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Silly Idea

Once one of the most objective and balanced newspapers in the world, the WSJ is now part of Murdoch's News Corp. This has made them like Fox News without the Ailes.

Everybody knows that the electorate cannot choose from between more than two old angry white men. Remember George Wallace? Ross Perot? William Crawford & Henry Clay (a real SNAFU)??? The last two elections have been confusing enough just because one candidate was not old, white, or angry enough. This time, we have a woman, which 18% of the electorate does not understand the concept of a female candidate (they are just now getting use to paper currency). Throw another old white guy into the mix (a former Republican, BTW), and citizens will start voting using Pokémon Go.

Nothing against Gary, he seems like a good old white guy (perhaps needing more rage), and I will probably vote for him. It is just that most people cannot handle multiple choices and would much rather be the victim. That said, it would be very entertaining to have Gary in the debates with a campaign slogan, "Vote for me because I am neither of them."

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Letters to the Wall Street Journal: The Democratic and Republican parties have unbelievable control over the American public’s exposure to candidates.
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Finger Lickin'

I have not eaten chicken since the 1980s, and I was never partial to KFC when I did. However, those who like the Colonel's chicken and would like to cook their own version might take note of this revelation.

In case the Tribune decides to pull the story to appease Yum! Brands, here are the eleven herbs and spices (along with a special 12th):

1) 2/3 tablespoon of salt
2) 1/2 tablespoon of thyme
3) 1/2 tablespoon of basil
4) 1/3 tablespoon of oregano
5) 1 tablespoon of celery salt
6) 1 tablespoon of black pepper
7) 1 tablespoon of dried mustard
8) 4 tablespoons of paprika
9) 2 tablespoons of garlic salt
10) 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
11) 3 tablespoons of white pepper
12) 1 tablespoon of monosodium glutamate, MSG (surprise!)

I suggest buying celery seeds and grinding your own celery salt, which avoids the sodium nitrate. You could also use 2/3 tablespoon of garlic powder instead of garlic salt, then use 2 tablespoons of salt.

The article does not mention the type of chicken, baste, oil, cooking time & temperature, or the use of a pressure cooker. For those, see
http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/recipes/ct-kfc-recipe-test-20160818-story.html . That article also reveals the MSG.
So many stories have been told about Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken, it's impossible to know where the truth ends and the fiction begins.
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Do The Math

Remember how you tried Geometry-Algebra-Trigonometry-Calculus-Differential Equations and somewhere got lost/tired/bored? Remember that one classmate, who blew through every math class? He kept going with statistical inference-Bayesian regularization-longitudinal and functional data analysis-statistical computation, and is now working as a quantitative analyst at Goldman Sachs for $1.2 million per year. What does he do to get paid so much money?

He creates money using blockchain (see https://youtu.be/1ycJfp6-6Is for a simple, no-math explanation) by optimizing the cryptography algorithms. BitCoin is the most (in)famous use of blockchain.

Using the streaming music business as comparative analogy, think of BitCoin like Napster and think of SETL (read the article) like iTunes. Now, think of sovereign government currencies (e.g., dollar, yen, pound) like audio CDs and finally, think of bank-created digital currencies like streaming formats (e.g., RTSP, H.264, AAC, mp3). As such, central banks, such as the U.S. Treasury or Bank of England, are going the way of the record publishers as banks become the next Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, and Rhapsody.
Four of the world's biggest banks have teamed up to develop a new form of digital cash, the Financial Times reports.
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Tomorrow's Home Defense

Anyone who has tried to reload ammunition knows how difficult and dangerous working with gunpowder can be. On top of that, even a good 50 caliber sniper rifle only has an effective range of a few miles. What if you could fire ordinance that did not need gunpowder and had a range of up to 100 miles? Now we are talkin', eh?

Rail guns are the answer to both home defense and hunting. Imagine going hunting across the county without leaving your house. Every direct hit would be a guaranteed kill. True, at 100 miles, it is hard to see your target, but they'll work that out.

Rail guns are the future. Get one before the terrorists get theirs. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116213/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_27 for a futuristic demo.
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WTF?

The Donald has regrets? Perhaps his followers will, too. Clearly out of character, this video is too long to be entertaining, but WTF!

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The Dark Side

The Donald, who has been slipping in the polls, has decided to shake things up and bring in the heavy hitters. Mr. Bannon runs a news organization, Breitbart, which is amazingly effective at digging up dirt. The Donald might be careful; Breitbart does not seem to care where the dirt is located.

Of course, the Clintons and the Democrats will have their own version of Breitbart. What do we get from all of this? The political equivalent of a ten-week mud wrestling match.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump added Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, as campaign chief executive, and Kellyanne Conway, a veteran GOP pollster and strategist, as campaign manager in a bid to recover ground he has lost in recent weeks. Paul Manafort remains campaign chairman.
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Tipping Point

This short article talks about the future economic impact of legalized marijuana in California, which is already legal for medical use. It does not mention that marijuana was the largest cash crop in California long before medical marijuana was legalized 20 years ago.

This sea change in legalizing recreational use is purely corporate. Once marijuana sales institutionalize in this huge market, other states will fall in line to gain the tax revenue. The same thing happened in the 1980s with lotteries. Once the states fall in line, the federal government will need to reclassify marijuana in order to start taxing it, too.

Certainly, there is no consensus about legalization. Opponents include many conservative and religious groups, almost all drug dealers and distributors, the liquor industry, and foreign governments that grow and export marijuana to the USA. In the War on Drugs, this coalition makes for an unholy alliance. However, wars are messy. Such is life.
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Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Last year, I mentioned Martin Shkreli, an enterprising hedge funds manager who bought a small pharmaceutical, jacked up their main drug's price 5,000%, then (my favorite part) infuriated a congressional investigation. See https://plus.google.com/+MichaelSmithesq/posts/3qQqAPXFADD . His cockiness resulted in losing control of his pharmaceutical.

This story, however, is about a woman who made it BIG through savvy business practices. She is not cocky or bragadocious. She has good relations with Congress and has done very well financially. When she is called before Congress, perhaps by her dad, she will act like a corporate executive. She will offer to donate more (her company donates generously to Congressional campaigns) and offer discount coupons, too. Heather Bresch is living proof that women are every bit as capable as men.
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Born That Way

"Everyone is born either male or female," is a long regarded axiom. Genetically, that meant two X chromosomes for females or X & Y chromosomes for males. However, what about XXY? Or XX with certain natural but abnormal hormone levels?

The Olympic Committee has struggled with this for a long time. It is strange that one of their solutions was to drug athletes, something that has long been banned.
Women with naturally high levels of testosterone were once banned from competing at the Olympic Games. But should hormones matter at the elite level?
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California Nightmares

When we think about involuntary servitude and genocide, we instantly touch upon American slavery in the South or Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, there was much more, far beyond those.
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Products of Fame

Fame is the societal equivalent of a Speedball. Ms. Stewart summed one effect of fame nicely (see headline below). In this article, she relates how compelling fame can be, and how it can take over your life. Ironically, it is a problem that many others strive to have.
I don't want to become a part of a story for entertainment value, the actress explains
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Familiar Face

Facial recognition is not just the science of machine learning. Some people have uncanny abilities, and some are face blind. This can be critical in jobs such as law enforcement.

Which are you? Click to find out.
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