Defense Department Cuts List of Areas Where Military Service is Eligible For Imminent Danger Pay

alt text still in planning phaseReasonThe Department of Defense today announced it would be revising the list of places where military personnel receive imminent danger pay for serving, something the Pentagon’s been working on since 2011, effective June 1. A DOD spokesperson insisted the decision wasn’t driven by budgetary concerns (or it would be effective immediately and wouldn’t have taken two years and who knows how much money to make?).

From the Marine Corps Times:

The Defense Department has removed 20 areas from its list of locations that qualify for imminent danger pay, effective June 1, potentially affecting tens of thousands of troops.

As of that date, service members deployed to these areas no longer will qualify for the $225 monthly imminent danger stipend. The change would affect thousands serving on land or on ships in those areas.

See the full list here.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Hopefully they're leaving Newark on that list.

  • CE||

    What about Concord, New Hampshire? They need armored personnel carriers there.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    And Fort Hood.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I assume any area within 100 miles of the border is dangerous. I mean, these places must be, since border police can do anything they want there, right?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Have you ever been to the wartorn mountains of Vermont? That place is a deathtrap of non-nosy neighbors (who actually live up to a mile away) and maple syrup induced diabetes.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    Idaho has been a prime location named by the FBI since the Hoover days. Joseph Edwin Schock launched his attack on the military there, before being granted asylum in France. Christopher Boyce used it as his bank robbing base of operations while he was escaped from prison. The government launched their Ruby Ridge massacre there too.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Removing imminent danger designation also helps the IRS and VA slightly. Pay, including bonus payments, while in those areas will no longer be tax free and service there will not be considered a combat zone by the VA.

  • Swiss Servator, Mehr Schnee!||

    That was what made me almost vomit in rage... I would come to Kuwait on the way back from getting my ass shot at for 12 months in Afghanistan, only to hear some fucking Fobbit bitch on his cell phone about the line at the Arifjan Starbucks. I almost kicked an E-4 in the nuts once I was so enraged.

  • DblEagle||

    True there, but it expands even farther. You had people never leaving Qatar or living in Amman, Jordan get combat pay. During the Balkans we had E-9's and O-6 (and up) come visit us once a month. With one day of military tourism each month their pay for living in Stuttgart or Brussels became tax free.

  • SusanM||

    THE TURRURUST WIN

    /wingnut

  • ||

    It's past time Kuwait came off. I'm mildly skeptical about some of these others.

  • RishJoMo||

    Sounds like a very serious plan to me dude.

    www.GetzDatAnon.tk

  • Auric Demonocles||

    alt text still in planning phase

    You're alright Ed.

  • db||

    meh.

  • Rich||

    WDATPDIM?

  • ||

    Where is the Independents thread? They are all-new tonight according to the Twitter.

  • Sevo||

    Maybe the Independents thread has died a deserved death.
    There is no such thing as an ALL NEW talk show.

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    New and Improved!

  • RishJoMo||

    Sounds like some crazy nonsense to me dude.

    www.Total-Privacy.us

  • Irish||

    What destroyed Rome?

    Gridlock, says Politico!

    It's one of the dumbest and least historically knowledgeable articles I've ever read. For example, they talk about the decline of Rome and mention Caesar and Cato's debates.

    Problem? Caesar gained power in 60 B.C. and made himself dictator. He then totally revamped the Roman Republic and changed all of the laws, including how officials are elected. Which is, you know, the opposite of gridlock.

    Furthermore, the Roman Empire didn't end for another 500 years. I don't know how you can claim Cato/Caesar's period was one of decline when the Empire didn't actually end for another 500 years.

    That's just me though. I'm sure if I was a moron who was looking for an excuse for a wrongheaded article I'd find Politico's argument reasonable.

    I especially love this part:

    Cato, a man of great personal courage but the politics of a brick wall, again blocked a Senate vote on the land bill.

    They're criticizing Cato here. Cato was a Republican who heroically stood up to the Caesar dictatorship. Politico is basically arguing in favor of dictatorship and against the person who liked Democracy!

