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Comment Re:Wait a year (Score 1) 530

When Bush was president 200,000 new jobs was considered anemic as it didn't cover the rise in working age adults.

When Bush was president, the USA gained 3 million jobs. Sounds like a lot, but that amounts to 93,750 jobs a quarter over his 8 years. 200,000 would have been on average a GOOD report for him.

Now, with a greater population 187k is considered great. A sign that the economy is truly booming.

Obama has added somewhere in the (very rough) neighborhood of 10 million jobs during his term. Considering he was handed a economy that was *losing* jobs and took a few months to turn around, doing 3-4 times better than Bush in the same amount of time isn't too shabby. You can see where the talk around these jobs numbers would be a bit more positive, even for cherry-picked reports that happened to have the roughly same number for that month.

Also, this is not exactly the same USA it was in 2008. The Baby Boomers are starting to retire now, (2016-1947 = 69 years). So the labor force is not growing like it was back then. There are some who argue it is now shrinking. So 200k new jobs for a quarter now would be more like 400k back in 2008.

Still, I have not heard anybody use the word "booming". Economists will actually tell you that you don't want "booming" because that has a nasty tendency to be paired with a bust (and inflation). What you'd like to see is sustained moderate growth. That way WHEN the next recession happens after that (they happen), it shouldn't be too horrible, because it doesn't have so much over-exuberance to correct for. Roller-coasters need to stay in the amusement parks.

Comment Re:Why is this news? Obama has the power now... (Score 1) 554

I know a wee bit about the process myself, and some of the info there looked kinda dubious, so I went out to look at the home page for that website....

...uh...Oh wow. This guy ... erm...

So do you have a source for any of this information that isn't from a website full of one-sided (and sometimes ridiculous) attacks against Democratic politicians?

Comment Re:Lifetime Accomplishments... (Score 2) 184

Seriously thou I don't see a problem with the US burning taxpayer's money to bring the guy back. He's ...

More to the point, this is something they end up having to do all the time, with much younger people there. For example, just five months ago, two other people had to be evacuated for health reasons. Having to do this every now and this is just part of the price of operating there.

So its not like it means he's necessarily any less hardy that anyone else out there.

Comment Re:If??!?!?!! Really, now Twitter?!?!?! (Score 1) 1054

But something tells me only the right-wing politicians and supporters will get banned. Call it a crazy intuition

No, I call it a persecution complex. Twitter bans and suspends accounts every day. For some crazy reason, nobody gets up-in-arms about it until it happens to a right-winger.

Comment Re:Battery drain (Score 2) 131

It's my 15th wedding anniversary today, and my wife said look at this.

Facebook had without her asking, put together an anniversary congratulation, that included a slide show of engagement photos (from 16 years ago!) and wedding photos!

Scary stuff!

What I find even more interesting is that Facebook knew enough to do that for her, but not for you.

Comment Battery drain (Score 3) 131

Isn't that going to be a bit of a battery drain issue? In order to do that, its going to have to constantly be running something in the background checking your GPS.

That being said, Google is already doing this on Android. I know this because I'm constantly getting maps notifications of how long it will take to drive to home/work, unasked. Still, I think it only does that twice a day, and this uber thing seems completely open-ended.

Comment Re:Why is this news? Obama has the power now... (Score 2) 554

. 'Chicago-machine', I guess, carries a lot of specific negative meanings to you, but I'll assume it's is essentially code for 'Democrat' or 'urban' or something.

It must be. If you know anything about Chicago politics, you'd know that the only contested race Obama ever ran in Chicago he lost to a longtime local politician due largely to being portrayed as an outsider. Lost it badly. Didn't even get 30%. His Senate race after that, his main claim to fame during the primary was an endorsement from a politician from rural southern Illinois (whose father happened to be beloved bowtied former Senator Paul Simon), and the general he largely won by default.

He's no more a product of any "Chicago Machine" (whatever that is) than Mitt Romney.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

I said "KKK-types", not "official KKK members". We are talking about people who want to promote white male supremacy as an organizing principle of the USA. I don't really give a crap about what clubs they've officially paid dues to, and as long as those folks are all pulling in more-or-less the same direction, its unhelpful to argue about such things.

Comment Re:You can't (Score 1) 1321

US elections baffle me. You use optical scanners? We use humans.

Its a good criticism. The nice thing about using humans to count ballots is that it very nicely parallelizes the task. You can make it go as fast as you like just by adding humans, and we have 300 million of those in the USA.

The problem we have is that paying humans (well...legal residents) to do things in the USA is very expensive, and by international standards we don't have a lot of unemployed (something like 5% of the labor force ATM). So basically anything in this country that can't be shipped overseas for processing or performed by migrant workers will get mechanized/computerized as much as possible. Somehow I'm guessing Republicans wouldn't trust migrant workers to count their ballots, so that leaves machines.

Note that the election was more than two weeks ago now, and ballots that have to be human-counted are still being counted.

Comment Re: Genuine question (Score 1) 1321

Except that electors in the past have cast votes against the candidate they were supposed to support, and in this particular election one of the parties doesn't really like it's candidate anyway. Apparently three republican electors have pledged not to vote for Trump.

Faithless electors are almost always protest votes. In other words, you'll only see one if their vote won't change the result.

The only time an elector has ever voted for the other major party candidate was in 1796, and the only time it happened when the electors in question thought they were going to change the result by doing it was 1800. The rules (Constitution) were changed after that. Using electors to overturn the election result just will not happen.

I don't like it either, but I've been a Democrat a long time, and this is not my first loss to have to live through, and it likely won't be my last. Sometimes, even if you are 100% right, you have to be in the opposition for a term or two. Its healthy for the country in the long-run.

Comment Re: Genuine question (Score 1) 1321

To expound, the electors are chosen by slate. It's not like they're just random people from the state who go vote. If the Republican wins and your state has 10 EV, then 10 prominent Republicans, like people who worked hard on the state campaign, etc, are sent to the Electoral College to proudly cast their vote for the Republican they helped get elected. And if the Democrats had won the state, the 10 electors would be prominent Democrats.

As someone who could have perhaps been one of those Democrats in the (extinction-event unlikely) event that Clinton won Oklahoma, this is exactly right. There is essentially 0 chance of this having any effect. The last time an elector switched to the other major party was 1796 (the first competitive election).

If you don't want something like this happening again, and want to do something productive about it, work on getting your state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Its only a few big states away from getting enacted. If Florida, Texas, and one other state joined, we'd have popular vote next election.

Comment Re:So... (Score 0) 1321

Most of the violence I saw this election, even during the primaries, was surrounding Trump rallies. This includes the candidate himself inciting violence from the podium.

This wasn't happening at rallies for any of the Democrats, or for any of the other Republicans. Every candidate to my knowledge was getting protesters at their rallies, but it was only around Trump supporters where the violence happened.

Now if a system isn't working the way you want, any good engineer will tell you to go look for the common element to find the problem. The common element to the violence this cycle has been Trump. Not "Republicans". This isn't partisan. Just Trump. What's going on here shouldn't be a mystery.

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