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I've decided to run for local school board.  Please visit the campaign website if you live in the East Penn school district, or forward this along if you know others in the district.
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Good luck!  I deeply respect your taking action to improve the community.
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I've played this twice now.  I love the theme of trying to research, experiment, and then publish the results of new scientific discoveries.  The worker placement mechanic (simulating the amount of effort you, as a scientist, devote to different aspects of the scientific process) works well and so too does the melding of this mechanic onto the tech tree of scientific discoveries.  The artwork is superb.  The only problem with the game?  It takes too long to play.  And I think the design of the board is partly to blame- it simply takes too much focus and concentration to figure out what is connected to what on the tech tree, who has published (versus researched or experimented on) what, and so forth.  While beautiful, I suspect a change in the design of the gameboard itself could cut 30 minutes or more of player 'analysis' time from the game.
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Waiting for version 2.0
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So, are these all Photoshopped, or are they for real? I often wonder this about awkwardfamilyphotos.com too.
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On the importance of the upcoming presidential election.  Theda was my dissertation advisor; she offers several insightful ideas in this short interview.
You have free access to this content. Public Policy ResearchVolume 19, Issue 1, Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012. Abstract · Cited By.
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Bob, I think that you are absolutely right about the framing issue here.  The way this shows up in economic policy debates I think is that conservatives often assert or implicitly assume that government spending is composed entirely of consumption and wealth transfers when in fact much of it can be fairly categorized as investment.  Obama, I think, actually does a pretty good job of reminding voters of that in his rhetoric particularly w.r.t. education policy.  Thank you for pointing out the New Yorker piece.  I'm working my way through my recent issues and will keep an eye out for it.
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A 10-minute video on how spending money on others can increase happiness. In other surveys, scholars have shown that money CAN buy happiness, up to about $55,000 a year. After that income level, money has not effect on happiness.
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Which makes far more sense. The more money you have lying around, the less worries you have about bills / affording things etc. And past a certain point of earnings, you don't NEED anything. It just ends up with spending it to spend it.

I'd like to know the situations (economically) of all the people in this and if that money in the hands of someone who's poor would find more happiness in spending that $15 on a bill than having to spend that $15 on a random scarf for someone.

I think that you'll find that someone who isn't exactly swimming in money would be happier spending on themselves first. Less bills, less stress = happier.
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A friend and colleague of mine, Bruce Whitehouse, is in Mali on a Fulbright this year. He has been live blogging the coup there, sometimes hour-by-hour. Great information and analysis.
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Wow. What a great blog. Thank you for sharing. I have two friends who are headed to that region for our spring term - Ghana, not Mali. Still I think they would very much appreciate this.
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This is the very first I've heard of this (though not of the student's father).  All I can say is...WOW!   #lehigh   #academia  
Megan Thode isn't the first Lehigh University student who was unhappy with the grade she received in a course. But she may be the first to sue to get it changed.
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It made my first page of Google News this morning.
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I've played Dark Ages a couple of times now and I don't like it.  The expansion introduces a lot of new kingdom cards, many of them opening up interesting new effects and card interactions.  But played entirely with Dark Ages kingdom cards, the game is almost unworkable.  And several games with just a handful of Dark Ages cards have been boring to me as well.  The problem is the length of the games.  The new effects and interactions are simply not worth the double, triple, and even quadruple game lengths that result.  _Dominion_ is a great half-hour game.  It's not such a good ninety minute game, though.   I'm going to be using Dark Ages cards very sparingly in my future sessions.
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Dark Age cards work on their own, but it will slow down the game.  Dark Age cards add another layer that often feels like another set of actions each turn.
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A Christmas carol for the modern university.
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A very interesting essay on the state of research into how salt affects health.
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This article resonates with me.  Whenever I read epidemiology stuff - especially older studies, it seems that they rarely understand statistics well enough to do analysis of anything but controlled experiments.  They fall for the correlation = causation fallacy far too often.  Salt consumption is a choice; it screams endogenous.
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If the facts presented in this article are true, it is hard to make the argument that charter schools are subject to meaningful public oversight in PA.
The Allentown School Board was hoping not to go down this path. But the facts, rattled off in measured tones by district administrators at a meeting this month, forced its hand:
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Economist David Savage draws a false dichotomy between sociability and human 'instinct' in explaining why passengers on the Lusitania panicked (http://goo.gl/ZqEwR). Such behavior in a public emergency is in fact the exception, rather than the rule (as short article below explains).
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