Professional Legal Help For Your Spinal Injury

Get Professional Legal Help For Your Spinal Injury In Toronto

If you have suffered a serious or permanent spinal injury as the result of an accident for which you were not the cause, you don’t need to be told just how drastically your life may have changed. You have certainly suffered grievous injuries, accompanied by not only physical pain but also the anguish of wondering how you are going to meet your ever increasing medical bills. Losing your mobility for a long period of time, or on a permanent basis, is also a cause for extreme concern. If you have suffered such agonizing injuries, you deserve to be compensated in a fair and just manner.

Your Medical Condition Is Not The Only Thing To Worry Over

Perhaps the most unfair thing about having to spend weeks or months lying in a bed in a hospital while recovering from your spinal injuries is the fact that you were not even responsible for your own present state. But on top of the severe injustice you are feeling is another, even more crushing, disappointment. This comes when you realize that the bills are piling up without end, while your means of paying them are disappearing one by one. You may have been dismissed from your job because of your inability to report to work. And you may even be in danger of losing your home or your vehicle.

Legal Representation Is Your Best Bet For The Justice You Deserve

When it comes to getting the justice you desire and deserve for your injuries, getting top notch legal representation is your best bet. You will need to engage the services of a spinal injury lawyer in Toronto who is equipped to get you a fair hearing in court, followed by a settlement that will help you to regain not only your physical, but also your financial, independence. Hiring the right lawyer for your case is the first step toward beginning your long healing process. But in order to accomplish this goal, you will need to make a careful search for the right lawyer to help you win your case.

What Can A Toronto Lawyer Do To Help You Win Your Case?

There’s a reason that people have recourse to the hiring of a Toronto legal professional when pursuing their case in court. If you yourself are not a legal expert, you don’t stand much of a chance against the crack legal team that your opponent will almost certainly have on hand to defend them. More importantly, the insurance company that represents the person you are suing will go out of their way to paint your case as ill founded in order to get the charges dismissed or dropped. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can do serious damage to your credibility that will lose you the case.

This is exactly why your best bet is to hire a Toronto spinal cord injury lawyer. The sooner you get the fair settlement you require in order to settle your debts, the sooner you can concentrate fully on recovering from your purely physical injuries. A Toronto spine injury lawyer can help you get the justice you desire and deserve to help you focus on recovering from your accident and getting on with your life.

Planting trees

From the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Despite the cold, Reforest the Bluegrass event in Lexington draws hundreds

  • Oak, sycamore, walnut, cedar are among those planted
  • Trees will buffer traffic noise from nearby Intestate 75
  • Reintroduction of native species is a goal of the event

By Greg Kocher | gkocher1@herald-leader.com | April 9, 2016 5:09 PM

Ah, 36 degrees and a biting wind. What a day to plant trees!

And so it was for James Allen, an economist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

“I like to plant trees on any day,” Allen said. “It’s something I believe strongly in.”

Allen and his wife, Joy, were among hundreds of volunteers who attended Saturday’s annual Reforest the Bluegrass event. By 10 a.m., there were 200 people getting their hands dirty in the Deep Springs Greenway off Bryan Station Road.

“It’s great to see this many come out,” said John Saylor, program manager for resource operations with the city’s Division of Environmental Services. “It’s a testament to how successful this event has been for the city over the last 18 years.”

Saylor has coordinated Reforest for a decade and said Saturday was the coldest day for the event that he could remember.

The saplings were protected overnight so the roots wouldn’t freeze. But the colder temperatures shouldn’t hurt the young trees.

“As long as the ground is not frozen, you can plant year-round,” Saylor said.

Burr oak, swamp white oak, sycamore, walnut, black locust and cedar were among the 7,000 saplings available for planting. The trees help protect streams, reduce the need for mowing, improve air quality and, in those planted Saturday, buffer traffic noise from nearby Interstate 75.

Russell Hoff brought his wife and two grandchildren to the event. He’s planted 31 trees near his home on Lexington’s north side.

Weeping Cherry Tree, planted 2003 or 2004. Click to enlarge.

Weeping Cherry Tree, planted 2003 or 2004. Click to enlarge.

Read more here.

