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Some dumb fuck just spent two days arguing with me, insisting that China is the single largest holder of US debt on the planet. I mean this fuckwit insisted (and is still probably insisting because he's too stupid to understand that he's made a fool of himself). The sad thing is that if you only get your understanding of the US economy from television and especially news channels (looking at you, Fox, MSNBC and CNN), you're probably under a similarly warped impression of how the US debt works.
 
It's not at all like you're being told! Don't let people trying to sell you fear trick you!
 
The link below is probably the most simple (and a bit oversimplified) list of who the US government owes with its debt. If you want really simple you can check out this Forbes link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2014/10/28/who-owns-the-most-u-s-debt/  (there's a pie chart)
 
Simply put, the US owes the vast majority of its debt to... Americans and American organizations. For example, the Social Security Administration holds nearly twice the amount of US debt than China holds, as does the Federal Reserve Bank. A few countries actually float around the top investors in US treasuries, but the two largest holders right now are the two countries whose nearly entire economies are propped up by the US dollar either coming in through commerce or in the form of US Treasury Bonds-- China and Japan. In fact, last month CNN reported that Japan had more US debt than China ( http://goo.gl/STHBuP ), which isn't huge news except that it's the first time in about 8 or 10 years since that happened.
 
Don't get me wrong: it's a damned crying shame that China holds more US wealth than the Military Retirement Fund, which helps pay the pension for those who have served. From a fiscal policy perspective we should be concerned that banks in the US aren't required to hold more than they do as well. But worrying about how much US debt China holds? Yeah, that's not a rational fact based fear.
 
This is a great example of how news channels have drummed up irrational fear by misinforming the public and leaving out important information.
The $18 trillion U.S. national debt is owned by Social Security, the Fed, and foreign investors. Here's the major owners as of February 2015.
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LOL. This is great.  Thanks!
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Jade Helm. Martial Law. FEMA Death Camps. Oh, it’s coming, Folks. It’s a comin’. This is it. This is the big one. Obama is about to make his move. Martial law, you betcha, FEMA death camps and secret tunnels under Wal-Mart. ...
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One party is telling you that speech is money, and the other one is trying to give you transparency.

But I know.....I know, both parties are exactly the same amount of shitty.
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They both share some common problems, notably the whole "money in politics" problem, but yeah, I agree with +John Walkup, they are definitely not the same in a lot of other meaningful ways.
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A shot was fired at the rape culture Tuesday, as a private sector company, MOKO Social Media, stepped up to the plate by donating $100,000 to Detroit's Wayne Country Prosecutor's Office (Michigan) in order to help investigate a shameful backlog of rape kits.
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I think the nationwide warehousing of untested rape kits may be a deliberate strategy, at least in some cases. Once a kit is tested, a follow through is required. No follow through would require an explanation. The number of prosecutions that would be needed if all the rape kits were suddenly tested is enormous. With modern DNA testing, experience shows that significant numbers of wrongfully convicted people would have to be exonerated and freed. Many would sue. Those cases would then have to be reopened, or have some disposition. This "strategy" has all the earmarks of a policy of attrition, waiting for victims and perpetrators to die. It would be interesting to crunch the numbers to estimate the economic impact.
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How cute.
 
An air-powered car. Not a big car, but a car nonetheless.
For city driving, this could be very useful.
#sustainability #transportation 
Zero Pollution Motors, the U.S. licensee for MDI, developer of the tiny compressed air car AIRPod, just picked up a $5 million investment on Shark Tank.
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+Doug Tyrrell The 4-wheel version will be their "deluxe" model. :)
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”But computers do not just replace humans in the workplace. They shift the balance of power even more in favor of employers. Our normal response to technological innovation that threatens jobs is to encourage workers to acquire more skills, or to trust that the nuances of the human mind or human attention will always be superior in crucial ways. But when machines of this capacity enter the equation, employers have even more leverage, and our standard response is not sufficient for the looming crisis"
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Well guess what, history repeats itself. Billionaires with Congressmen in their pockets.
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So why don't they extend those same practices when they interview suspects? 
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I, in fact, have been advocating that for a while now. If we count qualified immunity, for about a decade.
A group complaint about law, liberty, and leisure
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  • Cornell College
    Computer Science, Mathematics, 1989 - 1993
  • Iowa State University
    Computer Science, 1993 - 2000
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"I come in peace. Take me to your lizard."
Introduction
Some Words and Phrases That Describe Me:

