Saturday assorted links

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1 Right Wing House Music October 28, 2017 at 3:43 am

#2 Even if I were richer than Bill Gates, I would not shell out $700 for a showerhead that creates a mist instead of a pressurized stream. Certain areas of the body require a thin, narrow stream of water from a showerhead on a flexible, mobile head in order to clean thoroughly.

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2 GoneWithTheWind October 28, 2017 at 10:47 am

If the shower head saves water by simply putting less water on your body then you will shower longer. The last time big government saved water they made flush toilets that don’t use enough water to actually flush so you must push the lever two or three times. Good job big government.

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3 RM October 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm

I beg to disagree. Low flow toilets work just fine and they represent one of the government’s best interventions in recent times.

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4 Cleverland October 28, 2017 at 8:03 pm

I’m sure no one reading this blog wants to live in Cleveland, but I have to point out that we shower for as long as we want under unimpeded cataracts of hot water, and with clear consciences, since we are on the shores of a Great Lake, and have more fresh water than we know what to do with. Also, although we’re stuck with lo-flo toilets, we flush ’em like crazy. I’ll flush a kleenex rather than take two steps over and throw it in the wastebasket.

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5 Careless October 29, 2017 at 12:42 am

the new movement is dual flow level toilets, heavy or light flush depending on your needs.

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6 peri October 28, 2017 at 11:25 am

Exactly. How stupid. Can we make a mister? Do we dare? I don’t know!

“A person living in New York City who takes a 10-minute shower daily can expect to save about $125 in water and gas heating annually …. The company counts titans of tech, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google chairman Eric Schmidt, among its investors, and is on a mission to disrupt the way people consume water.”

Hey! What are you doing in there? Do the rich-and-famous need a TED talk explaining 3-minute showers? And did they never share a bathroom?

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7 peri October 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm

And really, Apple Geniuses: for all I know you may overstate the importance of all your mundane actions – perhaps that’s understandable when you are brilliant and wield so much power. But anyone with even a cursory interest in water issues would know that your shower is not a problem that needs to be solved. Indeed, the only way your shower – our of all our water usage – can be said to be problematic, is that mistakenly thinking it’s a big problem, and that we’re “running out of water,” makes you susceptible to the water hustlers’ pitches for their dumb, expensive, environmentally damaging, and lucrative-to-themselves projects.

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8 ChrisA October 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm

+1 – obtaining clean water is simply not a problem in modern societies. Even if all water had to be made from seawater it would be a trivial part of any developed country GDP.

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9 RM October 28, 2017 at 3:56 pm

This is not about the quantity of clean water available. Most importantly, it is about the infrastructure to handle the wastewater going down the drain.

10 Don Reba October 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

They claim the shower head will pay for itself by lowering water bills by $125 annually… but provide only a 1-year warranty. Of course, they hope you’ll buy a new model next year.

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11 Mark Thorson October 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

Showerheads around here (Silicon Valley) are sold with flow restrictors. These are plastic discs with a small hole in them. The first thing I did with mine was to stick a needlenose pliers in the hole and pull it out. Much better.

There was a ruckus at Stanford a couple years ago when the showerheads in the dorms were replaced with low-flow showerheads. If those kids had been more clever, they would have realized the whole problem could have been solved in a day with a wrench and a needlenose pliers and a spool of thread-seal tape. They could have done it themselves and campus administration would never have noticed.

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12 Hazel Meade October 28, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Nevermind the general pleasure of a pulsating massage setting.
I want water to come out of the shower head at a high pressure. Because it feels good.

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13 Crikey October 28, 2017 at 5:37 am

2. Australian here. $150 is enough for a showerhead of similar efficiency and that’s Australian dollars which are still worth less than Trump bucks. (I know! Who would have thought?) But while they are fine for balding men who don’t go the ponytail route, they need some kind of overdrive feature for the long silky hair washing. So I have been told.

$15 buys a 8 liter a minute showerhead, but no liter for minute figure for the one in the article, so it’s hard to do a comparison.

