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Bill Harshaw
Retired bureaucrat
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USDA and Amazon Search for Locations
USDA has issued their request for proposals from cities for facilities  for ERS and NIFA.  (For those like me who might be confused by some of the publicity around the proposal: no, NIFA is not ARS (the Agricultural Research Service based in Beltsville), th...
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The Ants Say: Pareto Was Wrong
I've always believed the Pareto 80/20 rule had broad applicability.  But now scientists report it's even broader than I knew, but Pareto had the numbers wrong--it's really 70/30.  It turns out 70 percent of ants let the others do the digging of tunnels, whi...
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Sometimes I'm Stupid
Although I'm not sure whether it's plain stupidity, impatience, or stress. As I posted yesterday, I bought a new PC on Saturday, since the old one was giving the blue screen of death.  What I missed, what was stupid, was the fact that the good people at Mic...
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New Computer
Bought a new PC yesterday, as my old desktop was displaying multiple blue screens of death.  The process of setting it up and moving from the old one is familiar, yet a bit different.  In the old days you'd be told about moving files from old to new, becaus...
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USDA Reorganization--ERS
Government Executive has a good piece on the USDA announcement of a reorganization of the economics people, including a move of ERS outside of the DC area.  I've no expertise in this area, but when has that kept me from commenting? My first reaction to the ...
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Bureaucrat Gets a Bust
Not many bureaucrats get immortalized in bronze, but Pearlie Reed did.  The piece has a reference to his founding the National Association of Professional Black NRCS Employees .  When you search that website it seems that Louis E. Wright may also have been ...
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Comparative Advantage in People
The economists have an ancient law which they call "comparative advantage".  Essentially it says a country should do whatever it does best at, even if its best is poor, poorer than other countries.  If countries follow the rule, they'll end up trading goods...
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