Sunday assorted links

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1 So Much For Subtlety March 19, 2017 at 5:56 am

Peter Ward is an MA at Seoul National University in the Department of Sociology. He is interested in North Korean society, its economy, and politics, as well as US and European politics.

Come on. They are kidding us. In a country of 44 billion they can’t find anyone except the work experience child?

A sociologist? Who couldn’t get into a North American grad program?

The loss of Chuck Berry is sad. He was a giant. Also a repulsive human being. Who proved that rehabilitation is a mirage. But a loss.

2 Art Deco March 19, 2017 at 9:24 am

44 Billion, I believe you mean 44 million

3 So Much For Subtlety March 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm

Are you sure? They are pretty crowded in Seoul.

Besides, a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you are talking about a real population.

4 Jan March 19, 2017 at 9:36 am

I would rather receive analysis from someone on the ground who actually knows something than an overcredentialed dilettante, of which there are many in the foreign policy space.

5 Sam Haysom March 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

Racist populism alert.

6 Jan March 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

Oh, did someone mention Steve Bannon?

7 So Much For Subtlety March 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Yes but that is not the choice here. You are being offered a pimpled teenage sociology student. Thomas Friedman, as over-credentialed dilettante as you can get, would be an improvement.

But spotty sociology nerd does blame America and I can see why you like people who confirm your priors.

8 Art Deco March 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

That’s the moderator’s intern posting under my handle.

9 anon March 19, 2017 at 11:08 am

RIP Chuck Berry

10 Alan March 19, 2017 at 7:25 am

A Proper Chelsea Gem? They describe the showing in exciting terms. I bet people were hoping to find a bargain on a little ( tiny ) Fixer upper.

11 freethinker March 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

5) Accents establish identity. Fine. What if that accent is a problem getting a good job? I read that African Americans who insist on speaking in the way they do in films ( I am quoting an author) find their way of speaking a liability in the job market and blame it on racism. I understand that successful blacks usually speak good English. Do native Americans face the same situation?

12 Jan March 19, 2017 at 9:47 am

I tend to think a necessity for “good English,” whether it’s a WV hillbilly or a homeboy from Los Angeles, is all about keeping up appearances, rather than concerns about one’s ability to communicate. Lot’s of high achieving academics, folks in technology and even business are foreigners with less than full mastery of English.

Also, why has “hella” not been adopted nationwide? It’s a great word that can be deployed in so many ways!

13 dan1111 March 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

The expectations may go beyond ability to communicate, but ability to communicate is a legitimate issue. Both homeboy and hillbilly dialects can present legitimate communication barriers to other English speakers.

Lots of high achieving foreigners succeed despite imperfect English, but that doesn’t mean their mastery of the language is a non-issue. In my experience (working in science with many foreigners) this is often a significant handicap, which people only overcome by excelling that much more in other respects.

14 Jan March 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

I’ve had trouble communicating with what I assumed were native English speakers in a number of fields, though I can’t think of a time when the main barrier was the person’s dialect, grammar or accent, rather than some other issue. Of course, it’s possible limited English ability really was the challenge and we were just so far apart in how we use language that I didn’t get that it was the main barrier. (I’m referring to Americans, though, as I can’t understand a lot what Scottish people are saying.)

15 freethinker March 19, 2017 at 11:53 pm

dan111 : “Lots of high achieving foreigners succeed despite imperfect English, but that doesn’t mean their mastery of the language is a non-issue. In my experience (working in science with many foreigners) this is often a significant handicap, which people only overcome by excelling that much more in other respects.”

The foreigners who excel may speak imperfect English but they don’t deliberately or stubbornly insist on speaking it imperfectly, just to maintain their identity. Indeed, they try to improve their fluency in English and ensure their kids speak it fluently. Of course, Native Americans have the right to speak English the way they want to, if only to establish their identity, even if the way they speak it is deemed faulty by the majority. Fine, as along as they speak to members outside their group in the conventional way. Also, if they wish to enter the mainstream, they should acquire fluency in English to the extent required by potential employers rather than complain of discrimination.

16 Turkey Vulture March 19, 2017 at 11:03 pm

Feels funny when someone 30+ says “hella.”

17 Cliff March 20, 2017 at 1:51 am

Any difference between “hella” and “very”?

