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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:53 PM

Re: Economics of renewable energy

It seems like one way to handle this problem is to build smaller nuclear plants that can handle the nighttime load and large solar plants or distributed smaller solar plants to handle the daytime load, maybe.

Mon Jul 7

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:47 PM

Re: Kansas Tax cut Failures study

If you are now receiving SS benefits, they are being paid for by that minimum wage burger flipper.

Well, technically, I bought the government bond that the burger flipper is now redeeming with his taxes, but ok.

This whole [more]

Thu Jul 3

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:09 PM

Re: The death of the American mall

People don't buy stuff at the mall because you can't find anything worth buying. That's about the bottom line there.

If you want a skanky t-shirt made in China for a 14-year-old, you can find that, but it will cost too much.

Tue Jul 1

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:38 PM

Re: Stiglitz on inequality

The CEO has a financial incentive to pay employees less, in that he gets bonuses when short-term profits go up.

I think that is the root of the problem right there.

Mon Jun 30

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:22 PM

Re: A Century Ago Yesterday...

the Pulitzer Price winning "Lords of Finance" for the real story,

I'm reading it, and it really puts an end to the argument that the gold standard would fix everything, doesn't it?

It does go on and on, but it has [more]

Sun Jun 22

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WilliB replied to the Retire Early CampFIRE board. 10:18 PM

Re: Redskins

Let's change the name to the "Washington Reagans"

At least that would be consistent with how Congress named the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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WilliB replied to the Political Asylum board. 10:14 PM

Re: Jindal plants violence bug

Remember when "school choice" was the code for "segregation" and "states rights" was the code for Jim Crow?

"Religious liberty" is the code for outlawing gay marriage, outlawing abortion, restricting [more]

Fri Jun 20

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:23 PM

Re: As Good As It Gets?

Not sure, if I was an employer I don't know why I wouldn't give the long termers a really good look. What is the bias there?

Back when I was hiring people, I never cared how long they had been out of work (if they had been), but I [more]

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WilliB posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:59 PM

OT: more on debtor's prison

Woman dies in jail while serving sentence for her kids’ unpaid school fines

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Thu Jun 19

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:37 AM

Re: Remember stagflation?

The economic problem with the rich getting rich on the backs of the poor is that sooner or later backs start breaking and all come tumbling down.

People who don't earn enough money to meet basic expenses use credit to buy necessities like [more]

Mon Jun 16

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:26 PM

Re: 23 August, 1966. A Sojourn.

The possible location of the missing trillions:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/opinion/a-piketty-proteges...

Sun Jun 15

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:39 PM

Re: 23 August, 1966. A Sojourn.

You forgot one option. The money was stolen before 2008, not after.

Bingo. Would be nice to know which dudes ended up with it, though.

Wed Jun 11

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:40 AM

Re: Are others doing what I'm doing?

Doing the same (holding dividend payers, selling when alarms first ring), except on a tiny scale.

Mon Jun 9

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:13 AM

Re: Dropping Out, Why?

3. Almost all of the decline (80 percent) in the participation rate since the first quarter of 2012 is accounted for by the increase in nonparticipation due to retirement.6 This implies that the decline in the unemployment rate since 2012 is not [more]

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 9:08 AM

Re: Boomer Retirement Impacts on Stocks

It's not that straightforward. Retired people tend to conserve their savings, but look for income-producing places to park it.

Since bonds and bank accounts have low returns, I'm thinking that equities are the only game in town right now, [more]

Sun Jun 8

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:12 PM

Re: Women's Tennis Apparal (OT?)

We used to make fun of ourselves, wearing outfits with the same mix and match colors, calling ourselves a page out of the Sears catalog. All the retailers do the same sort of thing.

If I don't like the colors or the cut, I don't buy either. [more]

Fri Jun 6

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:12 PM

Re: tim443-you asked

It is discouraging that people intentional misinterpret the phrase "living wage." It is probably a bad label. After all, a cancer patient with 12 children has more expenses than a healthy single guy living in a log cabin.

It has [more]

Thu Jun 5

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:02 PM

Re: Is Seattle crazy?

And me taking a pay cut doesn't make things more affordable for minimum wage earners. It just leaves me less to spend to keep them employed.

I think that was the point. Low pay is bad for business.

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WilliB replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:01 PM

Re: Is Seattle crazy?

Again, no one has addressed, what do you do with those that have some skills and currently earn $10-15/hr? Do they get an $8/hr raise? Then keeping going up the wage chain. When do you stop increasing wages?

You are right, the whole [more]

Wed Jun 4

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WilliB replied to the Free For All Economics board. 11:12 AM

Re: Rising sea levels will be too much, too fast

I have been wondering for years why Florida puts such an effort into trying to save the Everglades. They could have been trying to save the Wakulla River and such places, instead.

It is time for us all to get real.

I just got back [more]

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