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Joel Krugler
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Oh, oh ... Are you over 45? You're losing it! Your brain power, that is!
As if I didn't have enough troubles at my advanced age ... Thanks a lot NPR!

I do have to admit, though, that they've got a great opening line - at least I think it's great, but with my brain decay I can't be sure. Here it is:

You may want to read this twice if you're older than 45. In fact, you may have to.

http://n.pr/y9PPcK
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Life begins at 40. Unfortunately, it ends shortly thereafter.
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Newt's going with his record as his hole card. http://n.pr/xKGXzb
Gee, do you suppose he's looking at a different record than I am??

* 16 years ago , Gingrich was found guilty of 84 ethics violations, the first time in American history that a Speaker of the House had been found guilty. Know what: the vote was 395 to 28 - even most of the Republicans voted him down! But then, who cares about ethics, right?

* In the mid-'90s he shut the government down - several times. His feeling were hurt because Clinto didn't speak to him on the plane. Well, at least he had a good reason.

* The GOP actually LOST seats under his leadership ... and led them to the distinction of being the party that - for the first time in 64 years - didn't gain a single congressional seat when the president was of the opposing party. Actually, it was the first time in 176 years that the non-presidential party failed to gain seats in the mid-term election of a president's second term. Way to go Newt - I guess this is a fine sign that you're totally non-partisan! You sure don't get your own party rolling!

There are a few other tidbits in his record - do you like "serial philanderer", or maybe you like the way he deals with wives in hospitals. Or it could be that his position on child labor that entice you (he loves the labor - in school toilets, for free, hates the laws).

But why go on - the man is universally recognized as being "real smart". Or was that, per Krugman, "The Stupid Man's Idea Of What A Smart Person Sounds Like".
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A post orginally by +Karmen Torrez , via +Denise Grace , showed a remarkable "look alike". I HAD to add my two cents. The originals and my addition, a face near and dear to Bostonians!
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Wanna be a Ron Paul supporter? You'd better shave, wear business casual, cover up your tattoos ... and you'd better not Tweet.
They didn't mention G+, so maybe that's ok. Oh, and it might help if you goggle your eyes and raise your eyebrows from time to time, like the Master.
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Matt Taibbi at his best. Read it and weep at the incredible attitudes of the "neo-robber barons".

Added note: In the original post, now edited, I cited the wrong Taibbi - I had Mike, the father of Matt. Sorry!
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If you weren't already livid about America's economic situation and the status quo of money being the only thing that makes our political system take action, you should read this. The problem is not capitalism or capitalists like the 1% would have you believe is the central criticism of the 99% movement. The problem is our neo-robber barons that lack all conscious and who have slowly bought their way into getting everything they want with no repercussions. They stopped acting like citizens, they stopped having any skin in the game, they stopped behaving like members of a community or a society. Via +Charles Warren.

#99percent #ows
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Dozens of Kmart, Sears Stores to Close, says NPR. Well, that's actually 100 to 120 stores that'll be closing. Odd headline writing that NPR seems to have of late. ... http://n.pr/uW7PvZ

Sad for those of the generation when Sears was the store and catalog sales operation, for just about anything. What are they gonna do in all those outhouses??
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I bought a new refrigerator a couple of weeks ago. Planned to get it at Sears. Did some online research and couldn't justify buying at Sears when it was $1000 less online. Same frig.
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This is a classic! You can almost see that cop changing his mind about life, in real time!
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I nominate this for "Best photo of 2011".
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Like irony? The US aircraft carrier that Iran objected to just saved 13 Iranians from pirates. http://n.pr/zCXqiI
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ROTFL!
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A well done critique of a biased survey. Unhappily, it's not rare at all for surveys to load the deck.
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Survey about Google+ spins result with poison pills.

This is how a biased survey spins the results before anyone even participates.

PC Advisor magazine is currently running this survey, which adds poison pills to the answers they don't want you to choose.

The survey has five "attitude" questions, which run the gamut from "it's great" to "what's Google+?"

But they don't want you to choose "It's great," for some reason. So they added a poison pill. The question is "It's great AND it will be the most popular social network soon.

That's like a survey that asks about the iPhone and says: "It's great, but soon will have much bigger worldwide unit sales than Android."

The truth is that the iPhone is "great," but won't have bigger unit sales than Android. So I can't pick that answer. I can't say it's great.

