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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by JasonL » 04 May 2019, 19:36

The derby disqualification put me in the money with Tacitus to show. $200 payoff. Feels weird.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Hugh Akston » 04 May 2019, 21:03

Country House came in at 65:1, so I'm sure the money Putin spread around the judges room paid off.
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Post by JasonL » 04 May 2019, 21:05

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Post by Warren » 04 May 2019, 21:22

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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 04 May 2019, 21:34

Listen, if there was credible evidence the Russians were meddling in the NFL or March Madness our ICBMs would already be on their way to Moscow.

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Post by thoreau » 11 May 2019, 14:33

This National Review article argues that Sweden is far more capitalist than socialist:

https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine ... apitalist/

Fair enough.

But I'm pretty sure that if somebody proposed that the US adopt Swedish-style social policy this meme would apply.
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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Mo » 11 May 2019, 16:31

Passenger rail in Sweden is run by SJ AB, which is owned by the Swedish government. The other major operator’s largest owner is the ... Norwegian government. One thing a lot of Americans miss with “privately owned” rail operators in Europe is that a lot of them are state owned, but by a different state.
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Post by JasonL » 11 May 2019, 20:13

thoreau wrote:This National Review article argues that Sweden is far more capitalist than socialist:

https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine ... apitalist/

Fair enough.

But I'm pretty sure that if somebody proposed that the US adopt Swedish-style social policy this meme would apply.
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It’s the debate we should be having. Swedish style social programs funded in a credible way like Sweden does vs something closer to what we have now. Neither side wants that. You could do that exact meme where instead of talking about the programs you were talking about funding. Double taxes on low and middle income people immediately. But but social democracy! Right. That’s the version that works. You all, ALL, pay a horrifying tax rate.

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Post by Andrew » 12 May 2019, 01:36

JasonL wrote:
11 May 2019, 20:13
It’s the debate we should be having. Swedish style social programs funded in a credible way like Sweden does vs something closer to what we have now. Neither side wants that. You could do that exact meme where instead of talking about the programs you were talking about funding. Double taxes on low and middle income people immediately. But but social democracy! Right. That’s the version that works. You all, ALL, pay a horrifying tax rate.
We'll just tax the rich. And the corporations in their corporation buildings acting all corporationy. Then we won't need high income taxes and VAT for all.
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Post by Mo » 12 May 2019, 12:46

JasonL wrote:
thoreau wrote:This National Review article argues that Sweden is far more capitalist than socialist:

https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine ... apitalist/

Fair enough.

But I'm pretty sure that if somebody proposed that the US adopt Swedish-style social policy this meme would apply.
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It’s the debate we should be having. Swedish style social programs funded in a credible way like Sweden does vs something closer to what we have now. Neither side wants that. You could do that exact meme where instead of talking about the programs you were talking about funding. Double taxes on low and middle income people immediately. But but social democracy! Right. That’s the version that works. You all, ALL, pay a horrifying tax rate.
Taxes alone isn’t the right comparison. You need taxes plus health care spend to see the real comparison. By that metric, Americans are basically at OECD average in line with Canadians, but 30% below Scandinavia.

https://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011 ... ax-burden/
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Pick Your Poisson

Post by JasonL » 12 May 2019, 16:50

Yeah that’s not exactly right - the more discretion you see in US health spending the worse that analysis is. It’s an offset but not an inelastic one. If we really want to dive in I’d add price level.

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Post by Mo » 12 May 2019, 17:54

I would suspect that discretionary spending is higher outside the US because of uncovered items. At the very least, I would say it’s a really tough but to crack. Also, I wonder how medical tourism is counted.
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Post by JasonL » 12 May 2019, 18:24

I suspect it’s significantly higher here - the bucket of discretionary + non necessary. There is no cultural authority on This is Good Enough Care whereas in most countries government agencies do that explicitly. I think that influences things quite a bit. The Dartmouth cross country comparison reveals quite a bit of variance I suspect doesn’t exist elsewhere.

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Post by Ellie » 14 Jul 2019, 15:57

I went down a YouTube rabbit hole last night watching how-to videos of women sewing hair bundles into lace-front wigs.

