Wednesday Reads: Enough already.

0199ecf3197e42b376b86d6e59e249f46be376cbff*Updated to add pictures*

Good Late Morning

These Republican Debates. I have only seen 10 minutes of the very first one, and that was it….not another one has graced my eyes (in a visual sense) or ears.

018e881692a156bcb02dee65b788ae376e236834d2If I can get away with it, I won’t even read up on it, in depth. My depression and agitation is way too elevated now as it is….So, I don’t know how bad it got last night. I am sure it sucked tremendous ass.

With that thought in mind, here are your morning reads.

Starting with the Debate round-up:

Fact checking the Republican debate via PBS News Hour:

Ben Carson botched the economic effect of minimum wage increases. Jeb Bush again pitched a dubious target for economic growth. And Marco Rubio, in a tale about plumbers and philosophers, undersold the value of a college education.

The fourth Republican presidential debate was thick on economic policy — and with that came a variety of flubs and funny numbers.

0145ba691d8f1011435e2deb16c10642cfcf4609dbSome of the claims Tuesday night and how they compare with the facts:

CARSON: “Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases.”

THE FACTS: Actually, that usually doesn’t happen. When the minimum wage was increased in 1996 and 1997, the unemployment rate fell afterward. In June 2007, when the first of three annual minimum wage increases was implemented, the unemployment rate was unchanged until the Great Recession began six months later.

Economic research has found that when states raise their minimum wages higher than neighboring states, they don’t typically fare any worse than their neighbors.

It’s not known, though, what would happen to jobs if the minimum wage were doubled to $15— as many fast-food workers who demonstrated before the debate were demanding.


What does Ben Carson believe? Where the candidate stands on 10 issues.


RUBIO: “Welders make more money than philosophers.”

Not so, on average.

013637ea3bde08dd8e36cbad0407f9cdad00a8ad7eRubio is arguing that the U.S. has failed to invest in vocational training — a point also stressed by President Barack Obama’s now-defunct jobs council. But Rubio is wrong to suggest that studying philosophy is a waste of money and time.

PayScale, a firm that analyzes compensation, put the median mid-career income for philosophy majors at $81,200 in 2008, with welders making $26,002 to $63,698.

And Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce said in a 2014 analysis that median incomes were $68,000 for people with an advanced degree in philosophy or religious studies.

So knowing Plato and getting a college degree still pays off.

More revelations at the link.

Look How Jeb Winned The Debate! – Wonkette

Jeb Bush has not been doing so good at this running for president thing. Thus, the pathetic Jeb Can Fix It reboot of his campaign, which will lead Jeb to a glorious “comeback” … eventually. One of Jeb’s problems, among the mazillion problems he has — such as, for example, being Jeb — is doing real bad at the debates. Even he has admitted he’s “got to get better as a performer.”So. Did he do it? Did he Fix It at the Fox Business Network debate on Tuesday, where, according to Very Serious Pundits, it was do-or-die now-or-never other-cliches for the poor pathetic Jebenator? His campaign seems to think so so, because shortly after the debate ended, it released a fresh new Jeb! web ad featuring the only two minutes of the debate when Jeb was not visibly smearing himself with his own feces.

01637ab2528b7aef9ac972321bd067adb5ec3da9d7Hillary Clinton bad? Check. Unemployment numbers — which Jeb’s brother doubled while in office but President Obama has cut in half — also bad, THANKS OBAMA? Check. More or less complete sentences with almost no stuttering or dick-tripping? Check. Please if you wouldn’t mind and it wouldn’t be too much trouble, suck on this, Donald? Check.

Oh, what a victory. What a glorious triumph. What an impressively mediocre but not failtastic two minutes of highlights during which Jeb managed to deliver his memorized lines without literally choking to death on his own tongue.

Somebody….help me!

Republicans in Debate Oppose Hike in Minimum Wage | Al Jazeera America

Gawd…these fucking people.

Though many of the candidates on stage in Milwaukee in Tuesday’s Fox Business Network Republican debate used parts of their closing statements to highlight how they would be best positioned to take on the Democrat’s presumed nominee, Hillary Clinton, viewers needed only make it through the first fifteen minutes of the more-than-two-hour debate to spot an issue that could become central to the general election contest next fall.

Fox’s Neil Cavuto, one of the night’s three moderators, led off Tuesday’s debate by turning to Donald Trump, positioned center stage as the leader in recent national polls, and asked if the billionaire businessman was supportive of those calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

016d4e658db7fe0e75c06022bf5942ab659966a725“I can’t be, Neil,” said Trump, who, after mentioning his “tremendous” tax plan, added, “wages are too high.”

Cavuto confirmed with the candidate that he would not raise the minimum wage — “I would not do it,” said Trump — and the partisan audience burst into applause.

