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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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6 years 35 weeks

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"$5 for removing the stitches.
$500 for knowing what the hand should look like after the stitches are removed."

"Effective" requires some quantitative measure to be meaningful.
If one system has a score of 20 on some measure and another has a score of 40, the gap is 20.
If you double both measures, so now one school scores 40 and the other 80, then the gap is also doubled to 40.

This of course assumes that the improvement is multiplicative. If it is additive then the gap would not change. But that's maths.

in the railroad industry would be one cost of building Keystone. The oil will be shipped one way or another, it's just a question of how, and of who profits.

Posted on 07/26/14 at 10:42 am in response to Gun deaths top motor-vehicle deaths in a rising number of states

have productive uses.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 03:56 pm in response to Larry Sabato upgrades his rating of McFadden's chances

on the quality of the opposition.

Posted on 07/26/14 at 10:40 am in response to Larry Sabato upgrades his rating of McFadden's chances

doesn't have to hire actors for his ads.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 10:40 am in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

Something's happened to the stock market since then.
If you used current numbers things would look very different.
You also ignore the fact that if you allow people to opt out of a program until they actually need it, you don't have an insurance program; you have a fee-for-service plan whose economics are very different.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 08:14 pm in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

90% of retirement plans have -some- investment in equities, as well as some in the bond market. Most current public employee retirement plans are defined benefit plans, not defined contribution, so the state or municipality provides a buffer for market uncertainties. Most private retirement plans are also defined benefit, although this is changing.
They also have much more diversification than is possible for the individual investor.
But the uncertainties of the markets are why...

Posted on 07/24/14 at 08:19 pm in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

to be an investment program.
That would have been impossible, since it covered all workers from its inception, even those near retirement age who had put nothing in.
It was always intended to be financed through a trust funded by current workers benefiting retired ones. That's why it has periodically been adjusted to keep it fiscally viable.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 08:22 pm in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

beats the chimpanzee with the dart board
when it comes to choosing stocks.