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I highly recommend this album if you like folk or bluegrass. It's really beautiful.

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Just FYI, for those who were waiting for something like this.

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Pretty interesting article on something taken for granted by many people, and not without reason. I've heard the phrase "companies exist to make profit for their shareholders" many times. I'm glad to see that's not the only way of looking at things, and that there's reason to believe it's not even a particularly good way to look at things.
Google is definitely run for the benefit of our users; see here for alternate history of why corporations are run for shareholder value, or customers

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2013/06/26/the-origin-of-the-worlds-dumbest-idea-milton-friedman/

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Give $1 to the nonprofit project 'Light Up Burundi!' and I will match your donation. https://onetoday.google.com/project?match=8-R696lM

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Give $1 to the nonprofit project 'Save a child's life.' and I will match your donation. https://onetoday.google.com/project?match=TCtU-JoI

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I'm glad to see Paul Krugman get called out for being a bit of a jerk. Just because you're very smart and have a prize does not mean you're right all the time and everyone else is stupid and immoral.

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It looks like there is some evidence that the traditional belief  that raising minimum wage decreases jobs isn't true. The data for countries who have increased their minimum wages have not seen dips that would be predicted by the rise of wages. Perhaps demand for employees in inelastic, or there are existing market distortions that keep minimum wage below its equilibrium value. It's tough to tell what to do, but my rule is to follow the data rather than cling to theory dogmatically. The rub is that different economists say the data bears out different things.

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When people fret about the welfare state and mass immigration, they are not necessarily racists. We have a lot to learn from the Nordic countries, but the welfare state can not be seen as a panacea. It is rational and good that we expect immigrants to this country to work and pull their fair share. We should make it easier for skilled workers to come and stay in the US and downplay family reunification, like Denmark has done. They are having success and we should follow their model.

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Hey! Look at this! The market works! The thinking that moving all manufacturing was going to move off shore was wrong. The market kicked in and some manufacturing is moving back to the US!
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