  • ||

    Well Cato certainly loved the aristocracy, he wasn't exactly a democrat.

  • Irish||

    He was incredibly opposed to corruption and bribery. By modern standards he was certainly not pro-Democracy, but within the narrow bounds of Rome he was about as good as it got.

  • db||

    The sad thing: we consider ourselves the modern equivalent of the Roman Empire. Do you anticipate any of our current leaders will rise to the level of Cato or other similar folks?

  • Snark Plissken||

    I'm surprised no one brought up Cicero.

    Cicero!

  • ||

    I think they are saying gridlock was the reason Caesar became a dictator and then effectively dissolved the Republic.

    It's still idiotic since it invites the idea that Caesar was in the right or a good thing for Rome because he didn't let the rules of the Republic get in the way.

  • Irish||

    The entire article is disturbingly pro-Caesar and anti-Cato.

    Look at this:

    Rome’s hardliners were certainly born into an unstable state. But long before anyone else—long before it was a reality— they insisted that the Republic was not merely unstable, but falling apart. For more than a decade, Cato made his name as Rome’s prophet of tyranny. Inspired by these fears, the optimates took dramatic, uncompromising action that made collapse more likely.

    Cato predicted that Julius Caesar would bring about a corrupt and tyrannical government. Cato was proven right. Cato did everything he could to stop Caesar, including taking up arms against him.

    Somehow Cato is apparently the bad guy in this situation. Essentially what politico is doing is rewriting Roman history in order to make Cato the bad guy because he's the one they can compare to the Tea Party and Libertarians.

    It's irrelevant that he was totally right. They'll just pretend that his predictions of dictatorship somehow made the dictatorship happen.

    I guess Edmund Burke was at fault when the French Revolution went so badly! I mean, if he hadn't predicted the French Revolution would be terrible, it probably would have been a utopia!

  • Sevo||

    "It's irrelevant that he was totally right. They'll just pretend that his predictions of dictatorship somehow made the dictatorship happen."

    Rethugs and O'care; see?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Panem et circenses et salus non mercandum est!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Caesar was in the right or a good thing for Rome because he didn't let the rules of the Republic get in the way.

    Don't you see? Caesar was one of the Populares...he was for the people!

  • CE||

    Rules are a drag, man.

  • Mike M.||

    You know who else became a dictator and effectively dissolved the republic?

  • ||

    The Emperor from Star Wars?

  • Nazdrakke||

    Napoleon?

  • C. Anacreon||

    Mister Rogers?

  • ||

    FDR?

  • Floridian||

    All I know about Rome is that if Titus Pullo wasn't such a brawler Mark Anthony would never have been attacked outside the senate and the beauty of democracy would have preserved the republic and we would all live in utopia today.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Cato the Younger was tribunus plebis. His only job was to veto stuff.

    For fuck's sake!

  • ||

    Kennedy just said bitch on the air.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    And ass.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    OT:1930s-style debt defaults likely, says IMF research

    The economists suggest that there are five different outcomes in dealing with this debt and highlight a "prototype" recovery period from their previous research. Economic growth is discounted as being too rare by both economists and austerity packages (as seen in Europe since the financial crash of 2008) are deemed as being insufficient. Instead, the size of the problem suggest that debt restructurings would be needed, they add, particularly in the periphery of Europe. The solution they propose, based on a typical sequence of events in history, shows some combination of capital controls, financial repression (like an opaque tax on savers), inflation, and default.

    Two very establishment-type and well respected economists, Reinhart and Rogoff, think we'll eventually need capital controls, financial repression, inflation, and default. But, hey, the economy's improving, so STFU critics.

  • PapayaSF||

    That got a bit garbled at the end. "An opaque tax on savings" seems to mean "debt haircuts, higher inflation and financial repression."

  • ||

    Two very establishment-type and well respected economists, Reinhart and Rogoff

    So respected that everyone in both parties and in MSM ignore them completely.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    That's probably a good sign they're on to something.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    anyone see Sloop?
    I'm worried he may be watching the Orange Bowl.

