Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Random Roundup

1. Christina Sommers in today's NY Times on the proposed "Paycheck Fairness Bill," which would make it easier for women to file class-action, punitive-damages suits against employers they accuse of sex-based pay discrimination. Q: Now that young, childless, single women earn 8 percent more than their male counterparts in large metro areas (21% more in Atlanta), couldn't men also file class-action lawsuits if this bill passes?

2. "Medical Tourism: Have Insurance Card, Will Travel." Medical tourists are going abroad for treatments that can cost up to 80 percent less than at home.

3. Thanks to smartphones and laptops, people now spend one-half of their waking days interacting with media, and have increased media consumption by an hour per day over the last two years. 

4. Hispanic-Owned Businesses Increased (44%) at More Than Double the National Rate (18%) between 2002 and 2007, according to a new Census report. 

5. Because government electronic benefits cards get activated at the beginning of the month, Wal-Mart sales increase significantly in the first few hours after midnight on the first day of each month.

18 Comments:

At 9/22/2010 10:27 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

"5. Because government electronic benefits cards get activated at the beginning of the month, Wal-Mart sales increase significantly in the first few hours after midnight on the first day of each month."

This is a confirmation of the Iron Triangle of China, Wal-Mart and the U.S. government. Wal-Mart, China's largest private customer, juices it sales by catering to government aid recipients. China uses its massive foreign reserves as loans to the U.S. The loans are used as benefits to the unemployed. Rinse and repeat with increasing loads.

 
At 9/22/2010 11:02 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...


"Medical Tourism: Have Insurance Card, Will Travel." Medical tourists are going abroad for treatments that can cost up to 80 percent less than at home.

Yet if that dodgy doctor screws up, recourse is near-impossible to get due to jurisdiction.

 
At 9/22/2010 12:04 PM, Blogger Paul said...

"Yet if that dodgy doctor screws up, recourse is near-impossible to get due to jurisdiction."

So you do your homework ahead of time and you don't have to worry about "dodgy doctors." My wife and I saved thousands by getting work done in Colombia by USA trained professionals.

 
At 9/22/2010 2:42 PM, Blogger randian said...

Yet if that dodgy doctor screws up, recourse is near-impossible to get due to jurisdiction.

That's great, so long as you believe the tort lobby's lies that all adverse outcomes are due to error, and that all error can be eliminated.

 
At 9/22/2010 3:17 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

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At 9/22/2010 3:18 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


"5. Because government electronic benefits cards get activated at the beginning of the month, Wal-Mart sales increase significantly in the first few hours after midnight on the first day of each month."

There's your bread line - courtesy of Wal-Mart. (link).

 
At 9/22/2010 6:45 PM, Blogger Craig said...

Folks, this is nothing new and it's certainly not limited to Wal-Mart. The first of the month has been a gravy train for retailers for decades.

 
At 9/22/2010 9:41 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"There's your bread line - courtesy of Wal-Mart"...

So its NOT courtesy of the people leeching off of the productive, eh?

 
At 9/23/2010 7:40 AM, Blogger Paul said...

"There's your bread line - courtesy of Wal-Mart"...

I guess Sethstorm would rather have these people go hungry. Of course, the ideal is to eliminate the bread line in the first place by shutting down Obama's economic wrecking ball.

 
At 9/23/2010 4:36 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

Paul:
No, the ideal thing is to have those people not go hungry, because they found work; that work being from employers having to actually hire, and in the applicant's favor. They find work, the business gets to be more productive with them, and a true mutual acceptance si reached.

All possible because the wrecking ball was precisely aimed at the people who refuse to hire, destroying only them. That is, the proverbial wrecking ball breaks the strike of capital by business.

 
At 9/23/2010 5:12 PM, Blogger randian said...

All possible because the wrecking ball was precisely aimed at the people who refuse to hire, destroying only them. That is, the proverbial wrecking ball breaks the strike of capital by business.

And how, pray tell, are you going to mandate employers hire?

 
At 9/24/2010 6:55 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Well sethstorm talk to your president about his inane attempts to kill private enterprise...

Obamacare Increases Unemployment, Insurance Premiums, Deficit, and Debt


Report: Healthcare law tax credits encourage small businesses to stay small, not hire

 
At 9/24/2010 8:06 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...


And how, pray tell, are you going to mandate employers to hire?

Make it harder for them to say no, especially to the long-term unemployed. Make it harder to stay small or to get around laws designed to get people hired.

Juandos:
I'm not wanting to kill the private sector. They just want to slit their own wrists if they don't get their way.

 
At 9/24/2010 8:19 AM, Blogger randian said...

Make it harder for them to say no, especially to the long-term unemployed. Make it harder to stay small or to get around laws designed to get people hired.

So you're going to turn employers into welfare for the unemployed and increase economic growth by fiat? Brilliant!

 
At 9/24/2010 8:38 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...


So you're going to turn employers into welfare for the unemployed and increase economic growth by fiat? Brilliant!

They already do that through the unemployment office.

If employers thought they were a willing partner and not royalty, then such measures would not be necessary. Besides, it's not as if our nation wasn't willing to do that with something a bit more impersonal in the 1970's.

Employers just think they should be the only ones who should be able to ask for/get perfection. There is a huge problem when the individual is asked to accept less.

 
At 9/24/2010 10:22 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Well the young communist apparchick sethstorm apparently thinks that stealing from the productive for income redistribution is somehow a good thing: "If employers thought they were a willing partner and not royalty, then such measures would not be necessary"...

Well sethstorm if you were able to talk this Congress into pulling the stunt you express here you would see a massive exodus of what would be 'former American citizens' that would make the previous attempts of all the peoples escaping or attempting to escape the former communist countries seem like a minor traffic flow problem...

You didn't earn it yet you think you deserve it...

Amazing!

 
At 9/24/2010 3:24 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


juandos said...

Nice smear attempt, but you really just dodged the main point.

Why can a company expect & get perfection while an individual is asked to take less?

 
At 9/26/2010 7:55 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"Nice smear attempt, but you really just dodged the main point"...

ROFLMAO! You still don't understand your own point...

"Why can a company expect & get perfection while an individual is asked to take less?"...

Why its quite simple sethstorm, the company is paying the money...

The person doesn't have to work there and the company doesn't owe the person a job...

 

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