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Andy Dillon
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Enjoying the high signal to noise ratio since July 2011
Enjoying the high signal to noise ratio since July 2011

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Kitchen Quickie
Caprese salad and veggie tots

With heirloom tomato, and the first basil from the backyard. The tots, from Costco, enjoyed a dip in some avocado yogurt salad dressing.
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This could be seen as the final stage of decay of the old one-price system. What’s replacing it is something that most closely resembles high-frequency trading on Wall Street. Prices are never “set” to begin with in this new world. They can fluctuate hour to hour and even minute to minute—a phenomenon familiar to anyone who has put something in his Amazon cart and been alerted to price changes while it sat there. A website called camelcamelcamel.com even tracks Amazon prices for specific products and alerts consumers when a price drops below a preset threshold. The price history for any given item—Classic Twister, for example—looks almost exactly like a stock chart.

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How absolutely anyone that considers themselves a decent human, or a sensible business person, should respond to an offer from anyone affiliated with anything Trump.

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Huh. Something of interest from Ballmer. Who would've guessed?
What he's been up to lately: making available a database on the US Government [ https://www.usafacts.org/ ]. "[A conversation with his wife, Connie] led Mr. Ballmer to pursue what may be one of the most ambitious private projects undertaken to answer a question that has long vexed the public and politicians alike. He sought to “figure out what the government really does with the money,” Mr. Ballmer said. “What really happens?”

On Tuesday, Mr. Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways.

Mr. Ballmer calls it “the equivalent of a 10-K for government,” referring to the kind of annual filing that companies make.
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“I would like citizens to be able to use this to form intelligent opinions,” Mr. Ballmer said. “People can disagree about what to do — I’m not going to tell people what to do.” But, he said, people ought to base their opinions “on common data sets that are believable.”
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One rule Mr. Ballmer said his team made early on was to use only government data — no outside providers — to avoid accusations of bias. But this created its own challenges.

For example, Mr. Ballmer, said: “You know it’s not legal to know how many firearms that are in this country? The government is not allowed to collect the number.”

There is data for the number of firearms manufactured, licenses, inspections, “along with other data, but not a total,” he said. “I can’t show it! I’m shocked! But the N.R.A. apparently has lobbied in such a way government can’t report the data.”"

How can I persuade liberals to vote when it matters? Because it always matters.

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Happy Easter

Ham and black cherry chocolate sauce, with fried fresh fennel.

Easter finale by Allison.
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Happy Easter

Egg & bacon on a bagel. It touches all the bases. 😜

Made to order by the wonderful Allison.
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Dark Meat Chicken & Shells
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Girls

I've enjoyed this show for most of its run. There's one episode left, I think, and I'm left wondering if Lena Dunham thinks any of the characters have evolved. I don't think so. They've moved about, but not forward. All the horrible people, which is most of the characters, are still the horrible people they were at the start. And that's okay. I wouldn't spend much time with any of them, but I can still be entertained by them. And I was.

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Kitchen Quickie
Ham, Swiss, & egg soft taco
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