  • Sevo||

    It's not a bad game.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Fired public school teacher in Seattle files discrimination complaint. He was well-regarded and certified to teach college-level computer courses, but the quality of his work mysteriously started to decline as he campaigned against Planned Parenthood in his spare time. Then he asked to be excused from hosting Planned Parenthood recruiters in his classroom. As the pointy-headed boss in hisDilbert put it, "the quality of your work just went down."

    http://www.bit.ly/1csvYaK

  • Eduard van Haalen||

  • Eduard van Haalen||

  • Sevo||

    To be honest, I read the entire article. Lots of hints and innuendo, fact-light.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Well, I checked one of those expose-the right-wing noise-machine sites, and it seems the teacher yelled at students, told them to call him "sir," and supposedly picked on one student, to sum up, "militaristic" and "harsh."

    So apparently he's not like the indulgent hippie teacher in Beavis and Butthead, and they only discovered this five years into his tenure at the same time he began campaigning against Planned Parenthood.

  • Sevo||

    "So apparently he's not like the indulgent hippie teacher in Beavis and Butthead, and they only discovered this five years into his tenure at the same time he began campaigning against Planned Parenthood."

    Apparently.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    And it seems he warned some students that if they didn't straighten up and fly right, they'd end up on a street corner associated with hookersvand drug dealers. This warning hurt one of the student's feelings.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Here is a more "mainstream" outlet reporting the story. Maybe things are different in OR, but as far as I know, he is fully within his rights to mention his pro-life views if asked by a student. He is even within his rights to state that his views are due to his religious beliefs. However, if he was all "Let's take the quadratic equation. For a, let's put in the 3,700 babies that are slaughtered by abortionists a day in this country in full violation of all decent sense of morality and ethics...." then that would be a problem.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Thank you - they found a student, Phoaroh [sic?] Dawan' Fluker, who said some students "baited" the teacher, and another student said he sometimes, but not often, shared his prolife views, with no mention of who initiated the conversation. Nothing about using abortion word problems in, for example, the college-level computer courses he was certified to teach.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    And either the reporter misspelled "Pharaoh" or his mother did.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Wait, the article spells it pharoah.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Joez law

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Yes, but...

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Dad called the other kid Moses, so Mom wanted her turn at naming rights.

  • Sevo||

    ..."who said some students "baited" the teacher, and another student said he sometimes, but not often, shared his prolife views, with no mention of who initiated the conversation."...

    So we have innuendo followed by hints and suggestions that maybe something happened here?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Why are recruiters for planned parenthood going into public school classrooms anyway?

  • Cyto||

    Where do you think all those unplanned parents are?

  • ||

    Rolling Stone: Rise up Millennials! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

    1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody

    Some economists have proposed running a job guarantee through the non-profit sector, which would make it even easier to suit the job to the worker. Imagine a world where people could contribute the skills that inspire them – teaching, tutoring, urban farming, cleaning up the environment, painting murals – rather than telemarketing or whatever other stupid tasks bosses need done to supplement their millions. Sounds nice, doesn't it?

    Yeah, imagine not having to have useful skills.

    2. Social Security for All

    But let's think even bigger. Because as much as unemployment blows, so do jobs. What if people didn't have to work to survive? Enter the jaw-droppingly simple idea of a universal basic income, in which the government would just add a sum sufficient for subsistence to everyone's bank account every month.
    [...]
    Put another way: A universal basic income, combined with a job guarantee and other social programs, could make participation in the labor force truly voluntary, thereby enabling people to get a life.

    Seriously, did Marx write this?

  • ||

    Shit, maybe Marx did write this:

    3. Take Back The Land

    Ever noticed how much landlords blow? They don't really do anything to earn their money. They just claim ownership of buildings and charge people who actually work for a living the majority of our incomes for the privilege of staying in boxes that these owners often didn't build and rarely if ever improve. In a few years, my landlord will probably sell my building to another landlord and make off with the appreciated value of the land s/he also claims to own – which won't even get taxed, as long as s/he ploughs it right back into more real estate.

    Think about how stupid that is. The value of the land has nothing to do with my idle, remote landlord; it reflects the nearby parks and subways and shops, which I have access to thanks to the community and the public. So why don't the community and the public derive the value and put it toward uses that benefit everyone? Because capitalism, is why.

