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Train humans the animal trainer way...
Posted:Sep 5, 2007 1:09 pm
Last Updated:Jul 5, 2019 5:00 am
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Many people use the wrong technique to train others. This animal training technique works, as many have shown. A repeat of a previous post to save lots of pain and suffering:

Humans are animals and the methods of animal trainers work on people. So reinforce good behaviors and ignore the bad. Nagging does not work. Makes sense to me! Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative:

What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage
By AMY SUTHERLAND
AS I wash dishes at the kitchen sink, my husband paces behind me, irritated. "Have you seen my keys?" he snarls, then huffs out a loud sigh and stomps from the room with our dog, Dixie, at his heels, anxious over her favorite human's upset.

In the past I would have been right behind Dixie. I would have turned off the faucet and joined the hunt while trying to soothe my husband with bromides like, "Don't worry, they'll turn up." But that only made him angrier, and a simple case of missing keys soon would become a full-blown angst-ridden drama starring the two of us and our poor nervous dog.

Now, I focus on the wet dish in my hands. I don't turn around. I don't say a word. I'm using a technique I learned from a dolphin trainer.

I love my husband. He's well read, adventurous and does a hysterical rendition of a northern Vermont accent that still cracks me up after 12 years of marriage.

But he also tends to be forgetful, and is often tardy and mercurial. He hovers around me in the kitchen asking if I read this or that piece in The New Yorker when I'm trying to concentrate on the simmering pans. He leaves wadded tissues in his wake. He suffers from serious bouts of spousal deafness but never fails to hear me when I mutter to myself on the other side of the house. "What did you say?" he'll shout.

These minor annoyances are not the stuff of separation and divorce, but in sum they began to dull my love for Scott. I wanted – needed – to nudge him a little closer to perfect, to make him into a mate who might annoy me a little less, who wouldn't keep me waiting at restaurants, a mate who would be easier to love.

So, like many wives before me, I ignored a library of advice books and set about improving him. By nagging, of course, which only made his behavior worse: he'd drive faster instead of slower; shave less frequently, not more; and leave his reeking bike garb on the bedroom floor longer than ever.

We went to a counselor to smooth the edges off our marriage. She didn't understand what we were doing there and complimented us repeatedly on how well we communicated. I gave up. I guessed she was right – our union was better than most – and resigned myself to stretches of slow-boil resentment and occasional sarcasm.

Then something magical happened. For a book I was writing about a school for exotic animal trainers, I started commuting from Maine to California, where I spent my days watching students do the seemingly impossible: teaching hyenas to pirouette on command, cougars to offer their paws for a nail clipping, and baboons to skateboard.

I listened, rapt, as professional trainers explained how they taught dolphins to flip and elephants to paint. Eventually it hit me that the same techniques might work on that stubborn but lovable species, the American husband.

The central lesson I learned from exotic animal trainers is that I should reward behavior I like and ignore behavior I don't. After all, you don't get a sea lion to balance a ball on the end of its nose by nagging. The same goes for the American husband.

Back in Maine, I began thanking Scott if he threw one dirty shirt into the hamper. If he threw in two, I'd kiss him. Meanwhile, I would step over any soiled clothes on the floor without one sharp word, though I did sometimes kick them under the bed. But as he basked in my appreciation, the piles became smaller.

I was using what trainers call "approximations," rewarding the small steps toward learning a whole new behavior. You can't expect a baboon to learn to flip on command in one session, just as you can't expect an American husband to begin regularly picking up his dirty socks by praising him once for picking up a single sock. With the baboon you first reward a hop, then a bigger hop, then an even bigger hop. With Scott the husband, I began to praise every small act every time: if he drove just a mile an hour slower, tossed one pair of shorts into the hamper, or was on time for anything.

I also began to analyze my husband the way a trainer considers an exotic animal. Enlightened trainers learn all they can about a species, from anatomy to social structure, to understand how it thinks, what it likes and dislikes, what comes easily to it and what doesn't. For example, an elephant is a herd animal, so it responds to hierarchy. It cannot jump, but can stand on its head. It is a vegetarian.

The exotic animal known as Scott is a loner, but an alpha male. So hierarchy matters, but being in a group doesn't so much. He has the balance of a gymnast, but moves slowly, especially when getting dressed. Skiing comes naturally, but being on time does not. He's an omnivore, and what a trainer would call food-driven.