I’m not an environmentalist whacko, but I have planted trees on my property, eight of them, two dwarf Alberta Spruce, two weeping cherry trees (one of which failed), an arborvitae, a red sunset maple, a Japanese Maple, and a dogwood. Individually, these trees didn’t cost much, and I got the arborvitae for free. Homeowners can do things like this with their property fairly inexpensively, if they choose, although some planning is involved: you don’t want to plant a tree which will eventually grow into a problem for the house. While we’ve planted about as many trees as our current property can support, we’ll be planting a lot more when we move to our new Kentucky home.

The Herald-Leader article should have provided more information. It does not tell us who paid for the 7,000 saplings, whether there are any left over that individuals could take, with a promise to plant them, or whether there was a program to provide such trees at reduced or no cost for other volunteers to plant elsewhere.

Rule 5 Blogging: Women at work!

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Kate Bosworth in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. Click any photo to enlarge.

Sgt. Jennifer L. Ramsey, explosive ordnance disposal technician with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 looks on as Royal Australian Air Force Sgt. Adam Griffiths, senior non-commissioned officer for operations at the Delamere Range Facility inspects the results of a cutting line-charge detonation on a practice bomb at the DRF Sept. 28. The practice bomb is being cut in half to be mounted and used as a training aid.

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From Around the Blogroll

From The Wall Street Journal:

By One Measure, U.S. Rates Are Already Negative

Yield on 10-year Treasurys, adjusted for inflation, falls below zero for first time since 2012

By Min Zeng | April 8, 2016 2:02 p.m. ET

Negative interest rates have swept the globe, from Switzerland to Sweden to Japan.

By one measure, they’re here in the U.S. too.

The 2016 rally in government bond prices has taken U.S. real yields, which subtract inflation from the 10-year Treasury yield, below zero for the first time since 2012.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield was recently 1.72%, which is below the latest reading on the core consumer-price index of 2.3%. By this metric, the real U.S. 10-year yield is -0.58%.

Inflation is the main threat to bondholders. Many look at real yields because they reflect the real purchasing powers investors obtain from investing in fixed-income assets. The fact that investors are willing to buy the 10-year note without enough compensation for an uptick in consumer prices has been confounding many analysts. Some are concerned that this leaves the bond market vulnerable to jolts if sentiment sours. . . . .

Guy Haselmann, head of U.S. interest rate strategy at Bank of Nova Scotia, expects the 10-year nominal yield to fall to its lowest level ever, 1.25%, before 2016 ends, from a recent 1.72%, even if there isn’t another market shock that leads to a retest of the February lows in stocks, riskier bonds and U.S. yields. The previous low, 1.40%, was set at the height of the 2012 euro crisis.

“If things get really bad…the yield will test sub 1%,” he said.

Such a state of affairs would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, when Wall Street analysts routinely predicted a swift return to 5% long-term Treasury yields, let alone in the early 1980s, when yields briefly topped 15% at the height of the U.S. inflation scare.

There’s more at the link.

The Journal article focuses more on investors, but my concern is for workers approaching retirement who have moved into the usual ‘less volatile’ mutual funds in their 401(k) plans. Many 401(k) plans offer less aggressive funds for workers only a few years from retirement, funds which tend to have less upside, but which are also supposed to have less downside risk, and those funds normally carry a higher percentage of their investments in bonds. Workers who bother to check their portfolios frequently — and I check mine daily — will (probably) see a slowly appreciating profit, but once inflation is factored in, the value of their 401(k) plans are actually dropping.

And savings accounts are even worse. Checking the listed savings at PNC Bank, the bank I use, the standard savings account interest rate is a whopping 0.01%. If you have a linked checking account, which I do, it goes up to an astronomical 0.05%. And if you have big bucks in your savings account, $500,000 or more, you can get a ginormous 0.16% interest rate.

We noted previously that the “economic elites” don’t seem to have much of a handle on what people are actually doing with their money, and we commoners just aren’t cooperating. Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors have had a target inflation rate of 2% for a while now, but have not been able to achieve that. I have to wonder if they won’t get that inflation, as the zero-and-below returns on savings urge more people to spend their money now rather than save it for the future.

