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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby 93henfan » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:48 pm

This might actually deserve its own thread, but I'll stash it here.

I saw on the local evening news just now that Tuskegee airman Col Charles McGee decided to celebrate his 100th birthday by flying a Cirrus Vision jet from Frederick, MD to Dover AFB to celebrate with the troops. Dude was sharp as a tack in the TV interview clip. Pretty fucking cool:

Col. McGee says he actively flew 27 of his 30 years of service. He holds an Air Force record for flying more than 400 combat missions during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby CAA Flagship » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:32 pm

CID1990 wrote:Anybody notice the bombshell in the NYT today?


This?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/opin ... e=Homepage

I Was Once a Socialist. Then I Saw How It Worked.

I was a socialist in college. I read magazines like The Nation and old issues of The New Masses. I dreamed of being the next Clifford Odets, a lefty playwright who was always trying to raise proletarian class consciousness. If you go on YouTube and search “David Brooks Milton Friedman,” you can see a 22-year-old socialist me debating the great economist. I’m the one with the bushy hair and the giant 1980s glasses that were apparently on loan from the Palomar lunar observatory.

The best version of socialism is defined by Michael Walzer’s phrase, “what touches all should be decided by all.” The great economic enterprises should be owned by all of us in common. Decisions should be based on what benefits all, not the maximization of profit.

That’s not what “democratic socialists” like Bernie Sanders are talking about, but I get why some of their socialist concerns are popular. Why do we have to live with such poverty and inequality? Why can’t we put people over profits? What is the best life in the most just society? Socialism is the most compelling secular religion of all time. It gives you an egalitarian ideal to sacrifice and live for.

My socialist sympathies didn’t survive long once I became a journalist. I quickly noticed that the government officials I was covering were not capable of planning the society they hoped to create. It wasn’t because they were bad or stupid. The world is just too complicated.

I came to realize that capitalism is really good at doing the one thing socialism is really bad at: creating a learning process to help people figure stuff out. If you want to run a rental car company, capitalism has a whole bevy of market and price signals and feedback loops that tell you what kind of cars people want to rent, where to put your locations, how many cars to order. It has a competitive profit-driven process to motivate you to learn and innovate, every single day.

Socialist planned economies — the common ownership of the means of production — interfere with price and other market signals in a million ways. They suppress or eliminate profit motives that drive people to learn and improve.

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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby CID1990 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:39 pm

CAA Flagship wrote:
CID1990 wrote:Anybody notice the bombshell in the NYT today?


This?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/opin ... e=Homepage

I Was Once a Socialist. Then I Saw How It Worked.

I was a socialist in college. I read magazines like The Nation and old issues of The New Masses. I dreamed of being the next Clifford Odets, a lefty playwright who was always trying to raise proletarian class consciousness. If you go on YouTube and search “David Brooks Milton Friedman,” you can see a 22-year-old socialist me debating the great economist. I’m the one with the bushy hair and the giant 1980s glasses that were apparently on loan from the Palomar lunar observatory.

The best version of socialism is defined by Michael Walzer’s phrase, “what touches all should be decided by all.” The great economic enterprises should be owned by all of us in common. Decisions should be based on what benefits all, not the maximization of profit.

That’s not what “democratic socialists” like Bernie Sanders are talking about, but I get why some of their socialist concerns are popular. Why do we have to live with such poverty and inequality? Why can’t we put people over profits? What is the best life in the most just society? Socialism is the most compelling secular religion of all time. It gives you an egalitarian ideal to sacrifice and live for.

My socialist sympathies didn’t survive long once I became a journalist. I quickly noticed that the government officials I was covering were not capable of planning the society they hoped to create. It wasn’t because they were bad or stupid. The world is just too complicated.

I came to realize that capitalism is really good at doing the one thing socialism is really bad at: creating a learning process to help people figure stuff out. If you want to run a rental car company, capitalism has a whole bevy of market and price signals and feedback loops that tell you what kind of cars people want to rent, where to put your locations, how many cars to order. It has a competitive profit-driven process to motivate you to learn and innovate, every single day.

Socialist planned economies — the common ownership of the means of production — interfere with price and other market signals in a million ways. They suppress or eliminate profit motives that drive people to learn and improve.


Nope thats not a bombshell. Everyone eventually must come to that conclusion

I’m talking about the one where they admit they’ve been wrong about the US jobs market


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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby CAA Flagship » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:56 pm

CID1990 wrote:
CAA Flagship wrote:
This?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/opin ... e=Homepage

I Was Once a Socialist. Then I Saw How It Worked.



Nope thats not a bombshell. Everyone eventually must come to that conclusion

I’m talking about the one where they admit they’ve been wrong about the US jobs market


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:lol: :lol: Yeah I saw the headline but I don't have access to the article.

