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This is the latest spoof video from Represent Us -- I think it's great! The actor is totally "on point." Feel free to re-share and spread.
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"on point" more like on fleek 😂😂
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A persuasive article by someone who I find to be smart and thoughtful. I agree whole heartedly with the view he expresses here. 
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After many years of obsessing with "quality" coffee, I can relate to this article. I still enjoy making the occasional artfully crafted espresso drink, but I find myself increasingly warming up to the simplicity and comfort of a simpler cup. :)
Lately, something has changed. Lately, I've been reacting to fancy coffee the same way a child reacts to an accidental sip of red wine mistaken for grape juice. I don't know when it happened, but I've devolved into an unexpected love affair with bad coffee. It's not just instant coffee that I hanker for each morning, either, it's any subpar coffee I can get my hands on.
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Me too!
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Hopefully this will mark the beginning of a movement that changes how our political system works (or, more accurately, how it currently doesn't work). The Seattle initiative was modeled after the American Anti-corruption Act that was formulated by Represent.us. One of the key components is the "democracy vouchers" that are given to voters, so they have currency (pun intended) to express their preferences in a way that actually matters to candidates. Good stuff.
Vouchers can transform the very nature of campaign finance — without reversing Citizens United.
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Great article with some very valid points!
I'm glad that the Seattle initiative passed and this issue is receiving great press in a very reputable newspaper.
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This is a good example of using technology/video for good rather than for evil. :) It's a short, clever way to engage kids (both young and old) and perhaps spur their interest in further investigation; or at least to make them critical of believing everything they see/read.
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Funny and clever!
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This is a pretty interesting article.  I"m not so much interested in the weight loss aspect as I am about the longer term health benefits (cardiovascular, neurological, etc).  Unlike other eating plans, it looks like there's actually some decent research behind / along with this one.  And it probably fits in with our eating patterns in the long ago past, where a person couldn't reliably find/obtain food on a regular basis.  Worth looking into further.
It's the weight loss programme that everyone is talking about and it means you can eat whatever you want... most of the time. Mimi Spencer ...
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I cannot function eating only a carrot and an egg all day.
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Studies like these are useful not only for their results but also for showing how clearly flawed the underlying studies are. It's amazing to me that those underlying studies don't get even simple scrutiny and are instead popularized by the media. 
Raise a glass to good health? Probably not. The idea that alcohol is good for you has little scientific purchase, an analysis of previous research finds. The more you drink, the worse off you'll be.
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Sweet. Kudos to GM for making this actually happen, compared to Tesla's down the road plans. GM should have a relative advantage in terms of infrastructure to go from idea to production.
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Looks like a SUV.
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Really interesting article (and just a fun read) about a brilliant person who is still unknown to many people. I especially liked the article's discussion about his thoughts on AI and the future of work. 
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Wow!! Interesting article!! Amazing talent but I kept thinking about The Terminator movies!
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Wow, this looks amazing. Can't wait for it to enter production to see if it's as impressive in person as it seems in print/video. 
If you saw the Teague X/Sizemore "Denny" e-bike last week and voted for it in the Oregon Manifest design contest, pat yourself on the back -- it just
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Oh man, YES! I'm so excited about this damn thing.
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Here's a situation that comes up every now and then and with which I'd love to get some suggestions:  how to divide goods between a group of people based on their individual preferences.  

Here are two example scenarios:

1.  Box of Candy.  Suppose you have a box of mixed candies and want to divide them up between 4 people.  :)  One way to do that is just by taking turns, but although that results in everybody getting the same number of candies, I feel like it doesn't result in everybody getting the same "value" of candy.  For example, if someone really loves chocolate covered almonds, they might prefer 2 of those rather than 3 or 4 other candies.

2.  Food Basket.  Suppose you have a basket of foods, including various fruits, vegetables, and meats; and you want to divide that between 3 people.  Again, other than dividing by taking turns, is there a way to do this that maximizes the perceived value that each person receives?

I did some research online and found a bunch of stuff related to dividing goods in the context of a divorce setting, as well as several academic papers from math departments.  So now I know about the sealed bids method and the "method of markers," but neither seem well suited to the examples above.

Intuitively, it seems to me that there should be some method where each person either ranks their preferences or allocates a given amount of points, but I can't quite figure that out.

Any suggestions?
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What if you divide things equally to start and then allow people to trade?
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Wow. A really great article about a view of the health care system for the elderly that's very different than the usual perspective. I'd love to see this type of thing more widely available.

"If this was a pill, you'd do anything to get it" http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/c/34656/f/636581/s/2b43560e/l/0L0Swashingtonpost0N0Cblogs0Cezra0Eklein0Cpost0Cif0Ethis0Ewas0Ea0Epill0Eyoud0Edo0Eanything0Eto0Eget0Eit0C20A130C0A40C280C228b397e0Eafe30E11e20E9fb10E62de9581c9460Iblog0Bhtml0Dwprss0Frss0Iezra0Eklein/story01.htm
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