1. There are a great many songs in the genre of music called "annoying instrumental crap that plays during the sped-up section of a how-to video"

2. If you enjoy watching people hone their fine-motor skills while wearing long, curved talon fake nails, have I got a treasure trove for you
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Post by Ellie » 31 Jul 2019, 23:02

Today I heard a podcast ad for investment advice from Merrill at "www . merrill . com". I thought they were called Merrill Lynch? Did that get broken up in the big financial crisis, or did they just decide that the word "lynch" is bad optics right now?
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Post by JasonL » 31 Jul 2019, 23:15

They are owned by Bank of America since 2008 who made the call to phase out the full name of the brand. Some pieces were rebranded under BoA labels but the retained “Merrill” for private wealth management.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 01 Aug 2019, 01:09

Pierce, Fenner and Smith had already left the building.

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Post by Kolohe » 01 Aug 2019, 07:09

I mean, due to the racial connotation in the US, they really should have changed it to Merrill Guilotin a while ago.
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Post by Mo » 01 Aug 2019, 10:22

I've also heard them referred to as BAML
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Post by JasonL » 01 Aug 2019, 23:46

I heard a guy I know - good dad, does big HVAC jobs with a crew he runs, several beers in - deliver a poignant and sincere version of the back row kids / trumpism cultural story tonight. It’s hard to convey because you kind of have to know the guy. I’ll shortcut by saying it’s one of those moments when you don’t have a doubt about duplicity or strategic positioning in the story. He was talking about how often he takes a big job or does one for friends and gets a version of “you’re great - my kid should spend some time with you to know what work is like” - and how he felt about that. “They think my life is a punishment for their kids, they all think that, but I don’t see my life that way. Fuck you with your good ol hard working Dave bullshit - your kids should hope to have my life.”

I’d never really heard this guy like this before, but he meant it. Later made the connection to how much he smells of that stuff out in the world, in the media, in the movies. Saw trump as the only guy that talked to him eye to eye.

There are things I’d pick at but it’s a reminder about some of the color within the trumpist camp.

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Re: Pick Your Poisson

Post by Dangerman » 02 Aug 2019, 17:24

Not directly related, but after some thought, I think the front/back row also relates to how well someone deals with institutions, and how will they are prepared for that, as opposed to local/metis-based/organic ways of living. There author doesn't actually make any noises in that direction but it occurred to me when I was listening.

Also, that one of the least enjoyable EconTalk episodes for a lot of reasons.

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Post by Warren » 02 Aug 2019, 17:29

JasonL wrote:
01 Aug 2019, 23:46
He was talking about how often he takes a big job or does one for friends and gets a version of “you’re great - my kid should spend some time with you to know what work is like” - and how he felt about that. “They think my life is a punishment for their kids, they all think that, but I don’t see my life that way. Fuck you with your good ol hard working Dave bullshit - your kids should hope to have my life.”
Sounds pretty close to Mike Rowe's evangelism.
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Post by Dangerman » 02 Aug 2019, 17:44

Directly related, I sympathize with Dave. I go to the bank at the end of the day, and the guy says "I hope they let you drink water/are they working you in this heat?", and I think 'you think that I don't have a choice to be doing this? You think I'm not doing something I want to be doing? I don't need to be saved, thanks, I'm not a serf.' It's odd. I don't know how to put it exactly but I get the same feeling when I talk with someone about tech or politics and I use language that makes them go "wait, what do you do for a living/why are you doing *that*?" They were prepared to believe that I'm an idiot because I work with my hands, and there's not a lot of respect for the actual knowledge and skills that go into something like building a structure that won't fall apart in a year. I study technical standards, use a lot of not simple math and material science, and have to understand how electrical and hydraulic systems work just to keep things from falling apart. I think it's a disconnect where people don't know that precision and skill are involved in digging a fucking square hole, because they've never had to actually do that kind of thing themselves.

I think people treat work that they don't want to do as beneath them, instead of respecting that they actually can't do it because they don't know how. That's why you're hiring us, because you don't know how. Not because you're too good.

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Post by Aresen » 02 Aug 2019, 18:37

It is a carryover from the time when most blue-collar jobs really were grunt labour. At.one time, trades were more highly regarded than unskilled labour, but since the boomer generation, most people equate a carpenter with an assembly line worker of Henry Ford's time. (Ford had to pay hisassembly line workers high because the work was so effing boring, not because he wanted them to become middle-clas consumers.)
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Post by Aresen » 02 Aug 2019, 18:39

Also,anyone who thinks office work can't be he'll has never worked in a bank or a call center.
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