A 4-year-old has gone blind from the flu: How often does this happen?

No one has been reporting on this little girl regaining her sight on and off, have they?

39 thoughts on “Once”

  1. Off topic but….

    “The 48-hour window for registering as a supporter closes at 17:00 GMT on 16 January.

    Applicants must be on the electoral register, meet Labour’s membership criteria and pay a fee of £25.”

    Don’t be put off by the £25 as you can elect to pay by direct debit at a couple of quid a month and then cancel it after the vote.

    R L-B for me……

  2. Saw an article about the AV voting system labour uses and how Nandy stood an outside chance of nicking it on second preferences, thinking was as Stammer would not do well on second preference and Nandy was the sort of in between safe second choice for all those voting for the other female candidates if Stammer can’t secure an outright majority.
    Does highlight the issue of non-FPTP systems where the least disliked compromise candidate can win despite being no ones first choice.

  3. I have to laugh at the fact that you call yourself both a journalist and an economist when it’s so abundantly clear you are neither. You recently wrote an article criticizing AOC for saying stock market returns have nothing to do with the fortunes of U.S. workers. It’s so obvious you have literally never ran an organization or been a critical part of leadership at any point in your life. Let me try to break this down very simply so a neanderthal like you can understand.

    The federal government requires revenue to operate. AOC is a lawmaker, someone who is responsible for the policies which retrieve that revenue so the government can continue operating. Now, you’re saying that the fortunes of workers and investors are entirely separate and equal, and one has nothing to do with the other. Except it does, and even Bill Gates recognizes that, because any cursory examination of tax policy will show that labor is taxed much higher rates than capital gains. So if tax policy has nothing to with disparity in incomes between workers and investors, why aren’t they taxed at equal rates?

    Oh shit, I guess thats because AOC is dead right and you are dead ass wrong. Not only do you writ such easily disproven drivel such as this, but you also claim there’s no unemployment? That’s funny, because when Obama was president, you morons were saying the unemployment rate WAS FAKE. Guess what, numbnuts? Again, you’re very clearly WRONG here. If the unemployment rate was inaccurate when Obama was president, it’s even more inaccurate now with millions of Uber drivers and other gig economy workers who aren’t fully employed.

    You pointed out that wages are rising…. At about 10x slower rate than for investors. And only 1% above inflation!!!! Haha, man, that’s why she has an economics degree, and you write for a piece of shit rag no one reads.

  4. Interviwer: Have you been blind all your life?

    George Shearing: Not yet.

    There we go, an on-topic comment. Michael Sanchez, fuck off (with apologies for a response beyond your intellectual capacity.)

  5. it’s even more inaccurate now with millions of Uber drivers and other gig economy workers who aren’t fully employed.

    The Uber drivers I have had don’t want to be full time. They either have full time jobs (or students) and are supplementing their income or they want to be part time.

    In NZ a fair few are pensioners who only go out when the hourly rate rises. They are free to work any time, so it doesn’t bother them if it’s two hours on a weekend. They make awesome money come New Years Day, for example. To remove the “gig economy” would not be in their favour one little bit — they’re not working anti-social hours for normal money.

    Of all the things to rail about, Uber has to be pretty much the most stupid. It’s doing very well because it provides a better service.

    (In the middle east we used Uber even though it was more expensive than taxi drivers. We didn’t get ripped for rates, we didn’t need to speak Arabic, and we could insist on non-smokers.)

  6. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Where I am a lot of Uber drivers are Venezuelans who have fled the shithole that cunts like Ocasio and Michael Sanchez always manage to make of prosperous countries given half the chance.

  7. Chester is an idiot

    UBER DRIVERS DONT WANT TO BE EMPLOYEES

    said the dumbass on the internet.

    Where is the proof of that? I want a fucking poll, not just your dumbass opinion. You idiot republicans are turning more like Trump every day. “Some people have said.” No, retard, it doesn’t work that way. You don’t dictate reality. What you said is complete bullshit. There are plenty of Uber drivers who want to be employees. I have thousands of miles on Uber. It’s shit. That’s why they throw hundreds of dollars at you in the first month, because you’re always going to make LESS. the system is designed that way. They onboard new drivers with bonuses and those drivers quit because the regular pay is fucking garbage. Since they constantly flood new drivers onto the platform, your fare rate falls consistently over time. There’s no way around it. That’s on top of the fact that they manipulate the algorithm to make sure their share is maximized and yours in minimized.