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14 rayward October 28, 2017 at 7:01 am

3. Many of the same points and arguments made by Cowen and Tabarrok. Of course, the problem isn’t solely economic, it’s also social and political, as like-minded people reinforce a narrowness of views and a hostility of the others. Maybe the author et al. are looking at this all wrong, maybe the answer isn’t to move people from the rust belt to the coastal states (a term I use to identify any area with low unemployment and high opportunity) but to move opportunity back to the rust belt (a term I use to identify any area with high unemployment and low opportunity). Do we really want to move more of the population to the coastal states? Hollowing out the rust belt even more by depopulating the rust belt further undermines the rust belt, while moving more of the population to the coastal states exacerbates the problems already present in the coastal states. It reminds me of the communist programs of moving the population from the city to the country and then moving the population from the country to the city. Good intentions do not guarantee a good result. After all, Michigan gave away much of its tax base to the car companies and that didn’t save the car companies; instead, it depleted public resources while shifting more of the tax burden to the general population, further discouraging people from moving to Michigan. Rather than half-baked efforts to move the population from place to place, the better alternatives are: (1) rely on markets to move the population where it will be the most productive or (2) adopt the China model. Markets have the advantage of being efficient but the disadvantage of taking forever. The China model has the advantage of speed but the disadvantage of good intentions gone awry.

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15 Ray Lopez October 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

#3 – rayward, as a lawyer you should recognize this piece about labor immobility has no place in a law journal. Why is Yale soiling its reputation with a piece on economics? This law journal note was about economics, not law. As to your points, look at fn 291 et seq., you cannot create a Potemkin village just to keep rural people happy.

The entire article was premised on the assumption that deflation is bad (pace the 19th century) and nominal prices solve economic shocks, as if that’s a big deal. The assumption that an optimal currency area is needed is specious, especially given money neutrality. Does anybody care in the old days that you had to convert foreign currency in the EU as a tourist traveling across Europe? No, it was not a big deal. Does anybody care today that there are regional price differences, and a $900k house in Fairfax would cost $300k in Mississippi? No. It’s a cost of doing business and arbitrage will wipe out any real profits between regions. Much ado about nothing.

Even the gripe about lack of employee ‘churn’ is specious. Lots of corporations “overhire” aka “fat in the corporation” so why churn is good or bad is not even clear. The traditional argument was that churn helps keep labor costs down, helping keep inflation down, since younger workers will work for less money than more experienced older workers, but it is not clear why this is desirable these days (with low inflation) or even in days of high inflation (money is neutral, so inflation per se is not bad, look at Brazil historically, which had high growth and high inflation; in fact, with today’s lower inflation Brazil’s real growth has slowed down).

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16 rayward October 28, 2017 at 5:07 pm

“[A]rbitrage will wipe out any real profits between regions”. That would be curtain no. 1. The point of my post is make stark contrasts between our options so dim-wits can understand them. I’m inclined to go the markets route. but let’s face it, China is besting us internationally and regionally. I believe the expression was never let a crisis go to waste. Today’s expression might be never let an authoritarian go to waste.

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17 Ted Craig October 28, 2017 at 7:31 am

6. Reading this list makes me feel like the debate moderator in “Billy Madison.” Many answers don’t address the issue, they address the author’s pet cause (more funding for the arts says the poet laureate). Many are already happening and are part of the problem, not the solution (such as George Takei’s idea about local officials). Others would have no effect and many would make matters worse,

No really radical ideas like lifting the cap on House seats or making everybody pay more taxes, especially those in lower income groups, which is what social democracies like Sweden do. Instead, we get “revive human decency.” Ugh.

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18 A Truth Seeker October 28, 2017 at 7:54 am

The American problems are actually structural. The American model is exhausted, its internal contradictions get clearer and clearer as we speak. Malefactors of great wealth control the state. Only when the people rise against their masters, life will get better. Then, the death knell of the American system sounds, the expropriators are expropriated.

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19 Ray Lopez October 28, 2017 at 2:13 pm

@Ted Craig – inspired by you, I read this article, and my comments in caps. Thanks for the comment. IMO it’s not as bad as I had thought reading your comment. My thoughts in {brackets}.