And now, on to the blogroll!

Awww, Donald Trump is upset that Ted Cruz just won’t quit!

Donald Trump sounds like a team with a lead half way through the third quarter combitching that the other team just won’t give up.

There is a difference between a fighter, which Mr Trump says that he is, and a whiner, which looks increasingly to be the case.

#HB2: Acceptance of ‘transgenderism’ is actively harmful for children

From the American College of Pediatricians, not exactly an evil reich-wing group:

Gender Ideology Harms Children

Originally posted March 21, 2016 – a temporary statement with references. A full statement will be published in summer 2016. Updated with Clarifications on April 6, 2016.

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.

  1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.1
  2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.2,3,4
  3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).5 The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.2,4,5
  4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty- blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.6
  5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.5
  6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.7,8,9,10
  7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming countries.11 What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?
  8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.

Michelle A. Cretella, M.D.
President of the American College of Pediatricians

Quentin Van Meter, M.D.
Vice President of the American College of Pediatricians
Pediatric Endocrinologist

Paul McHugh, M.D.
University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital

For a PDF version click here: Gender Ideology Harms Children.

The footnotes are at the bottom of this article.

The left will be aghast at this article, but one thing is clear: the political pressures, including those coming from the Obama Administration, to ‘normalize’ ‘transgenderism,’ or gender dysphoria, including the exposure of children to people manifesting this condition through the attempts to allow people to use public restrooms and bathrooms consistent with their perceived ‘gender identity’ rather than their biological sex, is actually harmful to children. If a child has some level of gender identity confusion, and is exposed to situations which support transgenderism, he may be more likely to fail to adjust to his given biological sex.  As the authors of the referenced article asked, “What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?”  Why would we ever want to do anything which might increase the number of children who fail to overcome gender dysphoria, leading them into adulthoods marked by, at best, unhappiness over their physical bodies and quite possibly expensive and still unsatisfactory surgical results?

More, the attempts by the left to expose children to ‘transgenderism’ are efforts to make the ‘transgendered’ appear to be a normal part of everyday life, in an attempt to make the ‘transgendered’ seem like just another part of normal rather than a mental illness.  Let me be clear here: for the adult ‘transgendered,’ those very few people who did not have prepubescent confusion settle down into a normal life, the last thing that they want is for children with gender disphoria to be cured!  The greater the number of people who suffer from this condition, the more normal the people who have it appear.

The facts are clear: the push for the normalization and accommodation of the ‘transgendered’ is a political action taken by adults, for adults, and their concerns are not at all for children. The “LGBT” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) interest group is one in which parenthood and child rearing is simply not much of a concern, because the relationships they pursue do not normally lead to having children. That parents would raise objections to the admission of the opposite sex into public restrooms and showers, to protect their children, is simply not a concern with which homosexuals and transsexuals can identify.

This is why debating with them is so very futile: they do not appreciate the concerns of normal people, and thus see those concerns as nothing significant enough to merit compromise or consideration. Since ‘acceptance’ by normal society is of great concern to them, they cannot see any merit in compromising on that compared to concerns on the part of other people that they see as trivial.

We can have sympathy for the unfortunate people plagued by gender dysphoria, but having sympathy does not and should not mean somehow accepting their condition as just another form of normal, or accepting their condition as anything other than a mental illness.
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References:

