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by Dark567
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

morriswalters wrote:His constituency isn't the poor elsewhere. If you don't choose to understand this than you will never understand the appeal of Trump or Sanders.
It's not that I don't understand the appeal, it is that I find the policy morally indefensible.
by Dark567
Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

http://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11139718/bernie-sanders-trade-global-poverty This really sums up why I can't stand Sanders. His anti-trade positions(along with Trumps) are the more dangerous than nearly any war. World poverty and starvation has been cut over 50% since broad trade agreements between the ...
by Dark567
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Except there's a dual-mandate because everyone agrees that controlling both is a good idea. Well right, but they often work in opposite directions, which is why the question asks which one is more important. Everybody agrees both are important, not everyone agrees that one or the other is the more ...
by Dark567
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That's weird that you pick that one question... Tons of actual economists disagree about that all the time. Its actually literally what the dual mandate of the Fed is all about and what pretty much is the main topic of debate at every board of Governors meeting with the Hawks thinking more about inf...
by Dark567
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm not sure I buy that chart at all... I just took the test pretending to be HRC and ended up in a spot right above Sanders. If I took it pretending to be Sanders I suspect I would end up even further left than where that charts him. There is some manipulation going on in that chart by putting Clin...
by Dark567
Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

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With as much money as that, you can't really just dump it into an index fund and generate average returns. When your talking 100's of millions or billions of dollars you aren't just buying into the market, you are affecting it. The S&P index covers 18.5 trillion dollars worth of stock, Trump do...
by Dark567
Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well I'm using the S&P 500 as a comparison point for the US Economy. Large-cap companies have grown by roughly 22x fold since 1978. No, the index has grown 22x. The index self selects bigger companies and ditches based on their market cap, every year a few companies fall off and others join. So...
by Dark567
Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Comparing Trump's rate of return to an index isn't about trying to maximize Trump's ROI, but trying to compare how well Trump's business(es) did to other businesses in the same economy. The index represents an average of several businesses. If Trump were an exceptional businessman, he'd've done bet...
by Dark567
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Donald was born into the billionare class and then made less money than a S&P 500 index fund. I've seen this pointed out a few times and it's not really a fair criticism. With as much money as that, you can't really just dump it into an index fund and generate average returns. When your talking...
by Dark567
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That, and less black people. We'll need to see if Bernie can accomplish the same margin(actually he'll need even higher margins) to catch Clinton. Remember that he got slaughtered early on, and proportional delegate rules means he can't just win, he has to win 90% of them. For all intents and purpo...
by Dark567
Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote:The Senate has no legal obligations to do anything - that doesn't mean sitting around doing nothing is doing their job.
I mean, it could be. I think thinks like filibustering, stalling etc. are all part of politicians job.
by Dark567
Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You realize the US is not a welfare state in any shape or form, right? Not by a long shot? Oh come on. The US has one of the more limited welfare states, but it still exists. It might be smaller than various other developed countries but lets not pretend it doesn't exist. https://en.wikipedia.org/w...
by Dark567
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

KnightExemplar wrote:You can't predict an undecided voter

Eh, you can. Nate Silver has traditionally predicted it based off demographics and been accurate previously. This was the anomaly.
by Dark567
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

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The generics can be more expensive in the U.S. simply because their name-brand competition is so much higher. It's not like the companies producing generics are doing so for the public welfare, they'e trying to make a profit too. If the supply/demand curve settles out 20x higher in the U.S. than in...
by Dark567
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

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And Dark567, next time I'm in Israel I'll show you some receipts so you can tell the difference. Yes, it most definitely is a difference of 20-30 times more. I'm not saying I don't believe you. Just want to make sure we're comparing across the board. I often see news reports that will compare name ...
by Dark567
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

[ It isn't reasonable to think that drug costs in the US could be twenty or thirty times cheaper without increases elsewhere, I think. I actually don't think it could be that much. Name brand drug companies look to be making around 10%-30% total profit averaging around 15%, so the most that could b...
by Dark567
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Is there a generic version of that $85 dollar drug in the US? A lot of times a price v price comparison between the US and other countries doesn't give you the whole picture, as generics in the US are often pretty similar to other countries.
by Dark567
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's mostly financial institutions, not people, who hold Treasury bonds, and paying those would likely not be inflationary as the bonds are already treated like cash. That's true, but it is often with capital provided by everyday people. That savings or checking account you have? Bank is probably p...
by Dark567
Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

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Now granted the US taxes you even if you leave so maybe that aspect won't be as problematic, but to just assume you're actually going to bring in all that revenue is not a good idea. Spending that money before you have it is even worse. Well, right. This is the one of the reasons using a financial ...
by Dark567
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

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sardia wrote:[
No, that's a common trend for elections. The party in power tends to lose seats, and power is defined by control of the white house.