Increase basic research: “Imagine that the government sets up a number of professionally managed public venture funds that invest and take equity stakes in a large cross section of new technologies. ” – Dani Rodrik – {Good idea, we need to reform our incentive for innovation laws, this is a step in the right direction}.

“REQUIRE EVERYONE TO VOTE” BY NANCY ISENBERG – {Good idea, already done in Greece, and easily evaded –I’ve not yet voted in Greek elections, always having a convenient excuse}.

A NEW HIGH SCHOOL COURSE: IDENTITY 101 BY GISH JEN – “In the interest of a more functional nation, then, I propose a new high school requirement. Every student should be required to take, not a course in foreign culture — not a course in Italian food, or Japanese gardens, or Central American weaving — but a course on the nature of culture: on meta-culture.” – {not a horrible idea; no worse than requiring chess be taught in schools}

ONE MONTH WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA BY YUVAL LEVIN – {OK. See Jen’s idea above. }

BEFRIEND A LIBERTARIAN BY KATHERINE MANGU-WARD Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason magazine. – {Id. Mangu-Ward, what a name}

TACKLE TOUGH SUBJECTS AT DINNER BY JESSICA HISCH – {apparently the artwork was the message, pretty cool}

OUTLAW PRIVATE EDUCATION BY ANN PATCHETT – {Ok, some strawman argument I did not read}

{S hit there’s too much of these articles….all pet peeves. I’m getting annoyed.}

ALLOW GARAGE UNIT RENTALS BY ALEC MACGILLIS – {ok, advocates more rental units be allowed. As a landlord in DC, I’ll point out that de facto this is already being done. When you rent a house to people, especially illegal aliens, they bring in lots of other people not in the lease. Very common and very hard to police}

A WOMEN-LED EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT BY AMY SULLIVAN – {I thought they already allowed this in evangelicals?}

I surrender, too much information for me to summarize. These ideas remind me of this excellent book: This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress (Amazon.com)

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20 dearieme October 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm

INCREASE BASIC RESEARCH: Maybe there are some health problems that won’t yield to patentable drugs as solutions. Then govt research labs might be useful. But how to identify such problems?

“REQUIRE EVERYONE TO VOTE” BY NANCY ISENBERG – No, fascistic stuff like that is not an answer.

A NEW HIGH SCHOOL COURSE: IDENTITY 101 BY GISH JEN No, ‘more education’ is not an answer.

ONE MONTH WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA BY YUVAL LEVIN Childish

BEFRIEND A LIBERTARIAN BY KATHERINE MANGU-WARD Only if you listen to him.

TACKLE TOUGH SUBJECTS AT DINNER BY JESSICA HISCH Does she mean ‘deliver propaganda over dinner’?

OUTLAW PRIVATE EDUCATION BY ANN PATCHETT – Socialism is not the answer.

A WOMEN-LED EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT BY AMY SULLIVAN – More religion is not the answer.

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21 Art Deco October 28, 2017 at 8:10 am

#6: There are 30-odd ideas on that list which are bad or irrelevant. There are a scatter which are not that but which are impotent appeals to changes in culture (see R.R. Reno and Carl Gershman). There is one good idea out of 38, courtesy Anne Marie Slaughter. Maybe one of our real problems is that over 90% of those in our chatterati are boneheads.

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22 djw October 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm

+1

The Anne Marie Slaughter post is the only one that is about the actual process of democracy. The rest of them were mood affiliation or stream of consciousness.

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23 clamence October 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm

+2

Sometimes when I’m feeling stupid, I like to read articles like that because it shows how far others have fallen off the stupid wagon.

If I was asked to contribute an idea to a nationally recognized newspaper, I’d at least put a little thought into it rather than just cuddle some irrelevant pet idea of mine Lenny Small-style.

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24 Ray Lopez October 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm

Art Deco, I have you as a red-necked / red blooded gun owner (sorry my prior). So what did you think of the excellent idea by that Texan that gun owners should buy mandatory gun insurance so any crazy killing people would automatically be covered by such insurance? (and of course rising premiums over time, if gun deaths continue to increase)? Good idea?

