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Re: “Burlington Town Hall Featuring Bernie Sanders Draws New American Crowd

Young Grandma - You neglected to note that your source said the U.S. average IQ is surpassed by at least 22 other countries (another source said 26).

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 09/17/2018 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Burlington Town Hall Featuring Bernie Sanders Draws New American Crowd

Gi Grape - "Young Grandma, you should explain to the people who these numbers apply to and where they came from"

They appear to come from here.…

Here are two takes on that highly questionable source.……

This is what Wikipedia says about the source (I don't have time for more digging):

"The relationship between nations and intelligence is a controversial area of study concerning differences between nations in average intelligence test scores, their possible causes, and their correlation with measures of social well-being and economic prosperity.

Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen constructed IQ estimates for many countries using literature reviews, international student assessment studies and other methodologies to create estimates, which have been widely criticized on theoretical and methodological grounds. Subsequent research by psychologists such as Earl B. Hunt, Jelte Wicherts and Heiner Rindermann has focused on identifying potential national differences in cognitive ability and causal factors, and determining the nature of the relationship of IQ to variables such as GDP, life expectancy, and governance."

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 09/17/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Leaps Forward in Fundraising

Bruce - Thanks for your follow-up. The whole thing seemed odd because there is no reason for Pfizer (or any other Big Pharma player) to contribute directly or otherwise to Bernie who has worked for decades on behalf of consumers who get screwed by these guys. While I agree that a large corporation could work through board members, family & friends of high ranking company officials and others to direct money to elected officials, this one sems most unlikely.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 09/03/2018 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Walters: Hallquist Leaps Forward in Fundraising

Bruce - You said that Benie received $14,837 from Pfizer. That seemed odd to me.

The site you referenced says that "The money came from the organizations' PACs; their individual members, employees or owners; and those individuals' immediate families." Therefore, it is misleading to say that the money came from Pfizer.

I looked on the FEC site and could find no contributions to Bernie from Pfizer.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 09/02/2018 at 7:11 PM

Re: “To Restart Construction, Burlington Amends CityPlace Agreement

Paco DeFrancis said "The saddest part is we put Sinex's project in peril on our own accord. There are things the City Council could've done--waived parking requirements, exempt the project from inclusionary zoning, etc--that would've helped Sinexc's pro-forma cash flow, thereby alleviating the pressure he is likely facing from creditors on The Street. Sad!!"

Why should the City exempt this or any other project from inclusionary zoning? We desparately need more affordable housing and the ordinance has been a very successful tool for decades. Liksewise, waiving parking requirements doesn't solve a problem, it creates one.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/28/2018 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Stuck in Vermont: King Street Center Kids Learn to Ride Horses

Great story. Hats off to Ms. MacDonald and the King Street Center.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/17/2018 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Boasts of Labor Force Growth in Vermont


Re: Migration: IRS provides some historical data, but 2017 figures are not yet available.

My office recently released a report that included some additional data on migration. See the Data section beginning on page 58.…

Re. Labor Force data: The link you cited is not for jobs per se. As I said, "employment" is not the same thing as jobs (it's complicated). Moreover, the source for the labor force, employment and unemployment figures you cited (Current Population Survey) has a very small sample size and is self-reported. The sample is good for the nation as a whole (and for some statewide statistics), but too small for reliable data by county.

On the other hand, the jobs data is much more reliable because it comes from official sources (payroll data) - either "Covered Employment" or the "Current Employment Statistics.".

I hope that's helpful.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 08/03/2018 at 7:22 PM

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