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Re: Name your 2 players that need to step up
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1. The offense
2. The defense

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Re: Seattle's $15/hr Minimum Wage
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I think it's outrageous that a husband and wife can each work full time at the minimum wage and earn $30,000 a year. That's not enough to support a family.



Sorry, but, this statement in a vacuum is absolutely meaningless.

You earn what you earn for MANY reasons.


To what do you attribute his earnings?

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eggh45 ... n-hammergren-of-mckesson/

Do you really believe that he does so much more than:

http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/20 ... aid-tech-ceos.html#slide2

Do you think he does enough to EARN $125 million more per year?

You are right there are lots of reasons people MAKE what they MAKE per year. I am not always sure about the EARNING moniker.

Posted on: 7/31 1:38 pm
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Re: Seattle's $15/hr Minimum Wage
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Krugman, a Nobel-prize winning economist, said that studies showed that raising the minimum wage didn't reduce unemployment. Brooks, a moderate with a background in social work perhaps, said that different studies reached different conclusions. A friend of mine, a prof. of finance at UT and a Republican, said that he was in favor of a negative income tax -- that the market should determine wages. So, if any of you right-wing Republicans are willing to accept a negative income tax, then I'm perfectly willing to give up on raising the minimum wage.

I think it's outrageous that a husband and wife can each work full time at the minimum wage and earn $30,000 a year. That's not enough to support a family.


Did you mean INcrease unemployment? Because I don't think raising the minimum wage would ever be expected to DEcrease unemployment.

I like Paul Krugman's writing but sometimes he makes controversial statements just to get at the right.

The negative income tax, which we have now in the form of Earned Income Credit is a little bit different problem in my mind. The problem I have with it is that it apparently is funded by the middle class while Walmart adds to their bottom line so I am not for it.....

with that said I do not have a problem as some do with "illegals" getting social services and education at the taxpayer's expense. In general we all benefit from paying only $1 for a head of lettuce because illegal migrants are picking the lettuce. We can consider these services provided to the illegal migrants as a collective reckoning for the inexpensive prices we pay for our food. The problem is that the states are saddled with these costs when the federal government should help.

So each head of lettuce costs me $1 in cash and $0.30 cents in social services. This still beats the $2 it would cost me if we had people picking it that didn't really want the job.

Posted on: 7/31 10:38 am
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Re: Seattle's $15/hr Minimum Wage
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Historically, the effect of minimum wage increases on prices has been almost zero. One study found it to be about 0.04%. This isn't new ground. There is historical data that has been studied, and much of the fear-based predictions by proponents of the minimum wage increase are unfounded, based on the historical data. In the past, minimum wage increases have actually resulted in lower worker turnover, higher productivity, and more spending in the market, and these forces have largely offset the increased wage cost to the employer.


Prices are not really connected per se to wages. Prices are totally dependent on supply and demand of a product. The only way prices increase during an increase in minimum wage is if one of the 2 issues happen.

1. Money supply increases such that an increase in money supply chases the same number of goods and services. The fact that the money supply is mostly determined by the Fed and the federal government. The likelihood of this occurring locally in Seattle would be moderate.

As Stanley has stated though, if growth of an area brings more money into the area than the supply of goods and services can support over the short term, prices could spike higher locally.

I don't really see this as a real market mover in the area.

2. The increase in wages make cost of providing the good or service higher than the price the customer is willing to pay for that good or service. This results in a closure of that business. I would be shocked that this doesn't happen to some degree. The reduction in PROVIDERS of the service or good with no corresponding reduction in demand results in an increase in price by allowing other producers to charge more. This will hold true unless the remaining producers choose to increase their supply in which the prices will remain the same.

We talk about an increase in productivity....people forget that an increase in productivity results in either an increase in goods or services provided or a reduction in the labor needed to produce the same number of goods and services. If there is no increase in demand, the "cost" of productivity increases is unemployment.

