Ethan Explains TSA Government Spending 5/6/16

The Transportation Security Administration, better known as the TSA, is claiming they need yet more money or you’re going to suffer at the airport waiting in lines this summer. Do the government spending problems reflect your personal financial situation?

From The Hill:

“As we look ahead to the surge in summer travel, we will continue to consider a number of other steps to ensure enhanced aviation security while also maximizing efficiency at check points,” Johnson said in a statement.

But he emphasized that some of these steps are going to require money. 
He called on Congress to reallocate fiscal 2016 funding to pay for overtime for security officers and fulfill other “critical short-term needs.” 

“These funds will allow TSA to expand the work hours of screening officers in peak periods at high volume airports,” Johnson said.

Congress may be reluctant to pump more money into the agency, which has come under fire for high-profile security lapses and been plagued by reports of mismanagement at the senior level.

But with constituents spending as long as three hours in security lines and 600 passengersmissing flights in one day, lawmakers — who fly regularly themselves — may be nudged to address the issue in some capacity.

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Ethan Explains Vote Your Conscience 5/4/16

Ted Cruz drops out of the race after Donald J. Trump won Indiana. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in Indiana, yet Sec. Clinton is still the presumptive nominee. I say vote your conscience in the primary, regardless of what everyone else is saying who will win.

From Nate Silver‘s FiveThirtyEight:

The Democratic race remains fundamentally unchanged after tonight’s win by Sanders. 
Yes, his victory was somewhat surprising, given that all of the polls had Clinton winning and by an average of 7 percentage points. 
And yes, Sanders has promised to fight on in the primary until perhaps the convention. 
The problem for the Sanders campaign remains delegate math and demographics.

And

The psychology of Democratic voters continues to look detached from the reality of delegate math. 
Trump and Clinton are both pretty much presumptive nominees at this point, but Trump is winning Indiana with about 51 percent of the vote tonight while Clinton is taking only 47 percent and could end up even lower. 
As Trump consolidates Republican support, it’s more apparent than ever that Clinton needs a strong Sanders endorsement to unite the Democratic base.

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Ethan Explains First Impressions 5/2/16

How you present yourself to the world matters. People judge based on appearance/first impression. What first impressions are you presenting to the world?

From Leonard Mlodinow in Psychology Today “How We Are Judged by Our Appearance

We all know that looks matter. 
What most of us don’t understand is just how much looks matter, and how difficult it is for us to ignore a person’s appearance when making a social judgment. 
I’m not talking just about romantic relationships, I’m talking about all our human interactions. 
And by appearance, I’m not speaking simply of the “beauty,” dimension, but also of many other qualities of one’s appearance.
As I wrote in a recent Op Ed piece for the New York Times, recent research suggests that we may need to adopt a more cynical attitude. 
It turns out that a candidate’s appearance — not beauty, but a look of competence — can generate a significant vote swing. 
Furthermore, this effect is not only powerful but also subliminal. 
Few of us realize that appearance determines our vote, yet for a significant number of us, it may.

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Ethan Explains Click Bait 4/29/16

Admit it, we all fall for click bait. I know I do and regret it the majority of the tim. Why do we do it and what is wrong with it? I cite a specific problem with our reliance on click bait for getting our so called news.

Here is what Jeffrey Dvorkin said about click bait for PBS NewsHour

Journalism is also being Uber-ized.
Increasingly, content isn’t created by journalists once employed by legacy media.
It comes from freelancers, citizen journalists, bloggers and vloggers.
Freelancers are being hired while experienced, older journalists are laid off.
In the rush to return to the once-rich profit margins of the early 2000s, media organizations are being urged by their shareholders to dispense with expensive ventures like international reporting.
Newspapers have closed or been downsized, broadcasters have cut their more expensive (and more labor-intensive) content.
News consultants like Frank N. Magid Associates are hired to tell their news clients that weather, traffic and crime, or WTC, are what most audiences prefer.

Not coincidentally, WTC also happens to be the cheapest and most readily available content.
And all three bits of low-hanging journalistic fruit originate from government sources: weather from the National Weather Service (Environment Canada based in Ottawa), traffic reports from various Department of Transportations at the state and provincial levels and, of course, crime from local police forces.
(The last of these may have a financial incentive to make sure that the media reports as much criminal activity as possible, even when crime rates are declining.)

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Ethan Explains Puppy People 4/28/16

Meet the newest member of the #Bearman family – #havanese #dog #puppy #adorable

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There is a new puppy in my family. We love her dearly, but puppies are a lot of work, like a newborn baby. Why people fail with puppies is a microcosm of many of humanity’s ills. What do you think?

Here is what Cesar Milan says about your new puppy:

New puppy owners often make the mistake of endlessly worrying about finding the right accessories, puppy treats, or bed. 
They spend little or no time thinking about how or what they will teach their new puppy. 
Yes, a puppy needs nutritious food and a safe, warm place to live, but another equally powerful and important biological necessity is the need for a strong pack leader.