Except we're not talking about seats, and also pointing out the 2nd election bump. I think the combination of all it into a single pattern is probably spurious.
by Dark567
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

How about that? In a weird way, this may bode well for the Democrats. Normally you'd expect that after an only moderately popular two-term president, their successor is sure to lose. But if the expected upward bounce was absent this time, maybe the expected downward bounce will be absent too. Not t...
by Dark567
Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

We get it, you like Bernie. But maybe lay off the kool-aide and take a step back from it once and awhile?
by Dark567
Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump has been a scandal magnet since at least his divorce from Ivana in the mid-late eighties, and I use that benchmark only because I was just old enough to remember the tabloid-esque news coverage at the time. His entire public persona is an Anti-Trump ad, yet he somehow makes it work for him. T...
by Dark567
Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And yet he's getting loads of support as the "honest candidate". It boggles the mind. I don't think people really think he's honest... More of just "he says the truths others won't" sort of thing and calling out others for their lying. Still, that's an absolutely horrible reason...
by Dark567
Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

leady wrote:Things Clinton did in his personal life
It's not just his personal life, this was an employee.
by Dark567
Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As a so called progressive I'm willing to go on record and state that I don't give a fuck about who a powerful CEO of a major company fucks either, as long as everything is consensual, and business decisions and personal decisions (e.g. who to promote and who to fuck) aren't mixed. Keeping business...
by Dark567
Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm pretty sure that even if the other stories aren't true, that using your power and prestige to bang every female intern that crosses your past is highly immoral. Any CEO that serially did that would be out in minutes It bothers me how often so called progressives will call out this as sexual har...
by Dark567
Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yakk wrote:If the financial industry requires ridiculously large bailouts to function, shouldn't it be taxed to fund them?
Whether or not we should, if we do lets do so in such a way that is efficient(i.e. profits tax, higher cap gains etc), which this is not.
by Dark567
Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Would you put a 0.5% tax whenever you put money into, or out of, your bank account? Because that's how utterly bullshit Sander's proposal is. And if you don't understand this concept, then you really shouldn't be running for president. This isn't a tax on savings accounts. And Sanders didn't come u...
by Dark567
Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Because if you buy something you don’t want to keep, just on the hope that someone will pay you more for it later, that is exactly the sort of speculation we are trying to curb, that is exactly how bubbles are formed, and that is, sadly, a recipe for you to be left holding the bag when everyone els...
by Dark567
Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

We’ve tried it the speculators’ way for decades, and there have been numerous crashes, recessions, and depressions that cost millions of people their jobs, their homes, and in some cases their lives. How about we try it Bernie’s way for a while and see if maybe, just maybe, we can do better? Becaus...
by Dark567
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

50BPS per fucking transaction (aka: 0.5%) is so mind-boggling huge that its clear that Sanders just pulled the number out of his ass. Its a number that is completely devoid of reality. If regular people can handle a 5% tax on everyday items (and 10% at restaurants!), and if businesses can handle a ...
by Dark567
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 773963

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

With that said, Sander's 50bps transaction tax on the stock market is as insane as Trump's banning of Muslims IMO. It shows that Sanders is utterly incompetent at understanding the stock market. The deficits that would be incurred with both Sanders expanded healthcare/welfare/college and Trumps tax...
by Dark567
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: scalia dead
Replies: 238
Views: 29150

Re: scalia dead

Some friends of mine said that while they disagreed with his political views, one thing that they appreciated about Scalia was the way he stuck to the letter of the law he upheld. I.e., it's the job of legislators, not judges, to change the law. I think out of all the current justices, Scalia 100 y...
by Dark567
Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Video Game Music
Replies: 50
Views: 10743

Re: Video Game Music

They were definitely used after that battle when Tigh re-boards Galactica and looks at Adama. The crowd is cheering for Adama for winning the battle but Adama knows what Tigh has lost and bagpipes play the same theme as the above but in a melancholy tone to note the juxtaposition between Tigh and Ad...
by Dark567
Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Video Game Music
Replies: 50
Views: 10743

Re: Video Game Music

One thing I love about gaming soundtracks in particular, is how they have musical themes and have variations on them throughout the game. Its call Leitmotif and I generally adore it when its used well. MGS, Final Fantasy, Mass Effect and Star Wars games(of course) come to mind in particular. Its in...
by Dark567
Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 101511

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

I loved me some Jedi = Balance, Sith = Chaos (more than good/evil) TFA. Anakin brought balance not by balancing the number of Sith vs Jedi but by killing the emperor. Sith imbalance the force. Something they hinted at in the prequels(which the new trilogy probably will do away with)...
by Dark567
Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 101511

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

Question about the rebels in the spoiler... So I have a question, the rebel alliance in ROTJ has a rather sizable fleet. Where did that go? Why wasn't it around to help assault the First Order? The Rebel Fleet is with the New Republic which has made peace(at least publicly) with the Fir...
by Dark567
Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 101511

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

SecondTalon wrote:I'm assuming stick controlled bb-8 was whenever 8 had to do something, like use a flamethrower or open an internal storage area

I had assumed the shortened version was going to be "BB" and not "8", but I guess we will see. :-)
by Dark567
Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 101511

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

Yeah one version more or less the same as a toy. They made a big deal at SW Celebration that Bob Iger actually called Sphero and had them design the real one, so the really one really is essentially just a bigger and more advanced version of the toy. The move also had more of a prop version too, tha...

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