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25 Rodgers3 October 28, 2017 at 8:22 am

#1 _ “… we find that {West Point} cadets are risk averse, on average ”

….yes, of course, their limbs & lives are most directly at risk by the idiot politicians in D.C. who have very casually squandered those limbs & lives around the world for the last half century — and eagerly want even more expended.

U.S. combat troops in Niger are oh so critical to the self-defense of America.
Bring ALL the U.S. troops home NOW!

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26 A Truth Seeker October 28, 2017 at 8:32 am

If the American Empire wants to survive, the xontrol over some colonies like Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Japan is crucial.

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27 Dick the Butcher October 28, 2017 at 8:51 am

You can visit the American colonists in Iwo Jima, Tokyo Prefecture, America-Japan. They rest in approximately 6,800 graves.

Go tell the Filipinos that they should prefer The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.

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28 A Truth Seeker October 28, 2017 at 9:05 am

“You can visit the American colonists in Iwo Jima, Tokyo Prefecture, America-Japan. They rest in approximately 6,800 graves.”

Are they the ones who rape little girls in Japan?
“Go tell the Filipinos that they should prefer The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.”
Again, how many Filipinos you, Americans, murdered?
Maybe you just should stop murdering people.

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29 Dick the Butcher October 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

You forgot Vietnam.

Then, it was, “How could you shoot women and children?” It was very hard. You simply didn’t lead them as much.

30 A Truth Seeker October 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

Vietnam, as folish an adventure it may have been, was different. It was different from raping Japanase schoolgirls for rape’s sake and it was different from conquering and enslaving a country for decades, crushing any attempt at national independence.

31 A Truth Seeker October 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

The Americans, the Spaniards, the Chinese and the Indians are the last colonialists!!

32 Dick the Butcher October 28, 2017 at 8:58 am

I take exception to your characterization: “idiot” politicians. “Psychopath” is a better descriptor.

And, you are correct., The enemy isn’t in Niger or Afghanistan. They are here.

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33 Ray Lopez October 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

@#1 – these people should not be in the US military if they are risk adverse. I am not paying 30% of the federal budget so people can serve in the US military for 20 years and retire at age 38 with a full pension. Replace them with robots.

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34 Anonymous October 28, 2017 at 8:43 am

6. The great variety of good and bad ideas here is daunting. The problem is that it is basically a comments thread. Far removed from the governing process.

How do we achieve small improvements when everything must be done under “omnibus” legislation?

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35 TMC October 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

“How do we achieve small improvements when everything must be done under “omnibus” legislation?”

+1

I’m a fan of line item vetoing, but a bigger fan of every law having its own vote.

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36 Dick the Butcher October 28, 2017 at 8:44 am

#7 – More on Britain.

Hey! This may be the solution for SS and Medicare financial distress.

Reported 2 June 2012 in “The New American,”

“The British National Health Service (NHS) — the epitome of socialized medicine — may be prematurely ending the lives of as many as 130,000 elderly patients annually, a top physician told the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Patrick Pullicino, a consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and professor of clinical neurosciences at the University of Kent, said a controversial end-of-life care method called the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) now used in British hospitals has become an “assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway,” according to a report in the Daily Mail.”

“If we accept the Liverpool Care Pathway we accept that euthanasia is part of the standard way of dying as it is now associated with 29 per cent of NHS deaths,” Pullicino declared, referring to statistics showing that of the 450,000 annual deaths of patients under NHS care, about 130,000 are of patients who were on the LCP.”

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37 Judah Benjamin Hur October 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

Life expectancy:

•United Kingdom
81.60 years

•United States of America
78.74 years

Republican/Libertarian death panels are wildly successful!!

(hope this post makes it past the Libertarian censors)

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38 Dick the Butcher October 28, 2017 at 11:04 am

That isn’t because Americans are being euthanized or on years’ long waiting lists/rationing. And, you know it.

A third of the British population is not alcoholic, drug addicted, or morbidly obese.