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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby CID1990 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:58 pm

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CID1990 wrote:
Nope thats not a bombshell. Everyone eventually must come to that conclusion

I’m talking about the one where they admit they’ve been wrong about the US jobs market


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:lol: :lol: Yeah I saw the headline but I don't have access to the article.


Never fear.

HotAir paraphrases it all so we do not need to slip behind the paywall:

https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrisse ... ket-wrong/



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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby CAA Flagship » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:06 pm

CID1990 wrote:
CAA Flagship wrote: :lol: :lol: Yeah I saw the headline but I don't have access to the article.


Never fear.

HotAir paraphrases it all so we do not need to slip behind the paywall:

https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrisse ... ket-wrong/


Can't wait to hear JSO's spin on this. I can actually add some theories but I'll wait to see it JSO can objectively decipher this information.

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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby Ivytalk » Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:23 am

CAA Flagship wrote:
CID1990 wrote:
Never fear.

HotAir paraphrases it all so we do not need to slip behind the paywall:

https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrisse ... ket-wrong/


Can't wait to hear JSO's spin on this. I can actually add some theories but I'll wait to see it JSO can objectively decipher this information.

He probably pulled an all-nighter on that. :lol:
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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

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Ivytalk wrote:
CAA Flagship wrote:Can't wait to hear JSO's spin on this. I can actually add some theories but I'll wait to see it JSO can objectively decipher this information.

He probably pulled an all-nighter on that. :lol:

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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby kalm » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:27 am

CAA Flagship wrote:
CID1990 wrote:
Never fear.

HotAir paraphrases it all so we do not need to slip behind the paywall:

https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrisse ... ket-wrong/


Can't wait to hear JSO's spin on this. I can actually add some theories but I'll wait to see it JSO can objectively decipher this information.


Here’s a couple of spins...

“A far more substantial factor severing the earlier connections between unemployment and inflation, however, is the changed composition of the employment base itself,” states the JQI White Paper. “The channel through which this occurs is fairly simple: If a greater proportion of jobs produce incomes below the mean of all jobs (i.e. a reduction in the level of the JQI), than they did in the past, then an increase in the proportion of people working will have a lesser impact on household incomes—and therefore aggregate demand—than in the past… Despite central banks in the U.S., the Eurozone, Japan, and the U.K. having pumped more than $10 trillion into their collective economies over the past decade, aggregate demand remains tepid.””

What do the new jobs actually look like? The JQI White Paper paints a grim picture. “The success of superstar companies like Google or Apple or Pfizer should not blind us to the fact that today Leisure & Hospitality is our largest sector with 14,7 million non-management employees. It’s a sector that pays such workers $16.58 an hour and the average worker works just 25.8 hours a week – resulting in average weekly income of $428. (Benefits like health insurance in the sector are small to nonexistent.)”

What were policy makers thinking while all th0se high-quality manufacturing jobs were being shipped to other countries? A clue comes from the remark attributed to Michael Boskin Chairman of President George H. W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors: “It doesn’t make any difference whether a country makes computer chips or potato chips!”


His flippant remark has proven tragically incorrect. “When all that a country has left is the domestic manufacture of processed foodstuffs,” concludes the JQI White Paper, “you end up with a lot of unhealthy and unwealthy workers who are in dire shortage of security, much less dignity. A republic that offers no better than this cannot long endure


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Re: Miscellaneous news items that don't warrant their own thread

Postby CAA Flagship » Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:38 pm

kalm wrote:
CAA Flagship wrote:Can't wait to hear JSO's spin on this. I can actually add some theories but I'll wait to see it JSO can objectively decipher this information.


Here’s a couple of spins...

“A far more substantial factor severing the earlier connections between unemployment and inflation, however, is the changed composition of the employment base itself,” states the JQI White Paper. “The channel through which this occurs is fairly simple: If a greater proportion of jobs produce incomes below the mean of all jobs (i.e. a reduction in the level of the JQI), than they did in the past, then an increase in the proportion of people working will have a lesser impact on household incomes—and therefore aggregate demand—than in the past… Despite central banks in the U.S., the Eurozone, Japan, and the U.K. having pumped more than $10 trillion into their collective economies over the past decade, aggregate demand remains tepid.””

What do the new jobs actually look like? The JQI White Paper paints a grim picture. “The success of superstar companies like Google or Apple or Pfizer should not blind us to the fact that today Leisure & Hospitality is our largest sector with 14,7 million non-management employees. It’s a sector that pays such workers $16.58 an hour and the average worker works just 25.8 hours a week – resulting in average weekly income of $428. (Benefits like health insurance in the sector are small to nonexistent.)”

What were policy makers thinking while all th0se high-quality manufacturing jobs were being shipped to other countries? A clue comes from the remark attributed to Michael Boskin Chairman of President George H. W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors: “It doesn’t make any difference whether a country makes computer chips or potato chips!”


