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Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 265

There are alternative ways to measure inflation. One Billion Prices project does this - it actually checks the prices of items sold on the Internet. Its values agree with the official stats.

Look, you've been preaching inflation for 5 years by now. At first it was hyperinflation round the corner, then it was 'delayed' inflation, then something else. Now it's the government conspiracy. What next? Aliens substituting people to fake inflation numbers?

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 265

Nope. You fail Keynesianism. Look, go and study orthodox saltwater economics. You simply have no idea what you're talking about.

For comparison, I read Austerian babbles and monetarism theories. I _know_ them, even though I disagree with them. But you simply don't know the stuff you're talking about.

Neokeynesianism says that "fake" money CAN boost output and growth, if conditions are right. One of the criteria is the rate at zero lower bound. Note, Keynesianism does NOT say that printing more money ALWAYS helps.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 265

Productivity in ALL sectors is growing, mainly as a result of IT advances. And it doesn't require much additional training, so wages are NOT growing: http://www.epi.org/blog/worker...

So much for your theory that wages should reflect productivity growth. They don't. And babbling about GDP and inflation and conspiracies is inane - show us a complete model, without magic "here be conspiracies".

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 265

Except that the industrial revolution happened when most employers were small companies and needed qualified employees with specific experience. Also, industrial companies had a healthy profit margin (because of lots of added value).

That sort of stuff doesn't happen anymore. Productivity is growing but wages are stagnating. Again, this is not a point of view, but a fact.

Comment: Re:FUD filled.... (Score 1) 211

It sounds like this transformer had its center tap grounded and was the path to ground on one side of a ground loop as the geomagnetic field moved under pressure from a CME, inducing a common-mode current in the long-distance power line. A gas pipeline in an area of poor ground conductivity in Russia was also destroyed, it is said, resulting in 500 deaths.

One can protect against this phenomenon by use of common-mode breakers and perhaps even overheat breakers. The system will not stay up but nor will it be destroyed. This is a high-current rather than high-voltage phenomenon and thus the various methods used to dissipate lightning currents might not be effective.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 265

No, you're DEMONSTRATABLY not. Most people in the US are dissatisfied with the number of vacation days ( http://www.zerohedge.com/news/... ) yet lack ANY power to change it. If the market actually worked (hint: it doesn't) then employers offering more vacation days would get better employees, gain a competitive advantage and crush employers with less vacation time.

Of course, in reality it's a race to the bottom. If a minimum vacation time wasn't set by law, then there'd be NO vacation time at all in a short amount of time.

Comment: Re:English motherfucker, do you speak it? (Score 5, Informative) 189

One Becquerel means one decay per second. So Fukushima each month emits radioactive material that adds additional 1 million decays per second to the environment.

This is a very small number, the natural activity of radioactive materials inside a human body is about 10000 Bq. One gram of radium is 37 billions Becquerels. So the whole Fukushima disaster emitted the equivalent of about 30 grams of radium, not a trivial amount anymore, but still very small on the global scale. For comparison, one ton of uranium-bearing minerals contain about 0.1g of radium.

You see but you do not observe. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes"

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