    The most mainstream way of flipping the script is a simple land-value tax. By targeting wealthy real estate owners and their free rides, we can fight inequality and poverty directly, make disastrous asset price bubbles impossible and curb Wall Street's hideous bloat.

  • ||

    Okay, one more:

    4. Make Everything Owned by Everybody

    Hoarders blow. Take, for instance, the infamous one percent, whose ownership of the capital stock of this country leads to such horrific inequality. "Capital stock" refers to two things here: the buildings and equipment that workers use to produce goods and services, and the stocks and bonds that represent ownership over the former. The top 10 percent's ownership of the means of production is represented by the fact that they control 80 percent of all financial assets.

    This detachment means that there's a way easier way to collectivize wealth ownership than having to stage uprisings that seize the actual airplanes and warehouses and whatnot: Just buy up their stocks and bonds. When the government does that, it's called a sovereign wealth fund. Think of it like a big investment fund that buys up assets from the private sector and pays dividends to all permanent U.S. residents in the form of a universal basic income. Alaska actually already has a fund like this in place. If it's good enough for Levi Johnston, it's good enough for you.

    This is what a complete detachment from reality looks like. But it's Rolling Stone, so that goes without saying.

  • Sevo||

    "4. Make Everything Owned by Everybody"

    IOWs "I don't want to work for anything! I want to own it without work!"
    Get the feeling s/he's still getting checks from Mom?

  • lap83||

    and yet, as Anonymous Coward pointed out, he says that landlords make money without earning it. So everything should be owned by everyone, but... they shouldn't make money off of it? Does he want everyone to have a child's mentality, believing everything is owned by them but not really knowing where any of it comes from or how it's connected?

  • Sevo||

    "Does he want everyone to have a child's mentality, believing everything is owned by them but not really knowing where any of it comes from or how it's connected?"

    Pretty sure this is the intent, along with getting those checks from Mom.
    Some people just magically end up 'owning things'; don't know how that happens, but it's not FAIR, dammit!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    The land stuff sounds like that crank Henry George. He ran for mayor of NYC, but for once even the Gothamites said this guy's too radical.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Ever noticed how much landlords blow? They don't really do anything to earn their money.

    Aside from putting the land into productive use (housing) and assuming legal responsibility for habitability of the property.

    They just claim ownership of buildings and charge people who actually work for a living the majority of our incomes for the privilege of staying in boxes that these owners often didn't build and rarely if ever improve.

    Correction: The holy and noble State recognizes and will enforce their claim of right against all.

    And I'm pretty sure the keyboard revolutionary who wrote this screed didn't build the computer he typed it on.

    In a few years, my landlord will probably sell my building to another landlord and make off with the appreciated value of the land s/he also claims to own – which won't even get taxed, as long as s/he ploughs it right back into more real estate.

    Shorter version: Profits. Are. EVIL.

  • ||

    Generally, you can only exclude 250k from cap gains on real estate if you've lived on the property for a total of 24 months (not necessarily consecutive) in the last 5 years.

    So it really doesn't apply to most rental properties.

  • lap83||

    "Imagine a world where people could contribute the skills that inspire them – teaching, tutoring, urban farming, cleaning up the environment, painting murals – rather than telemarketing or whatever other stupid tasks bosses need done to supplement their millions. Sounds nice, doesn't it?"

    People like this give the creative professions a bad reputation. Even JK Rowling doesn't get to rely exclusively on inspiration. There are no jobs in existence where you get to do whatever you want all the time.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    The man is Poe's Law made manifest in flesh.

    Education
    Bard College
    BA, Theater and Human Rights
    2004 – 2008
  • lap83||

    "One half of a podcasting team that discusses finance and economics from an irreverent, heterodox perspective"

    irreverent finance.....wow

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    irreverent finance

    Paying for shit sucks man!

  • Rhywun||

    It both sucks and blows.

  • ||

    Wrote, produced, and directed politically salient theater pieces either from the classical cannon or building on classical themes and stories.