The moderator then turned his attention to Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who has challenged Trump for the top spot in recent surveys. Referencing Tuesday’s nationwide demonstrations by those seeking a hike in the hourly wage, Cavuto asked, “Those protesters outside are looking for $15 and nothing less. Where are you?”

Carson said people needed to be “educated” on the minimum wage. “Every time we raise the minimum wage,” he continued, “the number of jobless people increases.”

“Actually,” noted a post-debate fact check by the Associated Press, “that usually doesn’t happen.”

The AP explained that when “the minimum wage was increased in 1996 and 1997, the unemployment rate fell afterward.” After a wage hike in 2007, the unemployment rate remained unchanged for six months, increasing only after the start of the Great Recession.

If you go back to the late 1970s, as PolitiFact did after Tuesday’s debate, four of the five times an increase in minimum wage was followed by job losses came during recessions, when higher unemployment is part of the general economic picture. And that fifth time came only months after the end of the 1990 downturn.

PolitiFact rated Carson’s claim as “False.”

But Trump and Carson were not alone in their opposition to the fight for $15.

“If you raise the minimum wage, you are going to make people more expensive than machines,” said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio when his turn came to address the subject. Rubio, who has been gaining ground in some recent opinion polls, called the minimum wage “in the 20th Century” a “disaster.”

The senator was not asked if he instead supported paying people less than machines. But what Trump, Carson, Rubio, and many of the other candidates in the main debate made abundantly clear is that they stand in a very different place from the Democrats seeking the presidency.

0106cf6b029191f848a405267d3cce25be69e38a47Fast-food, home care, child care workers: Your advocacy is changing our country for the better. #Fightfor15 –H,” tweeted Clinton in support of “Fight for 15” demonstrations held at fast food restaurants in hundreds of U.S. cities Tuesday.

The former secretary of state has not endorsed a $15 federal wage floor, saying that such a big increase was not “politically viable” and would not necessarily be appropriate for some poorer parts of the country. Clinton has instead voiced support for a Democratic proposal in Congress to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour from its current $7.25.

Her main rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has been more direct about support for a $15 minimum. “It is a national disgrace that millions of full-time workers are living in poverty,” said Sanders in July, when he introduced a $15 living wage bill in the Senate. “In the year 2015, a job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it.”

On Tuesday, Sanders took time out from his preparations for Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate to stand with federal workers in Washington, D.C., who joined the nationwide $15 wage action. “My debate prep today is to stand with workers who are trying to get a living wage from a contractor with the United States government,” Sanders told CNN on Tuesday. “That’s the kind of debate prep that inspires me.”

01527caeb9d623b719ffb636fd628f7a57a05dca5cHmmmm….I do think that Hillary is missing something there.

n 2014, a midterm election year that saw the GOP dominate in almost every region of the country, state minimum wage hikes were on the ballot in four states, all considered staunchly Republican. And in all of those states — Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota — the wage increases passed easily.

Ted Cruz’s memory comes up a little short | MSNBC

Looks like he pulled a Perry. You can read it at the link.

Meanwhile: Hullabaloo

Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino summed up last night’s GOP presidential debate with this tweet late in the game:

 

There is no time this morning to attempt a play-by-play on last night’s fourth GOP debate, but perhaps a few standout moments.

01b7bde5b5b5a33f74ff905a917557455400fa0c86Cerabino was perhaps referring to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s sense of the coming election. Maria Bartiromo had asked Rubio and other candidates why Americans should choose them over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, what with her “impressive résumé” and all. The crowd booed loudly. Instead of making a case for himself, Rubio made a stump speech on American exceptionalism, traditional values, and the future:

And so here’s the truth: this election is about the future, and the Democratic Party, and the political left has no ideas about the future. All their ideas are the same, tired ideas of the past.

This came after more saber rattling at ISIS from the group, a defense of coal mining from Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, and a call to return to the gold standard from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. I guess tired ideas of the past are all shiny and new again when you’re young and Republican.

 

See, it just makes me ill and more depressed and disgusted.

I need to wrap this up, I have a crying puppy that wants attention.

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imageMissouri Protesters Are Acting Like Republicans Again | Crooks and Liars

 

‘It is an outrages’: Illiterate racist trolls greet Obama’s arrival on Facebook with complaints and Trump chants

 

An example of white male privilege – The Washington Post

 

Kansas to Execute White Supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller | emptywheel

 

imageGOP Sen. Dan Coats dismisses claim of secret KKK membership as ‘baseless Internet garbage’

(My senator Isakson was on that list too.)