Once I started thinking this way, I couldn't stop. At the school in California, I'd be scribbling notes on how to walk an emu or have a wolf accept you as a pack member, but I'd be thinking, "I can't wait to try this on Scott."

On a field trip with the students, I listened to a professional trainer describe how he had taught African crested cranes to stop landing on his head and shoulders. He did this by training the leggy birds to land on mats on the ground. This, he explained, is what is called an "incompatible behavior," a simple but brilliant concept.

Rather than teach the cranes to stop landing on him, the trainer taught the birds something else, a behavior that would make the undesirable behavior impossible. The birds couldn't alight on the mats and his head simultaneously.

At home, I came up with incompatible behaviors for Scott to keep him from crowding me while I cooked. To lure him away from the stove, I piled up parsley for him to chop or cheese for him to grate at the other end of the kitchen island. Or I'd set out a bowl of chips and salsa across the room. Soon I'd done it: no more Scott hovering around me while I cooked.

I followed the students to SeaWorld San Diego, where a dolphin trainer introduced me to least reinforcing syndrome (L. R. S.). When a dolphin does something wrong, the trainer doesn't respond in any way. He stands still for a few beats, careful not to look at the dolphin, and then returns to work. The idea is that any response, positive or negative, fuels a behavior. If a behavior provokes no response, it typically dies away.

In the margins of my notes I wrote, "Try on Scott!"

It was only a matter of time before he was again tearing around the house searching for his keys, at which point I said nothing and kept at what I was doing. It took a lot of discipline to maintain my calm, but results were immediate and stunning. His temper fell far shy of its usual pitch and then waned like a fast-moving storm. I felt as if I should throw him a mackerel.

Now he's at it again; I hear him banging a closet door shut, rustling through papers on a chest in the front hall and thumping upstairs. At the sink, I hold steady. Then, sure enough, all goes quiet. A moment later, he walks into the kitchen, keys in hand, and says calmly, "Found them."

Without turning, I call out, "Great, see you later."

Off he goes with our much-calmed pup.

After two years of exotic animal training, my marriage is far smoother, my husband much easier to love. I used to take his faults personally; his dirty clothes on the floor were an affront, a symbol of how he didn't care enough about me. But thinking of my husband as an exotic species gave me the distance I needed to consider our differences more objectively.

I adopted the trainers' motto: "It's never the animal's fault." When my training attempts failed, I didn't blame Scott. Rather, I brainstormed new strategies, thought up more incompatible behaviors and used smaller approximations. I dissected my own behavior, considered how my actions might inadvertently fuel his. I also accepted that some behaviors were too entrenched, too instinctive to train away. You can't stop a badger from digging, and you can't stop my husband from losing his wallet and keys.

PROFESSIONALS talk of animals that understand training so well they eventually use it back on the trainer. My animal did the same. When the training techniques worked so beautifully, I couldn't resist telling my husband what I was up to. He wasn't offended, just amused. As I explained the techniques and terminology, he soaked it up. Far more than I realized.

Last fall, firmly in middle age, I learned that I needed braces. They were not only humiliating, but also excruciating. For weeks my gums, teeth, jaw and sinuses throbbed. I complained frequently and loudly. Scott assured me that I would become used to all the metal in my mouth. I did not.

One morning, as I launched into yet another tirade about how uncomfortable I was, Scott just looked at me blankly. He didn't say a word or acknowledge my rant in any way, not even with a nod.

I quickly ran out of steam and started to walk away. Then I realized what was happening, and I turned and asked, "Are you giving me an L. R. S.?" Silence. "You are, aren't you?"

He finally smiled, but his L. R. S. has already done the trick. He'd begun to train me, the American wife.
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Being good in bed...
Posted:Sep 11, 2007 11:39 am
Last Updated:Apr 16, 2019 8:35 am
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My view is that the media and porn have sold people a false notion of what makes good sex! Being young and pretty or handsome is nice, but if you do not have the right stuff then the sex will be subpar.

So what makes a woman good in bed for me? Many things!

