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A third of all Americans had their personal information copied when Blue Cross was hacked.  Sign up with the IRS before a crook does.
Get Transcript. Español. You can get a transcript online or by mail to view your tax account transactions, line-by-line tax return information or wage and income reported to us for a specific tax year. The method you used to file your return and whether you have a refund or balance due, ...
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By the way, if you have a credit freeze in place with Equifax, this won't work for you or for a crook. :-)

Credit freezes are an incredibly annoying tool for this, but they do appear to be effective in a surprising number of situations.
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Why do we hear so much about conserving water, when a flush of a toilet uses as much water as growing one walnut?  10% of California's water goes to growing almonds; 93% goes to agriculture.  All other uses combined use 7% of the water.  _Anything_ a large farm did to conserve water would outweigh the conservation efforts of an entire city.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/wheres-californias-water-going
And other amazing facts from the Golden State's epic nut boom.
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ISIS just bombed a Yemeni mosque full of people shouting, "Death to Israel!  Death to America!" because they are Shiite Muslims.  In the eyes of ISIS, Shiism is a corruption of true, Quranic Islam.

This comment on the video cites twenty different international polls about Muslims' beliefs on various things like punishing blasphemy and adultery and the acceptability of suicide bombings and other forms of terrorism; they are unformly shocking and barbaric.

A follow-up comment points out that at the end of World War II, 13% of Americans favored killing all Japanese, and 22% wanted to drop more atomic bombs.

We are all descendants of people who believed terrible things.  We must not be afraid to turn away from bigotry and hatred, to cease from rancor.  Both we and these Yemeni are reaping what we have sown.
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+Toby Bartels My point had to do with the comment regarding the polls after WWII. Maybe I missed the point of that comment but it seemed to be one of those moral relativism things. 
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Apparently the monster group is only one of 24 groups with a deep connection to mock modular forms.
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Love the names mathematicians come up with
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My family's too lazy to come by and use up my guest lunches, so let me know if you want one---though I'd probably ask for good conversation rather than cash.
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Ha ha ha! :)
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"Your Republican Congress is much like our revolutionary Islamic councils. We are brothers... In our system, true power lies with the chamber that oversees the president. For you, this chamber is the Senate, controlled by your Republican caucus. For us, it is the Council of Guardians. Members of our council, like members of your Senate, serve six-year terms. The council may veto any legislation, which, in its judgment, violates our republic’s guiding body of law. For us, that body of law is Sharia... Our assessment is that your senators interpret your Constitution in accordance with the Christian Bible, just as our council applies our Constitution in the light of the Holy Quran."
March 11, 2015 Dear senators: Thank you for your letter of March 9 explaining your system of government. We were unfamiliar with the complexity of your laws. For three years we have been negotiating a nuclear energy agreement with your president. We now realize our mistake. As your letter makes...
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No, I'm not saying that.
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These are really fantastic.
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Wow, they're they were cheap! http://www.ellenjewettsculpture.com/new-products-1/
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This is a really clever idea for correctly aligning incentives in many ways.
 
Basic income doesn't work, but this variant very well might.
There’s been a lot of chatter in the econblogoshere around the idea of a basic income, what we’ll call a Guaranteed Income. Herein, I’ll explain the way it works. There’s only one way it works....
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Yeah, OK.  Maybe not so clever.
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Kenning contraption

robot: anthropomorphic automaton
songbird: arboreal artist
storybook: amazing adventure
textbook: authoritative algebra
birdhouse: architectural aviary
chemistry: academic alchemy
tin: antique aluminum
bronze: archaeological alloy
neon: amber ambiance
divide: antagonistic arithmetic

The program word2vec [1] turns words from a corpus of text into vectors living in a vector space of a few hundred dimensions.  The idea behind the program is to think of each word as a collection of attributes that can be added to and subtracted from each other; for instance, the KING - MALE is very close to MONARCH and MONARCH + FEMALE is very close to QUEEN.

My brother +Douglas Summers-Stay took a list of words he wanted definitions for, then found the nearest vectors that were the sum of an adjective and a noun both starting with the letter "a".

Because the vectors are word-based instead of context-based, it can't tell the difference between all the meanings of a word, so the results often end up punning on all the meanings.

[1] https://code.google.com/p/word2vec/
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I'm often skeptical of treatments that have only been shown to work in mice because of differences in metabolism affecting drug uptake and so forth.  This one, however, seems to be an entirely structural treatment: use ultrasound to ease open the blood-brain barrier just enough to let through cells that clean up the amyloid plaques, then let it heal over the course of a few hours.
Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a...
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Wow.  That sounds very significant.
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Yet more science fiction becoming reality

In Philip K. Dick's postapocalyptic book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, real animals are very rare; it is expected that everyone show their concern for life by taking care of an animal, and large animals become status symbols.  Inevitably, android animals appear along with "veterinarian" technicians who repair them.  One scene in the book shows the confusion of a technician who encounters a real cat for the first time and can't find the panel on the belly to open.

In 1999, Sony introduced the Aibo robot dog; it was designed to develop a unique personality through interactions with people.  A-Fun is a Japanese toy-repair company; a representative spoke of a customer coming in and saying, "He’s not very well, can you examine him?" as though the technician were a veterinarian.

“The people who have them feel their presence and personality,” said Nobuyuki Narimatsu, director of A-Fun. “So we think that somehow, they really have souls.”

People mourn the loss as they would a real animal.  Below is an image of a funeral they held for nineteen toy dogs that couldn't be repaired.

The Washington Post reported in 2007 on similar reactions of military personnel to robots in wartime:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/05/AR2007050501009_pf.html
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What's really sad is the fact that I'm not surprised.  People tend to drift in the opposite direction from the party in control, and according to this guy
( http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2013/09/30/americans-are-more-conservative-than-they-have-been-in-decades/ ),
Americans are more right-leaning now than at any time since Eisenhower.  Hopefully by the time presidential elections roll around, they'll have swung back towards the left enough that power-mad tyrants like Graham won't have enough of a following to win.
 
Senator Graham (R-SC), during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, announced his intention to stage a military coup if elected. The exact quote:

"[A]nd here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States: I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We’re not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts."

I really have no idea what one can add to this. He wants to use the military to force Congress to give more money to the military. After that, presumably, he would tell the military to go home, and not use them against Congress ever again.

(And as Taub notes in the story, he's not even saying that he'll use the military to hold Congress prisoner until they vote up or down on the issue; he's going to hold them prisoner until they vote a particular way.)

What the ever-loving fuck has this country come to that sitting US Senators consider calling for a military coup to be the sort of thing one does while campaigning for President?

(Audio recording here: http://benswann.com/graham-military-force-congress/)
It's not like sending in the Marines to force Congress to vote the way the president wants would be a coup or anything.
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BTW, the graph in the WaPo article you linked to is absolutely fascinating - thanks for sharing. Makes me want to check out Stimson's book "Public Opinion in America".
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Whenever I'm asked to describe myself, I immediately think of Gödel numbering and quines.
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