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  1. USA/ crony Capitalism at work. Way back when, paypal was a payment method business. Profit was made from o(ther) p(eoples) m(oney). It worked like this: you give paypal money (a transfer method), they deposit it into their bank account, 2 business days later, they give it to the intended party. What this does is create a large sum of money in paypal's bank account w/o actually owning any of it. Banks got pissed because thay can't do this legally. So, the SEC got involved. Decided paypal was acting as a bank ... without being registered as a bank ... and having to do all the things a bank must do. Like, buying insurance. You know, that wonderful monetary carousel where the insurance companies own the banks and the banks own the insurance companies. SEC told paypal to become a bank or go to jail. Which brings us to today's SEC/banks/IRS security policies. If you have a SS#, you are required to give it to your bank(s). If you don't, Welcome To America !!!! No problem. Here's your new account. Your creation of a paypal account in english was the first SEC/banks/IRS security policy indicator.
  2. Derfers gonna derf. -paraphrasing Paul Krugman Scope of personnal economics remains the same as it's always been. Scope of macro economics is ever changing. It's the playground for the rich and those who do their bidding ... especially in a capitalist society. Why not research what the current day antagonists have to say about Reagan's economic moves. You know, the people who were in his administration ... Krugman and Paul Craig Roberts. Correct & incorrect macro economic changes are determined by economic timespace. But, their models require personnal economic standards like predictable work ethics & self preservation. Today, the work ethic standards have never been lower while self preservation fears are high (see occupy wall street). Which of the rich are you likely to trust and derf away? The bandwagon is waiting. Your choice of propoganda has your ticket. Just remember ... whining knows no class distinction.
  3. From AAAS.org The simple math that explains why you may (or may not) get cancer By Jennifer Couzin-Frankel 1 January 2015 2:00 pm Why? That’s the first word on many lips after a cancer diagnosis. “It’s a perfectly reasonable question,” says Bert Vogelstein, a cancer geneticist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, who has spent a lifetime trying to answer it. Thanks to his friendship with a recently minted Ph.D. in applied mathematics, the two now propose a framework arguing that most cancer cases are the result of biological bad luck. In a paper this week in Science, Vogelstein and Cristian Tomasetti, who joined the biostatistics department at Hopkins in 2013, put forth a mathematical formula to explain the genesis of cancer. Here’s how it works: Take the number of cells in an organ, identify what percentage of them are long-lived stem cells, and determine how many times the stem cells divide. With every division, there’s a risk of a cancer-causing mutation in a daughter cell. Thus, Tomasetti and Vogelstein reasoned, the tissues that host the greatest number of stem cell divisions are those most vulnerable to cancer. When Tomasetti crunched the numbers and compared them with actual cancer statistics, he concluded that this theory explained two-thirds of all cancers. “Using the mathematics of evolution, you can really develop an engineerlike understanding of the disease,” says Martin Nowak, who studies mathematics and biology at Harvard University and has worked with Tomasetti and Vogelstein. “It’s a baseline risk of being an animal that has cells that need to divide.” The idea emerged during one of the pair’s weekly brainstorming sessions in Vogelstein’s office. They returned to an age-old question: How much of cancer is driven by environmental factors, and how much by genetics? To solve that, Tomasetti reasoned, “I first need to understand how much is by chance and take that out of the picture.” By “chance” Tomasetti meant the roll of the dice that each cell division represents, leaving aside the influence of deleterious genes or environmental factors such as smoking or exposure to radiation. He was most interested in stem cells because they endure—meaning that a mutation in a stem cell is more likely to cause problems than a mutation in a cell that dies more quickly. Tomasetti searched the literature to find the numbers he needed, such as the size of the stem cell “compartment” in each tissue. Plotting the total number of stem cell divisions over a lifetime against the lifetime risk of cancer in 31 different organs revealed a correlation. As the number of divisions rose, so did risk. Colon cancer, for example, is far more common than cancer of the duodenum, the first stretch of the small intestine. This is true even in those who carry a mutated gene that puts their entire intestine at risk. Tomasetti found that there are about 1012 stem cell divisions in the colon over a lifetime, compared with 1010 in the duodenum. Mice, by contrast, have more stem cell divisions in their small intestine—and more cancers—than in their colon. The line between mutations and cancer isn’t necessarily direct. “It may not just be whether a mutation occurs,” says Bruce Ponder, a longtime cancer researcher at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. “There may be other factors in the tissue that determine whether the mutation is retained” and whether it triggers a malignancy. That said, the theory remains “an extremely attractive idea,” says Hans Clevers, a stem cell and cancer biologist at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Still, he points out, the result “hinges entirely on how good the input data are.” Tomasetti was aware that some of the published data may not be correct. In 10,000 runs of his model, he skewed where various points on the graph were plotted. Always, “the result was still significant,” he says, suggesting the big picture holds even if some of the data points do not. In mathematical jargon, the graph showed a correlation of 0.81. (A correlation of 1 means that by knowing the variable on the x-axis—in this case, the lifetime number of stem cell divisions—one can predict the y-axis value 100% of the time.) Squaring that 0.81 gives 0.65—an indicator of how much of the variation in cancer risk in a tissue is explained by variation in stem cell divisions (see graph above). For Vogelstein, one major message is that cancer often cannot be prevented, and more resources should be funneled into catching it in its infancy. “These cancers are going to keep on coming,” he says. Douglas Lowy, a deputy director of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, agrees, but also stresses that a great deal of “cancer is preventable” and efforts to avert the disease must continue. Although the randomness of cancer might be frightening, those in the field see a positive side, too. The new framework stresses that “the average cancer patient … is just unlucky,” Clevers says. “It helps cancer patients to know” that the disease is not their fault. link for some article replies: http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/01/simple-math-explains-why-you-may-or-may-not-get-cancer P.S. As with any "science", relevance is likely to change. If "science" isn't dated, it's worthless.
