Burlington: It’s a matter of detail
Here’s another one (NSFW):
I don’t know if these ads are real.
The implementation of ObamaCare is the most comical display of government incompetence I’ve seen. Unfortunately, this is not incompetence. The system of “exchanges” was never intended to function properly. It is designed to bankrupt the private health insurance companies. Eventually, we will all be forced into one government scheme.
“Just 5 percent of the 1,589 United States mortuary school graduates in 2012 were Hispanic, according to the American Board of Funeral Service Education. By contrast, 17 percent of Americans are Hispanic.”
Do we need an affirmative action plan to diversity the mortuary schools?
The school is scared of lawsuits. Even if the school is not at fault for a student’s injury, the school can be sued. The cost of defense exceeds the cost of settling the case, so the school will pay. The profession of law is basically one of legal extortion. Lawyers are bullies, and should be treated with scorn.
Obamacare means big money for India, and I don’t mean call centers.
BBC News: Obamacare has hidden benefits – for India
“As millions of Americans are encouraged to enrol in health insurance plans under the new system, executives in India’s generic drug and software industries foresee an upswing in business.”
President Obama’s former adviser on health reform, Kavita Patel, explained the virtues of generic drugs. Patel is now with the Brookings Institute.
The problem with Indian drugs is that the industry is poorly regulated and known for counterfeits. From the Economic Times: Fake & sub-standard drugs: India, China may be worst offenders.
Mr Reeves: “It is a stubborn mathematical fact that the top fifth of the income distribution can accommodate only 20 percent of the population. If we want more poor kids climbing the ladder of relative mobility, we need more rich kids sliding down the chutes.”
The issue of “white privilege” is outdated. The new problem: opportunity hoarding.
I agree with the writer that unpaid internships favor the rich. The middle class youth need jobs with pay. Other ways the elite hoard opportunities for their own children include social networking, alumni “legacy” admissions, and finding jobs through family and friends. Mr Reeves argues that this natural tendency to favor one’s own restricts mobility between socioeconomic classes.
I think the writer is only partly correct. I have a different interpretation of his own graph, which is online at the Brookings Institute – The Case for Downward Mobility. Mr Reeves complains that 42% of the people born into the lowest income quintile remain there as adults. But that means the 58% of people born into the bottom quintile move up. The graph shows that 6% of the poor children reach the highest income quintile, while 9% of the richest children fall to the bottom.
The graph shows that only 39% of children born into the top tier remain there as adults.
This looks normal to me. This looks like healthy social and economic mobility.
Lion of the Blogosphere just wrote about autonomous cars, and I remembered that I have much to say about this.
These are the big changes that self-driving cars will bring to society:
1. The lives of most teenagers will be much better. Right now they sit in their homes until someone with a car and license takes them out. The teenagers will no longer have to schedule their lives around the availability and generosity of other licensed drivers (usually their parents).
2. The drinking age can be lowered because drunk driving will be non-existent. (Remember, the United States raised the drinking age to 21 because too many young drivers were driving drunk.) The police can stop doing those OWI checkpoints, which means that fewer people will be in jail.
3. Illegal drug dealing will be much easier and safer. Police (in their own autonomous car) will no longer be able to follow a suspicious driver looking for probable cause to make a stop. In fact, the drug dealer need not be in the car at all. The drugs can be placed in the car and delivered to the customer, and the customer can leave payment in the car. (Or maybe the customer pays first.)
4. Jurisdictions that depend on speeding tickets for revenue will have to make some changes.
5. Hackers will cause huge traffic problems.
6. Blind people, the elderly, the disabled, the mildly retarded, and others will be liberated.
7. We will still need mass transit.
I’m ready. I am tired of driving everyday.
Huffington Post: Barilla Pasta Won’t Feature Gay Families In Ads, Says Critics ‘Can Eat Another Brand Of Pasta’
Chicago Tribune: Anti-gay remark hurts pasta maker
Ridiculous. It is only pasta. The CEO’s opinion on homosexual families is completely irrelevant to the product.
I was surprised to learn that Germany has no minimum wage.
The Local – Germany: Should Germany have a minimum wage?
Some delivery drivers get €1.55 an hour, one maid got €0.26 an hour. The Social Democratic Party wants a minimum wage of €8.50 an hour, but other political parties are wary of the idea.