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This is great. Good on King County EMS.

This raises an issue for me, though. Why isn't someone competing in this marketplace? We now live in an age of micro-business and the long tail.

Why hasn't someone disrupted them? You could sell this stuff from a website, after all, and use, for instance, Amazon for fulfillment.

Is it because there are too many regulatory hoops to jump through? As a consumer, we want some confidence that the product will work, after all. We don't have many options to test it for ourselves. How do we streamline it?
 
Boosting the signal. Let's drive Mylan to its knees.

They're already feeling the pressure, but the steps they've taken so far are not good enough <http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/business/mylan-generic-epipen.html>
One solution to the soaring price of EpiPens: Build a replacement that costs a fraction as much. Jim Duren of King County Emergency Medical Services told
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Part of the problem is that there will be a non-zero cost to getting a generic version manufactured and approved (which will be a lot higher for devices than pills), but the price will go back to somewhere around commodity levels once they enter the market. So there's a lot less incentive for new players to get involved unless there's a real breakthrough in manufacturing costs or something like that.
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Randy Henderson here describes how he engages with people about difficult topics having to do with identity.

[...]I have a secondary privilege conferred on me by my other privileges, and that is emotional distance from trollish, hateful or uninformed comments. This is not to say they do not make me angry or sad, but rather that I do not feel as personally threatened as others might, and do not feel the cumulative weight of a lifetime of such comments already on my back, the pain compounded and my patience long eroded.

So while it is not always pleasant, and never my first choice of how to spend my time, I do try to stop and take the time to engage in such conversations, careful to keep it positive and reasoned and constructive, keeping my faith in the fundamental sparks of compassion and desire to be heard and appreciated that is in each of us.

This is my ambition.
I found myself in a number of conversations at WorldCon where persons were seeking my advice or thoughts on their writing, or seeking advice of a group in which I sat, and would say some variation on: “People seem to have a problem with me calling it ...
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+Jay Gischer​​, I meant more like how, to many whites, the Confederate flag is more a redneck emblem than a racial one. More widely shared than "intimate" but having real boundaries the group doesn't recognize.
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Gawker is not a person. So I don't feel so much like I must speak no ill of the dead. It hired people, and they now have to find new jobs, and that sucks.

But I am not sad to see it go. There will probably be another one like it eventually, human beings being what they are.

The first sentence of this piece is: Gawker.com, the online media site that took on the rich and powerful in New York and in Silicon Valley, is no more as of today.

I feel that that framing is far more complimentary of Gawker than it deserves. It dished out rumors and secrets about famous people, which let people who weren't quite so famous feel good about the fact that they aren't as rich or famous. Schadenfreude served daily.

Does this bashing of a certain subset of the 1 percent accomplish anything at all for the 99%? I doubt it. I kind of doubt that most of my working-class relatives even really know who Nick Denton is, or could identify Gawker by name. It isn't for them, it doesn't help them. It isn't some kind of warrior hero. It's a celebrity gossip website, focused on a different kind of celebrity. These are not Hero of the Revolution.

Gawker died because it posted a sex video without the consent of one of the people pictured, and refused a court order to take it down. As Simon Dumenco is quoted in the piece as saying:

Gawker didn't know how to hit the brakes - or maybe it didn't even know how to operate the brakes.
Gawker.com, the online media site that took on the rich and powerful in New York and in Silicon Valley, is no more as of today. The company went bankrupt after …
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I've never read it so I don't know much about it to be honest. Looking at it from the outside, it looks like any other media outlet pissing off one of the overclass. There is no way that any website could survive that kind of orchestrated show of financial muscle. Perhaps they were in the wrong, certainly they were legally exposed but what I take from all this is that more sleighted and overly sensitive billionaires are going to use the defamation system and their fortunes to silence voices they don't like. Big media enterprises will be the only ones with enough capital to fight many of these cases.
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I endorse this wholeheartedly. I've used this my whole life, though with less swearing.