  1. Consortium on the Management of Disorders of Sex Development, “Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Sex Development in Childhood.” Intersex Society of North America, March 25, 2006. Accessed 3/20/16 from http://www.dsdguidelines.org/files/clinical.pdf.
  2. Zucker, Kenneth J. and Bradley Susan J. “Gender Identity and Psychosexual Disorders.” FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry. Vol. III, No. 4, Fall 2005 (598-617).
  3. Whitehead, Neil W. “Is Transsexuality biologically determined?” Triple Helix (UK), Autumn 2000, p6-8. accessed 3/20/16 from http://www.mygenes.co.nz/transsexuality.htm; see also Whitehead, Neil W. “Twin Studies of Transsexuals [Reveals Discordance]” accessed 3/20/16 from http://www.mygenes.co.nz/transs_stats.htm.
  4. Jeffreys, Sheila. Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism. Routledge, New York, 2014 (pp.1-35).
  5. American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Arlington, VA, American Psychiatric Association, 2013 (451-459). See page 455 re: rates of persistence of gender dysphoria.
  6. Hembree, WC, et al. Endocrine treatment of transsexual persons: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009;94:3132-3154.
  7. Olson-Kennedy, J and Forcier, M. “Overview of the management of gender nonconformity in children and adolescents.” UpToDate November 4, 2015. Accessed 3.20.16 from www.uptodate.com.
  8. Moore, E., Wisniewski, & Dobs, A. “Endocrine treatment of transsexual people: A review of treatment regimens, outcomes, and adverse effects.” The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2003; 88(9), pp3467-3473.
  9. FDA Drug Safety Communication issued for Testosterone products accessed 3.20.16: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm161874.htm.
  10. World Health Organization Classification of Estrogen as a Class I Carcinogen: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/ageing/cocs_hrt_statement.pdf.
  11. Dhejne, C, et.al. “Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden.” PLoS ONE, 2011; 6(2). Affiliation: Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Psychiatry, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Accessed 3.20.16 from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0016885.

Take Your Restaurant From Good To Great With These Growth Strategies

Take Your Restaurant From Good To Great With These Growth Strategies

If you run a restaurant and want it to be extraordinarily successful, it’s time to implement a strategic plan that will take your company from good to great. Here are several strategies that you should integrate into the plan:

1. Update Your Equipment.

One of the first steps you should implement to optimize your restaurant is doing regular equipment updates. Outdated and/or malfunctioning equipment can seriously slow down your daily operations, thereby compromising your ability to optimize productivity and enhance your bottom line. Additionally, old equipment can pose a variety of unwanted health and safety risks. As such, you should have your equipment systematically inspected and updated to ensure that your restaurant functions optimally. In the event that you need to purchase new commercial refrigerator parts, you can do so through online companies like 0-reps.net.

2. Optimize Your Online Presence.

In addition to regularly updating your restaurant equipment, make sure that you optimize your online presence. This strategy will empower you to effectively interface with your target market so you can optimize brand recognition and accelerate conversion. The simplest and most effective way to realize these business goals is by hiring a team of skilled, sophisticated advertisers. Be sure to select a team of professionals who have extensive experience working with business owners from the restaurant sector. The ideal digital firm will be able to offer you comprehensive marketing services, some of which include online reputation management, search engine optimization, web design and development, and social media optimization.

3. Put Your Health First.

One final technique you can deploy to keep your restaurant moving forward is putting your health first. When you lack energy or constantly miss work due to a plaguing illness, your productivity is seriously compromised. To prevent this from happening, design and implement health strategies which will ensure that you can look and feel your very best. Some great wellness techniques you may want to try include meditation, yoga, and weight-lifting. If you feel that you lack the knowledge necessary to develop and optimize your health on your own, you can attain professional assistance from a health coach, nutritionist, and/or personal trainer.

Conclusion

Once you’ve decided that you want your restaurant to be a smashing success, it’s important to implement the strategies that will help you realize your vision. You can use one or all of the business-building tips and tricks listed here to keep your restaurant on the path to powerful, permanent growth!

Donald Trump as Achilles

From Wolfgang Petersen’s overblown movie, Troy, starring Brad Pitt as Achilles and Eric Bana as Hector:

In the Republican primaries, we had sixteen candidates striving to be like Hector, willing and able to fight, but to do so in a noble and respectful manner, and Donald Trump, who eschews the cordial, and who fights without giving any respect to his opponents, the lion who makes no pacts with men. In the film, Achilles slays Hector in single combat.1

And thus his supporters see in Mr Trump the lion who will make no pacts with men, as the man who will take no abuse from anyone but will strike back, faster and harder, and carry the day.