Righto! Republicans and libertarians 24/7 are forcing Americans to do drugs; get drunk; over-eat; smoke tobacco products; . . .

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39 msgkings October 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm

“A third of the British population is not alcoholic, drug addicted, or morbidly obese. ”

Wow 2/3 of Britain is alcoholic, drug addicted, or obese? How do they live so long?

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40 Anonymous October 28, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Not getting the snark. Are you saying that Americans aren’t more likely to be fat, smokers, or drug-addicts(I’m not sure who’s more alcoholic) than the Brits?

41 Careless October 29, 2017 at 8:17 pm

shocker: someone going by the name “anonymous” is too stupid to understand basic logic

42 Tanturn October 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm

I think he’s joking.

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43 Anonymous October 28, 2017 at 8:58 am

1. Don’t worry. Even the risk adverse will send in the drones and battle robots.

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44 ivvenalis October 28, 2017 at 9:10 pm

What actually happens is that the most risk-averse “send in the drones” and the non-risk averse do all the high status combat positions. Then the commissars wring their hands about not enough women and minorities in leadership positions.

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45 The Other Jim October 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

A Democrat lost the election…. OMG DEMOCRACY MUST BE FIXED!!

Somehow, our democracy was working just fine for the eight years prior…

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46 Anonymous October 28, 2017 at 10:08 am

Yes it was, and it was the hair on fire response to good center left government that led to this. Hair on fire government.

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47 mulp October 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Not according to those in the current administration, especially before resignations.

Massive voter fraud in 2008. Massive voter fraud in 2012. Massive fraud and conspiracy to force an alien Muslim on America.

And the voter fraud in 2016 was even more massive than ever, according president Trump, with far more than three million fraudulent votes cast. Not sure how many, but given his claim he won with the biggest landslide, perhaps 50 million fraudulent votes.

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48 dearieme October 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

The US Army provides risk-averse individuals with a secure career, with its own welfare state, and with little risk to life and limb as long as they avoid service in the front end of the Poor Bloody Infantry.

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49 Art Deco October 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm

People who are actually risk averse join the civil service, not the military.

Have you considered improving the per capita wisdom and decency quotient in this world by putting a bullet in your head?

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50 msgkings October 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Yes, you must learn to be more decent like Art Deco and urge others to kill themselves.

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51 Careless October 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Isn’t the real AD Catholic?

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52 mikeInThe716 October 28, 2017 at 4:48 pm

I’m sympathetic to your point about the civil service. But many parts of the military aren’t as far removed from a ‘government work’ culture as you may think.

Compensation is unique under US law. One semi creepy aspect is that married service members take home substantially higher pay and benefits. That’s often scammed via unreported divorces and ‘convenience’ marriages. Worse are the train wreck divorces with kids that flow from marriages greased by extra pay.

Then there’s the lack of competitive pay in critical job categories. Eric Prince of Blackwater fame could easily lure Seal and SF Operators from the service. There’s still a shortage of language translators – mainly because the economic illiterates in Congress don’t want skilled non-coms making six figures.

Tim Kane at Hoover wrote “Bleeding Talent”, which summarizes horrific incentives within the current system. Bottom line is that Milton Friedman’s great idea of a volunteer military was half baked. Further market based reform is needed.

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53 Sfoil October 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm

What’s so creepy about incentivizing marriage? Regarding sham marriages, they are illegal and not common.

A combination of incentive pay and internal propaganda about the non-ideological benefits of fighting with for a national military appears to have stanched the loss of elite soldiers to mercenary outfits. I’m not sure it was ever really that much of a problem to begin with. Some of them still take the deal but they’re fewer in number. I don’t know about Blackwater, but anecdotally as of a few years ago most PMCs that wanted high-speed types were mostly recruiting from the forces of less wealthy countries, especially Eastern Europe.

Linguists are still undervalued, but that’s not only because language skills are undervalued so much as skill synergies are undervalued. A simple translator doesn’t really have a high market value, but a translator with e.g. a high-level security clearance does. Unfortunately the military pays them about the same. On the other side of the coin, a unit commander or supply clerk with language skills doesn’t get much in the way of additional incentives either.