I think that the whole talk about this hinges upon something that doesn't happen very much. We are talking here about doubling the minimum wage 7.25 to 15. That is a pretty large increase. I don't know about Seattle but here in the Pittsburgh areaI would suspect it would make a HUGE difference as I know a lot of semi-skilled people that make less than $15/Hour.

I think overall it will have a negative impact on prices and a negative impact on employment. Will it matter? I don't know. It depends on how many workers will see their wages increase. Will it be most people or will it increase the number of people working for minimum wage?

Overall it is still preferable to NOT legislate a minimum wage and to grow an economy such that wage pressures are handled by the market. That hasn't happened for 15 years so I don't know if it is possible. I can remember a time here in the Pittsburgh area in the late 1990's where companies like McDonalds were paying worker hiring bonuses because they couldn't find workers. Improve the economy and the minimum wage issue handles itself.

Posted on: 7/31 10:00 am
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Re: Push for Buctober
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The way to beat the Pirates is to call up some blow-joe pitcher from AAA to make his Major League debut. The Pirates will make him look like Cy Young.


As for our All-Star pitcher, here's the play-by-play for part of the 4th inning:

Hamilton reached on bunt single to first.
Hamilton stole second.
Hamilton stole third.
Phillips singled to right, Hamilton scored.
Phillips stole second.
Phillips stole third.

Way to hold the runners, A.J.


Last night's game was an all around horrible night. At 5-1 I knew we were not going to win. A.J. Was throwing with the velocity of a 18 year old Legion pitcher and his speed changes were less than 5 miles per hour. 86 mph for the fast ball, 81 for change up. That won't fly with even the worst major league players.

With that said, there are some disturbing trends I am seeing.

1. A.J. Burnett needs to be put on the 15 day disabled list and he shouldn't pitch at all in August. Get his tired arm back to ready for September.

2. We are going to be seeing A LOT of new pitching faces. For some reason we have NEVER been good at facing new pitchers! Last nights pitcher had an ERA of 4.4 in the MINORS! We should have teed off on him and as you said....he looked like Cy Young!

3. We are playing some VERY poor defense. You didn't mention the Pedro double play fiasco. I wouldn't worry about it normally but we are going through a stretch where everyone on the team seems to be mailing it in in the field. Just because the Twins were horrible in the field doesn't mean you should feel compelled to match them. We are in an August funk!

4. I don't know what has happened to our base running defense. Its like we don't care. We are consistently seeing Cervelli and Stewart fumbling the ball on steals. Come on! Once in a while I can understand but 70% of the time? No way!


Posted on: 7/31 8:55 am
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Re: Sandra Bland
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No, Mac did the right thing. It's not like he's crying because he got the speeding ticket either. Thanking the officer would be the same as having your nuts cut off.


Sorry, but I have to agree that Mac's post is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. The cop cuts him slack, and he chastises the cop for not cutting him enough slack in about as dickish a manner possible. If you are speeding, and admit you are speeding, and get caught speeding, and the cop doesn't give you a speeding ticket, don't invite him to do it. The ticket the cop was going to write had zero points assigned to it. Zero, as in none. Just say "Thank you" and move on. What point are you possibly trying to make? That your sense of entitlement is so large that you are irrational?



Hahaha! See how I use that quote doohickey?! Sweet!

I am not saying that what Mac did was right but I wonder how legal this speed trap really is.

A number of years ago I was coming past McMechen (Speed trap capital of the world) where the speed limit went from 55 to 45 back to 55. I got pulled over. I was really trying to watch my speed as I didn't want a ticket. Asked if I knew why I was being pulled over I replied..."I have no idea." Not being a jerk I really didn't. I was going about 55. He said the speed limit is 45 then proceeded to show me the sign. Well....I am guilty of speeding so I pay my fine. A few months later someone fights the ticket and the judge rules the area as an illegal speed trap.

I don't blame the policeman though. The issue CLEARLY is on the money grubbing scum that came up with this cash cow.

Posted on: 7/30 2:26 pm
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Re: Push for Buctober
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Sane or brobison...can one of you guys learn me on how to quote please. I feel dumb asking but I've been on the site for a while and never figured it out.


