Assorted links

by on August 24, 2012 at 6:54 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. MIE: sun-safe swimwear, and the forward march of progress.

2. Funny old photos, sometimes of wrongdoers.

3. Claims about hoboes, some of them speculative.

4. Data on Chinese nationalism.

5. Pilot project on mass vehicle communications system.

6. More results on stagnant and contracting median incomes.

Andrew' August 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

2. A lion on a motorcycle in a cage of death. How on earth could people have been that bored?

IVV August 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

Or that awesome?

Euripides August 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

Awesome, they should make a movie with Will Ferrel as the driver of that motorcycle.

Andrew' August 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Re-team with the cougar from Talladega Nights.

JWatts August 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I can’t say it any better than the author:

“Lion Dromes originally started as a spinoff of Walls of Death: enclosed arenas where small cars and motorcycles kicked gravity square in the beanbags with a boot made out of centrifugal force. But of course, driving sideways in defiance of how everything should be wasn’t entertaining enough for the discerning, cane-fighting supercriminals of yesteryear. So they added lions, naturally”

dead serious August 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

Claims about the economy, most of them speculative.

charlie August 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

Those swimsuits would do well in Protestant 19th century america.

In fact, I think they did.

John B. Chilton August 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Related to median income link there’s also this, http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-1/how-have-health-benefits-changed-in-state-and-local-governments-from-1998-to-2011.htm

quote/
Health insurance coverage for state and local government employees has undergone significant changes over the past decade. Although state and local governments still provide comprehensive coverage to most employees, the total percentage of employees who are covered by insurance has declined. In addition, a higher proportion of health care costs have shifted to employees, and a larger percentage of employees are now enrolled in contributory plans that require employees to pay premiums. Coverage for benefits has also changed; more employees have restricted health plans or plans with limited coverage, requiring them to pay deductibles or coinsurance.
/unquote

And think of the trend towards outsourcing of government services, too, sometimes primarily motivated b/c you can move the work to one with lower benefits — it creates workplace tension if some FT _employees_ are treated differently from others, so make them non-employees.

Pedro August 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Not related, but I thought it would like to see these new pictures, Tyler:

“Brasília from the sky”:

“http://bentoviana.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/brasilia-vista-do-ceu-45/”

Brian Donohue August 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

re: #2 and #3. Excellent Friday fare.

bluto August 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Small world, I met Frog about a decade ago in Helena. Really nice guy. I think he was on his way to a hobo gathering, but I don’t remember where. It was just after he’d been elected hobo king.

mulp August 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

6: When are the Bush-tax-cuts-to-create-jobs going to kick in and create more jobs than the crushing job-killing-Clinton-tax-hikes???

It looks like all income sectors except for over 65 saw peak incomes circa 2000 and other than the pump and dump asset price bubble artificially creating income circa 2005-6, things have been in decline since the beginning of the century.

Meanwhile, Social Security and Medicare has worked well to give those over 65 a share of the growing economy, but one can hardly argue they are a high income group which can pay a lot in taxes or give up benefits without sacrifice.

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