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  More settled science shown to be unsettled
Posted by: andrew_o - Today, 12:34 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

Salt and butter are now apparently good for us:

Quote:[i]Consuming fewer than 2,500 milligrams of sodium daily is actually associated with higher blood pressure, according to the Framingham Offspring Study report, given today. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily, equal to a teaspoon of ordinary iodized table salt.[/i]
[i]High blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Hence, lowering salt intake is supposed to lower blood pressure and thus reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. But the study found that supposition to be unfounded.[/i]
[i]Moreover, the lowest blood pressure was recorded by those who consumed 4,000 milligrams or more a day — amounts considered dangerously high by medical authorities such as the American Heart Association.[/i]
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/busi...story.html

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  Liberal TV pay for biased election coverage
Posted by: andrew_o - Today, 12:30 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

https://nypost.com/2017/04/27/sportscent...ting-espn/

I predicted this would occur:

Quote:The network may be losing subscriber revenue not just because of cord-cutting, Cohn allowed, but because viewers are increasingly turned off by ESPN inserting politics into its sports coverage.

“That is definitely a percentage of it,” Cohn said Thursday on 77 WABC’s “Bernie and Sid” show when asked whether certain social or political stances contributed to the stupor that resulted in roughly 100 employees getting the ax this week. “I don’t know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they’re blind.”

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  Data on US race violence - must read
Posted by: andrew_o - Yesterday, 11:07 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

https://www.amren.com/news/2015/07/new-d...ent-crime/

Quote:New DOJ Statistics on Race and Violent Crime


Numbers finally include Hispanics as an offender category.


Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute has just published a table of statistics on race and violent crime that she received from the Department of Justice. For the first time in figures of this kind, DOJ has treated Hispanics as a separate category rather than lumping them in with whites. These data cover all violent crimes except murder, but the number of murders is tiny compared to other violent crimes

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Quote:This table can be used for a number of interesting calculations. First, we find that during the 2012/2013 period, blacks committed an average of 560,600 violent crimes against whites, whereas whites committed only 99,403 such crimes against blacks. This means blacks were the attackers in 84.9 percent of the violent crimes involving blacks and whites. This figure is consistent with reports from 2008, the last year DOJ released similar statistics. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was the year Mr. Obama was elected president.
Interestingly, we find that violent interracial crime involving blacks and Hispanics occurs in almost exactly the same proportions as black/white crime: Blacks are the attackers 82.5 percent of the time, while Hispanics are attackers only 17.5 percent of the time.
Some observers argue that what causes the overwhelming preponderance of black-on-white over white-on-black violence is “chance of encounter,” due to the fact that there are five times as many whites as blacks in the American population. However, there are only about 30 percent more Hispanics than blacks, yet black-on-Hispanic violence is almost as lopsided as black-on-white violence. This suggests blacks may be deliberately targeting both whites and Hispanics.
Using figures for the 2013 racial mix of the population–62.2 percent white, 17.1 percent Hispanic, 13.2 percent black–we can calculate the average likelihood of a person of each race attacking the other. A black is 27 times more likely to attack a white and 8 times more likely to attack a Hispanic than the other way around. A Hispanic is eight times more likely to attack a white than vice versa.
We can also calculate how often criminals of each group choose victims of other races. As indicated below, when whites commit violence they choose fellow whites as victims 82.4 percent of the time, and almost never attack blacks. Blacks attack whites almost as often as they attack blacks, and Hispanics attack whites more often than they attack any other group, including their own.

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Quote:There is much media agonizing over black-on-black violence, but these figures show that only 40.1 percent of the victims of black violence are black, while people of other races account for nearly 60 percent of the victims of black violence.

The change in DOJ reporting to consider Hispanics a separate category is long overdue. American Renaissance first pointed out 16 years ago the incoherence of failing to account for Hispanics as offenders. DOJ has long counted Hispanics as a victim category in its hate crime reports. We look forward to their inclusion as a perpetrator category.

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  Richard Dreyfuss interview
Posted by: andrew_o - Yesterday, 10:15 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

marvellous interview by Tucker Carlson





A rare intellect in Hollywood

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  Where do they get these numbers from?
Posted by: silverfish - Yesterday, 12:22 PM - Forum: Misc - Replies (2)

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/entertainme...ise-406770

I think that IQ of 79 they ascribe to Boris Johnson might come from some sketchy media trick played on him with some stupid questions asked him live, which don't test intelligence anyway.  I didn't read the whole story, my moments are too important, it just looked like a stupid stunt.  He seems like a smart man who listens to people and understands all the nuances of what they are saying.

I get the feeling that if his old school stooped to informing the mainstream media of Boris' true, properly tested IQ, it would be a lot higher than that.

These tests have to be properly administered, they aren't party tricks.

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  $15 an hour sounds about right for minimum wage in the US
Posted by: ModestProposals - Yesterday, 07:56 AM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - No Replies

Frankly, I think you’re delusional.