18 GoneWithTheWind March 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

I agree, it is a turnoff to interview an applicant who can barely be understood and whose grammar is painful to listen to. It doesn’t make it better when you realize this is intentional as kind of a poke in the ye to the rest of the world. The NFL and the NBA would do well to prevent their athletes from giving interviews, I’ve known toddlers who can speak more eloquently. Perhaps this new unique identity is not a good thing.

19 prior_test2 March 19, 2017 at 10:59 am

‘it is a turnoff to interview an applicant who can barely be understood and whose grammar is painful to listen to’

And yet, here we are, with Trump as president.

‘Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart —you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.’

20 Sam Haysom March 19, 2017 at 11:37 am

Everyone looks stupid when in an uncorrected transcript. At least twice during the final weeks of the campaign Obama was reduced to frustrated initelliglble grunting by trumps comeback. Ask media matters to fax over new talking points.

21 prior_test2 March 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

And yet, strangely, GoneWithTheWind wrote “it is a turnoff to interview an applicant….” So do interviewed applicants get to turn in a corrected transcript after the interview? Further, when the actual speech is from a person who says ‘I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true’, it seems strange to say he looks stupid because we hear his actual words, instead of having someone else, presumably not as smart, correct what was said.

Trump is an ever flowing font of entertainment, though I’m fairly sure that media matters does not agree with that perspective. Admittedly, I have no plans to fax them that truth as a new talking point either.

22 prior_test2 March 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

In fairness to Trump, he did not directly declare himself as one of the ‘smartest people anywhere in the world,’ he merely said that is what other people would say if Trump were running (or now ruling, one would assume) as a liberal Democrat.

23 OneGuy March 19, 2017 at 11:37 pm

Obama rarely talked off script and the few times he did he stuttered and misstated. He literally couldn’t speak publicly unless someone told him what to say. Obama my well be the least intelligent president ever. Trump is pretty damned smart and if you could ever get past your prejudice you could see that. What really bothers me is how far left the Democrats have gone in the last 20-30 years and now they seem to be accelerating.their crazy leftward move. They have embraced communist organizations and their activists have turned downright fascists and violent. What is next? They scare me with their anti-American actions and speech. I fully expect them to kill someone at their violent rallies any day now.

24 Cliff March 20, 2017 at 1:54 am

In person I think that would make plenty of sense. Written down it looks bad

25 Sam Haysom March 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

The NFL yes the NBA is actually probally at peak articulateness as far as those two leagues go.

AAU basketball is such a shitty, exploitative environment that it has inadvertently made it so that only pretty high IQ and high self control players make it through the ringer. The NFL has the opposite problem youth football culture provides pretty good structure which manages to get players who would flounder in the more shark-like basketball environment all the way through into the NFL.

26 Art Deco March 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm

I guess ol cuckolds like me wouldn’t stand a chance!

27 Slocum March 19, 2017 at 8:31 am

1. Perhaps best described as ‘bubblelicious’.

28 dearieme March 19, 2017 at 9:00 am

One attraction is that nobody will be allowed to destroy that lovely view. Or so the buyer hopes.

29 dearieme March 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

Also it’s freehold, so the buyer owns not only the house but the land beneath.

30 Anonymous March 19, 2017 at 10:23 am

7. Life in America has gone through such strange swings. On the one hand Springsteen can call Berry the best ever, on the other

a disappointing fox news clip

It would be a relief if that were ‘fake news’ but sadly it is a real clip from the dominant right-of-center news outlet, values setter.

Chuck Berry – Back in the USA

31 Thiago Ribeiro March 19, 2017 at 10:54 am

Such is life in Trump’s America.

32 The Other Jim March 19, 2017 at 11:36 am

At least the food’s good.

33 Thiago Ribeiro March 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

I’ve tasted American food, it tastes like cardboard. Many friends and relatives of mines have been to America, so even live there. They all report that the food is awful.

34 The Other Jim March 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

At least the President is awesome.

35 Jan March 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm

American food is much more than McDonald’s. We also have Burger King, Taco Bell and the Olive Garden.

36 Thiago Ribeiro March 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm

1) President Temer is much better. He is smarter, he did not inherit money, he became a self-made millionairey through his legal acumen, he is one of the leading law scholars in Brazil, he helped to fight the miltary dictatorship, restore the rule of law and abolish the death penalty and torture. He is a poet, he helped to write the Brazilian Constitution and he is one the best law professors in the world. His Portuguese is much better than Trump’s English. He presided the House three times before becoming vice president and president and is reforming Brazilian economy at neckbreaking speed. Under his watch, inflation collapsed and the Brazilian Real is up, the stock market is surging. His wife is much prettier than Mr. Trumps wives. He is viril, he is about 75 and yet fathered a young boy, who got his first name (Michel).