Likewise with the actual question here about Google+. I can't say "it's great," which is true, imho, without also saying something the survey creators already know that most people who love Google+ wouldn't say.

The survey creators want a result that appears to express confusion. That's why they used the word "exactly" in the question they want you to pick. Even +Vic Gundotra and +Bradley Horowitz don't know exactly what Google+ is meant to be.

Another question they don't want you to pick is: "It will change EVERYTHING about the web." That's just dumb. Nothing can change everything about the web. Everything?

The word "everything" is another poison pill put in there to skew the results. If they would have said "It will change the web," then they would have gotten a massive number. But no intelligent and well informed respondent could actually agree with the statement as it's written.

Just to illustrate my points here, I'm a huge Google+ enthusiast. But the only option I can agree to is: "I still don't understand exactly what it's meant to be."

That's the only option that's true for me.

The survey writers crafted this survey so that there's no way to express enthusiasm for Google+ without agreeing to something that literally isn't true.

Shameful.

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/polls/3327430/what-do-you-think-of-google/
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I'll also say, I think Google has a higher trust factor. I've never seen "Trust" surveyed against other networks even though you see FB privacy violation articles everywhere. Google is very good at letting users control their data, privacy & advertising selection. While they may be a for-profit company, I think, as a user of G+ & Google services, I have more trust in Google than other companies with how they make money from our data.
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A fair and cogent summary of ONE problem with Libertarianism, at least as espoused by Ron Paul and his ilk.
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A fun little article in New York about the relationship between libertarianism and racism.
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+Giselle Minoli Interesting about your registering Independent and not being able to vote in primaries. I gather that this is a New York thing. In Massachusetts, where I lived for many years, you could register Independent and change at the polling place at the time of the primary - therefore being able to vote in either party's primary - and switch back to Independent when you were done. I used to do this, to keep my options open for voting for the least odious Republican - but I never actually did so.

You're certainly right about the various definitions of Libertarian. As I understand it, historically it was significantly liberal, left-wing, in its philosophy. Today, here in the U.S. anyway, it has a very different flavor. I figure you have no choice but to use the term as it will be understood - here and now: using the label because of a liking for more traditional forms of the philosophy just won't communicate that, but will be taken for Ron Paul-ism.

As for religion ... or lack thereof ... I find it slightly amusing that people who use the term atheist for themselves get all in an uproar when people interpret it as something different from their definition. And there are certainly several 'flavors' of atheism extant. I guess we will always have such terminological confusions when it comes to philosophies of almost anything.
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Want to vote for someone else?
Americans Elect has formed as "alternative nominating process". It's not a 3rd party but has the intention of introducing different candidates for Democratic and Republican tickets, ones with "centrist" positions. I hate to say it, but this seems unlikely in the extreme to me. What do you think?

Oh yeah ... they refuse to disclose the names of donors, and apparently don't have to based on their "non-profit status", or so they say. Curious.
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Interesting info and speculation, +Michael Sweeney . I didn't know about the hedge backing. And I must say that your question about they intent to sell info rings true, sadly.
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Great description of 'how mathematicians think'.

I'll repeat the comment I made on the original post:

The lengthy first response to this question, by "Anon User" is incredibly insightful and totally accurate. Much of it applies perfectly to physicists too - at least to mathematically-oriented theorists. This response really should be published - it's very good! Worth a read, even (especially?) by non-mathematicians.
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How does understanding very advanced mathematics change how you think? http://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-have-an-understanding-of-very-advanced-mathematics#ans873950
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Husband, father, grandfather.  Physicist by background and inclination.  I love knowing and understanding almost anything and everything, even when it's irrelevant (probably because it's irrelevant).  I'm liberal by nature and history.  

Oh yes ... skepticism is one of my 'best things'. Believe those who are seeking the truth.  Doubt those who find it. ... Gide.