1. A sexy attitude is the key thing! She has to like herself, enjoy her body and enjoy mine. She needs to like kissing, stroking and playing. She needs some energy, some flexibility and the desire to enjoy sex and share pleasure for as long as we have! Being a passive corpse is deadening...

2. A little technique is great, but she does not have to memorize the Kama Sutra or try ninety positions. Five or six positions will do fine...

3. Kissing is important as it expresses affection and lust, and leads to intimacy...

4. Oral sex is fab for expressing acceptance of your lover's sex organ and for natural lubrication.

5. Stroking each other and using a vibrator can be very fun activities which transform foreplay into orgasms!

6. Being open to play is great. Being creative and trying new things can be terrific fun. For example, adding a vibrator on her clit while having intercourse can transform the sex into something even more amazing.

7. Having the woman suck on the man's nipples can be a turnon and show she is fun and not stuck on stereotypes about human sex behavior. Dirty talk, moaning and noises can be fun...

8. Having the patience to keep playing even after a few orgasms can allow both to really get into the sex. There are lots of fun things to try: G spot massage, fisting, standing up, using the bathroom counter top for a support surface, etc. Sometimes I enjoy playing with food, a dildo, foot massage, or trying different lubes...

9. A sexy woman is also willing to touch her own clit while we are having sex, or to masturbate in front of me. She also likes to watch me touch myself. Sex is best when the inhibitions are shed with the clothing...

10. Anal sex can be fun, with lube, taking things slowly and not being too pushy until the partner relaxes into it. Condoms make things more sanitary and safer. Have not yet had a female use a strapon on me, but that might be fun sometime! Anal is not a must, but only for those who enjoy it...

11. With the proper desire and attitude great sex is shared! Having a hot attractive bod and pretty face is great, but having a sexy attitude and hot desire for your partner is the key!
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Kegel exercises for men and women!
Posted:Sep 7, 2007 7:59 am
Last Updated:Apr 26, 2019 7:47 am
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Another important educational post worth rereading, as the sex life you improve is your own!

The PC muscles need strengthening for men and women to have the best sex! A repeat of an earlier blog to remind everyone to kegel regularly!

Kegel exercises serve to tone and strengthen the pubococcygeus or "PC" muscles which form the floor of the pelvis. The health of these muscles plays a vitally important role in sexual arousal and climax, as well as in other aspects of bodily functioning.

Why should men do kegel exercises regularly?

kegel exercises increase the bloodflow to the genital area, and so support sexual arousal mechanisms.

kegel exercises strengthen and tone the muscles that are involved in ejaculation, and so men who Kegel can, if they do some additional work with themselves, gain greater control over the timing of their ejaculations.

kegel exercises prevent incontinence and other problems that are often associated with aging.
Why should women do kegel exercises regularly?

kegel exercises increase the bloodflow to the genital area, and so support sexual arousal mechanisms.

kegel exercises strengthen and tone the muscles of the vaginal canal, and so women who Kegel can, if vaginal stimulation is their choice, and if they do some additional work on themselves, improve their capacity to orgasm by means of vaginal play, in terms of both the intensity and the frequency of their orgasming.

kegel exercises are essential to the treatment of sexual difficulties such as vaginismus and dyspareunia (pain on vaginal intercourse).

kegel exercises prevent incontinence, prolapses, and many other problems of the pelvic floor that are often associated with aging.

kegel exercises strengthen and tone the musculature of the pelvic area in a way that can make vaginal delivery during childbirth easier.
How do I find my PC muscles?

go to the bathroom and sit on the toilet (men, it is also a good idea to sit for this).

in the middle of your stream of urine, stop and start the stream several times. The muscles you use to do this are your PC muscles. At first, you may find that you are also squeezing your anal muscles; as you become experienced with kegel exercises, try to separate out the muscle groups that you are able to exercise by squeezing.
How do I do regular kegel exercises?

now that you have located your PC muscles, you can exercise them while your bladder is completely empty.

first, try squeezing your PC muscles as hard as you can for a count of three seconds. Then let them relax. To begin with, see how many times you can do this before the muscles feel tired.

now figure out a suitable exercise routine just as you would if you were trying to tone and strengthen a different muscle group by going to the gym every other day. For example, suppose you start by being able to do only five strong squeezes; try doing three sets of five once or twice a day for a week, and then try increasing this to three sets of eight strong squeezes.

