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Robert Hirsch
Works at Shandor Engineering
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The Ashley Madison hack will have a serious effect on churches. According to Ed Stetzer, as many as 400 pastors, deacons, elders and church staff members may resign this Sunday after their names surfaced on the list of users revealed in the Ashley Madison hack. In a post on his Christianity Today blog, The Exchange, Stetzer said the number is based on “conversations with leaders from several denominations in the U.S. and Canada,” adding, “To be...
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Can't they just ask forgiveness?  Aren't we all sinners?  Doesn't that always work?
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Looks like Panera is preparing for the 15 dollar minimum wage hike in NY
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Where in the ** is my hover board ... smh it will be interesting to see what happens when all the minimum wage folk get a raise and down graded to no wage all in the same swoop what will they write on their picket signs then 
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I don't know how to link to this podcast.

But if you listen to this one and you think that government will ever do what is right, I'm afraid you are really lost.


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I like the idea of most of this. But I'm a little disappointed in the failure to inspire trying new systems of society rather than just importing them from a current existing government.
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Cities are a regressive concept IMO just like taxes which were also mentioned. I smell global socialism.
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Gorgeous day in Troy today
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Yup. We had a great year. Still under construction, so next year will be even better
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Who knows how to do this?

I set up some nice rules to automate my mailboxes on my mac. I want to same rules to happen on my phone. 

Its pretty sad if there is no way to do this in this day and age. If there is not a way to do this in the stock mail app. Who uses a mail app that allows this?
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Oh. Not sure then. 
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A lot of my college mates remember Troy as a shit hole.

It was. No doubt. But the last few years have been really great.

I had been to Troy a few times back in the ’80s and ’90s, and I wasn’t impressed. It always seemed seedy and run down to me, like so many towns and cities in the northeast US that had their manufacturing hearts ripped out of them in the 1970s. But the Troy we saw on Wednesday was a totally different place – vital and happening, with bistros and bakeries and funky public spaces

We now have one of the best makerspaces in the country which I use for my work. We have great bars and restaurants with more stuff opening every month. The "potential" I've been hearing about for 25 years is finally coming around.

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Why I am a Voluntaryist
I share this guy's reasons [video below]. I'm glad he brought up consistency and clarity. I also think of integrity. For example, in my day-to-day interactions with people, I never initiate violence or theft. In other words, it wouldn't meet my values for fairness, choice, and consent for me to barge into another person's home and tell them how to live. 
 
So therefore, I do not wish to support anyone else doing the same, either here or abroad. It would violate my value for integrity if I were to steal from another person, even if I have a heart-wrenching story of how I want to give the stolen goods to someone who really needs them, so therefore, I do not support anyone else (a government, for example) doing the same. To me, that is one type of integrity.
 
It is also my belief that maximizing voluntary transactions while de-legitimizing involuntary transactions will have a net positive effect for all of us, and especially on the most poor. Rather than assume anyone knows better for another person, I prefer to assume that every person's path is their own and no one can predict what ripples will spread any time we interfere in someone's life. I embrace the idea that joy and suffering are both natural and necessary for us all to learn, grow, and thrive!  I believe that true generosity comes from the heart, voluntarily, and that forced giving is a wasteful and costly corruption...
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Agreed, wholeheartedly
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An article from which we can all clip a blurb presenting our preconceived notions.
 
Worth a read.

What live peer review looks like when the fate of the planet is at stake
Public peer review is under way for a controversial, alarming paper released last month by famed former NASA climate scientist James Hansen.
http://wapo.st/1NuzPsk
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+Jeff Brown, I've told you my science creds. What is yours?
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Oof.

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Wow!  Fifteen years ago, the US government decided to force all clinical trials to register their trial design and analytical methods before collecting the data.  Recently, a study was conducted to analyze whether this requirement had affected the outcomes of clinical trials.

"The study found that in a sample of 55 large trials testing heart-disease treatments, 57% of those published before 2000 reported positive effects from the treatments. But that figure plunged to just 8% in studies that were conducted after 2000." 

That's very strong evidence that scientists were either deluding themselves or committing outright fraud in order to get published, and that the requirement to register was sorely needed.
A study showing a fall in positive trial results after the roll-out of clinicaltrials.gov attracted much attention on social media.
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Seems to be more of this coming to light. Surprise, surprise.
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Introduction
Look at that ugly mug in the picture. Now for some of you, you may have to imagine some hair on  that head. For others of you, you may have to imagine the tongue on the inside of the mouth. And for some others still, you may be more used to t-shirt, shorts and sandals instead of a tux.
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I recently played Dr. Katastroff in Queen Mabs Enchanted City in Troy New York. I spent a bazzilion years at RPI getting a PhD. I spent two years making creatures for movies in the 90's, woking on movies such as Hook, Radio Flyer, and Operation Dumbo Drop.
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Endoplasm evangelist
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  • Shandor Engineering
    Ectoplasm Manipulator, 2014 - present
  • H2Pump
    Director of Systems Engineering, 2008 - 2014
  • H2Pump
  • MTI microfuel cells
    2001 - 2004
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New York - Los Angeles - Troy NY - East Hartford CT