the bad Images of pain and suffering, and to instead jump in and help family and friends who are in need of help.

    The new understanding is that these political views are not subject to learning and analysis, but instead are so genetically wired into the brain, that there is no way to change opinions, when the fear and need to flee is so deeply wired into the brain. Likewise, the need to support and help is so deeply built into the brains of liberals, that, again, they can not be changed with teaching, as a child, or simple talk.

    The other interesting part of this is article is the associated comments by others researchers in the area. Comments and reactions can be added by others, and then the original authors can respond to the comments. Unlike most cases, almost all comments by experts in the field support the general conclusion! That almost never happens.

    Political feelings seem to be "nature", not "nurture", in origin.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to


    by w.heinlein Jul 15, 2014 2:19 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 15, 2014 2:43 PM Flag

    I hope they do the right thing!

    I've always wondered why out congressional districts are shaped the way they are. Both are long, skinny districts that stretch from the southern end of the state to the far north. It's a 4 or 5 hour drive from end to end, but seldom more than an hour from east to west. The northern end of the state is rural and very Republican (or at least it was). In the south each district is more urban and suburban, and more Democratic. Issues and problems, north and south are quite different. I suspect that the then Republican legislature made those long, skinny district maps because it gave a better chance of sending 2 Republican Congressmen to Washington.

    A much more rational set of districts would combine the urban south into one district, while making the rural north the second district. In any case, this bit of gerrymandering didn't work out so well for the Republicans as now both districts are represented in Washington by Democrats.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Target: Leave Your Guns At Home

    by trueallday Jul 2, 2014 2:01 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 2, 2014 3:12 PM Flag

    Target has learned that most of their shoppers are like my wife and daughters, who would drop everything and leave if any crazies showed up with a gun - and if they know that crazies might show up with guns, they won't even go there to shop. And there are a lot more people who want to shop at Target, than who want to bring and display their guns there, so Target has made the best decision for their business and their customers..

    I expect that each business with consider what it's customers want when they make this decision. Their business depends on them making the right decision.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Has anyone read the article published this month in the journal, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, with the title, "Differences in negativity bias underlie variations in political ideology", by Hibbing, smith, and Alford. Two of the authors are from the University of Nebraska, and the other is from Rice university in Houston.

    Their position is that political differences may be innate, hard-wired into our brains. Quoting their abstract:

    "Disputes between those holding differing political views are ubiquitous and deep-seated, and they often follow common, recognizable lines. The supporters of tradition and stability, sometimes referred to as conservatives, do battle with the supporters of innovation and reform, sometimes referred to as liberals. Understanding the correlates of those distinct political orientations is probably a prerequisite for managing political disputes, which are a source of social conflict that can lead to frustration and even bloodshed. A rapidly growing body of empirical evidence documents a multitude of ways in which liberals and conservatives differ from each other in purviews of life with little direct connection to politics, from tastes in art to desire for closure and from disgust sensitivity to the tendency to pursue new information, but the central theme of the differences is a matter of debate. In this article, we argue that one organizing element of the many differences between liberals and conservatives is the nature of their physiological and psychological responses to features of the environment that are negative. Compared with liberals, conservatives tend to register greater physiological responses to such stimuli and also to devote more psychological resources to them."

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Irony: Guns

    by trueallday Aug 18, 2014 9:33 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Aug 18, 2014 10:32 AM Flag

    Yes, and wouldn't it be "ironic" if the majority of NRA members became Blacks and Hispanics - maybe even Black Panthers! Making sure that everyone who wants a gun has one.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Hey America!

    by vt_investor Jul 18, 2014 8:23 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 20, 2014 11:25 PM Flag

    Heat is always a trade-off. We burn wood because it returns co2 to the air that was there 20 years ago, and it will return to a tree of zucchini nearby soon. That's much better than burning fossil fuels that contain carbon that was in the air millions of years ago.

    What's this elk stuff? The nearest elk for me is probably 1,000 miles away. But maybe with the proper scope, I can get one! You better duck!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Thoughts on Obamas University grades?

    by page.roler Sep 2, 2014 1:45 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Sep 2, 2014 2:33 PM Flag

    Did you ever find GWB's university grades when you looked for them 10 years ago? Maybe you can use the same method you used then.

    Sentiment: Hold

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