    Uber takes 20% from working people who have to pay their own overhead for providing literally nothing but servers and algorithms. It’s a fucking ripoff that’s only meant to extract revenue from the assets of working people, hence why there are more auto loan defaults now than ever before

  8. Hey inbred, why did you move to latin America? I guess your own white folks don’t want you huh you fuckin inbred dipshit? Too poor to make it in a white country? Look at your fucking retarded redneck dumbass living in Latin America where the people don’t even fucking like you or want you. What a pathetic sack of shit. Go back to your own country worthless inbred

  9. If Uber is a rip off then they’d be making a nice big fat profit, wouldn’t they? Because 20% would pay for that server and software easily. So, where’s the profit?

    Hmm, there isn’t one? So the Uber drivers are getting the use of that server and software for less than it costs to provide it then, aren’t they? Who is ripping off whom?

  10. I never do call myself an economist. I’m quite clear on the matter. An undergraduate degree 35 years ago doesn’t qualify me as one and I say so, often. I’m someone who writes about economics.

    And, amazingly, no I didn’t say the two things have nothing to do with each other. In fact I said that one is a stock, the other is a flow, and that it is bad economics to compare a stock to a flow.

    As to tax, it’s not entirely obvious that corporate capital is taxed at lower rates than labour income. The tax rate on capital is the corporate income tax plus the individual income tax – or capital gains tax – paid upon receipt. I’ve not check that blended rate since the Trump tax reforms but it certainly used to be higher than labour income.

    Further, we’ve a lot of economics which says that the capital returns should be taxed less than labour income. Possibly even not taxed at all. Diamond and Mirrlees got the Nobel for showing this in optimal taxation theory.

    As to what other morons were saying when Obama was President I’m afraid that I’m not responsible for that. I wasn’t running around saying the numbers were fake. As to no unemployment, here’s the latest figures:

    https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

    3.5% really is considered to be full employment. Even the Federal Reserve thinks so. It’s the lowest rate since the late 1960s/early 70s. It’s actually an astonishing performance. And no, Trump isn’t responsible for it. It’s still great though. There is always going to be something called frictional unemployment. The bloke who got the Nobel for explaining – Pissarides – this teaches at my old school, the LSE. Sure, he’s after my time there but this is again something that economics knows about.

    The part timers who want to be full timers. Sure, I know about that. Some 4 million and change in a workforce of 160 million. The thing about that number is that it’s also low by historical comparison. This isn’t some new thing because Uber.

    And this is why you don;t compare a stock with a flow:

    “You pointed out that wages are rising…. At about 10x slower rate than for investors. ”

    Stock values are that stock. They’re a once only thing. To compare with labour incomes we must compare with lifetime labour income, which is also a stock. You’re trying to compare stock values with annual labour incomes. To do this you should be comparing annual incomes from stocks – the yield – with annual labour incomes. Which you’re not doing, which is why your comparison – and AOCs – is wrong. This is before we even get to the risks. Recall back in 2008/8 when the stock market halved in value? Wages didn’t do that, did they?

  11. One little note for the moronity stakes here. I’m English. Living in Europe. I am, therefore, not a Republican. You know, not a US citizen, don’t have a vote and thus aren’t a member of a political party?

    As to the poll. Uber drivers currently have the option of being not-employees and working for Uber or being employees elsewhere and not working for Uber. Many seem to be taking the not-employees but working for Uber choice just fine. Our poll is that they turn up to provide rides – revealed preferences.

    As to people complaining about employee status not being on offer well, cry me a river. I’m a freelance, that means I am also not an employee, with all that entails. That people make a living by juggling a few gigs? What, they’re oppressed by living and working as I do?

  12. You must be chipper this morning, Tim. Shows you’re being widely read in the States. Even by the Occasional-Cortext greaseball community. Time to change the name of the other site to the Intercontinental Telegraph?

