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  • On 28 Jan 2015 in Got Measles: Sue parents who didn't vaccinate, mell said:

    EBGuy says

    Our beloved Capt'n said: When I was a kid you were supposed to get measles.

    Parents would playdate their kids with other kids that had the measles.

    I hate to interrupt your rant, but you're thinking of chicken pox. Measles carries with it the risk of brain damage and death.

    They used to do that for any of the so-called "kids-diseases", or at least they did not discourage catching it - even though measles is considered more serious. It's a difficult topic but the opinion blogger is way out of line with suing parents - that's just utter excrement. Schools should (and do I think) have the option to make vaccinations required and then parents have the choice and that ends this topic. Also, the research between autism and vaccination is inconclusive, claiming there is proof on either side is bullshit. Usually though with inconclusiveness it is assumed the benefits from going through with the vaccination (if you're medically fit) outweigh the risks. Autism is not the side-effect and it depends on the vaccine (Hep B for example has a higher risk profile for autism and other side-effects).

  • On 28 Jan 2015 in Parkinson's Disease research, mell said:

    Raw crushed garlic is more effective from an overall medicinal standpoint than Allicin which has a very short lifespan and is just one of the many active ingredients in garlic. If you cannot stomach it or don't like the breath it's a decent alternative just for the Allicin aspect of garlic. Garlic is considered one of the most potent natural antimicrobials by some and that view is consistent with my experiences (not just for viral infections, you can literally chew it and effectively combat strep throat). Regarding Parkinsons, Ampakines are considered a compound of interest, also for many other indications, generally improving memory functions, but research and drug development seems to be crawling along at snails pace there as well. Piracetam is a weak one (which you can get as a supplement) if you need a few good hours of focused coding or improved brain power for an exam or during a battle of chess ;)

  • On 27 Jan 2015 in The economic nightmare that is Greece, mell said:

    Entitlemented says

    Where are the pundits from 2011 claiming German Austerity would not work?

    http://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/infobox-arguments-for-and-against-tougher-austerity/#.VMbUYkfF-Ck

    Yep - Germany is doing pretty well, they mostly have because they don't have these crony sector bubbles by not engaging in inflationary policies (their housing market is pretty "boring" compared to the US although prices have been going up slowly). Furthermore the GDP growth rate is not extremely important for them because they do not depend that much on constant growth as they adjust their spending and they are a nation of savers and capital formation is a necessity for a sound economy. So is Switzerland.

  • On 26 Jan 2015 in Sarah Palin incoherent meltdown in Iowa, mell said:

    gsr says

    Bellingham Bill says

    it's actually true though. He said "productive government spending" is always beneficial to the economy.

    Where are your graphs supporting this?

    Please also show us how Obama has reduced the gap between the rich and the poor.

    They aren't and he hasn't (quite to the opposite). By now everyone, even the mainstream media has woken up to the simple mathematical fact that QE benefits the wealthy. Heck, even the beneficiaries/perpetrators (TBTFs) now say it openly in the face of every mutt because they have nothing to fear. Yet some maintain that neo-Keynesian deficit binging (yes yes Bush did that too) does not benefit the wealthy. Then you look at how wealth disparity has accelerated fastest under Obama of all recent administrations and you have to ask yourself who the cultists are ;)

  • On 25 Jan 2015 in Rand Paul doesn't know what he is talking about, mell said:

    Even NPR had an article on it pretty much in line with Rand Paul:

    http://apps.npr.org/unfit-for-work/

  • On 25 Jan 2015 in Rand Paul doesn't know what he is talking about, mell said:

    No he's absolutely right. The reasons given for the dramatic increase are utterly ridiculous and fall short. One was more women entering the workforce, wtf?

  • On 24 Jan 2015 in Another Obozocare-taxing the middle class to pay for the 300# lazy critters, mell said:

    tatupu70 says

    Call it Crazy says

    But your way to fix it is in "Redistribution of wealth" and TAKE it from the people at the top and GIVE it to the people on the bottom...

    Obviously. How do you think the people at the top got their wealth?? It grew on trees in their yard???

    They took it from the people at the bottom and middle. I just want to give it back.

    LOL, they certainly didn't take it from the poor. Quite a few created a lot of wealth for the economy and therefore for others, some exploited the system if the government made it easy for them (e.g. FIRE sector). Capitalism is not a choice, it's a necessity because it is closest to human nature where you provide a good/service where there is a need/demand. The further you stray from that model the worse your economy will do. Forceful redistribution is one of the counterproductive measures, esp. income tax.

  • On 24 Jan 2015 in Obama Howls at the Moon, mell said:

    indigenous says

    mell says

    Yeah it depends on how middle-class is defined. I usually refer to the wage-slaves, which are either upper middle-class or even considered upper class by some, but certainly they are much closer to the poor house then to the uber-wealthy. Those are disappearing, the lower middle-class which is often already government dependent is doing ok. That's not a sustainable model though.

    The point is that the middle class is doing better than the past, those are the numbers...

    This meme adversely taints many people's thinking.

    The overarching driver of the world economy is the American economy, the most successful in history.