That's way too complicated, brobison.

First, find the post you want to reply to and click on REPLY in the lower right corner.

That opens a new window. Scroll down until you see more buttons and click on QUOTE.

That places the quoted post in the new window. If you don't want to use all of it, delete the parts you don't want but keep the coding at the beginning and end.

Place your cursor to the right of the last code and hit RETURN twice to clear some space.

Start typing your comment.





Hot Damn! NOthing like making it easier. Can you imagine how prolific I will be with this information?!

[Runs off to the Soapbox]

Posted on: 7/30 12:21 pm
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Re: Push for Buctober
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Sane or brobison...can one of you guys learn me on how to quote please. I feel dumb asking but I've been on the site for a while and never figured it out.


Here is how I do it. There is probably more than one way to do it.

1. I highlight the text I want to quote by holding on the mouse and highlighting the text I want.

2. I right click the mouse and choose "copy"

3. Next, I press the reply button at the bottom.

4. Beside the text "Message" at the end of the row is an icon of a bubble with two dots in it. If you hover the mouse pointer over it, it says "Quote". Left click on it.

Here is where it gets a little tricky for me.

5. If the quote is a single line or single paragraph, you can just right click on the box and select "paste", then OK. This will add the quote at the current edit location.

6. If it is more than one paragraph. I type the letter 'a' (Could be any letter though) and select 'OK'. I then highlight the 'a' and right click the mouse and select "paste" as long as the "quote /quote" is on either side of your text, it will appear in the box.

7. I don't do this but by putting the text "so-and-so Wrote" beside the start quote you can give credit to the writer. I don't do this because it takes time. LOL I don't know if there is an easier way to credit the quoter or not.


Posted on: 7/30 9:00 am
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Re: Conference Armageddon: The Official Conference Speculation Thread
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I am surprised Ken Starr is willing to give up his spare time avocation of sitting outside the Clintons' home in his car doing surveillance and going through their trash to be on this committee!

EDIT: ....and I am pretty sure he isn't saying any prayers for Clinton or Obama.

Posted on: 7/30 8:39 am
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Re: Conference Armageddon: The Official Conference Speculation Thread
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I really don't think that had anything to do with it, the committee did move Baylor ahead of tcu in the final rankings after all so they did take the head to head into consideration. I think it had more to do with Osu laying waste to a highly ranked Wisconsin team and playing one more game than either tcu or Baylor did.


Once again, not to belabor the point. THE FIRST criteria for selection (I do not know if they are weighted but one would suspect that IF they are the list would be by weight) is conference Championships. At the very least without the weight this is a situation of OSU, FSU, AL and OR getting that "point" and our conference not. Had we named a champion and got locked out that would be cause for alarm but the fact is we shot ourselves in the foot before the process even started.

I would say that If I had 5 teams and one of those didn't have a conference championship I don't think I could justify bumping a team that DID have one to include them. I just don't think that any other metric shows dominance over the others.

I never dreamed in a million years that our conference would have been so dumb. Go through the process and name the champion

As for the speculation, there is value to it but it is really all "if your aunt had a pecker she would be your uncle" there is really no way to answer it because it isn't that way.

In my opinion, the biggest problem was Florida State and their position in the previous year and not losing. In my opinion FSU bumped Baylor. It was obvious to everyone that watched that OSU DESERVED it and FSU CLEARLY did not.

Posted on: 7/29 4:50 pm
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Re: Conference Armageddon: The Official Conference Speculation Thread
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Why the Big 12 didn't take Louisville and WVU in one shot is still mind boggling, does Texas really believe in this one true champion crap that much.



Actually, one would be crazy NOT to believe in the one true champion "crap".

The problem is:

YOU HAVE TO NAME A CHAMPION!!!!

When you have weak knees and don't follow through, that is when you have problems.

We could have named a Champion but NO....Let's let the playoff committee decide. Well, there you go. They decided you are weak kneed weasels and picked Ohio State. We will never know what would have happened had the Big 12 had the kahunas to name a champion after spending thousands of dollars on a campaign to say that. Would you choose one of these idiots?!

