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We shouldn't model anything after the "war on terror".
 
No. It's not. 

The way the United States went after Islamic extremism was a moral and practical disaster: the government lashed out almost at random, imprisoning Muslims virtually at random, attacking countries with no connection to the problem at hand, and instituting mass surveillance programs that produced virtually no results. The orgy of misplaced state violence which occurred in the aftermath of 9/11 was a powerful statement against Islamic extremism -- but the state does not exist to make statements. 

Wars shouldn't happen simply to communicate that yes, we're taking this seriously. Arrests shouldn't happen simply to demonstrate a heightened level of suspicion. When states delegate the right to use violence on their behalf, those people to whom we've delegated have a responsibility to do what's effective, and what causes the least collateral damage, not what is most satisfying to those aggrieved by the state's failure to act.

I do not trust the laws which would empower the police to pursue white supremacists with omnipresent surveillance and indiscriminate violence. I do not trust the police implementing those laws to use them to the benefit of black Americans. I do not understand why anyone else would, other than -- perhaps -- as a metaphorical howl of despair that the official outlets of state violence can't be trusted to deploy that violence reasonably. 
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Google deserves a lot of credit for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend their user against a tyrannical US Justice department and other federal agencies. They're fighting the good fight.
 
This was the right thing to do. I'm glad we did it.

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In "proving what anyone who looked around during college suspects", educational attainment does not correlate with marginal productivity increases at the national level. More fodder for Bryan Caplan's upcoming "The Case Against Education".
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This is why I spent a lot of time developing a rubric-based candidate evaluation system whose largest component is a 3.5 hour work sample that's scored via a 67-item objective evaluation worksheet.
Why companies are turning to data-driven AI for hiringA group of researchers — Nathan R. Kuncel, Deniz S. Ones, and David M. Klieger — analyzed 17 studies of job applicant evaluations and found that a...
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This is a lovely scifi-esque short story.
. Seen on Tumblr, along with associated discussion: Yellow: People's minds are heartbreaking. Not because people are so bad, but because they're so good. Nobody is the villain of their own life sto...
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Not even labor unions actually think the $15 minimum wage in LA is a good idea. 
Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. […]
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I hadn't read the Bernstein article before linking (only the first article). Assuming it wasn't a mistake on Tyler's part, I would guess that sentences like this are the culprit:

> The truth is that a bump up to $15 is somewhat “out-of-sample,” so we’ll have to see. 

That seems like his real, reasoned prediction. Not a ringing endorsement, when you consider that everything else indicates that he wants to support it.
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Colleges are not a good place to donate money.
Since money is fungible, universities (and I suspect most big institutions) have limitless ways to raise money for X (in this case, research), and then...
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An awesome local guy tries to help with this sort of problem: donoradvising.com
Used to be a fellow at the Liberty Fund
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Hooray spreadsheet! The Galaxy S6 has some solid hardware. iPhone 6, less so.
 
As promised, here is the updated and improved version of my previously posted hardware comparison between the iPhone 6, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S6.

Those areas marked in red indicate an objective technical loser in the category in question, and those in yellow denote a tie between two products for the same position.

#iPhone6 #GalaxyS6 #Comparison #Hardware  
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Medicaid recipients would get twice the benefit by just giving them cash instead of sinking that money into Medicaid. If you care about improving the wellbeing of the poor, you should familiarize yourself with this study.
There is a new and probably very important paper by Amy Finkelstein, Nathaniel Hendren, and Erzo F.P. Luttmer: We develop and implement a set of frameworks for valuing Medicaid and apply them to welfare analysis of the Oregon Health Insurance […]
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Hey +Lauren Parker, maybe this would make lightroom awesomer.
 
holy crap.  My Palette just shipped!

free-form hardware interface.  sliders, dials, and buttons... take control!

I bet Doug Engelbart would be pleased.
#augmentation

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Whoa!! This is even cooler than the clunky sound board I had seen before! :D 
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A 95% failure rate is not very good. Maybe we should try actual security instead of security theater?
An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports.
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This looks like a great way to learn the most effective text-editing system in existence!
cc: +Lauren Parker +Alexander Voltaire 
 
Learn the Vim editor in your browser. +Alacja Weddell you may want to check this out.
. Virtual keyboard (shows keys you need to press on your physical keyboard; not clickable). Sections. Toggle.
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Great food with good prices and quick, friendly service. Right off the highway (google maps was wrong). Went there for breakfast with group of five. Seated right away and served quickly. Standard breakfast menu fare with some twila's-themed special items. Food arrived very quickly and was universally good. We had twila's omelette (great usage of sweet peppers), french toast, cinimon toast, hash browns (crispy and very good), scrambled eggs. bacon (crispy, good), and toast. All food was good, service was great, prices were great. Plan on stopping here again.
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