if you work up to three sets of thirty or more strong squeezes, you are probably healthy enough for most purposes, and need only to maintain this level of fitness by doing these three sets four times a week (instead of once or twice a day).

we also recommend that you experiment by varying the type and timing of the PC squeezing you do as you train these muscles: slow clenches, many quick flutters, and so on. This will make you more familiar with these muscles ‒ notice also when your abdominal muscles or your anal muscles feel like they also want to join in the exercise.

remember, you should try to separate out kegel exercises from anal squeezing. If you are in doubt, go back a refind your PC muscle while urinating.

once you are skilled at kegel exercises, you should be able to do them without anyone else knowing what you are doing... boring meetings at work, tedious lectures at conferences, and other daily events all become opportunities to work quietly on improving your sexual health!
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Why stay if the sex is inadequate?
Posted:Nov 1, 2007 11:12 am
Last Updated:Nov 13, 2014 5:04 am
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Many cannot seem to wrap their minds around the concept of a couple staying together even if the sex is not sufficient for one of the couple.

As I have thought about this subject over the last decade or so, allow me to explain.

I am not trying to sell anyone anything. I do not crave your endorsement or ask for approval or disapproval. There is no need to judge me or condemn me.

From what I see most marriages have inadequate sex for one or both partners after a period of time. Ask around and see. Many marriages have little or no sex. Some enjoy other activities and some do not.

My marriage has some sex, sometimes not for a week or two, then sometimes once or twice a week. I share many things values with my spouse. But I desire hot sex daily, and many types of sex that she is unwilling to do.

I have no reason to condemn or reject her just because she is different from me. I accept her as she is and have given up trying to convert her to my way of thinking.

I also recognize that some crave variety and some do not. Some are willing to take a risk and some are not.

While many will condemn me for seeking what is considered "cheating" or "adultery", one can also look at the situation from the opposite point of view. I stick with a woman who loves me and I love, despite the fact that she is not providing me with the sexual satisfaction I crave. I have sacrificed my desires for many years, to please her and to make sure our grew up in a stable household, which I believe is best to nurture a .

I also do not agree with those who espouse total honesty with a spouse as that only hurts the feelings of the non-cheating spouse. She knows I have "strayed" and has forgiven my transgressions; "don't ask, don't tell" is what we both prefer.

Those who wish to be less discreet are welcome to do so, but in my experience most people cannot handle the jealousy and fear.

While some will condemn my dishonesty, another viewpoint is that I must bear the guilt and the secrecy to preserve and protect an illusion that is comforting to my spouse. I do what she prefers, even though she refuses to do what I prefer.

Freud noted that many times in human affairs there are multiple reasons that explain actions. Things are "over-directed" to the same conclusion.

I will also note that I stay for the companionship, because I am used to the situation, we get along well, we share many things including a , and apart from the sex, many things are truly fine in our relationship.

One does not throw out a relationship that has only one failing, even if the failing is an important one like sex.

My cynical side also assumes that any other marriage would eventually also exhibit the same problem that monogamy engenders, boredom or a desire for variety of "strange" sex organs attached to a new partner.

Those who do not understand the above, please feel free to ignore it and withhold hostile rants. Those who can relate to what I am saying, feel free to express sympathetic sounds...
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My distilled reasons for sex
Posted:Aug 6, 2008 5:17 am
Last Updated:Jun 23, 2019 12:42 pm
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The 237 reasons given to have sex seemed to have many repetitions and variations on the same idea. So I have distilled them down to 50 reasons, including a few new ones I added based on my experience and observations:

50 distilled Reasons to have sex:

Hospitality: Eskimos lend a wife to a traveler;

To gossip about: To have something to tell or write about;

Curiosity: curious about new lover, new position, what feels like, new gender, non-intercourse (anal, oral), multiple partners, bigger dick.

