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Swami
+ Nonsense. When you adjust for inflation, family size and benefits, median incomes are up 40 to 60 percent since 1980. And this ignores the [. . .]
Swami

I am sure you could come up with dozens of reasons, real and imagined why people voted for him.

Are remarks about the continuing California Diaspora in the American West political?

For us, this has always seemed to be less a matter of the insurance and more a matter of the particular office.

jason

The Witcher 3 is a great game--I still need to finish it (there's just soooooo much to do).

Aaron David

Awesome news @burt-likko

At some point, we will have to have a mini OTfest with the PNW peeps.

+ I'm anxious to get a move on and relocate to Portland. Single-family home escrows in my area are traditionally set at 45 days. Beer typically takes [. . .]
Aaron David

Both good reasons sir!

+ The issue is wages, not prices. Despite rises in productivity, in some industries dramatic rises in productivity, inflation-adjusted wages, and the purchasing power of regular [. . .]
Aaron David
+ I didn't like the Cold Six Thousand nor the one that came after (can't remember the title) but the LA Quartet is still one of [. . .]

I'll be rooting for the Beavers both in anticipatory geographic loyalty and because there ought to be some sports that the SEC doesn't dominate.

+ I read Perfidia (a prequel to the LA quartet) when it came out, and while it was fun to spend time with Dudley Smith [. . .]
LeeEsq
+ College cheerleaders were men for the first few decades of their existence. Most women didn't go to college. The modesty culture of the time was [. . .]
+ Id\s this for real? I mean, 3 million rubles and a lifetime supply of hamburgers sounds like the Onion. (By the way, a ruble is [. . .]
pillsy
+ Should have taken that content warning seriously. It's been a while since I've read a horror story that's inspired that physical "skin crawling" sensation. (I'm a [. . .]
J_A
+ Gorsuch writes a concurrence (that he for some reason calls a dissent) that says you do own your cell phone records so the 4th [. . .]
Pinky
+ I always assumed that college cheerleading started with just this in mind. Line up the prettiest girls in the school along the field/court [. . .]
Chip Daniels
+ I am imagining a counterfactual timeline. What if, after the 1991 Gulf War, America had withdrawn all its troops from the Middle East, including the air [. . .]
J_A
+ However no one had tens of thousands of dollars a month of hospital bills many decades ago. The things gov do came about because [. . .]

I have very good private insurance, and usually can't get a doctor's appointment in less than a week.

Fourth possibility, and the one that actually happened: Trump.

+ The various opinions are quite interesting: Thomas writes a dissent that says you don't own your cell phone records, so the 4th doesn't apply Gorsuch writes a [. . .]
J_A
+ The textualism of Thomas and the extreme originality of others threatens the Constitution they claim they want to protect. If the only correct way to understand [. . .]
Chip Daniels
+ Yes, lets have a discussion about the tradeoffs. But in order do that, we would need to be honest about what is happening right now. Because right [. . .]
Aaron David

I kinda get where the minority was going on this, kinda, but I think this is a step in the right direction.

Aaron David
+ I had read that a couple days ago, loved it(!) but even though I wanted to write about it, I could not figure an angle. [. . .]
pillsy

Do Russian subsidiaries of companies like Burger King have the same sort of bureaucracy and PR culture that would catch this as a bad idea?

Kolohe

This WSJ article on how Trump is implementing the "Space Force" is now paywalled, but here's a Hill article that summarizes that WSJ article.

pillsy
+ It really seems that the best thing that can happen to jihadists (and the worst thing that can happen to everybody else) is failed states [. . .]
+ I'm wondering if they're gonna require paternity tests, or take the mothers' word for it. Still, this is a bad idea, but in 2018? This kinda [. . .]
Oscar Gordon
+ Wr1: I can buy that blowback is insufficient on it's own to turn a person into a terrorist or radicalized fighter. But it sure as hell [. . .]

Finally watched Tomb Raider this week. How on earth do you make a movie based on a video game that drags?

Aaron David
+ I have been thinking about this all day, and I think what you have just described is what has killed jazz @tod-kelly If one needs [. . .]
Jesse

@dark-matter I'd be all for California to go for UHC if they could also deficit spend like the Federal Government could.

LeeEsq

Does not anybody think to consult lawyers first? We're great at pointing out how things like this are bad ideas.

+ I was always a fan of Bleib bei uns, which Douglas Adams cited in Dirk Gently as a perfect piece of music. Never actually been a [. . .]
+ Fallout New Vegas (the whole shebang) is $10. Portal 2 is 90% (!) off which means that you can get it for $2. The Orcs Must Die [. . .]
+ Vampire: The Masquerade-Bloodlines is on sale for 75% off again: Five Bucks. I've argued before that this is the best RPG ever. People might argue for or [. . .]
+ Steam Link is 95% off. This, theoretically, lets you play your steam game on your television (if you're using your Steam Controller). It's normally $50. Currently [. . .]
Dark Matter
+ We’ve had a patchwork of systems and payers... I think that's a fair statement. We will always have some sort of rationing. What would advance [. . .]
Oscar Gordon
+ I think the court have consistently been too lenient with regard to the government and data searches. I fail to see why the government [. . .]
Aaron David
+ It is nice to see you writing and posting again @mike-schilling I am still not a fan of "classical" music, but heartfelt writing is always [. . .]
greginak
+ Not really. We have essentially a type of single payer Gov UHC for senior citizens, disabled people, vets and many children. We have rationed , [. . .]
AdotSad
+ It's an interesting theory though, you could also make the case that Phil only won anything because he lucked into MJ + prime Pippen and [. . .]
Nevermoor
+ Finally bought Fallout New Vegas and Witcher 3 this sale. Combined full versions were $32 after the $5 PayPal discount. This seems as good a [. . .]
Dark Matter
+ Yes, right now we ration largely by price (even if that is handed off to insurance companies). As far as I can tell, UHC [. . .]
 
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