    An I kan spel gud to.

  • GILMORE||

    "Theater and Human Rights"

    With a heavy emphasis on the Theatre!

    This guy should probably be Ballet-Dancing for Equality.

  • GILMORE||

    FORTH, MY ARMY OF SIMPERING BETA MALES! THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!! WE SHALL TWEET THE FALSE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE MASSES AWAY! SHIT WAIT THEY HAVE GUNS MAYBE WE SHOULD HAV{end transmission}

  • Swiss Servator, Mehr Schnee!||

    "Theater and Human Rights"???

  • GILMORE||

    Hey, priorities.

    I think what it means in reality - having known someone who attended Bard - is that they spent 4 years exploring the nuances of Mummenschanz (between naptimes and trust-fall/hug circles)... and at one point were asked to read Rousseau.

    (they didn't have a paper or a test on it or anything - geez, next you'll be asking people to have like, grades and shit. uh, structuralism is patriarchy?? - helloooo!?)

  • Sevo||

    It's also amusing that every slacker wants to "TEACH!"
    Teach what? Slacking? Bowling? Driving around? Enjoying flashbacks?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Being able to teach bowling or driver's ed. are marketable skills, at least. I doubt he possesses even those skills.

  • Cdr Lytton||

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Rhywun||

    What they don't seem to understand is: I really am very nice and don't want gulags.

    That's what they all say.

    Seriously, I don't remember Rolling Stone being full-on Communist when I was reading it in college a couple decades ago - just the usual kind of dopey leftist that most people outgrow after they join the real world.

  • Sevo||

    "Seriously, I don't remember Rolling Stone being full-on Communist when I was reading it in college a couple decades ago - just the usual kind of dopey leftist that most people outgrow after they join the real world."

    That was before communism self-destructed and the slimy left-over commies got desperate.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Marx wrote for the NY Tribune, he would be considered too intellectual for Rolling Stone.

    The NY media was biased even then, but at least it hired good writers. Would Marx have said that anything other than the wind "blows?"

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Rolling Stone: Rise up Millennials! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

    This shit is dangerous boys and girls. How hard is it to convince people they deserve free shit? Class warfare works. Followed by destitution.

  • Sevo||

    "Followed by destitution."
    And mass murder, without fail.
    Tony Judt (of all people): 'Centralized planning leads to centralized killing'.

  • ||

    Rise up Millennials! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

    Number of Millennials that read Rolling Stone: 0

  • Warrren||

    #1 is the equivalent of when Mao decided that all manufacturing should be done on the local level and villages had to build crucibles and forges to first melt all their metal down and then remake it into tools for the revolution.

    Of course it was never meant to succeed at it's stated goal, instead the point was to impoverish and weaken the villages by making them destroy their tools.

  • Irish||

    I'm laughing so hard right now. This reads exactly like something I'd write if I were making fun of progressives.

    I've decided what I'm going to do with my life. Starting right now, I'm going to create a facebook and twitter page with my occupation listed as 'writer.' I am also going to fill those pages with mindless left-wing nonsense.

    After I get a job writing for Rolling Stone, which, based on the quality of this nonsense, should take about two weeks, I'll see how long it takes for people to figure out I'm screwing with them.

    With stuff like this floating out there, I don't know if they ever would.

  • Nazdrakke||

    Want another laugh do what I did yesterday and ask a NW liberal to define corporatism for you. Hilarity ensues 10 times out of 10.

  • ||

    I've been trolling the fuck out of the people at Raw Story today. First on a discussion about whether Jesus was a socialist and then on an article about Margaret Thatcher, which you can read here

    She really drives them batshit crazy.

  • Irish||

    If I went to Raw Story and started arguing in favor of concentration camps for the rich, what are the odds they'd be opposed to this?

  • ||

    You'd get like 30 up votes and a bunch of comments chiming in agreement.

    They are full-blown totalitarians, remove the reason for them to pretend otherwise and they will show you their true colors in short order.

  • Irish||

    I think I'll do that some time this week. Just go there and start making ridiculous comments to see if they agree with me.

    I'll post them in PM links for our collective enjoyment.

