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vt_investor 285 posts  |  Last Activity: 1 hour 12 minutes ago Member since: Apr 29, 1999
  • vt_investor vt_investor Dec 11, 2014 10:00 AM Flag

    Yes, Uncle. Unemployment hre is now down to 4.4%. That's less than 1 in 20. A lot of that is just peoepl between jobs. And as Springer says, some of it is seasonal workers, who are don't have anything to do this time of year. Hotel and restaurant workers during the slow season. Farm workers off until spring planting. Loggers waiting until the ground is dry and frozen enough to go into the woods. (But perhaps Springer will argue that ice is not dry ;)

    Recent reports have said that there may be more jobs than people to fill them in some areas. That's something that has not happened in at least 6 years. When employers must compete to get good workers, that's when the offered salaries begin to go up, and we may be seeing that happen as well. It may signal, finally, a start to an increase in middle class pay again. We'll see what happens next year, but that is what we should expect with this lagging indicator.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Liberals Religion - The Branch Carbonians Cult

    by page.roler Dec 10, 2014 3:25 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 10, 2014 4:52 PM Flag

    That's great! When does it start?? When will it move the first frost in the fall from Nov. 2 (when it happened this year), back to the end of September, when it happened every year 25 years ago. I'd like to see a little more than an alarmist theory that it will happen in 30 years, like perhaps some evidence that it is actually happening.. I know that global warming is happening, because I've spent much more than the past 25 years outside in the fields and woods.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Two Torture Architects Paid $80,000,000

    by trueallday Dec 10, 2014 12:45 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 10, 2014 4:34 PM Flag

    Certainly you must know that i was taking about those who have shown some interest in the job: Walker, Christie, Santorum, Romney, and Paul. Those who you mayl chose between in a year and a half in a primary.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Two Torture Architects Paid $80,000,000

    by trueallday Dec 10, 2014 12:45 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 10, 2014 1:53 PM Flag

    Which Republican candidate has promised to stop the use of drones - both overseas and at home? Or should we expect them all to increase the use of drones, if they get into the White House?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Dec 10, 2014 10:08 AM Flag

    WH, Yes, we do often agree. (although we have had our discussions about how to implement a "flat" tax ;).

    The thing that bothers me the most about today's Republicans is that they refuse to even discuss many of the big issues that we face, and in some cases, won't even admit that a problem exists, or that they have any responsibility to address them.. If they don't want the president to do the work on his own, they've got to do what they were elected to do, and not give their powers away to the president. The job of our Congress is to discuss the issues that we face, and to find solutions for them. Recently, they have refused to do that. I hope they will change their approach with the new Congress, but but I'm not holding my breath!

    Sentiment: Hold

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    I have a Christmas dinner wish.

    by ndfirstsection Dec 8, 2014 11:39 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 9, 2014 2:19 PM Flag

    Sorry. By "here", i meant my house, not our state. There sure are many burder-doodles all over the place here. We just don't visit them much at all. I can recommend Newicks on Dover Point. I used to eat there often when I was teaching over at the University. The docks for the fishing boats were right behind the restaurant. Lots of great lobster and fish. You cna get it fried, if you wish, or not.. On weekends, there were often 2 hour lines out front, especially in the summer, a weekday evening is usually much better, with little wait.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Leftists become incandescent

    by springer_1994 Dec 8, 2014 8:03 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 9, 2014 2:06 PM Flag

    And you think they somehow changed their beliefs, their policies, and their rational for existence 5 or 10 years after they organized the party? How did that happen?

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Leftists become incandescent

    by springer_1994 Dec 8, 2014 8:03 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 9, 2014 1:56 PM Flag

    LED lights will certainly generate much less hazardous waste that other forms of lighting. The recessed LED lighting that we installed last year are supposed to last at least 25 years without replacement. There is certainly much less waste created by the one LED light, than by the 25 or more incandescent light bulbs that would be needed to replace it. And with the mercury contained in every CFL bulb, they are already hazardous waste when they must be replaced.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Leftists become incandescent

    by springer_1994 Dec 8, 2014 8:03 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 9, 2014 1:36 PM Flag

    Quoting from those who understand the rise of national socialism,

    "The party emerged from the German nationalist, racist and populist Freikorps paramilitary culture, which fought against the communist uprisings in post-World War I Germany. Advocacy of a form of socialism by right-wing figures and movements in Germany became common during and after World War I,"

    Right-wing, nationalist, anti-communist, and racist.

