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Title tells it all but I fast-forwarded to the action. 
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love this! thanks.
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Two new polls are out this morning - from ABC/WaPo and CNN/ORC. Both have Donald Trump with an approval rating of 40% on the eve of his inauguration. This is between 20 and 44 points behind other presidents of the last generation.

If the election were held today, would his supporters vote differently? 
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I'd wager enough of them would have changed their minds. Or at least those that sat out would have found a way to participate.
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I didn't know she wrote this…but as someone said, when she sings a song, it stays sung, especially this version. 
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I'm surprised people didn't know Dolly was the original artist. But I am happy to know that she's getting the credit she always deserved!!! Learning is always awesome😊
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remember the old color-coded terror warnings from the reign of C+ Augustus? Maybe a color coded version of this gif that tracks the Rager-in-Chief's current state of mind is in order. 
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And the NY Times — in an effort to “get both sides” of the story, I guess? — ran a story that I’m not going to link to called “Donald Trump Says He’s Not Surprised by Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech”. Is it newsworthy, what he thought of Streep’s remarks? Unless he agrees with her and plans to honestly reevaluate how he treats others when he speaks, I would argue it’s not at all worth printing what’s essentially a Trump press release full of bullshit. And news outlets that actually care about the truth and not just printing spin should stop doing it.

Is it newsworthy, what he thought of Streep’s remarks? No, it isn't. The media — teevee, newspapers, magazines — have "both sided" themselves into irrelevance, if not oblivion. Sure they know the people who would rally round an adulterer, tax cheat, and overall jackass aren't going to watch their shows or buy their products. So why reach out to them? Report the facts and let them speak for themselves. If that doesn't pay the bills, then shut down and go away. But don't pretend to be a legitimate source of impartial or unbiased information. 
Last night, as she accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, Meryl Streep made some comments about the current
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No, the American public shares in these crimes. Every adult who has not spoken out has been complicit.
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Save $9? Sure…wait, what? Pay $99 for the privilege? Where's my big savings? 
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I guess my point could be summed up by the philosophy "Live as if you give a shit," +George G. 
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32 million Americans [will be] losing their health insurance by 2026. 32 million! Rates would go up 20-25 percent in the first year and then double again by 2026

But we'll be free, right? 
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Kate McCormick Seduced and pregnant by her father's friend Unwed, she died from abortion, her only choice. Abandoned in life and death by family. With but a single rose from her mother. Buried only through the kindness of unk...
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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. — H L Mencken

I think some people are about to get a good and hard lesson in democracy, specifically the US variety, what we used to call Civics or American Government in American high schools.

Many people seem disappointed with the man they voted for, that he is going to take away their access to healthcare or make other changes that will affect their lives. He campaigned on that and the party that nominated him has pledged to do away with it since it became law. It's hard to know what else one could expect.

It remains to be seen if he is going to make good on that, but we have already seen both houses of Congress defund the ACA, emboldened by the prospect of a president who will sign off on it. But what if he doesn't? What then? Do they override him and own the consequences? Do they dare, knowing how well he can control the media narrative?

The real powers behind his golden throne — Bannon and Kushner — are still the ones to watch. But the dynamic between Himself and the Congress will be interesting to watch. 
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+paul beard There is literally no difference, and it really highlights the main problem with the current political climate. It seems no one affected cares though....
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Just filed my contribution to the maintenance of the national security state. Since I am no longer one of those fatcats who gets a refund, I'll be writing a check to the US Treasury again this year. Goodness knows what kind of mayhem I'll be watching transpire between 1/20/2017 and 4/18/2017 when my payment comes due. 
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+paul beard pretty much, if you give to charity you can write it off. 
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Our learning objectives are straightforward. After taking the course, you should be able to:

• Remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet.

• Recognize said bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it.

• Figure out for yourself precisely why a particular bit of bullshit is bullshit.

• Provide a statistician or fellow scientist with a technical explanation of why a claim is bullshit.

• Provide your crystals-and-homeopathy aunt or casually racist uncle with an accessible and persuasive explanation of why a claim is bullshit.

• We will be astonished if these skills do not turn out to be among the most useful and most broadly applicable of those that you acquire during the course of your college education.
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A B.S. in counter BS. But really this is coming from the top and the grass roots. They don't listen to reason because they know they are wrong. It is time for the shovel. 
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I had a growing feeling in the later years of my work at the subject that a good mathematical theorem dealing with economic hypotheses was very unlikely to be good economics: and I went more and more on the rules — (1) Use mathematics as a shorthand language, rather than an engine of inquiry. (2) Keep to them until you have done. (3) Translate into English. (4) Then illustrate by examples that are important in real life. (5) Burn the mathematics. (6) If you can’t succeed in 4, burn 3. This last I did often. — Alfred Marshall, in a letter to A.L. Bowley, Jan. 27, 1906

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Look up Keynes on this point as well. The push-back to the mathematisation of economics was strong.

Helps also (I need to read the article -- OK, it's just this one quote, so I'm good) to realise that Marshall was one of the fathers of mathematical economics, being among the Marginalists -- using differential equations and marginal analysis (behavior based on infintesimal marginal change) to analyse economics.
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    Director, technical operations, 2000 - 2001
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    1993 - 1995
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As Adam Smith (that guy libertarians name but have never read) said, wealth is power. I would expect any self-styled "rational, moral advocate for freedom: to oppose the concentration of power that goes with concentrations of wealth. Arguments in favor of dynastic wealth (opposition to the estate tax), the unregulated purchase of access to and influence over electeds or unlimited political media buys do not support freedom or liberty: they argue for power concentrated in the hands of a few at the expense of the many. 

Wealth is power: if you support the unchecked accumulation of wealth, you are not a supporter of liberty or freedom. The people accumulating the wealth are the ones shaping the government in all the way you argue against but your misidentification of wealth as anything but power prevents you from seeing it. You're buying the rope they'll use to hang you from the same people who will fit it to your neck. 
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