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Baltimore's been in the news over the past couple weeks, and a lot of blame for the situation has been correctly placed -albeit often misplaced - on festering problems there rather than just a single instance of police abuse.

Many including the likes of Jon Stewart and the President, claim that "not enough has been done" (or similar argument) which is code for not enough money spent. However, it turns out that just a couple of years ago over $2,800 per resident was showered upon Baltimore.

The result:
- Nearly all of Baltimore's public schools rank extremely poorly. The #6 school (out of 44) has fewer than 70% of students ranked as "proficient" in algebra, with an even worse proficiency rate in English (http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/maryland/districts/baltimore-city-public-schools)
- Baltimore ranks #6 in violent crime per capita in large cities (>250k, 2012 data, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_crime_rate_%282012%29)
- Baltimore is ranked at America's 6th poorest city: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/02/18/baltimore-ranked-one-of-americas-poorest-cities/

You get the idea. Point is: When politicians suggest that the root of the problem is lack of money, they might very well be offloading the blame on inept and/or corrupt public administration. Baltimore's city council is a single-party monopoly with 100% belonging to one party*. Lack of competition, not just in industry**, but of ideas is what has kept Baltimore back.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_City_Council#Current_Members_of_the_Baltimore_City_Council
**Baltimore doesn't bother to compete, it drove industry out long ago due to all the usual reasons.
The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention. President Obam
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Something that should definitely be tapped :-)
 
We homebrewed an NSA-themed beer. (It's got three hops.) 
When the National Security Agency says they need three hops, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. They mean that they're sweeping up hundreds of millions of ordinary Americans' phone records in order to create detailed social graphs.
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"I'm an executive order and I pretty much just happen." Yup.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUDSeb2zHQ0
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Man, this is so hilarious and so painful at the same time.
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Got a chance to read this recently and cannot recommend it highly enough. Schweizer explains the rise legal politicking-for-profit ("honest graft"), gives examples of how both sides are guilty (Nancy Pelosi, Dennis Hastert, John Kerry, Max Baucus, etc), and outlines ideas for how to turn things around (spoiler: make conflict of interest and other anti-corruption laws apply to Congress as they do to the rest of us).

It's also very concise and quite cheap at less than $3 for a new hardcover.
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"Make [...] laws apply to Congress". Oh, is that all? That's easy - we'll just ask Congress to pass ... oh. Wait. 

I'll take care of that first thing when I'm elected emperor.
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When it comes to Halloween decorations, the Sedlec Ossuary (aka the "Bone Church") wins.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedlec_Ossuary
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In light of the #hongkongprotests , it's worth checking out some of the philosophical underpinnings of Hong Kong's great success over the past several decades. Much of this can be linked to John James Cowperthwaite, the Financial Secretary from 1961 to 1971.

Wikiquote has a nice collection of his thoughts on economics and freedom: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_James_Cowperthwaite

Long story short, Cowperthwaite believed in the power of the people of Hong Kong. By allowing the people to thrive by their own volition, Hong Kong went from being "a tiny spit of land, overcrowded with no resources except for a great harbor" and one of the poorest countries in the world to a global financial powerhouse with a high overall quality of life within decades.

Probably my favorite quote is not mentioned, though, maybe because it wasn't a full quote but an answer to a question. When Cowperthwaite was asked why there were so few published statistics on the economy made available to the UK and the public at large, the response was: “If I let [Parliament] compute those statistics, they'll will want to use them for planning.”
Sourced[edit]. Official Report of Proceedings of the Hong Kong Legislative Council[edit]. I am confident, however old-fashioned this may sound, that funds left in the hands of the public will come into the Exchequer with interest at the time in the future when we need them.
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The Onion nails it (again):
“As an institution of higher learning, we recognize that it’s inevitable that certain contentious topics will come up from time to time, and when they do, we want to create an atmosphere where both students and faculty feel comfortable voicing a single homogeneous opinion,” said Abrams, adding that no matter the subject, anyone on campus is always welcome to add their support to the accepted consensus. “Whether it’s a discussion of a national political issue or a concern here on campus, an open forum in which one argument is uniformly reinforced is crucial for maintaining the exceptional learning environment we have cultivated here.”
BOSTON—Saying that such a dialogue was essential to the college’s academic mission, Trescott University president Kevin Abrams confirmed Monday that the school encourages a lively exchange of one idea.
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As a delegate for Santa Clara County, I am proud to be standing with hundreds of colleagues in support of chartering the Log Cabin Republicans at #CAGOP convention. For over 30 years they have fought hard against inane statism and to bring fiscal sanity to California. It passed by an overwhelming margin.
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If you bought a Lenovo computer with Windows recently, you probably have a dangerous and easily-exploitable piece of malware pre-installed.