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Re: Push for Buctober
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I am watching that dwarf Decker in right field. HTF is he better than Tabata?!

Have you noticed how short he is? Last night the catcher kneeling on his knees came up to his shoulders.

I am thinking I could hit better than him right now and I haven't picked up a bat in 15 years! Of course I wouldn't need to actually swing the bat as he didn't all of last night at the plate....at least successfully.

Posted on: 7/29 2:38 pm
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Re: Push for Buctober
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Well, maybe not. So far Ramirez has more errors (1) than hits.


In Ramirez's defense Ishikawa should have dug that one out. It was pretty easy. For a guy barely hitting his weight you would think he could play defense...but then again the same could be said for Alvarez.

Posted on: 7/29 1:17 pm
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Re: Push for Buctober
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Yeah, but he's got to be better than Morel.


Brent Morel elected free agency rather than be demoted to Indianapolis. Good luck with that. The only saving grace for him is that there may be a bottom feeder that has eliminated all of their major league talent and need something to finish the year out with.


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Re: Pot cookie causes teen suicide
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If you seriously believe that Marijuana doesn't kill. Or that illegal and legal drugs aren't a big problem you are dreaming.

http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/12/mar ... -often-espec#.4kdv9l:sPVY

We have 33,000 killed by handguns. Alcohol related driving itself is responsible for almost 3 times that number at 80,000+

Marijuana is the second most implicated drug in traffic deaths. These dwarf gun deaths. These are just examples of people being killed who were on the road.


Posted on: 7/27 10:07 am
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Re: Push for Buctober
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Yay! We get Aramis Ramirez V2.0.

The great part is we have waited so long that his baseball skills have degraded to the point where he will play for us just like he did when he left us.....suckily!

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Re: Pot cookie causes teen suicide
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This is only an issue if several consumers commit suicide after eating the same product. Saying that the pot cookie "caused" the suicide is a bit of a reach. It's like liberals saying that guns kill people.

A more direct analogy would be a person that had never had alcohol drinking too much and getting killed in a crash. What caused the crash...the alcohol or the poor judgement and lack of experience of the consumer?


It MIGHT be a bit like a liberal saying that guns kill people but that would explain why those liberal people are idiots.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO LINK between guns and the human mind. None. You can hold a gun all you like and there is ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE that it has ANYTHING whatsoever to do with the chemical processes in your brain.

www.healthyplace.com/addiction ... -depressant-or-treatment/

Marijuana on the other hand. Has a demonstrable effect on the chemical processes of the brain and it has been shown to have a correlation with depression.

Marijuana slows down the psychomotor skills and has shown to reduce a persons ability to use sound judgement.

Did Marijuana kill this person? No. Did it help him complete the act that he probably wouldn't have otherwise? Probably. This is NOT true about guns.

As Marijuana use increases these stories WILL increase as will the number of people that will die in accidents due to Marijuana use. Don't expect the media to follow these stories though. They will be too busy smoking weed and chasing gun stories.

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Re: Forum Rules
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I got it....I got it...


For a good time....for a good time CALL....

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Re: Sandra Bland
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Free market/capitalism in action. These are the stories that bring in viewers. More viewers = more advertising dollars. TV news exists to make money...not tell the news.


That is one of the problems with the whole news issue.

It USED to be that networks saw news as a necessary evil. It was a cost center. You weren't supposed to make money with it.
60 Minutes changed that and showed that news COULD make money. Now networks see stories as profit centers. This has resulted in accelerating the stupidification of our society.

A decent write up about the "good old days" of network news.

http://niemanreports.org/articles/the ... ormation-of-network-news/

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Re: Push for Buctober
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These guys better wake up! It only takes a few weeks of this funk to find yourself out of a play off spot.

Between Walker and Polanco you have to catch the ball!

Last night was completely a fielding error kind of night.

Add to that the inability of the hitters to actually hit the ball or run the bases.

That may have been the worst game I have seen in a couple of years.

Well pitched though.


Posted on: 7/22 11:38 am
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