  • Warrren||

    The only thing I like I like about them is that they are so concerned for my safety they'll gladly take my guns off my hands. And then they won't force me to do what they want at all!

  • Rhywun||

    I grew up listening to a lot of 80's English post-punk so I always just assumed Thatcher was evil incarnate. It's weird that she still has the power to drive so many people frothing mad.

  • Irish||

    I also don't want to read a Margaret Thatcher article on Raw Story. I know for a fact it will be atrociously written and filled with logical fallacies and factual errors.

    Mind giving me the gist of their anti-Thatcher arguments on this one?

    Let me guess: Someone created a pseudoscientific study claiming that Thatcher failed so Raw Story bought it unquestioningly because it confirms their biases?

  • ||

    Some documents were released from the archives and--you are not going to believe this--it turns out that Thatcher benefited from playing politics and spinning things her way.

    Yeah:

    We assert that in this modern era, the skills of political science and practice are more pronounced and persuasive than they have ever been, but as information seeps out about the reign of Margaret Thatcher, the facts give lie to that. She was served by the most formidable spin machine we have seen and aided by outriders who were happy to overlook the ruinous effect of many of her policies because they admired her style and ideology.

    It’s all too late now; she has gone and the era has passed, although its ill-effects are still to be seen in communities that have never recovered from her wilful sledgehammer assault upon them. As the veil lifts further, the BBC should have a care. Don’t be surprised if the protest ditty Ding Dong the Witch is Dead starts selling enough to chart again.

    It seems to me that they are still pissed that the UK's mines (or 'pits'), which were never profitable because they operated like it was the 1930s, were forced to modernize and use more efficient methods and machinery that cut down on labor costs and lead to layoffs.

    As if it is her Thatcher's fault that entire communities were dependent on coal and steel for their survival.

    One UK Rawtard got pissed when I called him a Luddite for opposing Thatcher's economically sound policy towards the miners.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    1930s is being generous. Many were 1880s in their conditions.

    "Ma grandawd werked there. Ma fawther werked there. I werk there. If they closedown the maine, where will my soon werk? And then his boy?"

    Oh, and "The boss looked at mae wrong. General strike!"

    Fuck the UK. You had your chance(s) and you blew it.

  • Irish||

    The UK lost 20 million work days to strikes in a single year in the late 1970s.

    20 million. At the time, that was like 2/3 of a day for every person in the workforce.

    According to progs, there was nothing wrong with this and it was totally sustainable.

  • ||

    They're also fixated on the Falklands War. No matter how many times you point out that it was the military junta of Argentina that picked a fight and invaded, they blame Thatcher for the war because she wanted to distract from the elections.

  • Irish||

    You could also point out that there was a recent referendum and 98% of people on the Falkland Islands decided to remain a part of the UK.

    So the UK protected its own citizens, virtually all of whom wanted to remain a part of the United Kingdom, from an imperialistic right-wing military junta.

    Gee, aren't liberals supposed to be in favor of self-determination and against imperialism and right wing military dictatorships?

  • ||

    I did mention that and my British opponent pivoted to complaining about the expulsion of islanders from the Diego Garcia atoll...which happened in the late 60s and early 70s. Thatcher was truly more powerful than we could have imagined.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Let's not forget the Winter of Discontent. Labour Party leadership of the time at least recognized there was a problem, even if they approached it in a mostly wrongheaded manor. The modern day anti-Thatcherites are denying there was anything but blue skies and sunshine in 70s Britain. They've got their heads buried in sand that doesn't exist.

  • Irish||

    The Winter of Discontent refers to the winter of 1978–79 in the United Kingdom, during which there were widespread strikes by public sector trade unions demanding larger pay rises, following the ongoing pay caps of the Labour Party government led by James Callaghan against Trades Union Congress opposition to control inflation, during the coldest winter for 16 years.

    Let me get this straight. They realized they had serious inflation problems, and instead of just raising interest rates they decided the best course of action would be to install pay caps?

    Pay caps were a good idea because pub sec workers were simply getting paid too much in late 70's Britain, but that's a ridiculously ineffectual way to deal with inflation.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    I don't know how you can do that.