To understand how delusional, consider that a $15 an hour full-time salary would put you in the same ballpark as biologists, auto mechanics, biochemists, teachers, geologists, roofers and bank tellers.

You’d be making more than some police officers.

You’d easily out-earn many firefighters.

Ironically, you’d be fast food workers with starting salaries higher than many professional chefs, which is a bit like paying a tattoo artist less than the person who paints cat whiskers on your face at the carnival.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/fa...-thats-ok/

The basic problem is that about 1/2 of American households live in poverty, even while they are working at least one job, and require government subsidies to eat on a regular basis.

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  It looks like the US economy just ground to a halt
Posted by: ModestProposals - 04-28-2017, 07:07 AM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - Replies (2)

The Department of Commerce will publish its first estimate of US economic growth in the first quarter of 2017 on Friday, and it may show that the economy barely grew at all. 

The Atlanta Fed's widely followed GDPNow tracker, which aggregates model forecasts for several subcomponents of GDP like exports and homebuilding, fell to an all-time low of 0.2% for the first quarter.

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-gdp-pr...017-2017-4

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  Russian Spy Ship SUNK
Posted by: DaveGillie - 04-27-2017, 08:34 PM - Forum: Misc - No Replies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/rus...29b39896e8


I didn't realize those things were so EASY to SINK!!!

hell, any tiny Country could have their freighter used to do it.
accident? (I'm sure it was, seriously) or by somebody a LOT smarter than those Muslims who keep using little speedboats and fishing boats to scratch US ships.


added to those newly deployed STEALTH nuclear capable bombers in Estonia (great for DEFENSE)
and the largest nuclear Sub in the world now deployed off Vladivostok 


those paranoid Russians might start getting weird ideas

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  PBS FRONTLINE: The Retirement Gamble
Posted by: Herring - 04-27-2017, 07:47 PM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - Replies (5)

A US-specific hourlong special on how the financial services industry that's grown up around the 401k (private retirement plan) does not serve the individual well:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/r...nt-gamble/


And if you've got some time to read, here's an interview with John Bogle (founder of Vanguard):

The “Train Wreck” Awaiting American Retirement
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/articl...etirement/

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  US Consumers Tap Out:Credit Card Defaults Surge To 4 Year High And It's Getting Worse
Posted by: ModestProposals - 04-27-2017, 09:05 AM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - Replies (1)

Two weeks ago, when JPMorgan launched Q1 earnings season, we noted that while the results were generally good, one red flag emerged: the company's credit card charge offs rose to just shy of $1 billion, the highest in four years.

It wasn't just JPM: all other money-center banks reported similar trends, so we decided to look into it.

What we found was not pretty. According to the latest data from the S&P/Experian Bankcard Default Index, as of March 2017, the default rate on US credit cards had jumped to 3.31%, an increase of 13% from a year ago, and the highest default rate since June 2013.

This is how S&P/Experian explained the recent 5 consecutive month surge in bank card default rates:

The bank card default rate recorded a 3.31% default rate, up nine basis points from February. Auto loan defaults came in at 1.00%, down five basis points from the previous month. The first mortgage default rate came in at 0.75%, up one basis point from February and reaching a one-year high.

The National bank card default rate of 3.31% in March sets a 45-month high. When comparing the bank card default rate among the four census divisions, the bank card default rate in the South is considerably higher than the other three census divisions. Upon further analysis to the South's three census regions, East South Central - comprised of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi - has the highest bank card default rate.

"Currently the debt service ratio for consumer credit - the percentage of disposable income required to service consumer credit debt - is 5.58%, up from its recent low of 4.92% in 2012 but lower than the 6.01% peak seen shortly before the financial crisis. The higher interest rates that most analysts expect over 2017-2018 are likely to combine with continued growth in consumer credit to push the debt service ratio back towards the 6% level," said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices

Making matters worse, based on the latest credit card data reported overnight from pure-plays Discover and CapitalOne, the deteriorating trends are rapidly accelerating (resulting in the stock of both DFS and COF getting slammed).

Add to this what CoreLogic warned earlier in the day, namely that that stalwart of any viable business cycle, mortgage performance, has finally started to deteriorate...

While loan performance improved across various loan types throughout the first five years of the expansion, over the last year three of the four major types of loans began experiencing a deterioration in loan performance. The exception to the deterioration in credit performance was real estate, which continues to improve. However, a closer look reveals performance is deteriorating, albeit from pristine levels of performance.

... While performance for the 2016 vintage is still very good from relative to the last two decades, it is beginning to worsen. Historically, when the mortgage credit cycle begins to deteriorate it continues to do so until the economy bottoms and the credit cycle begins to improve again.

... and it is becoming clear that the US consumer, responsible for 70% of US economic growth, has finally rolled over.

+ graphs n charts -> http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-26...ting-worse

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