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James Salsman
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Responsible for lsort -indices in Tcl and a SQLlite busy timout less than 1000 milliseconds on Android.
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Math is apparently hard.
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Of course these laws are gaining the most traction in areas with the highest unemployment and the largest proportions of their populations who are practically unemployable in the current economic climate.

Desperations sets in and, to a critical mass of these practically unemployable folks, any job sounds better than no job.  That whole "virtuous cycle" caused by having some sort of surplus income, over and above the minimum to pay rent, put food on the table and afford transportation to an from work ... that whole "virtuous cycle" and "middle class consumer enablement" thing sounds as abstract and relevant as Tensor calculus to people who've been looking for work for two or three years.

It's not just that "math is hard."  It's that the game is rigged on some many levels and so many ways that the hardest math is to convince anyone that their vote counts at all.
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Fastest star in the galaxy was a close binary pair of a supernova.
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Brain candy, that.
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+Amit Singhal this is fantastic; thank you. But there are still issues; for example, when I search for [ tax avoidance ] the results don't mention that education, transfer payments, health care subsidies and infrastructure repairs support middle class income, and interrupting that increase in aggregate demand is unhealthy for economic growth and corporate profits. Please fix.
Sometimes, it’s the little things. I got an email the other day from someone who works with Google, telling me some cool news: They’ve updated their search results about health conditions. They now provide information that’s curated and vetted by doctors, including the Mayo Clinic! That’s fantastic. So, for example,...
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"In a July 29, 2003, White House meeting that included Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, CIA Director George Tenet went so far as to ask the White House, 'to cease stating that US Government practices were humane.' He was assured they would."
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They are all American heroes who should of been commended and praised for their outstanding, wonderful work !!  God Bless the USA .
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"Before the caliphate, 'maybe 85 percent of the Sharia was absent from our lives,' Choudary told me. 'These laws are in abeyance until we have khilafa'—a caliphate—'and now we have one.' Without a caliphate, for example, individual vigilantes are not obliged to amputate the hands of thieves they catch in the act. But create a caliphate, and this law, along with a huge body of other jurisprudence, suddenly awakens. In theory, all Muslims are obliged to immigrate to the territory where the caliph is applying these laws."
 
Read this article...  (and, no, you do not have a choice, you must read it...)
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
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But not all Jihadists believe that IS is the team deal 
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Just a reminder that the employment ratio is still worse than most of the past three decades. 
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So depressing.
Recession-scarred state colleges in the U.S. take cuts as fees soar
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Any country that fails to educate it's young will inevitably decline.
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"If you look at [Amazon founder Jeff] Bezos, or [Netscape founder Marc] Andreessen, [Yahoo cofounder] David Filo, the founders of Google, they all seem to be white, male nerds who've dropped out of Harvard or Stanford and they absolutely have no social life. So when I see that pattern coming in—which was true of Google—it was very easy to decide to invest." -- +John Doerr 
Tech jargon, exorbitant salaries, and sexist stereotypes are just the half of it.
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What we have done over the past thirty years is to build a creditor’s paradise of positive real interest rates, low inflation, open markets, beaten-down unions, and a retreating state — all policed by unelected economic officials in central banks and other unelected institutions that have only one target: to keep such a creditor’s paradise going.

In such a world, why would you, the average worker, ever get a pay rise? Indeed, is it any wonder that inequality is everywhere an issue? In Europe this plays out at the national level, and at the international level of creditor countries (good) and debtor countries (bad), where the rights of the creditors must be protected and the mantra that “you must pay your debts” must be respected.

Yet even in terms of simple welfare economics, this is nonsense. If the cost of squeezing the debtor is to keep her in debt servitude, or if the losses to the creditors are less than the costs of servicing the debt in perpetuity, then default is efficient, if not moral.
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As I sat in my office at Brown University on December 16, 2014, an email popped into my inbox with the title “Herzlichen Glückwunsch – Sie sind der 1. Preisträger des Hans-Matthöfer-Preises für wirtschaftspublizistik.” This was the award given by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the research ...
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I wonder when the right wing spinmeisters here in the USA will decide to start using the terms "creditor states" and "debtor states".

Of course, the fact that they'll have to lie by claiming the opposite of which states are the creditors and which are the debtors will not deter them. They have to lie about everything else in order to fit their ideological narrative already...
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"He has said he saw civilians massacred in Buenos Aires. The report he filed at the time said nothing of the sort."
 
O'Reilly called it a "disturbance."
In the report he filed for CBS at the time, there's no reference to the atrocities he claims to have witnessed.
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+Mother Jones is da bomb!
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"lower- and sometimes middle-income wage workers often face additional workplace stresses that take a toll on their health — among them, lower pay, lack of paid sick leave, an inability to find full-time work, the need to work double shifts to make ends meet. Those challenges can lead to high levels of stress, exhaustion, cardiovascular disease, lower life expectancy and obesity, and the effects can easily trickle down to impact families and children."
“Income inequality” has already become a buzz phrase for the campaigns leading up to the 2016 elections. Likely candidates and pundits on both ends of the political spectrum have begun to talk about how fairness, social justice and — even after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — the ...
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How about "always face additional stress"?
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"top GOP strategists and candidates warn that the ruby red districts the party drew itself into are pushing House Republicans further to the right — narrowing the party’s appeal at a time when some GOP leaders say its future rests on the opposite happening. If you’re looking for a root cause of the recurring drama within the House Republican Conference — from the surprise meltdown on the farm bill to the looming showdown over immigration reform — the increasingly conservative makeup of those districts is a good place to start."
No one disputes Republicans used the once-a-decade redistricting process to lock in their House majority — almost certainly through 2014 and possibly until the next round of line-drawing in 2020. But the party could pay a steep price for that dominance. Some top GOP strategists and candidates warn that the ruby red districts the party drew itself...
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That article was written in 2013, it's much worse now. We may actually have a constitutional crisis if they can't do it through discharge petition.. Nothing is going to get the Tinfoil Hat caucus to budge. 
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