  • Irish||

    This article proves an important theory of mine: Never trust an article on economics that uses the word 'cool' unless it occurs in a context like "The economy is cooling down."

    This simple rule has yet to fail me.

  • CE||

    Imagine a world where people could contribute the skills that inspire them – teaching, tutoring, urban farming, cleaning up the environment, painting murals – rather than telemarketing or whatever other stupid tasks bosses need done to supplement their millions.

    There'll be a lot of urban farming in that scenario, that's for sure.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    OT: Oh, Lucy. When will you learn?

    Became contributing editor for Antiwar.com, blogged their frustratingly infrequently became I am the worst.

    I still love you to death and your 2013 kicks mine by a mile and a half.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I realize a sista's gotta eat, but antiwar.com? Oh, Lucy! It pains me to see you in such a fallen state!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    But so you think she has any splainin' to do?

  • Irish||

    She has really bad grammar for someone who wants to be a writer.

    Lucy's great, but she needs to work on her spelling and sentence structure if she wants to make a career out of this.

    I mean:

    Visited LA, my glorious city of birth, and met, then ran amok with Jayel Aheram, which culminated in the most bad-ass photo of me ever taken, seen at right.

    I feel like I'm being raped by misplaced commas.

    Visited a (lefty) Anarchist Book-Fair with anarcho-capitalist Anthony Gregory in San Francisco. Should have written about the contrasts and clashed that resulted.

    Should be clashes instead of clashed.

    This is hilarious though:

    Took an Amtrak journey (one way with my Ma, one way by myself) and loved it because A) Trains are a lot of fun, dang it. If only they were economically sensible. And B) Because every kind of cross-country travel feels luxurious when you have taken a Greyhound from Pennsylvania to Montana to California, then back again.

    That is the dorkiest and most libertarian sentence of all time. It certainly makes up for the spelling errors.

  • CE||

    I've seen dorkier and more libertarian sentences. I've written some of them myself.

  • Warrren||

    Visited a (lefty) Anarchist Book-Fair with anarcho-capitalist Anthony Gregory in San Francisco. Should have written about the contrasts and clashed that resulted.

    Yes you, should, have written about that!

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    Ke$ha has confirmed that she is entering rehab for an eating disorder

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Not a drinking problem?

  • Cyto||

    I see what you did there...

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Michael Moore denounces the Mitt Romney/Heritage Foundation health kaw Obama was forced to settle for...now will we finally realize we need single payer?

    http://www.mmflint.me/KitENC

  • Warrren||

    Kaw! Kaw!

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Stuart Butler of Heritage, in his own words:

    My idea was hardly new. Heritage did not invent the individual mandate.

    But the version of the health insurance mandate Heritage and I supported in the 1990s had three critical features. First, it was not primarily intended to push people to obtain protection for their own good, but to protect others. Like auto damage liability insurance required in most states, our requirement focused on "catastrophic" costs — so hospitals and taxpayers would not have to foot the bill for the expensive illness or accident of someone who did not buy insurance.

    Second, we sought to induce people to buy coverage primarily through the carrot of a generous health credit or voucher, financed in part by a fundamental reform of the tax treatment of health coverage, rather than by a stick.

    And third, in the legislation we helped craft that ultimately became a preferred alternative to ClintonCare, the "mandate" was actually the loss of certain tax breaks for those not choosing to buy coverage, not a legal requirement.
  • ||

    Utah man goes on fast until the state stops gay may marriage

    A Utah man is vowing to go without any food until the state stops allowing same sex marriages. He claims if Utah wants to protect traditional marriage, it has an option it’s not using, and he's fasting until it does it.

    When same sex marriage became legal in Utah, people immediately reacted. Couples stormed county clerk buildings. State attorneys tried to stop it, and Trestin Meacham started fasting.

    "I'm very disappointed," said Trestin Meacham, fasting to stop Utah same sex marriages.

    For the past 12 days Meacham hasn't eaten anything. He's surviving solely on water and an occasional vitamin.