After decades living west of Boston, MA we're now living near Charlotte, NC.  I'm still adjusting. ;--)



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Rightway replaced 2 old water heaters in our low-overhead crawlspace.  After looking at numerous reviews, we had Rightway and one other company come out and give estimates.  The price estimates were virtually the same, but we chose Rightway because their rep appeared more knowledgeable and professional.  We're glad we did.  The day before they were scheduled to come out we got a call that they might be a little late:  their supplier had sent 2 different brands of heater, but promised to deliver the right one by 8 AM the next day.  The supplier didn't deliver by 8 AM - but the Rightway tech (Derek) drove to the supplier's place, picked up the correct unit, and was still at our house by 9:30 AM!  Let's face it:  most companies (and people) wouldn't have gone this extra mile - they would have put us off for a day or two. And very few would even have THOUGHT of calling in advance and apologizing for being an hour late!  It was a time-consuming job, working in the cold and low crawl space (one heater, of course, was WAY at the other end of the house).  Derek did it all that day - staying late because of the late start.  It turns out that the old system had odd plumbing (an unusual hot water feed from one heater to the output of the other.  Derek duplicated the original configuration, since we'd had no problems with it.  Well, this time the odd feed DID produce a problem - a long delay in getting hot water at one sink.   This actually showed Rightway at its best: problems can occur with best of people - but the measure of their quality is how they deal with them.   Rightway's responsiveness in fixing this problem was exceptional.  Despite being short-handed, they showed up quite promptly. (This was, apparently, less promptly than they would have liked - they apologized profusely and I got a call from the owner, John - but it was quite prompt by my experience.)  And then, Derek came in early (he was supposed to have half a day off) ... and fixed the problem completely.  We are totally satisfied with the end result. I can't finish without comment on Jen, in their office.  Talk about responsive!  She is totally on top of things and very pleasant to work with to boot.  We used email, mainly (some phone) - and I'd get replies often within minutes of sending her something.  She updated me almost instantly on everything - and obviously worried a lot about being sure that I was getting what I needed.  Again, this kind of "customer care", with a personal touch, is sadly unusual today.  RIghtway (and Jen) do it right! To sum it up:  I can't say enough about the professionalism and responsiveness of Rightway Plumbing.  I know that you can have confidence both that they'll get the job done and that they'll back it up.  Use 'em!!
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Having spent a glorious 4 days at the Chateau Elan, celebrating our 42nd anniversary, I can only call it memorable - one of the most completely enjoyable getaways I've ever had (in a fairly long life!). I must say I'm baffled by the slew of negative comments here, and am at a loss to explain them. In a nutshell: the site, with chateau and vineyards and rolling hills, is spectacularly beautiful and finely maintained. The facilities are stylish, immaculate and quite elegant. The staff is among the best, across the board, that I've come across anywhere - not only satisfying but anticipating our needs. And they are friendly and warm - not merely polite automatons. The dining -there are 7 restaurants of which I'd say 3 qualify for between nice and elegant dining. The others, like the Irish pub, are more casual and offer pleasant atmospheres but more limited fare. The Spa is restful, beautifully sited, nicely equipped, has an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and steam rooms and fitness center, in addition to the massage and relaxation rooms. And so on. Is it clear that I'm enthusiatic? I am - and believe me I have no axe to grind, no relationship to the Chateau other than as a guest. And also recognize that I tend to be a pretty harsh critic when it comes to service and food ... not a pushover as you might be tempted to conclude from the paragraph above. So why this slew of negatives here? I have no REASONABLE explanation - but don't be convinced by them. They're wrong.
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This is the place in this area for fine Irish bar food at a good price - the fish and chips are especially good! I'm baffled at the low rating here - it deserves better than almost all of the Cornelius restaurants listed! I gather some had poor service - mine's always been very good indeed! And hokey or not, the atmosphere works (and I've been in pubs in Galway!) Really worth a try!
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
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Just about perfect! This neighborhood restaurant is warm and friendly, the food is creative, tasty ... and made by a real chef. Owners Chris (chef) and Chris (manager, maitresse d') are charming. Proof of the pudding: it seems like just about everyone there is a regular. Great place - you have to go there! LIKE: Food, Atmosphere, Service, Value
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This is a top-notch operation - thoroughly professional, excellent skills, exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. Dr. Welborne and Peggy, his hygienist, are superb. Highly recommended.
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Always a pleasant experience. Friendly staff, fine hygienist (Peggy) and wonderful dentist (Dr. Welborne). Never a wait - appointments are kept, on time! And the care is great - professional and attentive. Can't say enough about 'em.
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Fine local theater - ranging from simply entertaining to extraordinary. Get yourself a season ticket - you won't be sorry.
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