 

VIDEO: John Oliver on How Upcoming State Elections Could Spell Disaster for Thousands Uninsured – Truthdig

 

imageHealth Insurance Literacy Is Key to Reaching Uninsured Populations This Open Enrollment Period | Bruce Caswell

 

Vatican Arrests Cleric And Laywoman In Latest Leaks Scandal

 

Russian Aviation Official Criticizes Airline For Claiming ‘External Impact’ Caused Crash

 

Next few real disturbing, be warned…

 

imageTeenage schoolgirl repeatedly raped by 13 men in Keighley, court hears | Crime | News | The Independent

 

Human trafficking survivor: I was raped 43,200 times – CNN.com

 

And nothing says rape culture like this ad:

Bloomingdale’s creepy holiday catalog – Imgur

 

Eight-year-old Alabama boy charged with murder after 1-year-old girl is beaten to death

 

Next up, like we didn’t know already: Religious upbringing associated with less altruism, study finds | UChicago News

A Byzantine lament for a lost wife – Medievalists.net

Finally, our last link:

UK’s oldest tree is undergoing sex change, botanists say | Environment | The Guardian

The Fortingall Yew in Perthshire has always been recorded as male but has started sprouting berries – something only female yew trees do

The Fortingall Yew
The Fortingall Yew is thought to be up to 5,000 years old Photograph: Alamy

The UK’s oldest tree, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, is undergoing a “sex change”.

Records have always noted the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire as a male tree but it has recently started sprouting berries – something only female yew trees do.

Experts at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh spotted three berries on a high branch of the tree, located in the churchyard of the village of Fortingall, Perthshire, and have now taken them for analysis as part of a conservation project.

Dr Max Coleman, of the Royal Botanic Garden, said yew trees have been known to change sex before but discovering the process on “such a special tree is what makes this a special story”.

The Fortingall Yew is believed to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old, and is one of the oldest living organisms in Europe.

It has survived the ravages of time and the attention of eager tourists, who in previous centuries took clippings from it as souvenirs.

The trunk changed shape many years ago and has lost its centre and one side, and the tree is now protected by a small wall.

Coleman said: “Yew trees are male or female usually and it is pretty easy to spot which is which in autumn – males have tiny things that produce pollen and females have bright red berries from autumn into winter.

“This process may have happened before but we know the Fortingall Yew has been classed as male for hundreds of years through records.

“The sex change isn’t the amazing bit in this case, it’s the fact it’s this particular tree.

Cool…innit?

Here is an autochrome of a WWI soldier in France:

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This is an open thread.  Have at it.


10 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Enough already.”

  1. roofingbird says:

    Yah, the tree is very cool! Bloomie’s is NOT.

    As to last night’s debacle, despite the fact that these things should be free and on free TV, I do appreciate that FOX “allowed” us to watch it on the internet, and that WAPO had the transcripts free and available right away.

  2. dammit, I fell asleep and did not include the pictures.

  3. some things I saw on face book:

    from Mona’s page:

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Wonderful post, JJ! I see some positive effects from your efforts to put yourself first. Great links and images!

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s a counterweight to all the libertarians yelling about “free speech” and the Missouri protests. It’s a way to divert public attention away from racism.

    The New Yorker: Race and the Free-Speech Diversion, by Jelani Cobb.

    Of the many concerns unearthed by the protests at two major universities this week, the velocity at which we now move from racial recrimination to self-righteous backlash is possibly the most revealing. The unrest that occurred at the University of Missouri and at Yale University, two outwardly dissimilar institutions, shared themes of racial obtuseness, arthritic institutional responses to it, and the feeling, among students of color, that they are tenants rather than stakeholders in their universities. That these issues have now been subsumed in a debate over political correctness and free speech on campus—important but largely separate subjects—is proof of the self-serving deflection to which we should be accustomed at this point. Two weeks ago, we saw a school security officer in South Carolina violently subdue a teen-age girl for simple noncompliance, and we actually countenanced discussion of the student’s culpability for “being disruptive in class.” The default for avoiding discussion of racism is to invoke a separate principle, one with which few would disagree in the abstract—free speech, respectful participation in class—as the counterpoint to the violation of principles relating to civil rights. This is victim-blaming with a software update, with less interest in the kind of character assassination we saw deployed against Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown than in creating a seemingly right-minded position that serves the same effect.

  6. Willow says:

    More of the Republican “debates” passed through my computer speakers than yours. Of course mine time was limited by trips to kneel down before the great flushing god in the smallest room of the house to make offerings.

    I wanted to see firsthand if Donald Trump actual said those bigoted and misogynistic statements as were being reported. He did and that was followed by a very large offering while reflecting on the intelligence and maturity of US voters.

    I especially enjoyed the coverage of “Jeb Can Fix It”. Remember the words of Bill Maher; Jeb is the smart Bush son.

  7. NW Luna says:

    Really good post, JJ!

  8. Fannie says:

    Luv you little PUG…..thanks JJ, and happy Veterans Day.