Health: relieve tension, headache, cramps, “blue balls”, burn calories, exercise, improve prostate, help fall asleep, stay warm

Self emotional state: feel powerful, want attention, act out fantasy, feel older, feel younger, feel better about self, enjoy life, get over an ex lover, to lose inhibitions, end virgin status;

Revenge: to get back at cheating mate, hurt an enemy, give someone a STD, make someone else jealous;

Work: to get sex off brain, so can work more;

Coercion: fear physical injury unless comply, pressured, verbally harassed, felt too guilty to deny other’s request;

Impaired condition: unable to control self because drunk/drugged;

Sex addict: compelled to have sex for psych reasons;

Love: to express love and affection to partner, become one with partner, feel intimacy, share the pleasure;

Avoid other tasks: to avoid chores, change topic of conversation, stop nagging;

Break relationship: end your own or break up another’s;

Alter status: end virgin status, rebel against parents/teachers, closure on relationship, lower your AgoraCosmopolitan Dating purity score;

Habit: expected to have sex with partner, so just do it;

Power: to dominate another, possess them, a conquest, submission or feel dominated;

Spiritual: to feel God, one with the universe, spiritual act, Tantric sex practices;

Obligated: feel duty to do it, married;

Punished: feel desire to be degraded and humiliated, or degrade other;

Pleasure: for fun, experiment with new positions or partners, for excitement or adventure;

Communicate: to say “sorry”, “thank you”, return a favor;

Celebration: for anniversary, birthday, for holiday, for big win;

Partner stealing: to trap someone, or steal another’s partner;

Sex identity validation: to reaffirm or test sexual orientation;

Reciprocate: to pay back for a fancy dinner, jewelry, gifts, money, to reward him for making me laugh;

Aroused: Aroused by partner’s looks, personality, good kisser, dancer, intelligence, humor, caresses

Challenge: A bet, competition among friends, dared, “out of league” success;

Mercy fuck: to lift their spirits, not want to disappoint them, help them forget problems ( “broken man” ) , feel sorry for problems;

Reproduction: want , ovulating, genetic imperative;

Royalty: need male heir to pass on royal line, leave ancestral house or business to an heir;

Partner pacify: keep partner happy, make partner spend time with you, partner insist;

Social status: fit in with friends, to brag, initiation rite, hurt rep if said no, be popular, sex with a celebrity, notch in your belt;

money: for money, job or promotion, casting couch, return a favor or be owed a favor;

Married: obligation, duty;

Bored: filling time, thing to do, just happened;

Reaffirm life: after funeral or 9/11 trauma to feel alive;

Going to war: to feel alive, leave offspring, not die a virgin;

To affect partner: To make partner desire you, make partner envious, make partner feel good, relaxed, or sexy;

Make-up sex: to reaffirm bond after fight or end an argument;

Artistic inspiration: Sought experience for writing, painting;

Retain potency: use it or lose it;

To improve skills: Practice with more experienced partner to learn new skills;

Acting: in porn, movies or theater;

Lost control: intended to just kiss and got carried away, raging hormones, or felt too “horny” to stop;

To Swing: To please partner by swinging, or to enjoy an alternative lifestyle.

To allow partner to be a voyeur: to let partner see you have sex with someone else for partner’s gratification.

Leader ordered: In a cult and the leader ordered the sex;

Testing powers: To see how many orgasms each person could have in a set time period;

Nostalgia: to recapture youthful feeling;

To be able to harm someone: have sex so you can ruin partner's reputation or injure your own, or transmit an STD;

Daily sex: Minister suggested to improve relationship.
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Dr. Fauci advice
Posted:Nov 22, 2020 11:07 am
Last Updated:Nov 22, 2020 11:10 am
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An edited summary of Dr. Fauci's advice from the NYT interview:

Dr. Fauci, a straight shooter, with no conflicts of interest — political or financial — at 79, no big career ambition. So I asked him how Americans might live in the next six nine months.

Are a few things you think a Biden administration should do on Day 1?

were some states in some regions of the country that didn’t learn the lessons when New York City and other big cities got . Fundamental public health measures: simple things like uniform wearing of masks, keeping physical distance, avoiding crowds (particularly indoors), doing things outdoors as much as possible, and washing hands frequently, not shutting down the country. You can still have an economic recovery, if you just do those simple things.

Do you think we need a national policy like a national mask mandate?

The current administration has left Covid-19 management the states.
I think should be universal wearing of masks. If we can accomplish that with local mayors, governors, local authorities, fine. If not, we should seriously consider national. The reason that I shy away from making a strong recommendation is that mandates from the national level down can cause push back from people do not like be told what to do.

