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06/06/2018 - 3:32pm It's probably obvious, and I…

It's probably obvious, and I am pretty dumb, and it's not really that important, but how do I edit my own profile now? Can't seem to find the 'my account' link any more. 

05/31/2018 - 7:18am Which means, of course, that

Which means, of course, that Chicago's murder rate is far lower than Detroit's. Believe it or not, they have very different population sizes! Detroit's murder rate is almost twice that in Chicago.

Chicago has seen a spike in murders the past few years, but it just cracked the top ten in murder rate. Detroit is always in the top five along with places such as St. Louis, KC, Baltimore and New Orleans. None of which seems to get the same level of attention as Chicago.

05/30/2018 - 10:12pm 39 homicides in Chicago?

39 homicides in Chicago? That's an absurd number, and doesn't hold up to a quick check. 8 people were killed in Chicago over the Memorial day weekend, one fewer than in Detroit, in a city 4 times bigger. Perspective.

02/09/2017 - 8:59pm 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.

01/31/2017 - 1:43pm 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. 

01/31/2017 - 12:06pm 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. 

01/31/2017 - 12:04pm 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. 

01/31/2017 - 11:20am 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. 

01/25/2017 - 8:55pm 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.

01/25/2017 - 5:07pm 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.

01/16/2017 - 12:52pm 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. 

01/16/2017 - 9:46am Revolution is not a dinner

Revolution is not a dinner party. 

Except, of course, when it actually is a dinner party <LINK>

01/06/2017 - 10:26am 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.

12/30/2016 - 8:59pm Lost the line of scrimmage on

Lost the line of scrimmage on both sides. Sorry to say this is over.

12/23/2016 - 6:30pm 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.

12/23/2016 - 3:42pm 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.

12/23/2016 - 8:47am 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.

12/23/2016 - 8:04am I got summoned for grand jury

I got summoned for grand jury duty yesterday. I got a real problem with that.

12/22/2016 - 8:17pm 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.

12/22/2016 - 7:58pm I just bought a Roomba as a

I just bought a Roomba as a Christmas present, for the dog.

12/22/2016 - 4:10pm 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.

12/13/2016 - 9:51am 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. 

12/04/2016 - 12:14pm "...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. 

11/30/2016 - 9:25pm 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.

11/27/2016 - 4:28pm So have both Obama and his

So have both Obama and his wife, in public speeches. I'll cut you and yoyo some slack.

11/27/2016 - 4:15pm "Jipped"? If you're going to

"Jipped"? If you're going to use an offensive slur, at least spell it correctly.

11/26/2016 - 2:44pm 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.

11/26/2016 - 1:41pm "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.

11/14/2016 - 8:17pm Montauk Driftwood Ale. What a

Montauk Driftwood Ale. What a week.

11/11/2016 - 9:47pm Congrats on the election,

Congrats on the election, nice work.

11/09/2016 - 9:13pm Be fair, it's all relative.

Be fair, it's all relative. For you, it blows, for people who enjoy mocking the disabled, it's an historic year. 

10/28/2016 - 8:13pm I unfortunately will be on a

I unfortunately will be on a plane to Denver when the game starts tomorrow. Have to go to a conference. Drowning my sorrows in a bottle of Gouges.

10/21/2016 - 8:56pm I'm drinking Evil Twin

I'm drinking Evil Twin Imperial Simcoe Slacker. Great brew. Brewed in Stratford, CT.

10/21/2016 - 7:12pm It's "big league." He's from

It's "big league." He's from Queens.

10/11/2016 - 2:42pm "Can't afford"?? One of

"Can't afford"?? One of FieldTurf's selling points is lower long-term costs. 

10/07/2016 - 10:53pm Had to view the ipad app to

Had to view the ipad app to figure out what was missing here. I have a friend who teaches at Union, and she got her PhD at...Michigan.

10/07/2016 - 8:18pm Double post

So nice I had to say it twice

10/07/2016 - 8:17pm No football tonight, fire in

No football tonight, fire in the back yard and a bottle of Meiomi pinot noir. Mgodomesticpartner is overseas, I am still unwinding from a busy Federal proposal season, had a great fiscal year so I'm raising a glass to the American taxpayer.

10/05/2016 - 9:41pm This has been discussed

This has been discussed numerous times on this board before. The BTAA (formerly the CIC) does NOT "grant Big Ten member schools access to grants and endowments..." yada yada yada. It's a purchasing and course sharing consortium. It saves schools millions in volume purchasing discounts. And allows students to cross enroll. Nobody ever awarded a grant because a school belonged to the CIC/BTAA and nobody gained some sort of access to someone else's grant because of membership. It doesn't work that way. 

09/30/2016 - 8:27pm Cooked lamb curry for my love

Cooked lamb curry for my love and now enjoying a bottle of Fat Barrel Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.

Will be watching the game during my niece's 6th birthday party tomorrow.

09/30/2016 - 4:07pm Many people confuse the LES

Many people confuse the LES and the East Village. They are contiguous but yes, 13th Street is 13 blocks away from the LES.

09/30/2016 - 10:27am Wasn't aware of this place

Wasn't aware of this place and just checked it out since I worked near there for many years. Is that one of the old J&R Music storefronts? Looks like it. I'll have to stop by some time. 

09/25/2016 - 1:41pm My favorite quote, "I've been

My favorite quote, "I've been thinking about this a lot ..." That distinguishes him from many public figures commenting on the topic.

09/25/2016 - 11:50am Yes but their secondary

Yes but their secondary hasn't been tested by a passing game anywhere near as good as ours. MSU put up fewer passing yards on Notre Dame than Duke did, so shutting them down doesn't say a lot.

09/23/2016 - 8:30pm We have that in our medicine

We have that in our medicine cabinet, it really works.

09/23/2016 - 7:43pm Bottle of Four Graces

Bottle of Four Graces Willamette Valley pinot

09/23/2016 - 7:43pm Bottle of Four Graces

Bottle of Four Graces Willamette Valley pinot

09/23/2016 - 11:04am while your claims "wouldn't

while your claims "wouldn't have..." and "can't sustain..." are way overstated, I basically agree with the premise, see my statement "...there are obvious answers to these questions that we simply accept." 

But the fact remains that you don't pay for your individual privilege, not by a long shot. 

 

09/23/2016 - 9:57am This is completely

This is completely misleading. The truth is, only the occasional maintenance of the surface of the road is paid for by gas taxes, and only a small part of registration fees can be said to go to infrastructure maintenance in any state. And given the wide range of gas taxes across states, and the wide range of registration fees (and in some cases annual property taxes), it's obvious that money isn't being used to fix roads. 

The biggest cost to all of us is the allocation of public property to basically free private usage, in the form of rights of way for passage and especially for parking. Why the hell should any of us subsidize the storage of anyone else's vehicle? And why do we subsidize the passage of vehicle traffic that destroys thousands of lives and pollutes the environment? There are obvious answers to these questions that we simply accept, but don't make the false claim that you pay for your privilege, you don't, we all do no matter how much we drive or not. And it is indisputable that a bicycle creates next to no negative impact on infrastructure or environment - even if you allocate capital funds to build bike infrastrucure, it would never be worn out by bicycles. 

Privatize it all and then see how willing you are to pay for it. You'd be on a bike in no time. 

09/23/2016 - 9:46am That's an excellent law, if

That's an excellent law, if in fact police are willing to enforce it. And if in fact drivers react by driving defensively and safely. Neither of which is likely.