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Comment Re:Incoming liberal asspain (Score 1) 852

Consider her actions after the 2008 election. (That was a turning point in my opinion of her).

She fought VERY hard with tremendous grit.

Then she lined up behind her party's candidate and immediately went to work getting President Obama elected. Can you imagine trump doing that? He's incapable of that kind of behavior.

I started to follow her and look a little more critically at republican comments on her at that point. What I saw was someone who did remarkably well after 25 years of continuous attack by the RNC and multiple conservative billionaires.

She's spent a lifetime serving her constituents in various roles in government.

Comment Re:It's okay, inflation is only 1.6% (Score 1) 219

That's fair. And I'm only positing that CPI is a little lower. Like say 1.6% vs 2.6%. A little higher for meat (about 5%) but balanced by things like Gasoline. I think inflation is a little higher than that (say 3%) for the lower two quintiles (and hence people on social security and retired veterans) and it may be higher for the top 1% too.

Comment Re:Deforestation (Score 1) 166

You've left no room for bushes and grasses.

Bushes and grasses produce a lot of oxygen .

but it's not just oxygen production.
Offsetting use of a car for a year requires 5,000 pounds of woody material per year (not pure carbon he he but it is a lot of carbon).

Grass, bushes and algae do not lock up nearly as much carbon. Most of their carbon returns quickly to the environment as they are consumed and their smaller less sturdy bits rot quickly.

Comment Re:It's okay, inflation is only 1.6% (Score 1) 219

Look at the BLS hedonic inflation adjustment page. Besides some long hairy formulas that's all they give.

Adjusting for inflation can be tricky- I admit that. New products can destroy several older markets (no mp3players any more).

But the facts are that all meat is up about 25% over the last 6 years. TV Dinner are up bout 25% over the last 6 years (and showing strong signs of going to 35% soon). Vegetables are up over 25%. Admittedly Gasoline is down. The things people actually buy are going up faster than CPI. But the closer your income is to being just enough to buy food, the stronger the inflation you have experienced (the poor and the elderly)

So the BLS hedonically assumes that as beef gets to expensive you'll go to turkey. Or when your 27" CRT dies, you'll get a big screen TV.

Comment Re:Incoming liberal asspain (Score 1) 852

That's electably moderate in america.

If you want to vote for Stein please go ahead. But be aware it's a vote for trump if you are in a swing state. We got 8 years of bush, a 3 trillion dollar war, and several conservative justices out of the the last "protest" vote.

If you are in a reliable Clinton state- feel free to protest vote.

(If you are conservative and in a reliable Trump state- feel free to protest vote. Or better yet- vote for republican candidates but skip voting for Trump. Trump's not qualified to be president and a republican congress and senate will check Clinton).

Clinton agrees with Sanders on many positions. She has conservative stances but so does the entire democratic party.

If you want to slit yer own throat, I'm not going to be able to stop you tho.

But mainly- she will not nominate extremely conservative supreme court justices and might even nominate some liberal justices.

Comment Re:Incoming liberal asspain (Score 2, Informative) 852

I like her as a candidate AND I dislike Trump.

Should have used checkboxes.

But I liked her more as a candidate than I disliked Trump. But if I didn't like her as a candidate, I can't imagine disliking any candidate more than trump short of a 3rd world dictator or a serial killer or a mafia don. So it's a toughy.

Clinton will be a moderate left wing candidate with experience as a u.s. senator and secretary of state.
Clinton will continue the ACA and even start fixing it.
Clinton will see that lower income families have less expensive college educations (which is good for the entire country).
Clinton will nominate moderate left wing candidates for the supreme court.
Clinton is respected by world leaders and disliked by Putin.
Clinton is a classic politician willing to work with the opposition for negotiated deals.
Clinton is a bit of a wonk.
Clinton is more cold and rational.
Clinton puts the good of the party and the good of the country ahead of her personal gain.
Clinton cares strongly about womens issues.
Clinton dislikes racists and neo-nazis.
Clinton is willing but not eager to pull the trigger.
Clinton listens to her advisors and often adjusts or changes her opinion based on their advice.
Clinton can make the tough calls when they are needed.
Clinton has shown genuine empathy for people thru her charity work and donations (which I had to dig into deeply due to repeated (4 times!) misrepresentations by conservatives here).
I could go on.

But.. Clinton for president. Trump for the Dump!

That said, if Trump is elected while he plunders the U.S for his personal fortune like a 3rd world dictator and tho I may disagree with him on many issues I will give him the respect the office of the president of he united states of america warrants for as long as he is president.

Comment Re:Epipen cost: $30, regulatory costs: $30 mil+ (Score 1) 327

It's more than that, it's a fundamental aspect of monopolies and why they are durable when there is a high cost to entry.

Say someone builds a toll road. It's expensive but once built it charges much higher rates than it would if there were competition.
However, anyone considering entering the market with a 2nd road must pay for an expensive road as well but they won't have a period where they can charge higher rates since they'll have competition immediately. Furthermore, lacking disruptive technology ( someone invents a way to build roads at 1/10th the cost), the existing road which has retired some debt can charge prices below what the new road must charge.

In this case, it is a potentially disruptive technology since people make their own device and don't have to prove it's safety.

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