People often think of shutdowns as binary. You’re open or you’re shut. Often, when you answer questions about how to live, you start with, ‘Well, I’m in a high-risk group….”

The reason I answer with some degree of trepidation is because the people own businesses get very upset with me. are some essential businesses that you want keep open, like grocery stores, supermarkets and gas stations.

We’re heading into the winter. You could social distance in a restaurant or in an indoor gathering. But would you feel OK being in without a mask?

With so many infections now, I would feel quite uncomfortable even being in a restaurant, particularly if it was at full capacity.

I see you’ve been getting your hair cut. What do you think about hair salons?

I used get a haircut every five weeks. I get a haircut every weeks now. With a mask on me and a mask on the person cutting my hair.

Transportation?

It depends on your individual situation. If you are at high risk, don’t travel anywhere. If you must go, drive your own car, by yourself. Don’t get on a crowded subway, a crowded bus, or fly in an airplane. If you’re a 25-year-old with no underlying medical conditions, that’s much different.

Bars?

Bars are a real big problem. If you at some outbreaks we’ve seen, ’s when people go into crowded bars. I used to like to sit at a bar and grab a hamburger and a beer. But when you’re at a bar, people are leaning over your shoulder, people are right next to each other. It’s fun and social. So I would to clamp down on bars for the time being.

Some airlines and some states are telling people you to get a coronavirus test before you get on the plane or visit another state. Does that make sense medically?

If you’re negative when you get on the plane — except in the rare circumstance that you’re in that little incubation window before you turn positive — that’s a good thing.
If you had a national plan for testing, what would it be?
Surveillance testing. Literally flooding the system with tests. Getting a home test that you could do yourself, that’s highly sensitive and highly specific. And you know why that would be terrific? Because if you decided to have a small gathering with your mother-in-law and father-in-law and a couple of . The test isn’t 0 percent. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. The risk, if all are tested before you gather for dinner, dramatically decreases.

are a number of vaccine candidates that are promising. But ’s also a lot of skepticism. Is OK take a vaccine? And which one?

’s easy when you have vaccines that are 95 percent effective. Can’t get much better than that. I think what people need appreciate is the process. The company looks at the data. I look at the data. Then the company gives the data the F.D.A. The F.D.A. career scientists are really independent. Then ’s another independent group, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. The F.D.A. commissioner vowed he will follow the opinions of F.D.A. career scientists and the advisory board.

When do you think we’ll be able throw our masks away?

I think that we’re going have some degree of public health measures like masks with the vaccine for a considerable period of time. But we’ll start approaching normal — if the overwhelming majority of people get vaccinated — as we get into the third or fourth quarter of 2021.
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Cash
Posted:Nov 18, 2020 5:42 am
Last Updated:Nov 18, 2020 5:43 am
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How come the GOP did so well in the House and Senate while Trump lost? An idea from the NYT suggests it is the stimulus money that helped the GOP!

It is the cash that people like! So give them cash...

At the end of March, 2020 Trump signed the Cares Act, which distributed more than half a trillion dollars in direct aid to more than 150 million Americans, from stimulus checks ($1,200 per adult and $500 per for households below a certain income threshold) to $600 per week in additional unemployment benefits. These programs were not perfect but they made an impact regardless. Personal income went up and poverty went down, even as the United States reported its steepest ever quarterly drop in economic output.

Americans received as much assistance as they did because Democrats fought for it over the opposition of Republicans who believed any help beyond the minimum would degrade the will to work for low wages employers were willing to pay. “The moment we go back to work, we cannot create an incentive for people to say, ‘I don’t need to go back to work because I can do better someplace else,’ ” Senator Rick Scott of Florida argued on the floor of the Senate.

But low-propensity voters who voted for Trump aren’t attuned to congressional debate. They did not know — and Democrats didn’t do a good job of telling them — that Trump and the GOP opposed more generous benefits. All they knew is that Trump signed the bill (and the checks) giving them cash.
The Republican Party’s strong performance can be explained simply by the fact that it was in power when the government put a lot of money into the hands of a lot of people who didn’t have it before.

The Biden administration should just embrace giving needy people cash!
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Trump's lawsuits
Posted:Nov 15, 2020 4:26 am
Last Updated:Nov 26, 2020 8:19 am
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About or 20 of Trump's law suits have been dismissed by judges around the country so far. None of them would change the outcome of the election.