Yet, in the end, Achilles also is slain, by an arrow shot by Paris.2

Mr Trump is a fighter, no doubt about that, but he is also a crybaby:

Trump’s Gracious Concession Statement

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:18 am

Typical. Last night was a rout, so obviously there had to be cheating:

Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again. Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts, and the entire party apparatus behind him. Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating `with his own Super PAC’s (which is illegal) who totally control him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump. We have total confidence that Mr. Trump will go on to win in New York, where he holds a substantial lead in all the polls, and beyond. Mr. Trump is the only candidate who can secure the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton, or whomever is the Democratic nominee, in order to Make America Great Again.

There is zero evidence of any illegal coordination by Cruz in Wisconsin, and the Sniveling Coward knows it. He says it because 1) it salves his fragile ego, and 2) it starts a discussion in the Idiot Media about whether there is evidence of Cruz cheating, even though no such cheating happened.

Nine-dimensional chess! Verbal Kill Shot!

Full disclosure: Patterico has been a supporter of Senator Cruz’s from even before he announced his candidacy, so it’s no surprise that he would write his post the way he did. Nevertheless, he most certainly didn’t make up Mr Trump’s campaign statement in “email from Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, delivered first to The Washington Post, then to others upon request.”

Mr Trump is still playing the part of Achilles, still telling Hector that he will drag his lifeless body behind his chariot. The other sixteen — now down to two — Republican candidates didn’t behave that way, and I suppose that’s part of Mr Trump’s appeal to his true believers, but, in the end, Achilles is slain.

A recent poll by NBC News/The Wall Street Journal indicates that nearly half of Republican women would not vote for Mr Trump. Whether Mr Trump’s candidacy is slain by Ted Cruz in the remaining primary contests, or is slain by the delegates in a contested convention, or is slain by Hillary Clinton in November, eventually it will be killed. Like Achilles in Troy, we will remember his name, but his glory walks hand in hand with his doom. Donald Trump will never be President.
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  1. Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad, has the Prince of Troy killed when he remains outside the walls, standing his ground after initially fleeing from Achilles, while his army flees to within the city’s walls.
  2. The death of Achilles is not mentioned in the Iliad, but comes from outside sources.

The minimum wage should not be increased; the minimum wage should be abolished!

From The Pirate’s Cove:

$15 Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea, Says Washington Post Editorial Board

By William Teach April 6, 2016 – 7:18 am

A little bit of common sense from the Washington Post Editorial Board, though, one gets the idea that they might be a wee bit upset that this might affect their own operations soon:

$15 is the wrong goal for minimum-wage advocates

GOVERNORS OF the nation’s most and fourth-most populous states, California and New York, respectively, have signed a$15-per-hour minimum wage into law. In the District, a judge has just ruled that proponents can try to get a $15 minimum on the ballot in November; Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) supports accomplishing the $15 goal legislatively. What the success of the $15 minimum wage movement shows, in part, is that politics abhors a vacuum. In the absence of action by the Republican-controlled Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, states and cities encompassing about 65 percent of the U.S. population have decided to enact higher minimums, though usually less than $15. Maybe the GOP should have taken President Obama up on his request for a $9 minimum when he offered it back in his 2013 State of the Union address.

Perhaps Obama should have offered an actual plan, rather than a sticky note/box checking bit of a fluff. Furthermore, let’s remember that it was the GOP who raised the minimum wage the last time, as they slipped it into a defense spending bill that virtually every Democrat voted against.

Another lesson, however, is that, when it comes to public policy, popular and wise are not necessarily the same. Stuck on $7.25 per hour since 2009, the federal minimum is due for an increase, especially in light of stagnant wages and income inequality. The magnitude of that increase, however, is a matter for caution, given the widely varying labor-market conditions across the country and the likelihood that sharp mandatory wage hikes would reduce the supply of jobs. Also, the minimum wage is not an especially well-targeted way to help the working poor, because — unlike the earned-income tax credit wage subsidy — it benefit.

It’s simple economics: if you artificially raise the cost of labor, in many cases it will be a 50% to over 100% increase, businesses will have to cut back on the workers or raise costs. Which do you think business owners will choose, especially when it regards low-skilled or un-skilled labor? Sure, the worker might have skills, but they aren’t necessary for the jobs. Of course, proponents of the increase will say that the company should just have lower profits. But, the proponents did not put their lives on the line in opening the business. They aren’t the ones working long hours, and responsible for paying the loans, nor responsible for the operations. The owners could lose it all in a heartbeat.

