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Trends with benefits, This American Life drinks the kool aide.

I was yelling at my car sound system this morning. The podcast of This American Life was playing the march 22 episode, Trends With Benefits, and it was rightwing radio hour.
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2013/03/trends-with-benefits-web-extra

The story was the long term upward trend of Americans receiving disability benefits, how they track other trends (unemployment and the de-industrialization of our economy), but beyond the actual facts was an underlying theme of, well, Cadillac Welfare Queen, is what came to mind.

This sentence grabbed my attention:

And it's a deal 14 million Americans have chosen for themselves.

Well no really it isn't. The vast majority of people on disability are people who have not made a choice at all, they have serious physical or mental problems that offer them no choice but to try to get by on the miserable disability stipend.

I wanted to strangle Chana Joffe-Walt, the author of the piece, when I heard that sentence. Interestingly, apparently I was not the only potential neck wringer as the web site notes that sentence has been revised to read

And it's a deal 14 million Americans have signed up for.



Posted by Warren Stupidity | Sun Mar 31, 2013, 08:31 PM (31 replies)

Romney campaign demands debate against empty chair.

The Romney campaign today demanded that the debate format be revised to require that the Obama stand in used at the Republican National Convention be used for the debates. "Governor Romney would be at a severe disadvantage if the Obama chair were switched at the last moment for an actual Obama" noted Rinsed Penis, RNC spokesman. The Presidential Debate Commission has taken this issue under consideration, noting that prior debates also included empty chairs, empty suits, and blank stares.
Posted by Warren Stupidity | Sun Sep 30, 2012, 03:19 PM (3 replies)

I think the likelyhood of unmasking trolls in any effective way is now nil.

Posted by Warren Stupidity | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 08:57 PM (0 replies)

politics in the workplace

So this guy wanders over to engineering to strike up a conversation with the local republicans about how gas prices suck and its all Obama's fault and how remember under Bush it was 1.90 blah blah blah...

So I thought about that a bit and pulled up this:
http://www.GasBuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx?city1=USAAverage&city2=&city3=&crude=n&tme=72&units=us

and said "hey _____, come over here for a minute."
He wandered over.
" who was president there (summer of '08 4.12)?"
"and what happened there (pointing at the valley of the fall/winter 2008-2009)?"
"like the worst recession since the 30's, huh?"
"that's what Bush handed to Obama. Gas prices are driven by economic activity".

He muttered something about have aconversation with an engineer and they'll pull up a pie chart. "Yeah, don't let the data get in the way of your opinions", I said.

I didn't bring up the part about deregulated commodity speculation, it was over his pay grade.
Posted by Warren Stupidity | Wed Feb 29, 2012, 04:13 PM (0 replies)
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