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Bact PhD

Member Since 08 January 2012 - 11:28 PM
Offline Last Active Nov 20 2017 09:54 PM

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In Topic: Republican Tax "Reform" or Who Gets a Pony & Whose Ox Is Gored

20 November 2017 - 04:26 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 20 November 2017 - 03:55 PM, said:

If you get a research assistanceship or a teaching assistanceship, it typically covers tuition and a stipend. Back when I was in grad school, the tuition waiver was about twice as much as what I actually got to live on. Which works out to a pretty crazy tax rate when you don't include the phantom income.

Been there, done that. Would have been nutso for me, an out-of-stater, to have had to deal with that accounting! In my grad school days, the state in which I did my studies had an extremely lenient set of criteria to get residency for tuition purposes. To stretch out the tuition waiver $$ to its greatest extent, ALL of us were (ahem!) "strongly encouraged" by our department chair to obtain residency as soon as we qualified to do so.


So, will athletic scholarships be treated the same way? It would be interesting to see what kind of football team Alabama could field if their players all had to pay taxes on the value of their scholarships.
That would be a real expense for the 'Bama (and, for that matter, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Southern Cal,...) athletic department. Not only would they have to factor in the taxes on the value of those scholarships, but they'd also have to hire accountants to assist with the tax prep for the players.

In all seriousness, I sincerely hope so.

In Topic: RIP - 2017 Edition

19 November 2017 - 07:01 PM

Mel T-t-tillis passed away this morning in Ocala; he was 85:


Meanwhile, a couple hundred miles to the southeast, David Cassidy is in an ICU in Ft. Lauderdale in a medically- induced coma; the prognosis is grim:


In Topic: Tomasky: At Snopes, a Peek Down the Right-Wing Rabbit Holes

19 November 2017 - 06:25 PM

Sigh. Daddy Dear was calling this back in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s. With this thought in mind, I’ll leave these here:



In Topic: The YouTube thread

15 November 2017 - 09:28 PM

One of my (confessed, anyway!) guilty pleasures is finding utterly silly stuff on YouTube! The creative individual behind this page has way, way, waayyyy too much time on their hands!

In Topic: Sexual Harassment - Is the Tide Finally Turning?

15 November 2017 - 03:42 PM

This seems to be the most appropriate thread to put this Yglesias piece:

(bold mine)


The United States, and perhaps the broader English-speaking world, is currently undergoing a much-needed accountability moment in which each wave of stories emboldens more people to come forward and more institutions to rethink their practices. Looking back, the 1998 revelation that the president of the United States carried on an affair with an intern could have been that moment.

It was far from the most egregious case of workplace sexual misconduct in American history. But it was unusually high-profile, the facts were not in dispute, the perpetrator had a lot of nominal feminist ideological commitments, and political leaders who shared those commitments had the power to force him from office. Had he resigned in shame, we all might have made a collective cultural and political decision that a person caught leveraging power over women in inappropriate ways ought to be fired. Instead, we lost nearly two decades.

(I know, Thomas-Hill early '90s could have been that moment as well, but it wasn't.)

OUCH. Some of my Team Red associates at the time made the (valid) point, "For someone who claims to be feminist, he seems unable to walk the talk, insofar as his conduct with female subordinates is concerned."