There’s more at Mr Teach’s original.

The minimum wage should be abolished: businesses ought to have to pay whatever it takes to hire and retain people, but the minimum wage sets a concept in people’s minds that $7.25 is a fair number. The recession has kept people at that wage.

Prior to the previous minimum wage increase, there were few people actually at the minimum wage, because economic pressures had forced even the traditional minimum wage employers to pay more just to get people to show up for work.

What increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour will really do is cluster more people closer to the minimum wage. Will the guy currently making $15.00 an hour see a $7.75 dollar an hour raise, to keep him as far above the new minimum as he is now? (and even that doesn’t take into account that, percentagewise, he’d still be closer to the minimum wage?) Will the guy now making $10.00 an hour get a $7.75 an hour raise, or just the $5.00 an hour it takes to get him to the legal minimum?

Having a minimum wage creates economic and business abnormalities, setting wages without regard to economic conditions or productivity. The left combitch that the middle class is being squeezed out, but this leftist idea of a big jump in the minimum wage will contribute to further squeezing!

Of course, California and New York would love to see the minimum wage increases, because that would bring in more tax dollars. That those tax dollars might be devalued through inflation doesn’t bother them much, because that simply means that the value of their dollar-denominated debts will decrease, helping them to pay down their bonds.

Heck, everyone in the government wants inflation, for just that reason: to decrease the real value of the bonds they have to redeem. The Fed says outright that their goal is a 2% inflation rate, and Janet Yellen is disappointed that inflation is so low.

And plenty of private citizens like inflation, too. Anyone with a dollar-denominated debt will see the real value of his debt decrease, which is good, as long as his income keeps up with inflation.

But, if you are on a fixed income, it ain’t so great. Even if you own your home outright, your property taxes will increase. If you are a renter, your rent will go up, while people who have bought their homes will see their mortgage payments decrease in real value. The already prosperous will, for the most part, do well, while the working class will not.

If So Called “Dumb Animals” Can Do This, Why Can’t “Smart Animals” Do The Same? re: Baltimore Rioters

A year ago we saw the Baltimore Riots.  One of the Stand Out moments was the mother hauling her son off the streets and out of the Riot Zone.  She was roundly applauded as she should have been.  SHE ABSOLUTELY DESERVED TWICE THE TIME devoted to this story if not Quadruple Time.  The question that seemed to be unasked, where was the Male figure providing this lesson?  (That is the Smart Animal side considering the animal “Homo-Sapiens” have brains and other items the Dumb Animals lack.  But I wonder.)

In York County, PA near the small city of Hanover is at least one Bald Eagle Nest.  The PA Game Commission set up two video cameras and have a 24/7 live broadcast of the nest.  One camera is visible light, and the other is Infra-Red light (nighttime).   A pair of Bald Eagles have nested there for a few years.  I just found out about it last year and the pair laid (momma) two eggs.  Both hatched.  Both grew and were kicked out of the nest (the size of a small car).   Fun to watch.  The dedication of these two were unbelievable.  There was one camera last year.  http://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/bald-eagle-live-cam http://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/bald-eagle-live-cam

Everyone was anxious for this year.  In mid-February we all saw two eggs were laid.  Roughly incubation is 38 to 39 days.  Fairly on schedule egg #1 hatched about 11 days ago.  The Eaglet appeared weak and after two days it died.  Everyone was anticipating the second egg to hatch a day or two after #1 died.  And waited, and waited, and still waiting.  Roughly right now about a week overdue.  It is expected that there is nearly a 100% chance it won’t happen.  However, for the most part the father has maintained a vigil on this egg.  No one expects anything, but the Father’s Vigil watching, turning, incubating is tearing the watching public up.  SUCH DEDICATION.  I noted that these so called “Dumb Animals” care for their children or maybe children in a way that puts the “Smart Animal” adults to shame.  Last night it was sub-freezing temps and dad was there.

Cracked egg on white background

Aborted Chicken

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Last night

A1 Other birda

For scale of nest and eagles, the little blue bird is a Nuthatch (upper left edge) about 6 in. or 15 cm.