2) American fast food is a whole different cardbox posing as food. I was talking about vegetables, fruits and meat. They taste like styrofoam, cardboard, wood and plastic.

37 The Other Jim March 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm

At least we’re not Brazil.

38 Thiago Ribeiro March 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm

You are not even Brazil and you will never be. As Brazilian poet Olabo Bilac wrote about Brazil, “Love with faith and pride the land in which you were born! Oh child! You will never see a country like this one! See what sky, what sea, what jungle! Nature here is perpetually celebrating, A mother’s bosom overflowing warmth and love. See what life upon the ground! in nests above, Which sway among the moving branches in the air! See what light, what heat, what clouds of insects there! See the great expanse of jungle that presides Where fertile, luminous, eternal spring resides! Good land! that never has denied to man its favors Of raiment, shelter, daily bread to him who labors… He who pays the price with sweat and tears shall see, His work repaid, and rich and happy he will be! Oh Child! you’ll never see a land like this so fair: Imitate the greatness of your land with care!”.”

39 Thiago Ribeiro March 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

As Virgil wrote, predicting the rise of Brazil,

“For other peoples will, I do not doubt,
still cast their bronze to breathe with softer features,
or draw out of the marble living lines,
plead causes better, trace the ways of heaven
with wands and tell the rising constellations;
but yours will be the rulership of nations,
remember, Roman, these will be your arts:
to teach the ways of peace to those you conquer,
to spare defeated peoples, tame the proud.”

40 So Much For Subtlety March 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm

The Other Jim March 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm

At least we’re not Brazil.

Then you have something in common with Thiago. Because neither is he. Come on, this is not the most inventive troll here on MR. Don’t feed it.

41 Thiago Ribeiro March 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

I am not pnly Brazilian, but I am from one our oldest and best families, with a recorded history that goes as far as 14th Century Portugal. While your forefathers probably were savages in an island, mine were writers, navigators, conquerors and astronomers.

42 Sam Haysom March 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

Unvarnished articulations of reality are tough for you to stomach arent they. I tend to be more opposed to people who stick cameras into ladies restrooms and film minors myself. Who is your values-setter by the way. Maybe you should switch to Fox News.

43 Jan March 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

But do ya like people who walk in on underage women changing clothes, or profess to “grab them right in the pussy”?


44 Dick the Butcher March 19, 2017 at 12:54 pm

One More Reason We Should Carpet-Bomb American Colleges And Universities


45 Jan March 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

You seem conflicted. 😉

46 Dick the Butcher March 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm

It only seems as if the “Hitler/Nazi” talk/writings are meant to provoke unbalanced people to murder President Trump.

47 Anonymous March 19, 2017 at 7:02 pm

The Nazi stuff got a bit out of hand, but Sebastian Gorka puts a cherry on top.

48 Meets March 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

#6 many people underestimate the positive impact of deregulation

I’m sure many were appalled by what Sioux Falls did

49 mulp March 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm

A trillion in credit card debt at 35% interest is a positive? In my 70th year, I still remember the role of South Dakota in flooding mailboxes with credit card applications, easy credit, destruction of Regulation Q, and the explosion of debt among peers with few to no assets, and the rise of credit as a huge profit center.

But health care growth is driven by Obamacare.

Wsj: “The South Dakota city has undergone an unlikely transformation into a financial and health-care powerhouse in the middle of cornfields”

“89.5 percent of South Dakota exchange enrollees were receiving premium subsidies in 2016 to offset the cost of their coverage, and the subsidies are significantly larger in 2017 than they were in 2016, since premiums increased considerably.

South Dakota has two carriers — Avera and Sanford — offering plans in the exchange in 2017. And they are also the only carriers offering plans in South Dakota’s individual market (including off-exchange) in 2017, as two other carriers that previously offered plans outside the exchange have left the state’s individual market.

2017 enrollment

During the 2017 open enrollment period (November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017), 29,622 people enrolled in coverage through the South Dakota exchange. That’s a 14 percent increase over 2016, when 25,999 people enrolled in coverage.

Total enrollment through (which is used by 39 states) was almost 5 percent lower in 2017 than it was in 2016, but South Dakota bucked that trend and saw a significant increase in enrollment. This is likely due in large part to the fact that Wellmark and DakotaCare both terminated their off-exchange plans in South Dakota at the end of 2016, and their enrollees had to seek coverage from Avera or Sanford instead, both of which offer plans on and off the exchange.