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54 mikeInThe716 October 29, 2017 at 9:25 am

Re: creepy problems with generous marriage incentives…

As an enlisted mech infantryman 88-92 (Gulf War vet), I saw notable train wreck marriages of 19 year old privates, fresh from basic training, getting married to escape barracks life. In overseas deployments like Germany, it was worse given the separation required by training and a spouse living an unfamiliar culture.

Re: sham marriages are illegal and not common?!? I could quibble with percentages and examples, but consider this thought experiment:
IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, if people could increase their net pay by 40 percent and their home living space by 50 percent (essentially going from a (sometimes crappy) dorm environment to a nice apartment) respectively, by getting married, how many would ‘fake’ a marriage?

Just as important: What would such incentives do to the work force of firms with such policies? If you’re single and ambitious, would you stay at such a company? As Commander or Manager, would you really care so much to investigate possible scams? (Think of the downside of false accusations.)

Re: the military paying translators with clearances the same as those without..

This problem is solved in 10 minutes in the private sector. My idea: allow skilled private sector professionals to enlist in special ‘reserve’ units. Pay them competitively, but don’t give them a commission.
Example (and trigger warning to commissioned jackasses milking the current system): pay reserve linguist Privates (with secret clearances) $1000 to work on weekends.

55 Potato October 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Agree, this is a huge failure to not understand how the military is structured.

The % of these cadidiots who will go see combat is minuscule.

Better to use a combat arms platoon as your base and compare to the standard population. Or just use combat arms officers.

Anything but this.

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56 chuck martel October 28, 2017 at 10:26 am

6. ” Nearly two centuries later, all of us — Republican, Democrat, Trump supporter, Trump critic — should be able to agree that some future-pondering about the state of our democracy is in order. ”

That’s a major part of the problem, the bipolar political paradigm. Maybe the bipolar world, good-evil, up-down, left-right, Republican-Democratic, is based on gender. In the US political system, at least, it’s Tweedledum and Tweedledee. All political thinking must fit into one of two very similar configurations. The Trump phenomenon seems to be an attempt to escape from this situation. That, of course, is what disturbs the political class, basically all of whom are members of one of the two phony parties.

In other countries, with parliamentary systems. smaller groups with their own priorities can influence the giants through their power to form coalitions. There aren’t any coalitions in American politics.

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57 Todd K October 28, 2017 at 10:42 am

Good on Tyler to mention the Japanese noise cancelling fork, which uneqivacably proves Japan’s consumer electronics is again the strongest in the world. Well, that combined with Sony having over 50% of the virtual reality market.

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58 Dick King October 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

In all fairness, perhaps the yanks were too busy inventing https://www.liftware.com ?

-dk

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59 Nodnarb the Nasty October 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

#5: Meh.

“Suddenly”

“Sonic Youth” (or “MC5”!)

Great writing style (as expected) but Rolling Stone has never been known for its analytical rigor…

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60 li October 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

#1. Of course, the US Army has always been known for its innovations. Seems to me that a good junior Lt. SHOULD be HIGHLY risk adverse – should seek the minimum risk compatible with getting the job/task done.===========
#2. Any day now, they’ll come out with a pill that reduces the time to orgasm (for both men and women) to under 3 seconds and call that an improvement. Just think of all the time it would free up! It seems to me possible that the same volume flow could be delivered in smaller droplets – but that implies that they’d be more respirable. I don’t know, and the lousy article doesn’t even attempt to describe why anyone would pay 10-20 times as much for this showerhead. But gee! we know 1000 tested it. what an awful piece of journalism. (a bad piece of marketing, as well)==============
#5. I couldn’t care less. ==================
#6. 38 loser ideas. Why not 3800? I mean if you’re going to write fake journalism, don’t do it half way. My idea is better: require voters to pass minimum competency standards in order to vote. Its obvious that the polarization of our country is at least partially due to the difficulty the mob has in understanding the other side’s point(s) of view. I suspect that the complexity of our society has run up against the limits of our (average) individual intelligence. The wisdom of the crowds hasn’t been a credible justification of democracy for decades. The other idea I have is to establish an organization which acts as an honest broker for the purposes of public discussions of controversies.=============
#7. I’m against medically assisted suicide. The medical profession shouldn’t become angels of death. They should be dedicated to providing the best quality of life to every patient. Giving them the judicial role of deciding when quality is insufficient isn’t something they’re trained for, nor is it obvious why they’d be any better at it than anyone else. Anyway, we already have a Constitution that provides a method for suicide – the 2nd Amendment. No doctor need be involved.

