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|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I work for the firm that||
I work for the firm that conducted the study that ultimately led to the 1 in 5 number floating around. It's not a valid estimate of the national rate of sexual assault among undergraduate students, as it's being used (even by our former president). It was a limited online survey of students at five colleges, the main purpose of which was to test a methodology for possibly obtaining broader national estimates. The "1 in 5" figure is a rounding up of the percentage of students who reported having experienced any improper sexual behavior during their years in school including unwanted kissing or other touching. I think the actual percentage was 17-18%, I can't recall. But it was never reported as a valid estimate beyond the very limited scope of the study, yet it quickly got a lot of traction. The five colleges weren't even selected using any kind of probabilistic method, it was more of a convenience sample of sites.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Bringing the diploma in??||
Bringing the diploma in?? Wow, I'm almost 53 and never did that nor asked someone to. In fact, after living in several countries as well as states, getting divorced and moving several times, I'm not exactly sure where my degrees are right at this moment. That would take me a while. I'd tell them just to contact my schools.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Actually if the employer is||
Actually if the employer is reimbursing the fees, the employer should ask for transcripts for their records, not only to enforce internal policy (e.g. the relevance of the coursework and the grade received) but also for tax records when they count the reimbursement as a deductible expense.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Degree verification is||
Degree verification is becoming more common now, not necessarily the transcript (though in my field that is sometimes requested), but services that ping the campus you put on your resume to verify the degree.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||If you like your||
If you like your job/employer, they're paying for it, it will help you advance and the online program works much better for you, those factors seem to seal the deal for you. You have to ask yourself whether the prestige of an AA degree really matters at this point in your career, and consider the tradeoffs, assuming you can get accepted. For most people mid-career I suspect the answer is no.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The hepatitis c example||
The hepatitis c example disproves your argument. The investment made no sense, for it was destined to probably fail, yet it worked for a couple of firms and has generated enormous profits. For a cure.
Medicine is complicated. Reality is complicated. Pharmanoia is just too easy.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I am no fan of big pharma but||
I am no fan of big pharma but saying they don't work on cures is just false. Big pharma eventually found a cure for hep c. A type I diabetes cure would be an enormous coup since the patient population is predictable and would never go away. It's just really hard, like all autoimmune disorders. My sister is a type I diabetic who started injecting herself when she was 8, and has spent her career as a research chemist at Pfizer. They have invested billions into drug discovery. The insulin treatments have come a long way but a cure will require a real breakthrough in the science.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||I understand that argument,||
I understand that argument, but it essentially disenfranchises, or "disproportionately under-enfranchises" people in large states, not just CA and NY but also TX and FL. And the EC has been manipulated to do just that, see the creation of two Dakotas.
I have seen no really valid argument for having small states play an outsize role in determining the President, the very arguments in favor could be applied to any way of randomly dividing the population up, even within states such as urban/rural. And small states already have enormous power in the Senate to protect their interests.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Last night there was a lot of||
Last night there was a lot of unusual helicopter activity between NYC and my home on LI. At first I thought, isn't Trump already in DC? Are they worried about something happening here? Then I remembered the news...El Chapo is in town!!! They were bringing him into NYC Federal detention and were taking no chances. Federal marshals must be getting no sleep this week.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Yeah, and then we can have a||
Yeah, and then we can have a spelling lesson.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The geriatric kleptocracy in||
The geriatric kleptocracy in Beijing is betting that the assumption of an eventual "correction" is incorrect and just another product of the relationship between capital and the state in bourgeois society. And at this point, almost 30 years after Tiananmen, who's to say they are wrong? I spend a bit of time in China every year, and I bet most Chinese would say they would rather have a butler than the right to vote for someone not chosen by the party.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Revolution is not a dinner||
Revolution is not a dinner party.
Except, of course, when it actually is a dinner party <LINK>
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||With the new deals for first||
With the new deals for first tier tv rights, B1G schools are going to see huge increases in conference revenue in the near future. Estimates for future total distributions per school for all rights now exceed $50M. So the money is there. Now UMN has had trouble making a profit recently, but that should change with the new deal. So why not throw money at him? Success in football is the big variable in whether or not they turn a profit long run, so give him the money while they have it, before spending inevitably catches up.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Lost the line of scrimmage on||
Lost the line of scrimmage on both sides. Sorry to say this is over.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||The ACA has a lot of||
The ACA has a lot of problems, but please stop with the "state lines...competition" nonsense. It's an old, discredited idea that doesn't even make sense. A plan sold in Michigan is based on agreements with provider networks in Michigan. You can't sell that plan in New York unless you negotiate new network agreements in New York. Which makes it a different plan. Which is why states that already passed laws to allow out of state plans to be sold haven't seen any difference. It doesn't work. It can't work. It's a distraction that uses the tired buzzword "competition" to make it sound like it will work. True markets don't exist in the health care sector.
The cost of insurance on the individual market here in New York has actually gone down due to the ACA, primarily due to the community rating requirement, which NY already had but many other states didn't, and the mandate. Be aware that the parts of the ACA that you and most others want to keep will simply not work without cost increases if you do in fact allow younger, healthier people to opt out either through low penalties or minimal catastrophic insurance.
And Gruber from MIT didn't "create" the ACA, he was an important advisor to MA when that state developed its earlier version, and his microsimulation model was used by HHS to compare with CBO estimates of future costs. He did call voters stupid, but he's not the first person to do that and it doesn't really matter to assessing the ACA, does it?