  4. Something I learned recently. 3 Different 4GLTE smart phones sitting on a desk at work. All using the same carrier. 2 display so-so 3G coverage. Third fon a strong 4GLTE signal. The difference? The size of the internal antenna. The stronger signal fon, an HTC 816 is a large 5.5" screen model, doesn't have a removable battery. Virgin Mobile $35/ mo. prepaid. Give credit card for monthly automatic use and forget it. To be fair, fon reception at work sucks. Building sits in a valley, next to a 25' tall granite ledge. Verizon/ Iphone users are no different than anyone else. Best reception is in the parking lot. Another fellow worker, long time Sprint/ Moto user ($95/mo.) switched to VM/ HTC 816 ($35/mo.) after seeing this 3 fon test. VM sells fons on their site, but often, anyone can buy them cheaper online (Amazon/ebay/etc.) VM has Iphones available now as well. I've got 2 phones I rotate. The larger, 5" screen VM Supreme (overpriced) I use during non-fishing time. The Kyocera Vibe Hydro comes with me during wet times since it's water resistant (rated: submerged 30 min @ 1 meter). Nice to have a fon I can rinse to clean, wipe & go. Generally takes 5 to 30 minutes to switch the activation back and forth online. Naturally, both fons work wifi internet even when not activated. The data use is only counted on the activated fon when not using wifi. Wife like her Hydro since she works at a garden center/farm. Wet and dirty is daily standard. Point is, cheaper priced carriers are using the same towers as expensive carriers. Tower owners give preference to their customers during busy times. If you're having trouble connecting, update your PRL (the system settings which pick the order of searching for and connecting to available towers). Updating your fon's PRL takes less than 10 seconds. Better antenna fons are now available from cheaper carriers. Fons have easy to use, monthly data use settings to warn you when the selected (by you) limit is met to avoid excessive data use. This in-fon, data tracking graph can help decide if upgrading your plan is a good idea. Prepaid plans will tell you if data is used up and recommend a higher data/price plan. Today's options, why pay for high cost/ high data plans if you don't need them?
  5. Russia and China are building pipelines to each other. China wants/needs the energy, so, expect whatever financial arrangements to keep plan going. China buying rubles? Russia has agreed to build 7 nuke plants in Iran ... all announced around World Energy Conference. Anyone know the current maintenance conditions of refineries? Supply of crude and supply of refined are 2 different things.
  6. I get a kick out of reading these posts. We're all in an information fishbowl regarding Cuba. Info about Cuba is censored and contrived since the '50's. We don't even know what countries trade with Cuba ... except Russia & Venezuela. Easiest way to get there (illegal for US citizens) is flying out of Canada. Try to find out anything about the history of Cuba on the US internet is just recent rants on how the embargo (their's and our's) is backwards. It's as though Cuba began when Castro discovered it like Columbus did here. It's laughable. I'm not for or against it. Just see people who don't remember what all the fighting was about now making the decisions. How likely are these disagreements to return as neither culture has or is likely to change their dogmas? How can anyone here discuss what happened between the US and Cuba leading up to Castro's Revolution? People in US walking to an anti-violence protests with Che's image on their chests . Clueless.
  7. That would be having the CIA backed coup of democratically elected Ukrainian government, holding elections within 30 days of coup, then, claiming the US puppet govt as the proper, democratically elected govt? Putin is guilty of not wanting to allow US/ New World Order Capitalist Trading Regulations with a dollar based economy. Of not wanting US ruled NATO as Russia's Federal military. He doesn't want Wall Street as the dominant economic authority. The US and the EU do want these things. It's inbred that today's US/ Western European capitalist leaders want to be the biggest fish in the world's trading sea. As trade with outsiders increases, these whales want the rules slanted to benefit themselves as part of joining the group. Kinda like joining the mafia. (Of course, there is no such thing as the Mafia.) This is what Putin is fighting. This is why he's popular at home. I agree Putin wants his own power, but, I don't see that he wants to be World Emperor, as US media portrays. Funny how they don't portray any US President as wanting to be World Emperor ... as Russian media portrays. At present, on this topic, I agree with Russian media's portrayal.
