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    01-02-2018, 05:57 PM
    Guess we'll see a pretty empty Superbowl stadium in February. ;) And advertisers won't be paying $5 million a 30 second spot to reach a TV audience that's not there.
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    01-01-2018, 04:15 PM
    Final figures 2017 vs 2016 (Hosting team attendance summation) 2017 17,253,425 2016 17,788,671 Diff -535,246 (-3%) Top five losers: Team20172016Diff Los Angeles Chargers202,687456,197-253,510 Los Angeles Rams507,136665,318-158,182
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    12-28-2017, 09:19 PM
    And he should have released the details of the polygraph report rather than issuing his own affidavit that he passed. But jeesh, there are multiple threads on RPF about beating polygraphs - why is anyone taking this as serious evidence? 8 months in federal prison for teaching people to beat lie-detectors Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment For Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures NSA Whistleblower Reveals How To Beat a Polygraph Test
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    12-28-2017, 12:49 PM
    So who are the AL GOP candidates who are going to be running for Senate in 2020 - alongside Trump, who will be running for re-election (maybe). I mean, a Democrat is going to be sitting in the seat until then.
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    12-28-2017, 12:19 PM
    Ooh, ooh ... "and if rainbow farting unicorns were real" ... don't forget that. And if there really were a genie that granted three wishes (and don't forget to wish for more wishes). Yeah man, that would be awesome!
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    12-25-2017, 05:03 PM
    Voluntarist replied to a thread The Last Two Wars in History
    Maybe not the Russian Bear, maybe the Swedes
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    12-24-2017, 10:59 AM
    It's a reasonable hypothesis. To start the evaluation you'd need to check into it's falsifiability and take it from there. At a minimum I'd think you'd need to break out that 280,000 people into groups that were not creative and those that were. If the group that were creative had spent significant time in the public education system, then that would throw a kibosh on the hypothesis. You'd have to look at other factors. You'd have to consider other factors even if the creative group hadn't been through the public education system. Having the resources or contacts to avoid the public education system tends to bestow a lot of other advantages, in addition to the type of education - and any of those other advantages could account for the creativity gap.
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    12-24-2017, 10:41 AM
    Middle and Upper Class students have more options available to them in terms of private schooling. I would think that it's the lower classes who would make the most use of the state funded schools, and programs like Head Start that Land was using as the basis of his study. Students who qualify for the Head Start program come from the lower economic strata; and, because of that, they tend to face a lot of challenges: single-mother households, substance abuse, not the best of neighborhoods, and just poverty in general. That appears to be the baseline data for Land's study: children growing up in that type of environment. As I mentioned in a previous post, social science studies tend to be correlation studies - I'd be leery about any study on low-income children that didn't take their living environment into consideration.
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    12-24-2017, 09:45 AM
    I think you kinda have to roll your eyes at any social science research. By and large, it isn't much more than the study of correlation between different factors. The research is generally influenced by whatever bias the researcher is carrying into it. With human beings there are thousands of other correlation factors that could influence the outcome of the research (and which probably weren't taken into account) - so you can never really say that correlation translates to causation.
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    12-23-2017, 02:34 PM
    <<Quoting everyone's who posted, in order to ping them on the legwork I did into this>> The OP quoted everything that was included in the Slahdot posting by a user account named BeauHD. I have no idea what BeauHD's motive was in posting it (I suspect its intent was as a screed against higher education). However, BeauHD selectively quoted the ScienceMag article ... and that's always a red flag for me. An additional tidbit - the ScienceMag article provides a link to the original research abstract page ... which, btw, is named: Social class and wise reasoning about interpersonal conflicts across regions, persons and situations
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    12-23-2017, 11:58 AM
    I don't know where that definition came from - but the ones I've looked up don't much mention compromise. - the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment - the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. - the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period So maybe the thread needs to be renamed "The Lower Your Social Class, the More You're Willing To Compromise"
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    12-21-2017, 04:34 PM
    Maybe I've been mistaken all this time then; because I thought the free market required individuals to take responsibility for their business liabilities rather than shield themselves behind some limited liability curtain provided by the government. Can you name a corporation that exists sans state? I suppose a non-state corporation could probably be created - but would require each customer of the corporation to acknowledge the limited liability of each of the corporation's stockholders (which would come at a price - customers getting a bit uneasy about a business wanting to limit it's liability) The original concept behind corporations was to finance capital-intensive projects (like roads, bridges, trade-route development) benefiting the public at large but which early governments did not have the resources to finance (before government began its plunderous taxation ways). The state allowed individuals to band together (incorporate) and share the profits from such ventures, while limiting each individual's liability to what they had invested in the venture. It wasn't about protecting the assets of a craftsman from the liabilities of poor business decisions, incompetence or fraud. It was about encouraging investment in endeavors that otherwise wouldn't be undertaken (and rewarding those who undertook them - certainly can't leave that part out). Now it's evolved to where the government is bestowing advantages upon the corporate class of individuals versus the non-corporate class. Two plumbers - one incorporated, one not - one provided limited liability by government edict, the other not. That's hardly the level playing field one expects from a free market. So yeah, they're a perversion. I've benefited from being one in the past - but that doesn't make it any less a perversion.
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    12-21-2017, 03:34 PM
    The following is from 2013. Things may have changed since then, but it would have needed to drastically digress from the trend over the last 70 years to do so (I'm still checking to see if I can find anything more current - which is why I quoted Zippy, he always seems to be able to find this stuff quickly). I'm betting that the "Household" category includes the owners of closely-held, S-type corporations - but the article doesn't really spell it out.
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    12-21-2017, 01:05 PM
    Out of curiosity, what's the percentage breakout between shareholders and CEOs? And who exactly are the "Shareholders" - what percentage of shares in American Corporations are held by categories like: - Mutual funds held by middle class Americans - Retirement funds (Pensions, 401Ks, IRAs) held by middle class Americans, unions (teacher unions, civil service workers, etc) and the rare company that still provides pensions. Personally, I can't stand corporations - I see them as state-created entities that pervert the free market (trading limited liability for double taxation of profit). But pragmatically, who are the evil people that benefit from corporate profits?
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    12-21-2017, 11:41 AM
    What USA Today says on it is:
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    12-19-2017, 01:13 PM
    The Swedish co-founder of Bitcoin.com has sold all his bitcoins
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    12-18-2017, 08:56 PM
    The Orange County Register story includes a SCRIBD link to a statement and legal complaint for the Simmons case. Simmons was evidently banned from FOX News a couple of weeks after the incident mentioned in the OP So evidently someone is taking him up on his challenge. The incident in the OP was a video interview, so there's YouTube someplace on it. Gene may be able to get away with the on-air antics being Rock-n-Roll Schtick ... but if they have witnesses or video of him touching her butt, then it's all over for him.
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    12-18-2017, 06:35 PM
    Oh gawd, don't get them started on another shot at "Women of WalMart"
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    12-18-2017, 06:20 PM
    It's wasn't "Tight Jeans" promotion days (as in a promotion "at the stadium"). It was jeans day in the office. And the accusations are for more more than oogling. So it hasn't quite gotten to the "He raped me with his eyes" stage yet. http://www.journalnow.com/sports/carolina_panthers/richardson-leaving-in-shame/article_2d6a76df-e23f-5c98-8c1b-3c268468fd86.html
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    What? You didn't hear? Multiple Women Accuse Porn Star Ron Jeremy of Rape, Sexual Harassment
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