  13. Riding.aoc.coattails

    Yes, Tim, it’s clear you aren’t an economist. As for your arguments, none of them are strong or fact based. Don’t appeal to authority with me. I deal with facts and critical thinking only. I don’t give a shit what your pied pipers say. For every economist who says one thing, there’s another saying something else. The difference is there’s an obvious incentive for large corporations to fund (read: employ useful idiots) and publish studies that are friendly to their policies: duh, they literally only exist to make profit. Hence, any corporate endorsement of any study should always be taken with a grain of salt. Now, people who graduate college need jobs, right? Some people go on to get elected by their peers, others toil for some shady corporate Enterprise to rip off working people. All of history proves this to be true. You’re English, you should know how many people you colonized, enslaved, and stole compensation from

  14. I wrote an entire rebuttal that was, of course, erased by your server because you banned my IP like the pussy you are. Nonetheless, you are so fucking wrong about so much, it’s actually simultaneously hilarious and pathetic, especially considering you’re twice my age. It’s clear you didn’t get far in math. I’m guessing you made it to college algebra, at least.

  15. It always strikes me that the people slagging off zero hours contracts, Uber / ‘the gig economy’ never seem to have a problem with ‘tradesmen’ – electricians, central heating engineers, plumbers, brick layers, plasterers etc.

  16. To my knowledge, Tim’s never banned anyone on his site. Not even Newmonia, who only comes here to sling insults about. Not even me!
    I believe his policy is; when your adversaries are making fools of themselves why interrupt them?

  17. If economics is just a matter of one person says one thing, another the opposite, then there’s no factual basis for your own analysis of the economy, is there?

  18. I’ve not banned your IP. An overactive spam trap decided it didn’t like your comment, that’s all.

    And that the vagaries of modern technology lead you to assume deliberate action against you might be taken as evidence of a certain paranoia.

  19. Perhaps he needs to understand, this is not a Safe Space. The only trigger warnings are attached to gamecock’s AR15

  20. It’s instructive how these lefties reveal their crazy paranoia and other mental pathologies in such violent language. Perhaps Sanchez has overdone the juice and has roid rage.

  21. If Don Boudreaux says our esteemed host is an economist, that’s good enough for me. It’s not a protected title, no institution membership needed.

  22. Thinking back at the age of 68, the last time I used “Neanderthal” as an insult was about 40 years ago. Michael Sanchez, you are singing from an outdated hymn book. The modern equivalents are “Warren Supporter,” “Bernie Supporter,” “Corbyn Supporter” or “Trudeau Supporter.”

  23. All of history proves this to be true. You’re English, you should know how many people you colonized, enslaved, and stole compensation from

    Your first comment is under the name “Michael Sanchez”. You have the call to call out Tim for being English regarding colonization, slavery etc. You might want to do some reading on the Conquistadors . They were champions at colonization and enslavement. Funny that no-one goes knocking on Spain’s door asking for compensation. Maybe because Spain’s economy is in the shitter or the Spanish may take the begging bowl and shove it up your arse. Sideways.

  24. All of history proves this to be true. You’re English, you should know how many people you colonized, enslaved, and stole compensation from

    Your first comment is under the name “Michael Sanchez”. You have the gall to call out Tim for being English regarding colonization, slavery etc. You might want to do some reading on the Conquistadors . They were champions at colonization and enslavement. Funny that no-one goes knocking on Spain’s door asking for compensation. Maybe because Spain’s economy is in the shitter or the Spanish may take the begging bowl and shove it up your arse. Sideways.

  25. Now there’s a thing, Mr Crun. Be interesting to actually run the eye over Snr Sanchez. Odds on he’s another Ocassional-Cortext. 95% sangre iberica with barely a drop of negro or indio in him. Hidalgo. Conquistador. From a family who owned slaves. And the ones who like to be on the top of the tree now.
    And boy do they have a rep. 95% of the population of a continent dead in 200 years of disease or murdered. Makes Mao, let alone Dolfo, look like rank beginners. Even Uncle Gengis would show respect.

  26. You’re English, you should know how many people you colonized, enslaved, and stole compensation from

    I don’t know how old Tim is precisely . But I’m guessing the number, like every other English person alive today is zero? (since the slave trade was abolished throughout the empire in 1843)
    How did i do?

  27. Not hugely well to be honest. Slave trade abolished in Empire 1807. Slavery in the Empire in 1834 – the Act, staggers in over time, all done by 1838.

  28. From Wikipedia

    “Slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire by the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, with exceptions provided for the East India Company, Ceylon, and Saint Helena. These exceptions were eliminated in 1843.[8]”

  29. And slavery became illegal in England itself with the replacement of existing law with Common Law due to the Normal Invasion in 1066, there are some sources for explicit rulings in the 1200s and 1300s, and confirmed by Somerset’s Case in the 1700s. “England’s air is too pure for a slave to breathe in.”

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