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Jennifer Freeman
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More proof that we are just a side effect of our brains ... :-)
 
huh? 
Drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease and depression are capable of altering the moral judgements of those who take them, according to a new study.
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“You can be for choice ... because you think its right for students and parents and teachers to have choices; but you have an awfully hard time being for choice because you believe it improves the performance of the schools, the system or the students. There is no evidence for that. There is not only no evidence for that in the United States, there is no evidence for that anywhere in the world. I defy you to point to a top-performing country that got that way by introducing choice systems.”
West Side superintendent: Here are some myth-busters about Indiana’s school vouchers.
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Guess who is a top campaign contributor and who runs a charter school company, which by the way, until I moved to Florida and raised my daughter, I didn't know that there were charter school businesses. This is not some local group, these are nationwide or statewide.
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BBC reports that Danish authorities can argue radicalised youth out of positions they were not argued into.
It's known as the Aarhus Model, a programme designed in Denmark's second city to dissuade young people from going on jihad. This is one man's story.
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Wow.  Lots of stories of people going above and beyond.  This guy, though:

He found four British tourists - a man, two women and a child - trying to swim away from danger and onto a boat after Rezgui had left the beach. When the gunman returned, he heard the screams of the tourists and took aim at el-Ghoul, who gathered the four behind him and shouted “Allahu Akbar!” at which point the gun was lowered and Rezgui walked on.

“Then I decided to go after him,” el Ghoul told The Telegraph. “So I took a jet ski and caught up to where he was. I picked up rocks and was throwing them at him, anything I could.” El Ghoul said Rezgui kept walking and continued smiling until he turned around to face the teenager, and said: “’I am not here to kill you. Turn around and go home’. That was the last thing I heard from him”.

Tunisia:  now known for Star Wars and brass balls.
Tunisian locals, hotel staff members and even Seifeddine Rezgui's wounded victims put themselves at grave risk on Friday by helping the wounded, protecting other tourists or trying bring the gunman down after he killed at least 38 people on a Tunisian beach near the coastal town of Sousse.
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And just where would these " really plush" homeless shelters be?
 
Homeless shelters are currently stretched to the limit, accommodating nearly 60,000 homeless people in New York City every night.
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They're clearly voicing support for building them, so I'll be holding O'Reilly et al to a housing first commitment going forward.
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Way to handle bigots. :-)
 
A Florida photographer, fired by a client for showing support for the SCOTUS marriage ruling, has the last laugh.
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Lawsuits are starting to overturn the "poor stay in jail awaiting trial, rich get out" bail model.
Anthony Cooper was going to jail because he couldn’t afford to buy his way out. After being picked up for public intoxication at a bus station in Dothan, Alabama, at about 1 a.m. on June 13, Cooper was told that unless he paid $300 in bail money, he would have...
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Very interesting article.
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Pretty sure McDonald burger flippers were under the old cutoff anyway, and so got overtime pay already (provided their boss let them work more than 40 hours a week, which most don't.). So the "permanent minimum wagers" won't be "given" anything by this.
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Quotable - Wisława Szymborska, born 2 July 1923, died 1 February 2012
Read more here: http://bit.ly/1iTH8zF
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I'm rereading Anathem for the third time and savoring it. 
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Good to know. ;-)
As thousands of people travel to the beaches for the summer, the stars of Animal Planet Live's Kitten Cam would like to demonstrate how to effectively fend off a shark attack.
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Lifting the ban on total dietary fat? http://ow.ly/30Rd2L
I write about nutrition far more now than I used to. Part of that is because - as with health policy - as I've learned how little of what we say is based on
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Education
  • Cornell College
    Computer Science, Mathematics, 1989 - 1993
  • Iowa State University
    Computer Science, 1993 - 2000
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"I come in peace. Take me to your lizard."
Introduction
Some Words and Phrases That Describe Me:

computer scientist, ex-university instructor, sci-fi/fantasy reader, geek, living with dopa-responsive dystonia, ex-genetic algorithms researcher, cat-person, lizard- and ferret-friendly, quilter, knitter, tatter, occasional backyard bird-watcher, ex-equestrian, cheezy-movie lover, big fan of the correct use of grammar and punctuation and spelling, casual student of many fields, more-or-less liberal, more-or-less atheist, ultimate Puzzle Pirates' bilger, lover of snark and sarcasm, chocoholic,  RPGer, introvert, devour-er of Discworld novels,  etc. etc. etc

My Postings:

My public posting mostly falls under the category of "Links to News Jennifer Finds Interesting".  Lately, my interest has gravitated to the US dysfunctional political system, theories of economics, and the state and future of US healthcare, with occasional lapses into educational reform, new scientific discoveries, jokes about grammar and spelling, and atheism vs. religions. 
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A (small) gaming convention is named after me.
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Ames IA
Previously
Manhattan KS - Mount Vernon IA
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Let me explain Japan for Westerners
noahpinionblog.blogspot.com

"Do you want to know our secrets? Oops, sorry, we don't have any." - Shiina Ringo (If you just want the quick explanation without all the pr

Who belongs in America? (non-econ-related)
noahpinionblog.blogspot.com

Once again, I find myself writing not about economics or finance or nerdy stuff, but about race, identity and belonging. Apologies to those

5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds
www.cracked.com

To learn anything useful during an election year, you need to be able to sort through all of the garbage to find the actual information and

How the GOP Destroyed its Moderates
www.tnr.com

Moderate Republicanism is not intellectually dead. So where is it?

Steven Pearlstein: The false choice between equality and efficiency
www.washingtonpost.com

What if the relationship between inequality and economic growth is more complicated than Republicans make it out to be? What if we’ve reache

Michael Tomasky on How the GOP Plans to Block the Black Vote
www.thedailybeast.com

It happens every election: mysterious fliers, robocalls, malfunctioning machines that deny blacks the right to vote. Now the Republican Part

Abolish the Minimum Wage??!! A Debate
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The empirically established fact that minimum wages don't hurt the people who get it isn't the same as showing that they help them. So why d

European financial crisis: Is Europe a mess because Germans work hard an...
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Almost 150 years ago, the great English economic essayist Walter Bagehot pondered the problem of European monetary integration in the The Ec

Candidates' Challenge: Getting More to Pay Taxes
online.wsj.com

Republican presidential candidates are making a politically challenging case to change the fact that nearly half of all American households

Of red tape and recessions
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HOW much of our economic malaise can be blamed on regulatory uncertainty?

Self-Employment Needs Role in Jobs Programs: View
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Cammie Allie and Ann Costlow are small-scale entrepreneurs who aren’t trying to start the next Microsoft. Yet both have battled back from un

Raise Taxes on the Rich to Reward Job Creators: Nick Hanauer
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It is a tenet of American economic beliefs, and an article of faith for Republicans that is seldom contested by Democrats: If taxes are rais

What Isn’t for Sale?
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Market thinking so permeates our lives that we barely notice it anymore. A leading philosopher sums up the hidden costs of a price-tag socie

Elizabeth Warren's anger
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A man shouts “socialist whore” at her.

Health reform: it’s about having each other’s backHealth reform: it’s ab...
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Alleged Obamacare-related increase in price of Papa John's pizza ? 11 cents. Ensuring working Americans have a health care safety net? Price

Tax poor people: Republicans want the IRS to nail "lucky duckies."
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It's not news when Jon Huntsman criticizes fellow Republicans. It's news when he agrees with them. On Sunday, in an interview with the Wall

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult | ...
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