computer scientist, ex-university instructor, sci-fi/fantasy reader, geek, living with dopa-responsive dystonia, ex-genetic algorithms researcher, cat-person, lizard- and ferret-friendly, quilter, knitter, tatter, occasional backyard bird-watcher, ex-equestrian, cheezy-movie lover, big fan of the correct use of grammar and punctuation and spelling, casual student of many fields, more-or-less liberal, more-or-less atheist, ultimate Puzzle Pirates' bilger, lover of snark and sarcasm, chocoholic,  RPGer, introvert, devour-er of Discworld novels,  etc. etc. etc

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My public posting mostly falls under the category of "Links to News Jennifer Finds Interesting".  Lately, my interest has gravitated to the US dysfunctional political system, theories of economics, and the state and future of US healthcare, with occasional lapses into educational reform, new scientific discoveries, jokes about grammar and spelling, and atheism vs. religions. 
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A (small) gaming convention is named after me.
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Ames IA
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Manhattan KS - Mount Vernon IA
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Let me explain Japan for Westerners
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"Do you want to know our secrets? Oops, sorry, we don't have any." - Shiina Ringo (If you just want the quick explanation without all the pr

Who belongs in America? (non-econ-related)
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Once again, I find myself writing not about economics or finance or nerdy stuff, but about race, identity and belonging. Apologies to those

5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds
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To learn anything useful during an election year, you need to be able to sort through all of the garbage to find the actual information and

How the GOP Destroyed its Moderates
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Moderate Republicanism is not intellectually dead. So where is it?

Steven Pearlstein: The false choice between equality and efficiency
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What if the relationship between inequality and economic growth is more complicated than Republicans make it out to be? What if we’ve reache

Michael Tomasky on How the GOP Plans to Block the Black Vote
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It happens every election: mysterious fliers, robocalls, malfunctioning machines that deny blacks the right to vote. Now the Republican Part

Abolish the Minimum Wage??!! A Debate
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The empirically established fact that minimum wages don't hurt the people who get it isn't the same as showing that they help them. So why d

European financial crisis: Is Europe a mess because Germans work hard an...
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Almost 150 years ago, the great English economic essayist Walter Bagehot pondered the problem of European monetary integration in the The Ec

Candidates' Challenge: Getting More to Pay Taxes
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Republican presidential candidates are making a politically challenging case to change the fact that nearly half of all American households

Of red tape and recessions
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HOW much of our economic malaise can be blamed on regulatory uncertainty?

Self-Employment Needs Role in Jobs Programs: View
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Cammie Allie and Ann Costlow are small-scale entrepreneurs who aren’t trying to start the next Microsoft. Yet both have battled back from un

Raise Taxes on the Rich to Reward Job Creators: Nick Hanauer
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It is a tenet of American economic beliefs, and an article of faith for Republicans that is seldom contested by Democrats: If taxes are rais

What Isn’t for Sale?
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Market thinking so permeates our lives that we barely notice it anymore. A leading philosopher sums up the hidden costs of a price-tag socie

Elizabeth Warren's anger
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A man shouts “socialist whore” at her.

Health reform: it’s about having each other’s backHealth reform: it’s ab...
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Alleged Obamacare-related increase in price of Papa John's pizza ? 11 cents. Ensuring working Americans have a health care safety net? Price

Tax poor people: Republicans want the IRS to nail "lucky duckies."
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It's not news when Jon Huntsman criticizes fellow Republicans. It's news when he agrees with them. On Sunday, in an interview with the Wall

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult | ...
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