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Twenty Sigma: Chaos and Order in American Governance.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on April 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

1987's crash, Black Monday, shouldn't have happened. Yes, morally, that's true, but I'm not simply talking about that. I'm talking about in statistical terms, if we're dealing with things from a normal distribution. We should have been able to wait billions of years and never see a day on the stock market like this, the odds being 10 to the 50th power that things would ever turn out that way.

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Hope is Optional. Change isn't.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Recently, I've started doing thirty-minute walks about every day, during my lunch hour in the city I work. For the sake of variety, I try not to take the same route too much. Having done so for a while, I've seen much of my city, many of the layers of change that it has undergone, and that it continues to undergo. More than ever, it leads me to see the necessity for actively dealing with our nation's change.

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Public Sector Still Slowing Job Gains

Posted by Adam Ducker on March 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Comparing public and private sector job growth to other recessions shows a pretty stark contrast.

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America Contradicts Itself, For it Contains Multitudes

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on February 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Glenn Beck's response to a Super Bowl Commercial that showed a diverse selection of Americans, and "America the Beautiful" in multiple languages is correct in almost every way, except the way that matters most. He says that one's reaction to such a commercial can set one apart, that if one doesn't like the diversity presented, that you won't feel like you fit in, that you'll feel like a racist or something. Well, if the shoe fits...

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Republicans and Boiling Water on the Stove

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on January 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Sometimes we'd like to do without pain, without fear and shame. So often, it makes us vulnerable to those we'd rather not be vulnerable to. However, despite the fact that this is often true, and as a Democrat I've had to deal with such issues in my party, I find that it's useful to have a sense of where your limits are, and what behaviors you should not repeat.

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December Jobs A Disapointment, Unemployment Shrinks

Posted by Adam Ducker on January 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

The workforce continued to recede as it's done for most of the last decade. While jobs only grew by 74,000 unemployment still declined to 6.7%.

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The Right-Wing Atmosphere of Failure

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on January 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

What's the point of giving the right wing more power? All they seem to be interested in is cancelling out one man, one party's legacy. Success isn't in their vocabulary when it comes to government. If we want government that works for us, we have to stop rewarding those who choose to deliberately cause failures in order to advance their cause.

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The War on Christmas... Spirit!

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on December 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM

It never occurred to me that when I was being wished happy holidays, that I as a Christian was being slighted. Christmas is one such holiday, really. Now we're getting stories where folks are getting angry about what color skin our birthday boy or jolly old elf have. I frankly don't know what they're actually protecting or saving by getting angry. The very fact that they're going out of their way to pick a fight just makes me roll my eyes.

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More Jobs For November, Unemployment Declines to 7.0%

Posted by Adam Ducker on December 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

It was another good month for jobs. Payrolls grew by 203,000 and the previous two months were 8,000 higher than initially reported. Over 2.2 million people have joined the workforce in the last 12 months and 6.5 million in the last three years.

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Critical Mass On the Nuclear Option

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

About eight years ago, we had this debate, and it was resolved in favor of most of the few nominees blocked being allowed to move on. Now, things are different, and Republicans will likely call Democrats hypocrites for taking the nuclear option. However, Republicans had to be hypocrites first, in absolute and historic excess, for this to have occurred.

Especially with Harry Reid!

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Critics Still Complaining About the September 2012 Jobs Report

Posted by Adam Ducker on November 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The New York Post brings us this laughable piece: Census 'faked' 2012 election jobs report. Wow. Where to begin?

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The Party of Denial

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

The Republicans have been gleefully bashing Obama for the loss of about five million policies under the Healthcare law. It doesn't mean these people will all go uninsured. No, a significant number qualify for both better and cheaper coverage, and even those who face more expensive policies will actually get more reliable, more comprehensive coverage. But there are about five million people who won't get covered period, and this has nothing to do with Obama, and everything to do with the Republican Party's deliberate sabotage of the Healthcare law.

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Sorry. Out of Panic Here. Afraid I'll Have To Grow a Spine.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on November 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM

I'm an IT Professional. As such, I keep a close eye on what a lot of tech corporations and institutions are doing. Let me tell you something about the tech world: things are always screwing up, always getting fixed, and always getting broken again. There are plenty of ill-fated, poorly programmed applications and websites in the private sector. So am I panicking? No. I'll leave the panicking to the deadbeats, who think everything is just supposed to work by magic.

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Decent growth for October jobs

Posted by Adam Ducker on November 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

BLS found 204,000 more payroll jobs in October and revised September and August upward by 60,000 jobs. The average over the previous 12 months is now 194,000 jobs a month. That's not too bad.

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