Puppies are naturally hard-wired to follow a pack leader. 
A pack leader is, by definition, strong, stable, and consistent; traits many new puppy owners forget. 
Many of my clients are strong leaders in their jobs, but when they come home, they turn to mush with their dogs. 
Then they come to me puzzled as to why their dog won't behave.

Puppies sense our confidence levels and will take control if they perceive us as weak. 
When this happens, bad behaviors, such as excessive barking, chewing, leash-pulling, or anxiety, will develop.

The most important thing you can do is become your puppy’s pack leader. 
This role doesn’t begin when your dog is six months old or when he’s bad; it should be maintained throughout the entire dog training experience. 
For your new puppy to grow into a healthy, balanced dog, you must demonstrate leadership from day one!

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Ethan Explains Apple’s Drop 4/27/16

Apple announced their first drop in sales since 2003 and revenue fell 13%. Why does this happen and who will be the tech visionary in Silicon Valley to replace Steve Jobs?

From Fortune:

Along with confirming a widely predicted decline in iPhones sales during the first three months of the year, Apple on Tuesday reported its first drop in quarterly revenue on an annual basis since 2003. But the whole point of quarterly earnings is to glean information we didn’t already know.

So here are a few pieces of new information that are worth pondering as investors try to decide whether the most valuable U.S. public company is headed for a torturous decline or about to emerge triumphant again.

CEO Tim Cook didn’t sound worried on the company’s call with analysts. “The future of Apple is very bright,” he said while alluding to exciting but unspecified new products.
In recent years, most of Apple’s sales growth has come from China, but that engine too has greatly slowed. Apple said its China sales shrunk by more than a quarter to $12.5 billion. The rate of growth had already slipped to 14% last quarter’s from jumps of 99%, 112%, and 71% in the three prior quarter. Further, the challenges are increasing after China forced Apple to shut downits iBooks store and iTunes movie service last week after just six months in operation, reducing the appeal of the iOS ecosystem there.

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Ethan Explains Voter ID Laws 4/26/16

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill restricting the legality of local IDs for voting purposes (Voter ID). What is the right answer for balancing election integrity and ensuring legal citizens can vote? I provide the answer here in the video.

Share your comments below!

This is the link for the study “Do non-citizens vote in U.S. elections?” referenced in the video – https://goo.gl/z9WcRb

From the study:

Our exploration of non-citizen voting in the 2008 presidential election found that most non-citizens did not register or vote in 2008, but some did. The proportion of noncitizens
who voted was less than fifteen percent, but significantly greater than zero. Similarly in 2010 we found that more than three percent of non-citizens reported voting.

These results speak to both sides of the debate concerning non-citizen enfranchisement. They support the claims made by some anti-immigration organizations
that non-citizens participate in U.S. elections. In addition, the analysis suggests that non-citizens' votes have changed significant election outcomes including the
assignment of North Carolina's 2008 electoral votes, and the pivotal Minnesota Senate victory of Democrat Al Franken in 2008.

However, our results also support the arguments made by voting and immigrant rights organizations that the portion of non-citizen immigrants who participate in U.S.
elections is quite small. Indeed, given the extraordinary efforts made by the Obama and McCain campaigns to mobilize voters in 2008, the relatively small portion of noncitizens
who voted in 2008 likely exceeded the portion of non-citizens voting in other recent U.S. elections.

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Ethan Explains High Heels 4/25/16

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My Millenial baristas knew very little of Prince (may he rest in peace) but asked about his high heels. So I share a little story about my experience in high heels and admiration of women who choose to wear them.

From CBS Los Angeles:

Prince also set fashion trends as the prince of style.
The jackets, pants, the ensembles. And the shoes.
Since the beginning of the 80s, the shoes were designed and made on Sunset Boulevard — at Andre No. 1.
The owner told Paige that nearly all of Prince’s 3,000 pairs of shoes are identical — with the exception of color.
Each pair had to match the fabric and color of the clothes he was wearing.
“The only thing he would change about his shoes were either it would be a wood heel or the same material would cover the heel or he would have a Lucite heel that flashes lights,” said Gary Kazanchyan.
“He wanted the shoes to be as light as possible and also as durable as possible because you never know when hes going to start doing splits,” said Kazanchyan.
That’s why the brace was made of stainless steel — it’s light and strong.

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Ethan Explains ObamaCare UnitedHealth 4/19/16

The topic today is the reality of ObamaCare exchanges with the news the UnitedHealth Group is pulling out of several states and Aetna announcing they are losing money on these plans. I have a solution and it doesn’t involve a 2,000+ page bill that Congress doesn’t read read before passing (remember that Nancy Pelosi said they had to pass PPACA so they could understand what was in it, thanks to our Congress being parasites on the backside of lobbyists!)

From The Washington Post:

“UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, said that in 2017 it will exit most of the 34 states where it offers plans on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges in an earnings call.”

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Ethan Explains 4/15/16

Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton battled last night in the Democratic Party debate in New York City. And the Belgian Transport Minister stepped down because of security failures at the airports in Belgium. Isn’t it time we expect people in our government to step down when they fail at their job?

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