His flippant remark has proven tragically incorrect. “When all that a country has left is the domestic manufacture of processed foodstuffs,” concludes the JQI White Paper, “you end up with a lot of unhealthy and unwealthy workers who are in dire shortage of security, much less dignity. A republic that offers no better than this cannot long endure


https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenni ... 0509772d97

That's an accurate spin but it's effect is not that great. If more people are working, regardless of the amount they make it's still more than what they were making while sitting on the sidelines. That money should still be injected into the economy.
I think the disconnection is related to people not spending much money. Call it the hangover from the Great Recession, or fear of the next one. Also, the housing market is still a problem. Housing, IMO, is the biggest driver of the economy. The jobs that a single house creates from construction to the manufacture and sales of materials is a huge driver. But I digress.

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Postby HI54UNI » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:34 pm

No, this isn't the onion. It's no wonder people think the media a joke.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-salt-and-pepper-shakers-are-massive-photos-2019-12
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Postby AZGrizFan » Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:56 am

HI54UNI wrote:No, this isn't the onion. It's no wonder people think the media a joke.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-salt-and-pepper-shakers-are-massive-photos-2019-12


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Postby CID1990 » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:50 am

Super interesting read.


https://www.businessinsider.com/the-11- ... economy-10

My home County is in westernmost Tidewater, bordering Appalachia. The article describes the area fairly well.
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CID1990 wrote:Super interesting read.


https://www.businessinsider.com/the-11- ... economy-10

My home County is in westernmost Tidewater, bordering Appalachia. The article describes the area fairly well.


Fun topic.

The Far West was as much settled by Lutheran Scandinavians as quakers. It shares the mistrust of eastern establishment similar to the Midlands and is fiercely independent but also adventurous like Appalachia and the Left coast. You can find some obvious overlaps between many of these.

Politically and to a certain extent culturally you could break this down further to small towns, middle sized town desiring to be big cities, and big cities.
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Postby Skjellyfetti » Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:45 am

CID1990 wrote:Super interesting read.


https://www.businessinsider.com/the-11- ... economy-10

My home County is in westernmost Tidewater, bordering Appalachia. The article describes the area fairly well.


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Postby 93henfan » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:11 am

CID1990 wrote:Super interesting read.


https://www.businessinsider.com/the-11- ... economy-10

My home County is in westernmost Tidewater, bordering Appalachia. The article describes the area fairly well.


I always knew New Castle County (at least north of the C&D Canal) should be given back to Pennsylvania.

And that Delmarva should be granted its independence as a sovereign island.
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Postby 89Hen » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:30 am

93henfan wrote:And that Delmarva should be granted its independence as a sovereign island.

Why, so it can replace Mississippi as the poorest, most uneducated state? :finger:
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89Hen wrote:
93henfan wrote:And that Delmarva should be granted its independence as a sovereign island.

Why, so it can replace Mississippi as the poorest, most uneducated state? :finger:


Yeah, because jettisoning Wilmingon would lower those numbers. Makes sense.
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93henfan wrote:
89Hen wrote:Why, so it can replace Mississippi as the poorest, most uneducated state? :finger:


Yeah, because jettisoning Wilmingon would lower those numbers. Makes sense.

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Postby Ibanez » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:55 am

Each morning I receive Cyber Threat Intelligence briefings - they outline current threats, attacks,etc.. that are occurring. I usually don't see many of these reported in the news, some come from online sources, news reports, government investigations/reports.
There are a few things that I thought you all would be interested in.

1) Snatch ransomware is becoming a favorite of Russian hackers
https://www.zdnet.com/article/snatch-ra ... irus-apps/

The authors of the Snatch ransomware are using a never-before-seen trick to bypass antivirus software and encrypt victims' files without being detected.

The trick relies on rebooting an infected computer into Safe Mode, and running the ransomware's file encryption process from there.

The reason for this step is that most antivirus software does not start in Windows Safe Mode, a Windows state meant for debugging and recovering a corrupt operating system.

However, the Snatch crew discovered that they could use a Windows registry key to schedule a Windows service to start in Safe Mode. This service would run their ransomware in Safe Mode without the risk of being detected by antivirus software, and having its encryption process stopped.



2) Russian hacking against Ukraine
https://www.cyberscoop.com/gamaredon-ap ... -foritnet/
A suspected Russian hacking campaign that’s resulted in attacks against Ukrainian military and government agencies also has affected journalists, law enforcement and nongovernmental organizations, according to new findings.

Gamaredon, a hacking group that has been active since 2013 and mostly haunted Ukrainian government targets, has broadened its reach within that country, the threat intelligence company Anomali said in research published Dec. 5.
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