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Ernest Ezis
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"Only one out of six Americans could correctly locate Ukraine on a map of the world, but perhaps even more disconcerting, as The Washington Post reports, the farther their guesses were from Ukraine's actual location, the more they wanted the US to intervene with military force..."

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Politicians have always counted on the ignorance of the masses when they choose to wave the bloody shirt.
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That damn book. Now Holder has to begin to appear like he might do something.  How uncomfortable that must be for him and the administration. 
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Comparing an SEC investigation to this monkey at a keyboard seems like a libelous insult to the monkey.   #sec   #governmentregulation   #hft    
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A fun article. The NASA disclaimer referenced in the post is worth reading. Too bad this type of nonsense is so readily funded and eagerly believed.
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So nice so good
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While you watch our fine folks in DC stumble about the "foreign policy" field, add an especially comic touch to the show by recalling that in 2008 Biden was selected as VP for his foreign policy "expertise." That's a comforting thought, isn't it?  I'm so overwhelmed with confidence and admiration that I have no more to say. 
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The coolest thing about Flash Boys? The epigraph is from one of the best characters in recent memory:

          A man got to have a code.
                               ---- Omar Little
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Nate Silver completed his education some time ago. Now it seems like it is time for his schooling and this post isn't a good sign: 

"Reception to the article ran about 80 percent negative in the comments section and on social media. A reaction like that compels us to think carefully about the piece and our editorial process."

Negative. A reaction like that should cause him to think carefully about the 80% of  his audience and their tendency to agree with data when it suits their politics and disagree with the data when it does not.  The central question becomes one of integrity; pander to the audience, or stay true to the mission? It's going to be very interesting to watch his evolution over the next several years as he confronts one of his basic assumptions -- that most people are seeking truth rather than comfort.
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The response article on 538 is decent. He keeps claims fairly reasonable from a data perspective, aside from offering advice in the final few paragraphs.
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There's a lot that I like about Heather Brooke's talk, I like her point that many governments are facing "a crisis of legitimacy" and we've seen "transparency" become parodied by those that claim it. People that think #biggovernment  is the answer should really listen to what she has to say. I know that anyone reading what I write probably moved past the competent government fantasy long. But I think there is great value to watching this because she makes a grave mistake in the first half.

She is happy to have access to government data. But she is missing the fact that by the time it's published and made available to us, it's made available on their terms. It's basically whitewashed to improve appearances. Whether removing a metric like the M3 money supply, redefining the calculations (unemployment, inflation, etc), it all adds up to the same thing; they removing our ability to see what's really happening, or they are feeding a whitewashed lie (which idiots and journalists alike) assume to be truthful, particularly when it aligns with their ideology. 

Anyone familiar with the saga of Phil Jones, Michael Mann and their "respect" for the FOIA requests they received, also understands how data can become "lost" once it's requested.  

I think the important thing for people to be aware of is that data often comes in three stages: 1) raw data, 2) cleaned data (3.5 sigma moves investigate, explained corrected) and, 3) "adjusted data." I have great concern when that last category is presented as the "official" data.

Most people know that Eisenhower warned about the Military Industrial Complex in his Farewell Address. Yet there was a second warning in that same section of his address. "The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite."

The 'opposite danger' has not yet emerged. But the problem of our government leading the "data" with research grants and other monies is  a real one; the government does now, for their own agenda, what tobacco companies did for theirs not too long ago.  If you put a $2.1B budget on the table, and tell people the answer you want, the "researchers" will find that answer.  People that are happy to have the Government "massaging" the answers to things that they agree with are courting a dangerous precedent because it's only a matter of time before the other party assumes power and uses the same platform to abuse an issue they disagree with. 

Eisenhower's speech is a quick and worthy read:

http://americanliterature.com/history/dwight-d-eisenhower/speech/eisenhowers-farewell-address-to-the-nation

Don't make it easy for them to lie to us.
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Tried out the Ghost blogging platform tonight. Kind of interesting. It is nice to be able to insert HTML amidst the markup.

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We were driving across Wyoming in late March when my son smartly decided that we needed to stay in another a corporate motel/hotel like we needed a hole in the head. So he got on his iPhone and started looking for hot springs. He's bright, he knew he was going to have to get mom to sign off on this side-trip, so he found and suggested an old hotel with some historic charm. Once he started to read the reviews out loud, we almost decided against making a reservation. That would have been a mistake! We enjoyed our stay a great deal. We were there in the off-season, everything was charming and slow, and maybe that helped to make it fun. We had lovely conversations with the entire staff, the owner Gail, and the chef (who is well trained, I am sorry I have forgotten his name). Is the building old? Yes. That's the point! It's an historic old building and it has its charms -- and shame on the people that stay there and don't find them! If you are looking for the Waldorf; well, you are not going to find that. But if you realize this is Idaho, and you are looking for an interesting place in an interesting little town with some bonus hot springs thrown in, this place will work just fine. We did eat in the hotel dining room. The review about 'the worst food' is three years old (and I cannot imagine the current chef worked there then). Yes, the menu can seem a bit pricey in these little boutique places but it is part of the experience. We bumped into the chef, we discussed the menu, he made recommendations and they were all very good. The owner filled in for someone that needed the night off and it was fun to talk to her about the hotel. She recommended a nice regional whiskey for me at the end of the meal. In peak season, when the place is full, they probably need to adhere to a stricter level of discipline; but we had arrived late, settled in late, and ate dinner late. They graciously extended their "soaking" hours for us so that we could enjoy the hot springs as long as we did so quietly. We appreciated the personalized give and take that occurred. So if you have reasonable expectations and prefer things charming and interesting rather than perfect, I think you will like this place. We sure did. I should also mention that our dog was welcomed as well and we would happily stay here again.
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Recently moved to Boulder. I brought them my beloved Wilier Team Izoard. They installed compact cranks, a new cassette on a new wheelset and a new chain. They fixed a few other issues and problems. They explained and priced everything clearly before the job and called me when an unanticipated issue arose during the job. They did first rate work and the bike rides perfectly. I had to wait about 10 days to get my bike into the shop but they did all the work in one day and it was worth the wait. About 6 years ago - when I lived in Seattle - I ordered a pair of hand-built wheels. I had posted a question about wheels on a cycling forum and the reply from this shop was so straightforward, informative and lacking in bullshit that I asked them to build wheels for me. Those wheels are still true and ride great. Vecchios is a no-nonsense, high competency shop that does the work right.
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Just relocated to Boulder. Stopped in to get my fishing license and bearings. A first rate experience; these guys are passionate and care about what they do . . . no doubt that includes catching 100s of fish when they are on the water, but it also includes taking care of you when you are in their store. Stop reading reviews, go to this shop.
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I had to the pleasure to fish out of the Bend/Sunriver area for four or five years. I cannot say enough good things about Fred Foisset and The Hook. He is a top notch guide, proprietor and human being. If you are visiting the area and need a guide, he's your man. If you live in the area and need a good local fly shop, he's your man. He doesn't have customers, he has friends. If you are in Central Oregon, The Hook should be your fly shop, particularly if you want to explore the magnificent still water opportunities in Oregon. 10/10.
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