Oddly enough Biden will get 206 electoral votes, the same number Trump won in 20. Trump called his 20 victory a landslide! So Biden also has a landslide by that measure.

The GOP is harming the country by delaying the transition, but Biden already is an old hand at the political game and will be ready on January 20, 2021.

Trump can get ready for the civil and criminal lawsuits against him....
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Gay marriage?
Posted:Nov 15, 2020 4:19 am
Last Updated:Nov 26, 2020 8:19 am
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Justice Alito is a right wing conservative judge on the U.S. Supreme Court. He gave a speech to a right wing group complaining about liberals not liking his views. Not surprising. The U.S. Supreme court not has 6 right wingers and 3 liberals left, while a majority of Americans are moderate or liberal. Alito is a sore winner.

He was mad about allowing gays to marry, among other things. Since gay sex was held to be legal in private between consenting adults marriage seems to be obviously equally legal, if you want to treat people fairly. Why not let gay people love each other and be a legal couple? How are non-gay people harmed by letting gay people marry? If marriage is a good thing, then more marriages is better.

Single people miss out on many tax breaks and other advantages. They should be annoyed with the better treatment of married people. But gay marriages are less then ten percent of the marriages. So do single people protest straight marriage? No, they want to get married. At least until they marry....

Trump shows the modern approach to the problem. Cheat on your spouse as he has done in all marriages of Trump. Problem solved.
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Free money
Posted:Nov 12, 2020 8:18 am
Last Updated:Nov 17, 2020 11:30 am
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Basic income, free money from NYT:

Enjoying life is no trivial matter for the slight, serious Mr. Bohmeyer, whose experimental, grass-roots platform has thus far given more than 650 randomly-selected people 1,000 euros a month, around $1,165, for a year, no strings attached, just to test a thesis. Namely, that what people need to thrive in a rapidly changing world is not more money, but more security, and that an unconditional basic income — a monthly sum to cover living expenses that, if implemented, would be paid by the government and received by everyone — could enable this.

The idea has resonated in Germany, a wealthy country that spends about a third of its G.D.P. on a robust social welfare system. In the six years since Mr. Bohmeyer first called for donations “My Basic Income” has raised about €8 million, thanks to 140,000 or so private donations of sums as low as a couple of euros a month.

Now, after publishing a best-selling book detailing the experiences of a cross-section of recipients — ranging from a hotel heiress to a homeless man — Mr. Bohmeyer and his team have partnered with the respected German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin for a study. As part of this “pilot project,” 120 randomly chosen people will receive €1,200 a month for three years, while a larger control group of “statistical twins” in similar life situations will not. When the call for applications went out in August, a million people signed up in less than three days.

Given its small size, the study does not look at macroeconomic impacts, like how taxes would be affected or if a basic income would lead to inflation. Rather, it will simply try to find out whether unconditional monthly payments lead to statistically significant changes in recipients’ behavior and feelings. “Is there a dark side?” asked Mr. Schupp, noting that in recent polls, about half of Germans found the concept good, in principle. “Or do we get confirmation of the nice stories in Michael Bohmeyer’s book?”

To write “What Would You Do? How an Unconditional Basic Income Changes Us,” Mr. Bohmeyer and his co-author took 10 days to travel through Germany interviewing 24 recipients, past and present. In keeping with the findings of other basic income studies around the world, they found that few people quit their jobs. Many, however, made changes — a social worker used the extra resources to retrain as a hospice worker, and a just-treading-water retiree quit her off-the-books job waitressing for an exploitative boss and got another job at a better restaurant.

Regardless of whether they spent the money, saved it, invested it or gave it away, almost all of the people interviewed said the monthly payments just made them feel better. “We call it the ‘basic income feeling,’”
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Biden wins
Posted:Nov 8, 2020 5:04 am
Last Updated:Nov 10, 2020 8:49 am
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those who did not think it could happen... It did. Biden won. With some help from Covid 19 which Trump bungled. We paid a big price but we got rid of a would be king.

Sadly 70 million Americans voted for Trump even though he showed fascist and autocrat tendencies. That so many in the U.S. do not care about democracy and the history of the U.S. is troubling. Hard to keep a democracy when many do not care for our form of government.

