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Comment Re:Liars will Liar (Score 1) 71

A lot of the people living in low lying areas, particular in Asia, don't exactly have the resources to pick up and leave, and if you bothered to read the article you would realize this is exactly what these people are talking about, large numbers of people living in areas that climate change will make relatively uninhabitable, or at least considerably more unpleasant to live in, getting up and leaving. You know... migrations.

Comment Re:Liars will Liar (Score 4, Insightful) 71

Ah yes, some oil company-funded think tanks and a couple of climatologists who have never published any of their AGW-crushing research must be speaking the truth, whereas the overwhelming majority of experts in the field are faking it.

Oh, and I think at this juncture useful to remind this AC that those aforementioned oil companies knew about AGW forty years ago.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 356

I think there should be someone a family can call when they feel a family member is going over the edge, whatever edge that might be. But I agree, law enforcement is a pretty blunt instrument to deal with someone who demonstrating severely abnormal behavior. I can't imagine what throwing a would-be Jihadist into a prison cell is going to do when it comes to deal with radicalization.

Comment Re:Not a proper study, get this astroturf out of h (Score 1) 71

Nothing you just wrote about would be resolved if we were to let patients die from lack of treatment. Hell, none of what you wrote about is even comparable, for exactly the reasons I've already explained.

I really don't understand why you're having this difficulty: If giving no treatment carries a known high risk of harm to the patient, then no treatment is not an ethical option.

I'm not dismissing the efficacy and usefulness of placebo-controlled trials. I'm saying it's unethical to not treat patients with fatal illnesses if a proven treatment exists.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 428

Try extending your graph back to 2000 - it tells a story opposite to the one you're thinking of.

By the way, most of those manufacturing jobs are never coming back. A lot of them have simply been priced completely out of the US market. Many of them don't even exist anymore, having been taken over by automation.

As for where US job growth has been: the US is increasingly a service economy. Also energy has been growing a lot. Correspondingly, construction too. Healthcare... retail... business & professional services..leisure and hospitality... all strong growth fields.

Comment Re:Let's start a US Statistics party (Score 1) 428

That might work in a perfect world. In the real world, even the good politicians still need to fudge it, because, ultimately, voters want their hopes, fears, aspirations and paranoia confirmed or soothed in some equal measure.

And Clinton did try to campaign on the fact that America is not doing that bad, that while some regions and some demographics have serious problems, all in all, the last decade has been fairly positive in most areas. But Trump understood some key demographics a lot better, in part because these demographics have not enjoyed in equal measure the growth in other areas, or in some cases, because while they are in fact doing well, they are deeply fearful that bad times will return.

As it turns out, it's a lot easier to sell hope of better times or fear of worse times than it is to actually sell what is actually happening at the time.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 428

The Democrats controlled the House in the 80s, so spending budgets came from them.

Right. It's the Democrats who are really into extreme tax cuts for the wealthy! Why didn't I notice this before? I also apparently missed the part where the president signs bills that he doesn't support.

The "Reagan tax cuts" that passed were very close to what Reagan was seeking in each case.

According to this graph

"According to this deliberately deceptive graph..."

Anything that shows financial issues a long period of time, without including inflation, while trying to argue that "the last person in the list did the most of X", is being partisan at best, intentionally misleading at worst. In reality, even inflation alone isn't enough; the best figure you can use is debt as a fraction of GDP. But I digress.

As a second issue, you make it misleading when you focus on debt and not the deficit. Because the deficit makes much clearer what sort of situations the next person inherits, as well as the immediate impact of financial shocks and passed bills.

The reality is, when Obama took office, there was a massive deficit left behind by Bush. During Obama's administration it reduced every year.

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