    "You can start a blog and you can complain on social networks until you're blue in the face and nothing will happen but actions speak louder than words and I'm taking action," said Meacham.

    Meacham tells Reporter Brian Carlson he's fasting to convince Utah to exercise the option of “nullification.” It's posted on Meacham's blog. According to his interpretation of states’ rights, Utah can nullify the recent federal court ruling by simply choosing not to follow it.

    "Jefferson made clear that the courts are not the supreme arbitrators of what is and what is not constitutional. The states also have power," said Meacham.

    So he's slowly committing suicide?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I'm fairly sure suicide is a sin, if that's his end game.

    Of course, Gandhi and Bobby Sands did it, to the oohs and ahs of enlightened types who Admired Their Sacrifice.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I think it's wrong for this guy just as it was wrong for Gandhi and Bobby Sands.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Squirrels

  • Warrren||

    I'm fine with squirrels fasting unto death as well.

  • ||

    The most famous butt in New York

    It was a 30-degree December day, but to the 25 bystanders shoving their iPhones 3 inches away from Jen Selter’s butt, it was hot hot hot.
    Selter, a 20-year-old Instagram star, famed for her large derriere, was demonstrating her squatting technique for the New York Post atop a subway rail in Midtown, clad in nothing more than a sports bra and hotpink yoga pants.

    “Is that real?” one guy panted. Another asked for her hand in marriage. Three Hasidic Jews looked on in awe. The police came. And then stood there and enjoyed the show.
    Selter didn’t even flinch.
    “I’m recognized wherever I am,” says the 5-foot-6, 112-pound Selter, who, since joining Instagram in March 2012, has amassed more 1.3 million followers, including Rihanna, football player Terrell Owens and basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire. “I don’t really go to public gyms anymore just because it is a whole big scene when I’m there,” says Selter. “I don’t like being watched.”

    You don't like being watched, but you take provocative pictures of your ass and show them online?

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Simps of New York are thirsty as hell.

    But I'd be lying if I said her body wasn't DAMN/10.

  • playa manhattan||

    The ol' humblebrag...

  • db||

    “I grew up in Long Island. I’m Jewish. Jewish girls have big noses,” she says. “Probably 1 out of 3 girls I know [has] a nose job.”

    This is so sad. I love girls with big noses. My first GF in high school had a fucking enormous schnozz and she was an amazing sexual partner. I love noses.

  • C. Anacreon||

    I'm sorry, but I still don't understand the modern fascination with enormous rear ends.

    I still go for those toned like ballerinas and gymnasts, which are shapely yet can be held completely in one hand. Like Cameron Diaz, for example. I'm not sure what day it was when the standard changed from her ass to Jennifer Lopez', but it was a sad one for me.

    Still can't forget that one girlfriend with an ass like Diaz, she could go on for hours. Never had that with any woman with a moderate to large ass, they just got tired and started snoring.

  • GILMORE||

    Dear Rest of America = you've now seen your first Bubble Butt Jew. You can stop staring now.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I'd tear that ass up, were I a bad man.

  • Whalewatcher||

  • Warrren||

    Uncle Phil and Phil Everly!? Noooo!

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    2014 SUCKS SO FAR

  • Don'tTreadOnMe||

    These threads are making me dizzy. Anyway, so how is Jordan on the list….a sign of things to come?

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Cotton Bowl is done. Only one OSU won their bowl game this season and it wasn't TOSser State or Pickens U. Suck it fake OSUs.

  • juris imprudent||

    Awesome end to this college football season when Meyer and Saban are both 0-2 to finish.

  • Irish||

  • GILMORE||

    "• The six land areas and airspace above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia...

    • The four water areas of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea."

    Dear US Fifth Fleet: Go Fuck Yourself, And Have a Nice Day!

    Yes, we know you're deployed in perpetuity to these shitholes, but stop thinking it deserves anything more than base pay.

    I suppose pilots will get their combat pay pro-rated for the few hours they're actually over Iraq or Afghanistan? The hundreds they spend getting to and from there, not so much. I could be wrong. Or not. They're probably boning tanker & transport pilots even harder.

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