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61 Donald Pretari October 28, 2017 at 11:53 am

#5… “How do you know I’m real? I’m not real. I’m just like you. You don’t exist in this society. If you did, your people wouldn’t be seeking equal rights. You’re not real. If you were, you’d have some status among the nations of the world. So we’re both myths. I do not come to you as a reality; I come to you as the myth, because that’s what black people are; myths. I came from a dream that the black man dreamed a long time ago. I’m actually a presence sent to you by your ancestors.” ~ Sun Ra “Space is the Place” 1974

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62 Noumenon72 October 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm

7. If we already had euthanasia, forcing someone to live on 20 different psychiatric drugs while still being miserable enough to request euthanasia would be the policy seen as inhumane.

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63 peri October 28, 2017 at 12:06 pm

#7: Surprised that the reporter chose to use “killed” throughout, rather than the more anodyne “helped to die.” For some reason a little shadow flits across one’s mind, having also read, just this AM, the NY Times’ long story on the illegitimate wards – “infant martyrs” – of the “Tuam Home for Mothers and Babies,” who were not killed, but grudgingly kept alive, by the Irish state/church combo; and some 800 of whom were interred sans mass or documentation, over 35 years, in a septic tank. That was a couple generations ago, when a grand thing called childhood had supposedly just come into full being; and state-sanctioned euthanasia, to most, would have been a notion outside the pale, and abortion too, of course, in pious Ireland.
It makes you wonder if there will always be a window where people are safe, from “needs must” and what is rational. People really like dogs and puppies, and hopefully that will always soften their attitude toward children, if not troublesome middle-aged depressives whom few will miss, evidently.

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64 A.G.McDowell October 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm

#1 I suspect that the behavior of West Point graduates in military situations will not match the measured aversion to risk. If they do have a problem with behavior under stress I note that in the very interesting little book “The Royal Navy Way of Leadership” there is a passage from the First Sea Lord “Physical courage can be developed in any individual, learned and copied from others; it is based in trust in others, a professional assessment of risk, and the commitment to get things done.” Very brief acquaintance suggests to me that, whether by selection, or training, or both, the British Royal Marines have found a recipe for ensuring a supply of courageous troops. In the unlikely event that West Point is failing to do this, the problem has been solved elsewhere, and so is solvable there.

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65 Chris G. October 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Lack of courage is not the same as risk aversion.

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66 Rory October 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Any enlisted person could of told you that Officers, especially Academy officers are risk averse. The officer corps in the US is mired in a one mistake and your out culture. There is zero room for hiccups. Just to get in the Military Academy requires that you were a book smart follow the rules type.

Meanwhile… enlisted people tend to be adventurous. Above average intelligence, yet they still chose a life of adventure instead of a 9 to 5 white collar life.

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67 The Anti-Gnostic October 28, 2017 at 7:36 pm

#2 – no. I am not going to spend $650 to stand under a warm-water mist.

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68 Barkley Rosser October 28, 2017 at 10:34 pm

My my my. Sun Ra revived. Way cool.

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69 anon October 29, 2017 at 6:48 am

#2. is a good example of MMTJ – More Money Than Judgement. Combined with the need to virtue signal, I.e., moral preening.

Here are several good low water use shower heads, under $20

https://www.amazon.com/Niagara-N2915CH-Chrome-Shower-Head/dp/B009HXAP9C/

https://www.amazon.com/Faucet-52654-PK-Single-Setting-Showerhead-Chrome/dp/B006FYACDU/

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