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Comment Re: And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

The "not in the work force" number includes only healthy citizens, age 16-65. So your argument about your parents and daughter is invalid.

Additionally, the number is now at the highest percentage since it was first calculated in 1978. In other words, the labor participation rate (i.e. the percentage of people who are of age and wish to have jobs) is at its lowest rate since 1978 (when it was first tracked).

U6 unemployment, on the other hand, does not include anyone unemployed longer than 12-26 months (depending on whether they try to find a job or not). This means they fall to those no longer in the labor pool. That number has grown by 14.4 million people under Obama.

See here:

Labor Participation Rate

No other president since 1980 has presided over such a steep decline (3.4%) in the participation rate, and George W. Bush was the only other president with a net decline (1%). (Note, the graph can be adjusted to include data from before 1978 which has been retroactively calculated, and which is lower, because of the low participation of females in the work force prior to the late 1970's / early 1980's.)

That 3.4% drop indicates 14.4 million more people out of work, and off the unemployment rolls. Typically about a 250,000 job change is needed for 0.1% of unemployment rate change. That would indicate another 5.76% of unemployment to add to the U6 number of 9.5% giving a grand total of 15.26% unemployment, right in line with the original poster, and also a good indicator of why those 15.26% of people, who kept hearing about this great "economic recovery" going on probably swung from blue to red in the election.

Unemployment rates
Vote Swing Map

Look at where the growth in red votes came from in this election. Blue-collar working class states. You know, the ones who get ignored compared to those shiny city slickers that Hillary campaigned to, and who showed up at Trump rallies just in time to be called "deplorable" and "irredeemable" by Hillary. These aren't racists, or fascists, or any of the other names that get used for Trump supporters, they're people who were sick of being ignored. Trump didn't ignore them. Hillary did. Hillary literally did not visit Wisconsin after the primaries since it was "in the bag" for her. Trump did. Guess who won?

Comment Re:Fascism has come to America. (Score 1) 2837

You speak of fascism, a word which comes from "fascio", which is Italian for a bundle of rods or sticks. When the political fasci or guilds and syndicates of Italy grouped together to form a mostly Left-leaning political coalition they coined the term to describe their political movement, with the fasci bundled into a single fascio. "Fascism" (Italian: fascismo) is thus a political philosophy derived from the idea that the bundle of sticks, bound together, is much stronger than the single stick alone.

Stronger Together.

Which was literally Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan.

Just saying...

Comment Re:How to Lie with Statistics (Score 1) 693

And this is the specific follow up with Monte Carlo Red Noise simulations giving back Hockey Sticks with Mann's algorithm.

Hockey sticks, principal components, and spurious significance

That one took me looking up the Wikipedia article on "Hockey Stick Controversy". Seriously, learn to use the internets.

Comment Is this the same "One Decade" we were promised... (Score 4, Insightful) 357

...in 2006 by Al Gore? "...unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return", Gore said.

...in 1999, by James Hansen, telling us that the 2000's would rival the 1930's for the highest ever... of course, then we went into a "hiatus" of global warming. Original article.

...in 2006, by this group, saying, Extinction is OUR choice, unless... .... within the next 8 years we have STOPPED using fossil fuels, PLANTED millions of trees, ended logging, and PREPARED our cities and agriculture for the inevitable sea rise. OTHERWISE OUR CHILDREN MAY NOT SURVIVE!

...in 2006, by the Independent?

...in late 2006, by Mother Jones?

..in 2004, by James Hansen? Article

Or maybe just google all this from 10+ years ago, telling us we'd all be dead in 10 years. google.com

Let's stop with the hysteria and stick to facts. I'm not against cutting CO2 emissions, I am against needless panic mongering.

Comment Re:NSA is part of "big government" after all (Score 1) 179

Crap. I have to burn this because I accidentally moderated you as insightful. You're right that big government is a failure. But Trump isn't going to do a blessed thing to downsize anything. That man's as much a totalitarian as Hillary and neither should have gotten as far as they have already. Twenty years ago, the scandals and missteps by both of them would have ruined their campaigns. Hell, Howard Dean torpedoed his run with a single howl only 12 years ago!

Comment Re:I hope they put in an external antenna port (Score 1) 124

The original Omega (I own two of them) doesn't have an external antenna either, and does quite nicely without it. I have connected to it as an AP with a laptop from up to 50 feet away even through walls. That's not in a metal case or anything, but I can't complain about it at all. Now the GPS add-on without the external antenna... that's a different story.

Comment Re:Writers decide who a character is (Score 1) 354

Really? In the Star Trek episode, "The Enemy Within", the writers wanted Spock to sneak up behind the evil Kirk and knock him out with a punch. Nimoy, the actor who played Spock, thought this was too violent for such a thoughtful character, and he and Shatner worked out an alternate idea that they then demonstrated to Gene Roddenberry. This was the creation of the famous "Vulcan Neck Pinch." In a later episode, there was a need for a Vulcan greeting. Once again, Nimoy came up with the solution, calling upon his own experiences in a synagogue when he was a kid. The actors bring a lot more to their characters than just playing their parts.

Comment Re:America is broken (Score 4, Interesting) 571

This is the Internet. The net is so wide here that you are literally quite likely to find a man that has bitten a dog.

Off-topic, but since you brought it up ...

I was four years old. My parents had an overly exuberant keeshond that delighted in nipping at me. It is possible the malevolent hound was only being playful and socializing, but to me it was behaving more like a competitive, overbearing sibling. For example, it never nipped at me when an adult was around. One winter day, after we were all outside in the snow, my mom went upstairs and this treacherous canine knocked me down from behind and nipped at my ears "playfully". Still in my one-piece snowsuit and wearing mittens, I'd had enough of this cantankerous pupstart's behavior, and I demonstrated the evolutionary advantages of an opposable thumb by grabbing his snout with both mittened hands, and finishing with a powerful argument delivered by human incisors directly upon his loathsome, black, wet nose!

Naturally, the little bitch shrieked and whined theatrically over the comeuppance, but I stood over him triumphant. "How do you like it?!"

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