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...while XKCD does not always thrill, sometimes they knock it out of the park. This is one such time!
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...fascinating, unexpected, and maybe even positive.
 
While the overall birth rate keeps declining, well-educated women seem to be having more children, not fewer. Why? http://econ.st/1SGHbgC
IN 2007 Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a 37-year-old Republican congresswoman from Washington state, became the first woman in over a decade to give birth in office. In...
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Definitely against the grain of the typical world and especially western trends of: increasingly higher standards of living = increasingly lower birth rates

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This will likely shock some people. It shouldn't. If you told me Facebook is running another experiment on Users via its News Feed, I'd offer but one response. "Really? Is it Tuesday already?"
Facebook quietly tweaked the news feeds of 1.9 million users before the 2012 election so they would see more "hard news" shared by friends. That change may have boosted voter turnout by as much as 3 percent, according to a little-known ...
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As always, if the service is free, you are the product. Still waiting on my residuals Google.

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Lots of great stuff. A sample:  "Dannis trains via the Maffetone Method, doing all of her training runs and races in very specific heart rate zones. It’s an unconventional approach, but one that’s helped her transform herself from a relatively average runner to one of the best American ultrarunners in just a few years."
Larisa Dannis, 27, averaged 7:11 per mile in winning the USA 50 Mile Road Championship on Saturday. She set the event record by more than 37 minutes, and her time of 5:59:11 was the fastest 50-miler by an American woman in 20 years and the third fastest by an American woman ever. Only ultrarunning legend Ann Trason, who holds the world best of 5:40:18, and Donna Perkins (5:55:41) have run faster, according to ultrarunning.com.
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Also:  "Dannis credits the transformation in her running to three things: training via the Maffetone Method, focusing on whole-body strength (she particularly likes kettlebells), and eating a whole-foods diet high in healthy fats and high-quality protein."  Whole foods. Healthy fats. Yes!

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I'm okay with this. One, the last thing I need is Apple controlling even more of my life. Two, if the merchants can cut out the banks--and along with them, credit card fees--that loot could very well flow downhill. Maybe I won't get all of it, but the banks getting less is fine with me. Yes, I'm short-sighted, apparently!
There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart,...
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At some point the "athletes need carbs" folks will realize they are wrong, and this article provides just the tip of the iceberg of that eventual decision.  Then again, dogma dies hard!
Husband and wife Sami Inkinen and Meredith Loring celebrate after arriving in Honolulu; they rowed across the Pacific to bring awareness to the dangers of
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...this is wonderfully thought-provoking, while simultaneously confirmatory of those things we instinctively already know. Recommended!
What trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins but many of literature's most interesting heroes? And what do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes? Matthew Winkler takes us step-by-step through the crucial events that make or break a hero.
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...a large vocabulary is a good thing!
According to a new study, developing good reading habits during childhood significantly benefits vocabulary in later life. Test your vocabulary with our quiz
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...an excellent reminder for us all!
A simple reminder that nothing undoes dignity like peevish indignation. Decades before artist Anne Truitt pondered the cure for our chron
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FTA:  "Nigeria is better off because it stands on its own two feet. America will do Liberia a favor by allowing it to do the same."

Truer words seldom spoken. For the record: Foreign aid has done more to screw Africa up than a million megalomanical conquerers and imperialism ever could. (Although one could argue that foreign aid is just another flavor of imperialism.)
Foreign aid has created a hopelessly dependent political class that stays in business by ignoring good governance and begging its Western benefactors instead
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First off, Lenore Skenazy gets it. She just does. Second, I ask again, when will busy body control freaks get tired? Never, apparently.
If only the girl had spent her whole summer sitting in McDonald's.
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...a plan that works!
We can keep dynamic, low-cost young workers from outcompeting us in the marketplace, but only if we work together
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Education
  • Duke University
    Biomedical Engineering, 1977 - 1981
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Birthday
December 4, 1958
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A runner, a biker, a husband, a dad. Often happy, seldom sad. Writes on occasion, ponders more often. Uses old-school shaving cream, his beard to soften.
Introduction
In addition to the information in my tagline, I'm also a libertarian essayist and contributor to websites such as LewRockwell.com, Strike-the-Root, and elsewhere.  How would I describe myself and my specific beliefs about libertarianism?
  • While I could generally be described as a libertarian, a more appropriate and more accurate designation would be anarcho-capitalist.
  • The most basic expression and most fundamental dogma in libertarian theory is the non-aggression principle – the initiation of force is never justified.
  • The mainstream political parties are inherently similar, barely avoiding being  identical; therefore, spending any time debating about them is time wasted.
  • The best means by which to right past wrongs are private, not via legislation, and this applies specifically to issues such as reparations for slavery.

I embraced libertarianism not because it sounded  interesting when I studied its theories.  In fact, I have  not, even to this day, read many of the books  libertarians point to as seminal in their conversion.  (This is neither an attack on those books or a  suggestion for others.  It is simply a statement of fact.  And yes, my study of libertarian philosophy, including many of those “classics,” continues.)  I embraced libertarianism because it best fit (by far) the conclusions I had already reached empirically.  That deduction led me to begin my study of the more theoretical aspects, which soundly confirmed my initial conclusions.  I'll end this personal thumbnail  sketch as I ended my first published libertarian article:

“To be completely free, secure, and happy, there are three things that concern me – life, liberty, and property.  The state did not create them.  The state can only take them away.  There has been enough of that already.  So unless I want to enjoy the fruits of income redistribution – which account for a major portion of the state’s budget, excluding national defense – there is not much left for the state to do on my behalf.”
Bragging rights
Have three (3) fantastic children, who turned out fantastic probably by accident or strictly due to my wife's influence!
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Senior Safety Engineer
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Systems Engineering, Data Analysis, Analysis, Research, Verification & Validation, Testing
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Currently
Rochester, NY
Previously
Hallsboro, NC
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