    The Fed's QE amounts to 6% of the money supply, IOW the market will trump the Fed and even the government spending. Until 2030.

    They are doing worse if they are not receiving any government transfer money due to inflation and accumulated debt from education and rising taxes. If you want an economy that was doing well - albeit in unsustainable overdrive - you have to go back to the late 90s and the internet bubble. You don't see any of that today but they would show more irrational exuberance if they could.

  • On 24 Jan 2015 in Obama Howls at the Moon, mell said:

    indigenous says

    mell says

    He dismantled the middle-class

    I don't see that, it is more of a liberal meme than fact.

    Look at the tables on this page, I see no indication that the middle class is disappearing.

    https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/historical/household/

    As you know inequality is another matter, which certainly grew under O's watch, but economics is not a zero sum game.

    Yeah it depends on how middle-class is defined. I usually refer to the wage-slaves, which are either upper middle-class or even considered upper class by some, but certainly they are much closer to the poor house then to the uber-wealthy. Those are disappearing, the lower middle-class which is often already government dependent is doing ok. That's not a sustainable model though.

  • On 24 Jan 2015 in Obama Howls at the Moon, mell said:

    So what? Take the gas prices off that list since oil is now super cheap and this point is obviously not accurate anymore, the rest pretty much stands. He dismantled the middle-class and wealth disparity has been growing fastest in all recent administrations under his presidency. A good speech - he is a decent orator (more like narrator), but a terrible score card.

  • On 24 Jan 2015 in Nothing Is Going to Save the Housing Market, mell said:

    Heraclitusstudent says

    Call it Crazy says

    What are you going to do with the millions of existing vacant houses still sitting around?

    I doubt there is an abnormal level of vacant housing, but assuming there is: these are homes taken hostage by people who are taking advantage of their scarcity to extort (or plan to extort) a huge ransom from 'freeing' them. This couldn't take place if housing units were built on demand.

    Much of the scarcity is artificially created. With interest rates near zero, you can roll over huge loans forever until you get your desired rental or buying price. Things would move much quicker if interest rates would not be manipulated and be around 5% at least. Then there are stories where you let your property rot until the city starts offering you cash, begging you to do something with the property because it is bad for the neighborhood, commerce and prices. None of this would be a problem with higher, free market interest rates.

  • On 23 Jan 2015 in Project status meetings a waste of time say workers, mell said:

    HydroCabron says

    mell says

    80/20 rule

    80% of citations of the Pareto Principle add no insight to the issue under discussion.

    Fine - I was being generous. Make it 90/10 then.

  • On 23 Jan 2015 in Project status meetings a waste of time say workers, mell said:

    80/20 rule. 80% of project meetings, scrums, and wtf are a complete waste of time. That's why it's best working for small start-ups or lean middle-sized companies, whip up some great code out and then get the hell outta there when they start hiring and promoting more managers. Writing the initial code base is the most fun anyways. The US would be far more productive if it would get rid of 50% of management in most companies.

  • On 22 Jan 2015 in EU Surrenders to QE, Announces a Sixty Billion a Month Program, mell said:

    smaulgld says

    mell says

    Peter Schiff was may be right again in the end.. ;)

    Actually Peter Schiff has been saying that the EU would NOT do QE

    Yeah, I remember that, he simply cannot understand that politicians will do anything to please their masters and to get re-elected, even if it leads to a nations decline. I was referring to Gold though, his (perma-)buy recommendation is now gaining some traction again.

  • On 22 Jan 2015 in EU Surrenders to QE, Announces a Sixty Billion a Month Program, mell said:

    Peter Schiff was may be right again in the end.. ;)

  • On 22 Jan 2015 in Low-income loans didn't cause the financial crisis, mell said:

    tatupu70 says

    mell says

    saroya says

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac NEVER owned more than 15% of the total market of subprime loans.

    Irrelevant, that's 15% too much.

    That's a dumb statement. As long as the risk is understood, there's no reason not to engage in the subprime market.

    The only way of "understanding" the risk is if the people who engage in "guaranteeing" mortgages backstop them with their own money. Everything else is bullshit. Feel free to understand the risk and guarantee them mortgages with your own wallet.

  • On 22 Jan 2015 in Low-income loans didn't cause the financial crisis, mell said:

    saroya says

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac NEVER owned more than 15% of the total market of subprime loans.

    Irrelevant, that's 15% too much.

  • On 22 Jan 2015 in EU Surrenders to QE, Announces a Sixty Billion a Month Program, mell said:

    Gold breached $1300, up we go in the global currency debasement rally, the EU now following the US example of how to destroy the middle-class.

  • On 21 Jan 2015 in Gratuitous Fox News Babe Leg Crossing Photo, mell said:

    HydroCabron says

    Both sides are the same. MSNBC pundits do precisely this as they tell precisely as many lies as Fox throughout each week, month and year.

    You're learning every day!

  • On 21 Jan 2015 in Fox "News" losing containment on it's idiot parade, mell said:

    Both sides equally lie, that's why TV is not good for you (even the majority of the print-media has turned to garbage), but if I had to make a choice I'd take the hotties on mute.

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