There were 10 states that saw enrollment growth in 2017, and South Dakota’s percentage increase in total enrollment was the second-highest.”

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Areva and Sanford are not-for-profit integrated health care providers that are pursuing the same model of innovation advocated and supported by Obamacare. Most doctors are employees of the providers, which provides the insurance, so doctors will be motivated to maximize quality results, not simply do lots of billing.

“But uninsured rate lower than average

Despite the lackluster exchange enrollment and the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid, the uninsured rate in South Dakota is lower than the national average.  In South Dakota, 14 percent of  the population was uninsured in 2013, and that number had dropped to 11.3 percent by mid-2014 and 7.2 percent during the first half of 2015 (the average for states that did not expand Medicaid and also opted to have HHS run their exchanges was 13.4 percent by mid-2015).”

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Pour money into a sector of the economy and you create lots of jobs in that sector of the economy.

The argument made in South Dakota last year to expand Medicaid was to get $100 million in Federal funding to reduce the $89 million in unpaid medical bills which end up being redistributed to higher prices for all medical services which increase insurance premiums.

Somehow, not spending government money on health care failed to make the people of South Dakota both healthier and wealthier so all medical bills are paid because the poor are totally healthy and need no care and those who chose to be sick or injured are wealthy enough to pay.

Of course, South Dakota benefits greatly in jobs from a hundred million Americans not being able to pay their bills so they charge it on credit cards issued out of South Dakota.

So, South Dakota, and Sioux Falls has done very well thanks to Obama, contrary to the claims of conservatives that Obama has destroyed the banks and health care industry.

50 rayward March 19, 2017 at 2:32 pm

6. I can’t access the WSJ article, but a quick read of the Wikipedia article reveals that Sioux Falls is home to Wells Fargo and Citigroup, the 180,000 population, wealth, climate, and convenient access no doubt attracting such financial giants. Well, no, so what brought these giants to Sioux Falls? I’ve been there. Once. And wouldn’t recommend it to those seeking culture or, well, a good time. It’s not far from the Badlands (Mount Rushmore) and the Black Hills, but neither can explain Wells Fargo and Citigroup, not unless the executives of those two financial behemoths enjoy the outdoors, wind, and cold. So what is it? Duh. If health insurance could be sold across state lines, we’d be buying insurance from companies located in Sioux Falls. If Glen Turner could do it all over again, he would do it in Sioux Falls. Dare to be Great in Sioux Falls, S.D. We have become a nation of hucksters.

51 Harun March 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm

I believe only the credit card businesses are located in SD. Do you find your credit cards to be bad?

52 Dick the Butcher March 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm

It’s not Sioux Falls’ fault. Decades ago, some big banks moved their wholly-owned, credit card subsidiary banks to South Dakota for tax purposes. Many banks also hold securities investment portfolio-holding subsidiary banks in Delaware for the same tax reasons.

Here’s why people can’t pay their Obamacare premiums – they are too high and the law requires them to purchase. FYI the deductibles also are too high and the average ACA sufferer can’t afford to go to the MD – doesn’t have the $$$ to pay the deductible. I know all this is far too difficult to understand for the typical econ PhD candidate.

The two Fed rate rises since Election Day will not help credit card debtors (35.5% APR), ACA sufferers, or the economy – first quarter GDP growth estimate is 0.8% (Atlanta Fed). The little people’s saving accounts interest rates didn’t rise with the fed funds rate.

The rate rises will benefit Wall Street and the big banks as has been the case since 2009 thanks to the Fed’s keeping rates at near-zero and $4+ trillion in crappy MBS assets purchases at par.

53 Anonymous March 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

3. Sounds like a good effort. It is a little bit of a winding tale of trial and error, but that is to be expected in a period of innovation.

54 March 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm

OT: “””Smells of Singapore”””

What is the smell of dinosaur??

55 JC March 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

#6. Not being complacent pays off.

#7. Chuck Berry was a great artist. Tremendous song writing skills, fool of swing, skillful guitarist and very creative. He livid a long and eventful life, 90 years on Planet earth and most of them doing what you like is a privilege reserved for very few, RIP King.

56 zztop March 21, 2017 at 12:36 am

St.Louis should be proud, as it is for the other musical great, Miles Davis. RIP Chuck Berry

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