#lenovo #superfish #brandsuicide 
Lenovo is being lambasted for its use of a visual search technology called Superfish, as many believe it poses a privacy problem by intercepting users' traffic to display adds. But the more serious concern is that it could be abused by hackers to attack other Lenovo laptop users.
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+Dale Burrell It seems intended as adware, but is implemented in a manner that makes it extremely obnoxious and dangerous. They install a self-signed root certificate authority so they can insert ads into https traffic, and their private key has been cracked so now anyone can pretend to be them. 
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Just saw an eye-popping election stat. According to OpenSecrets.org, the two candidates running in CA-17 (covering Silicon Valley from Cupertino to Newark) spent approximately 2.7 and 4.1 million each [1] as of mid-October. The former got 36,691 votes, the latter 33,191 votes [2].

Do a little math and you see that the candidates spent between $80-$123.50 per vote (!!). #moneyinpolitics

(The dismal 11% turnout was pretty surprising too - I guess that's how excited people get about elections in a single-party system)

[1] https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2014&id=CA17
[2] http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CA/Santa_Clara/54209/148272/Web01/en/summary.html
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I agree. Except for the one concerning "uninformed voters". Thanks to our 24 hours news services, the only ones who are, are the ones who live in areas without access. And that includes computers...... What we need is comprehensive reporting concerning everything on the regular newscasts. And that includes covering why those two overly rich crowds are involved at all.
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Interesting to see an FCC commissioner taking to the pages of WaPo to point out a creepy domestic surveillance program by the NSF. 
A taxpayer-funded study of how people use social media for political speech is Orwellian.
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Yeah, it sounds like they want to study it so they can manipulate information and opinion.
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California politicians never cease to amaze. 
Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities.
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Software engineer with an affinity toward software-hardware interfaces and open-source. Currently helping to make cloud computing a first class citizen in the laptop space.

In my spare time I enjoy messing around with my Linux box, following politics, beer and wine tasting, finding delicious and spicy (hot) food in silicon valley, going thru my Netflix queue, and just hanging out.

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Went to Watchcare to get a battery replaced and a wrist strap adjusted on two different watches. Spent some time trying it myself but was worried that I'd leave scratches or otherwise damage them. The work was done in less than 5 minutes. Prices were very reasonable and posted on a sign over the register. Overall, if you value your time (no pun intended) then give these guys a try.
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Fantastic lunch! Dropped in and ordered off the lunch menu. I got Panang red curry with chicken and my girlfriend got the Thai basil. We asked for it extra hot and got it exactly to our liking. My curry invigorated my senses and was not too milky or watery -- The curry, spice, and chicken complemented each other just right. My girlfriends' Thai basil was a bit salty, but very tasty. Their "regular" iced tea is passion fruit, and is delicious. Price is very reasonable and service was excellent (supposedly a family restaurant).
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The food was priced about right, but I was most amazed at how good and relatively inexpensive their wines are. They even mention in the wine menu that they "only" charge a 50% premium, while most restaurants are probably closer to 150%-200% (e.g. at Passionfish a $15 bottle goes for about $25, while at most places it would go for closer to $40). They also had a good beer menu and a half-liter (about 1.2 US pints) bottle of fine Belgian cost about $8 while many places would be happy to charge $12. So the food price can be offset by their relatively good prices on wine and beer. The food itself is pretty good. They pride themselves on using "sustainably farmed" fish and ingredients, and it shows. I think that overall, it's well worth the price. Service was great during my visit, too!
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Excellent spicy Chinese food! Service was great, the girls waiting our table never let our tea cups go empty. Food was delicious and made my eyes tear :-) Two of the people in my party ordered ma po stinky tofu and I went with spicy Hunan style lamb. I personally hate the smell of stinky tofu, but am told that it tasted great. And I loved the lamb dish, too.
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Good if you like chain food at 2x the price. I ordered the "special" halibut and my girlfriend ordered the lamb shank with couscous. Quality of the halibut was mediocre and was just saturated in butter (could hardly taste any fish). My girlfriends' lamb shank was okay, but we've had similar dishes at middle east restaurants for far less $$$. Don't even think of buying drinks unless you are a masochist with your wallet.
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Very tasty kobideh (ground beef) kebob, delicious tea, great price. The only disappointment was that they charred the veggie kebob we ordered -- the outsides were black but the insides were raw.
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Came in on a Thursday night with my gf and we decided to try nigiri and spicy tuna. Then nigiri did not seem fresh and had way too much wasabe (probably to hide the taste). The spicy tuna was not spicy at all, and tasted kind of like mayo. Overall, mediocre food. Friendly service and cozy atmosphere, were the good parts. Not worth the price though.
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