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Re: toxoplasmosis
Wow, this article is full of fascinating possibilities.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/

Toxoplasma gondii, a widespread parasite, may be a contributor to schizophrenia and car accidents, make infected women dress better, and cause men to like the smell of cat pee more (without affecting how they feel about tiger urine).

If that sounds like a strange combination of things, you should really read the whole article. There's much more where that came from.

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With a bunch of proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act coming up in the next few days, I thought I'd post a short explanation of how health insurance works -- and why it's not like most other kinds of insurance. This should help you ask the right questions about how proposals will affect you and others.

I'm not offering any answers or opinions here; just the things you need to know to ask the right questions. Answers are your own look-out, this time.

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There were a lot of very thoughtful (and some slightly nutty) responses to "Trial Balloon for a Coup?" Some assumed that only an evil genius could successfully threaten our democracy; some asked how you could tell malice from incompetence; some talked about rights and systems.

This is me thinking them through -- and discussing how very non-super villains can be the greatest danger of all.

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a fun simulation you can play with

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...Companies have worked out that since section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act provides penalties for breaking DRM, they can simply design their products so that using them in ways that the manufacturer dislikes requires breaking DRM first, and then they can claim that using your property in ways that displease the company that made it is a literal felony.

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Every business has a mix of legal rights—like Netflix's right against infringing distribution of its videos—and commercial preferences—like Netflix's wish that you will only use its "offline viewer" to watch videos later, and not a third-party recorder that lets you take your videos on any device of your choosing. By adding DRM to their products, companies can convert those commercial preferences into legal rights—they can claim that it's illegal to arrange your affairs in ways that are suboptimal for their investors.

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