  8. ... and Nipsip sits back and laughs. Why? Because in established Nipsip fashion, his OP left out that these debts included such things as unpaid parking tickets and past due membership dues. Gotcha ... An article clearly written for Nipsip types ... All political hype without reading the fine print. Inflame those who don't read or understand the lending fine print. If this was written in 2007, Obama would be included in this group as he owed over $300 in parking tickets dating back to his Harvard days. Of course, these tickets were paid (without interest or late payment fines) at the time of his presidential run. Guess his running for the US senate wasn't sufficient to pony up. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/new-economy/2014/0730/One-third-of-Americans-have-debt-in-collections-study-finds.-Cause-for-concern
  9. Family had just moved to New Orleans. Father worked for company which made the LM practice landing vehicle. Wild looking thing. Had a crane's cable tethered to it so it wouldn't crash. His work had recently rented some space from NASA Michoud where they made the first stage of Saturn rockets. A few weeks later, the astronaut on the historic event not named Armstrong or Aldren came to Michoud as a thank you tour. 11 years old and got to see him speak. They replayed the audio transmissions of landing and walking on the moon. After, we got a tour of the booster plant with numerous, next in line to fly. Think of walking around under the rocket and you get the idea.
  10. From the album 45 Years Ago Today

  11. So, NICK HANAUER is feeling uneasy about the new US economy he helped create. And, "HIS" solution to overpay unskilled workers. Guess it's because he helped in the exporting of skilled and semi skilled blue collar jobs. This capitalist doesn't know how to create US blue collar skilled jobs. Seeing further down the timeline in every prosperous economy is technology and capitalist trying to keep prices competitive with copying competition by reducing costs. Most popular methods are fewer well paid workers or cutting wages. Ship the jobs to a less expensive work force area. Or another such country. Here's some news of the future, Mr. HANAUER. Inflation is what happens when the unskilled are overpaid ... without creating the ability to gain higher skilled and paying positions. A product = $ value. An improved product = more $ value. A product + inflation = more $ value... which is what he's proposing. For those who's income is close to but not below the proposed minimum wage, the inflation is the most severe. He's OK with that. Won't touch him. The fact that this will create even more pressure on more kids continuing to live with Mom & Dad later in life in the future is just fine with him. If he wants to make a difference, he can try creating skilled and semi skilled blue collar jobs in the US. The reason for the rapid growth of 1 percenters wealth is because the US has become the world's middle management. This middle management oversees products produced in other, lower paying countries. Ex: Highest rung earners can profit 50 cents an hour per unskilled worker, $4 an hour per semi skilled worker, and $10 an hour per skilled worker. So, the desire to create unskilled jobs is low. Let some low paying overseas company do that. Pitchforks? China is much closer to pitchfork revolution where this have and have not's gap is even worse. Billionaires employing unskilled workers for $1 a day including forced 6 and 7 day work week. Which is why China has tossed US media reporters out of the country or be jailed. And, US companies are pulling out of China. Which is why Walmart is trying to bring blue collar jobs back to the US. At least, until they can find another, more stable (controlled) work force overseas. If this clown's logic held that's it good for the economy to give more pay without increasing productivity, we should all go unemployed with higher EBT payouts. Funny how he hasn't considered giving all of his earnings except for, say $80,000 a year, to the government for covering society's unproductive payouts.
  12. LMAO! "From the examples above, and similar cases in the literature, we contend that, a human being is not merely a slave to his genes. Human life can be compared to a game of cards. At birth, every person is dealt a hand of cards — his genetic make-up. Some receive a good hand, others a less good one. Success in any game, however, is almost always a matter of erudition." Erudition: def. extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books : profound, recondite, or bookish learning. Good one!!!
  13. Who's map are we using? We talk of Iraq. Actions by this Iraq fight well against this country called Iran. This army of Iraq, of SH, of Maliki don't fight, wouldn't fight, didn't fight. Enlist? Forced to enlist? Enlist for a better standard of living .. until asked to fight (someone other than Iran)? Don't blame administrations. Blame the US main stream media. The ralliers. The ones not informing us. Not agreeing with Hans Blix's findings. When main stream media stops getting it's rally instructions from the WH and starts providing US citizens with accurate info, how can the pols follow their winds of constituents weathervane. Garbage in. Garbage out. This is the change we should be demanding. Let's try to pick a side in the fight. Can anyone explain immediately what each side is fighting for ... other than more power than any other group? I mean, the ideals which the citizens want. Let's ask the man on the street what these points are. Fail! Man on street doesn't know. What he does know is that it's not what he'd fight for. In other words, citizens there won't fight for what we believe in and we won't fight for what they believe in. And, neither will change their position. In other words, we can't pick a winner. Only the loser, no matter which side we pick. Every leader there is a Tyrant. That's what the people know. And, apparently, that's fine with them. A country is only defined by the borders it will protect. To think that we draw their borders is fantasy. But, the New World Order does have it's map makers ... and it's media, err, propagandists.
  14. political Saint Lois. Let the statue be carved.