Although I demur on one point. At the end he says if nobody is saying "Fuck Yes" to you, you should work on yourself. This can be true, but it also seems a bit victim-blamey to me. Maybe what you need to do is move. If you're a hetero man in the Bay Area, for instance, you might want to move to Salt Lake City or something. Unfavorable ratios can really be a problem.
Think about this for a moment: Why would you ever choose to be with someone who is not excited to be with you?
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Perhaps worth adding that if you are in an abusive relationship for whatever reason (maybe it's your parent-child relationship, for example), and the abuser is the other party (not you yourself), then self-improvement means standing up for your own needs - not adjusting even more to the needs of the abusive party. I am referring to emotional abuse that may be mild or more severe. That means one-sided or very poorly balanced response to the needs of the other party in a relationship. Self-improvement means you can then better express it both to yourself and to others what you need, and are more confident to end the relationship, if it cannot be negotiated to a satisfactory or better level.

The reason I say this is that in an abusive relationship, the one doing most of the manipulation may suggest that the victim should improve themselves - by being even more flexible to the abuser. In other words: victim blaming.

Self-improvement means understanding and loving yourself first, so you can understand and love others.
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I just peeked at a recent APPL balance sheet. It showed that APPL held 21 billion in "cash and cash equivalents". This article says that APPL has been selling quite a few bonds lately. As in, borrowing money, in USD. They are paying interest rates that aren't that much higher than what governments pay.

This is almost certainly a trading position. They are betting that interest rates will go up in the future, and those low-interest loans they have taken out will be much more valuable.

So, if APPL thinks borrowing money to do, well, nothing at all, is a good idea, then how much more of a good idea would it be for the US government to borrow a lot of money at insanely low rates and build all the infrastructure stuff we know we need? Sheesh!
Top-rated corporate bonds are becoming interchangeable with sovereign debt.
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It's impossible to make true comparisons, because the terms of their debt are different from the terms they invest on. That said, I can borrow money and invest it at a higher expected return than the interest rate I pay. So Apple certainly can. The question at that point is not about expected return but about how much risk you're willing to take. Apple is probably willing to take a bit of risk, you could take the pretty reasonable perspective that the risk on their fairly safe investments is still a whole lot less than the risk in the operation of their business itself.
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I am an illustrator/animator. The kind of value that illustrators/animators are responsible for is distinct among other types of visual artists. We must establish meaningful intent as close to instantaneously as possible. By meaningful intent, I simply mean that the audience has to internalize the concept, motion, emotion, perspective, etc. of a piece right away. The second the audience asks “how can he bend that way without breaking his spine,” or “Why is he shooting where he’s not looking,” we have failed them. They don’t owe us the time to look at our work in the first place. They certainly don’t owe us the time to squint their eyes and try to make sense of our work.
I’ve wanted to write this article for some time now, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to do so. For those of you who are aware of Dinofarm Games and our recent release, Auro for iO…
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Just enjoying the "O Fortuna" ref. I am far from the only one who first heard it in "Excalibur" and then COULD NOT STOP HEARING IT in a hundred different movies after that.
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Beelzebub has bug set aside for me.
 
I want to hug whoever wrote this.

Or sing along. Either works.
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I just read a comment referencing the founding of Twitter and calling Jack Dorsey a dick. That might well be true. However, I think there's more. You can't make something at that scale and not have sharp elbows. It doesn't work. So that's my question:

Creative acts have violence embedded in them. You can't be creative without a streak of selfishness or ruthlessness.
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Well, at least we can all agree on that! I really appreciate the sincere attempts to explore this. I love that about the folks on G+ !
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I'm thinking of this scene today.

No reason.

<whistles>

(NSFW)
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Actually, I was fantasizing about Hillary and her opponent who must not be named.
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An extremely interesting chart.
Technology, Outsourcing, Regulations, Competition: I find the chart below utterly fascinating (more on this later this week). click for no damned reason at all Source: AEI Source: AEI
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Thanks, +David desJardins  that's interesting.
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I think that property owners have a right to get PokeStops and Gyms removed from their property. Niantic needs to figure out how to do this, and with all due speed.

But that's not what Scott and Jayme Dodich of St. Clair Shores are complaining about. They are complaining about the Pokemon in the park near their house.

You don't own the park.
Lawsuit claims Pokestops are being placed on or near private property without the permission of owners.
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I was thinking of you when I read this story +Jennifer Schmidt 
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