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Brought tears of happiness and joy to my eyes. Well done Shiloh.
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Good points Shiloh. Thank you for helping bring this forward for our attention. Technically, you are legally obligated to participate in the U.S. Census. (see here http://www.politifact.com/texas/article/2014/jan/12/us-census-bureau-survey-must-be-filled-out-law/ )

I agree that data about people's activity collectively, or about any given individual's behavior, is potentially very valuable. I believe the government needs to take privacy more seriously and more often err on the side of individual privacy than on the side of those lobbying for access to free, valuable information. One option would be to require data-sharing to be an explicit opt-in rather than an opt-out on demand (if you even can opt-out).
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I'm writing a non-fiction book with Scrivener, and it meets most of my needs. However, a BIG missing capability is the lack of an ability to build an index. Clearly Scrivener already has a db underlying it, and I know there is already a global search function - so I would think that the search function could be run "after" a compile to update page-number references in a "table" that keeps index info.

Does anybody know if index-building is on the roadmap for Scrivener?

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Well done Shiloh. I might be able to agree more, but it's difficult for me to come up with any specifics about how that might be able to come to pass.
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Amid all the unease today, please remember a few things: Remember that this is the same America that recently elected a black president - twice. The same America that very well may elect a woman for the first time - or a complete political outsider for the first time. The America that recently undertook a momentous change in the legal status of gay persons, that helped push through planetary consensus on global warming responses. This is the country that has continued growing economically when much of the world has stagnated. A country that has spread trade and democracy and capitalism so far unto the ends of the Earth that prosperity of the human species has attained awesome heights. It is a country of great scientists, poets, philosophers and commerce, whose shores are unassailable and people are unsinkable. This is the America where 25% of the population are "nones", and where we govern by secular laws - where we consistently refuse to be ruled by religion or creed. This is the country when the majority can tug one way and the Bill of Rights the other, and the battle is almost always productive. This is the country that is the last best hope for world peace, progress, stability and civility. This is the country, more than any other on Earth, wherein the arc of liberty is longest, but most steadfastly bends towards justice.

There is much to be concerned about, and constant vigilance is required. But please remember that today is a day of celebration and pride much more than a day of fear and trepidation. I am certain that we have built into this country a tremendous bulwark against craziness, behind which thrives a glorious, roiling, contentious, vigorous and venerated democratic republic. That bulwark will hold no matter who sits in the Oval Office. We are a great country, a great people, and we will remain so.
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The best in-depth review of the Benghazi issues, which are being dredged up again this election season:

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Here's a link to a talk I presented on The Dismal Science (Economics). I cover topics such competitive vs comparative advantage, the fact that economics is not a zero-sum game, and other issues that the general public will benefit from knowing. It followed the Political Science and Ethics lecture also available on the YouTube channel:

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Here is a link to a talk I gave a few months ago about the science of genetics and epigenetics. The long-standing view that one gene codes for one protein has been completely refuted over the past decade or two. At the same time the old discarded Lamarckian notion that a parent can pass on acquired characteristics to their children has gained a modest amount of scientific evidence for certain very limited characteristics. I hope you enjoy this discussion of some modern ideas in genetics and epigenetics.

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The nonsense (non-science) of Lumosity is finally getting a day of reckoning from the federal government. It's about time!
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