So what will Biden do? His plans are well known:

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to quickly sign a series of executive orders after being sworn into office on Jan. 20, immediately forecasting that the country’s politics have shifted and that his presidency will be guided by radically different priorities.

He will rejoin the Paris climate accords, according to those close to his campaign and commitments he has made in recent months, and he will reverse President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization. He will repeal the ban on almost all travel from some Muslim-majority countries, and he will reinstate the program allowing “dreamers,” who were brought to the United States illegally as , to remain in the country, according to people familiar with his plans.

Although transitions of power can always include abrupt changes, the shift from Trump to Biden — from one president who sought to undermine established norms and institutions to another who has vowed to restore the established order — will be among the most startling in American history.
Biden’s top advisers have spent months quietly working on how best to implement his agenda, with hundreds of transition officials preparing to get to work inside various federal agencies. They have assembled a book filled with his campaign commitments to help guide their early decisions.

Biden is planning to set up a coronavirus task force on Monday, in recognition that the global pandemic will be the primary issue that he must confront. The task force, which could begin meeting within days, will be co-chaired by former surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy and David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

There has also been a recognition of those around him that he may have to lean more on executive actions than he had once hoped. He can reorient various federal agencies and regulations, and he can adopt a different posture on the world stage.

I expect Biden will also increase support for Obamacare and expand its scope. A tax of one dollar on anyone without health insurance and using these funds for Obamacare will make moot the GOP case to destroy Obamacare pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.

We will see if hope conquers fear.
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Trump keeps lying...
Posted:Nov 2, 2020 5:25 am
Last Updated:Nov 4, 2020 5:09 am
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Trump knows he will lose the popular vote. So he does not want to have the mail in votes counted after Nov. 3.

In Texas Trump sued to block the drive in ballots. 127,000 of them. The Texas Supreme Court twice said drive in ballots are valid. Trump is now trying block them in Federal court. Lost again before the District court judge. Trump intends to appeal. He should lose again.

What kind of monster tries suppress valid votes? The GOP Trump kind.

The election is still going on to count the votes. That is normal. Trump claims fraud, with no evidence of fraud. Trump lies again. The new normal.

Hard to understand the appeal of Trump to a normal human thinking person.

Trump loves the low information voter, and they love Trump back.

Biden and Harris will return us decency and reality. Apparently that is battle.

If the votes are counted, Biden should win. Biden is ahead in electoral votes in the called state races. Up to Wis, PA and Michigan again... Or Nevada, AZ and a few more.
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Trump false claim about doctors and money
Posted:Oct 31, 2020 5:55 am
Last Updated:Nov 2, 2020 5:16 am
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At a rally in Michigan Friday, President Trump repeated an extraordinary and unfounded claim that American doctors were profiteering from coronavirus deaths. “You know our doctors get more money if somebody dies from Covid,” Mr. Trump said, adding that in Germany and other countries, deaths are characterized differently if there appear to be multiple causes. “With us, when in doubt, choose Covid.”

Medical professionals and organizations quickly decried those comments and lauded the work of nurses, doctors and other health care workers who have risked their lives and worried about the health of their families as they cared for people infected with the coronavirus.

“The suggestion that doctors — in the midst of a public health crisis — are overcounting Covid-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous and completely misguided charge,” said Susan R. Bailey, the president of the American Medical Association, in a statement on Friday.
“Rather than attacking us and lobbing baseless charges at physicians, our leaders should be following the science and urging adherence to the public health steps we know work — wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing physical distancing,” she added.

Coronavirus cases are rising in Michigan as a third wave of infections spreads across the country. This week, the state recorded a 91 percent increase in new cases from the average two weeks earlier.

Trump made a similar false claim about physicians at a campaign rally on Oct. 24 in Wisconsin — another state that has seen a surge in cases this month — when he said that “doctors get more money and hospitals get more money” for reporting more deaths due to the coronavirus.

That prompted a backlash from organizations including the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“These baseless claims not only do a disservice to our health care heroes but promulgate the dangerous wave of misinformation which continues to hinder our nation’s efforts to get the pandemic under control and allow our nation to return to normalcy,” the American College of Emergency Physicians said in a statement on Sunday.
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