    The leftists were much more strongly supporting the communists, and certainly not the right-wing national socialist.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    I have a Christmas dinner wish.

    by ndfirstsection Dec 8, 2014 11:39 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 9, 2014 10:15 AM Flag

    Boiling in oil has never been very popular here. The only thing I boil in oil is doughnuts, but I don't make them more than once a year or so.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    I have a Christmas dinner wish.

    by ndfirstsection Dec 8, 2014 11:39 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 9, 2014 12:23 AM Flag

    What's wrong with turkey, peas, rutabaga, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, and a little apple pie for dessert? Sounds great!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Dec 8, 2014 5:05 PM Flag

    Or perhaps scared they will need to do something useful.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Dec 8, 2014 2:27 PM Flag

    Yes, it's natural.

    Natural, if you mean that California and much of the west coast is warmer and dryer than normal because of a big Rossby wave in the jet stream, moving the jet stream way to the north over the west coast.

    And natural if you mean the Rossby waves are both bigger than normal and slower moving than normal because the jet stream is moving slower than it did a decade or more ago.

    And it's natural if you mean that the jet stream is moving slower than normal now because the temperatures over the arctic are now higher than normal, causing a reduced temperature difference between the arctic and middle latitudes, resulting in a slower jet stream.

    And, yes, it's natural if you mean that the temperatures in the arctic are higher now because the amount of CO2 is now about 40% higher than it was a century ago.

    So, yes, it is natural, caused by existing laws of physics as a result of the increase in CO2 that we have created.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Here's a quote from Roger L. Simon that...

    by ndfirstsection Dec 8, 2014 8:45 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 8, 2014 9:29 AM Flag

    Sure here's a list of a few of those "rich elites" who each spent millions to buy their own members of Congress:

    - John Childs
    - the Koch Brothers
    - Bob Perry
    - Sheldon Adelson
    - Wayne Huges
    - Robert Rowling
    - Trevor Rees-Jones
    - John Ricketts
    - Jerry Parenchio
    - Fred Eichelman

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Some thoughts on cops and grand juries

    by w.heinlein Dec 7, 2014 12:53 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 7, 2014 11:51 PM Flag

    Lang, a public trial with a real prosecution, and a real defense has a much better chance of making all the relevant information available, and making the real story public.

    The message that has been provided by these grand juries is that police can shoot black kids, and the powers that be will protect them, regardless of the circumstances. It will all be done in secret, in order to protect the police, and there will be no public review of what these"public servants" do. The message that most understand is that open season on black kids remains in effect. This message is rally not much different from the one many understood a century ago, when there was an open season on hanging black kids, as long as you were hidden under a white sheet. The white sheet has just been replaced with a secret grand jury, now. Those with the power still protect themselves, and their own, and they still do it in secret.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    How come no govt. shut down repukes?

    by ursofulofkrap Dec 7, 2014 7:00 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 7, 2014 11:18 PM Flag

    Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid sent to Red states, along with shutting down the defense bases in red states, and that would account for nearly half of all federal spending. It might be a possibility if that's what you really want. Suggest it to your representatives. they might go for it!

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Bye, bye lib Dem US Senator MaryLandrieu!

    by page.roler Dec 5, 2014 3:10 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 7, 2014 11:05 PM Flag

    Why do you think that Republicans need to be denigrated? Roosevelt and Lincoln were two of their best! If you think that's denigration, you are much too defensive.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Bye, bye lib Dem US Senator MaryLandrieu!

    by page.roler Dec 5, 2014 3:10 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 7, 2014 11:07 AM Flag

    What don't you understand when I said, "Replace them all with Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt Republicans"?

    Sentiment: Hold

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    President Obama has been an incredible # 1 President

    by fucavnyc Nov 20, 2014 11:06 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Dec 7, 2014 11:03 AM Flag

    Uncle, a campaign based on Obama's successes may not have helped much. This election there were about a dozen Democrat senators running in very red states. With such a low turnout, the Democrats' chances were minimal.

    But, in 2 years the GOP will be defending about 24 senate seats with at least 18 of the in blue states. And it will be in an election with a much greater turnout. What goes around comes around, and it will be the GOP's turn to play defense next time.

    It would be nice if at some point candidates stop playing offense/defense and instead campaign to actually do something positive for this country. Those are certainly the ones that I will vote for, if I can find them.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Dec 7, 2014 10:51 AM Flag

    "it is indirectly that the government can influence he price with regulations, taxes, et al?"

    So this is your way to thank Obama for bringing the price down so much, with the current collection of regulations and taxes that he has supported (including no pipeline for expensive Canadian oil)?

    Sentiment: Hold

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