My and my colleagues' work on state level reforms in the areas of expanding Medicaid eligibility and covering older children was also used by the Obama team early on, but nobody would ever call us creators of the law. Laws are created in committee, with lots of actors at the table, and it gets ugly and complicated. The American health care financing system is really complicated and insanely expensive. Any attempt at major reform is going to be really ugly. The main problems with the ACA from my perspective are 1) the major health care lobbies, including the AMA and PhRMA, were brought to the table to prevent them from tanking the law, which they had done to every prior reform effort, resulting in there being very few cost control mechanisms (there are some, primarily benefitting Medicare); and 2) political resistance has led to the dismantling of the risk corridors that were supposed to provide short term relief to plans that initially lost money.
Certain aspects of the ACA have been very successful and have led to improved outcomes among the most vulnerable populations who have gained coverage. My colleagues and I will be publishing our research after the New Year clearly demonstrating the positive impact of Medicaid expansion on outcomes including financial status and employment prospects. The law needs to be fixed, but there is no doubt it was an important step in the direction of ending the shameful state of a system with tremendous inequities in access and outcomes.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||The "Russia...borders" thing||
The "Russia...borders" thing cracked me up. WTF are you talking about?? Do you really think Russian soldiers are patrolling all over Siberia, trying to keep people OUT?! I used to work in Moscow, and guess what? There are so many people from central Asia and the Caucasus living there under less than completely legal circumstances, and a lot of them are bad guys.
Oh, and the "street vodka" just happens to kill lots of people every year.
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||Yeah and in New York now it's||
Yeah and in New York now it's almost impossible to get out of it. My sister did it a few years ago. Every single day for a month. At least it's new cases every day.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||I got summoned for grand jury||
I got summoned for grand jury duty yesterday. I got a real problem with that.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||And who would those "same||
And who would those "same people" be? Since you've never seen or heard me rail about the "New Jim Crow," perhaps you're simply rushing to judgment yourself, just as you simply equate misdemeanor csc with the causes of mass incarceration. Which is asinine. Try as you may to pass off an "ass slap" on a "random" woman in public as not deserving of any legal consequences, fortunately the majority agree that such behavior is unacceptable. Exactly one person "wants to ruin" Grant Perry's life here, assuming he's actually guilty, and that's the person who did it and ran away from the police. You would rather protect his status as an athlete, the woman's right not to be sexually harassed be damned. Thanks for clarifying exactly what you are, and unfortunately reminding us that, assuming you are a UM grad, it is actually possible for a complete fucking idiot not only to be admitted but also to graduate.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||I just bought a Roomba as a||
I just bought a Roomba as a Christmas present, for the dog.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, people often "laugh off"||
Yes, people often "laugh off" misdemeanor sexual assault like slapping a "random girl's" ass. But it's still a misdemeanor.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sorry but this comment is||
I'm sorry but this comment is so wrong on so many levels I have to reply even though the thread is really dumb. First of all, if pooling your ticket purchase with other people increases the total number of tickets you share in, then you have increased your odds of winning something, though not your odds of winning the whole prize. So, if winning any part of the prize is worth it to you, yes playing in a pool is a good idea. In fact given the long odds and the fact that people generally do this with very large prizes, it just isn't a "bad idea" at all as you claim. Second, your "biggest jump" isn't going from 0 to 1 ticket. You can't actually calculate the percentage increase of your odds from 0 ticket to 1 ticket because you can't divide by zero. Finally, buying multiple tickets in one game vs. single tickets in multiple games depends on the odds of winning each game. Your best odds are buying multiple tickets in one game with the best odds of winning, which is usually scratch-off games with lower prize levels.
And yes, you do in fact increase your odds when you buy multiple tickets in a game with long odds, you can double, triple, quadruple your odds buy buying one more, two more, three more tickets. The problem is, quadrupling a tiny number yields another tiny number, just not so tiny.
The best advice for the OP and his pool members is buy multiple tickets in a small prize game with higher odds of winning. Or, spend the money on booze and have a weekly office party.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||He was arrested for urinating||
He was arrested for urinating in public while an undergraduate, and that gives him a "colorful history"? I suspect many on this board have much more colorful histories than that.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||"...when we destroyed PSU||
"...when we destroyed PSU 49-10." Yet they destroyed an Iowa team that beat us, put up a lot more points on Wisconsin when they beat them, as we did (not to mention performing better against MSU and Indiana), and beat an OSU team that beat us. All said, having them one spot ahead of us is just as reasonable as one spot behind us.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||For some reason the cops are||
For some reason the cops are saying they believe that the guy is in Florida, so he probably won't get away with it in the end.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||So have both Obama and his||
So have both Obama and his wife, in public speeches. I'll cut you and yoyo some slack.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||"Jipped"? If you're going to||
"Jipped"? If you're going to use an offensive slur, at least spell it correctly.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Did you read those "sources"?||
Did you read those "sources"? No description of anything approaching genocide in there, and certainly no description of the mass destruction of lives in other countries. If you use such criteria as executions and deaths of civilians engaged in active opposition to the regime, and add to it death in wars of aggression, you would have to apply your definition of genocide to the US.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||"As bad as they come"? What||
"As bad as they come"? What makes you say that? There have been far, far worse leaders, before and during his time. Including the criminal he overthrew. Fidel had a bad record of suppressing dissent, but he didn't commit genocide, didn't start wars or invasions on any pretext never mind false ones, and conversely made tremendous gains n health care and education. His legacy is a lot more complex than the Cuban expat community would have everyone believe. And guess what? They have an outrageously high incarceration rate there, but it's not quite as high as ours.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Montauk Driftwood Ale. What a||
Montauk Driftwood Ale. What a week.