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A few weeks ago Omar Freilla came to talk to my Occupy group. Omar is a founder of the Green Worker Cooperatives and shared his experience as an organizer. He is a well-spoken guy and talked passio...
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I'm not saying anything you don't know already. I'm just stating the obvious: people who obsessively exercise are super boring. They talk all the time about their times, and their workout progress,...
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I was sent this Falkenblog post entitled Why Envy Dominates Greed a while back (hat tip David Murrell). The post suggests an interesting thought experiment which I'd like to discuss this morning. N...
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It's unusual that I find myself in the position of defending Wall Street activities, but here goes. I just don't think HFT is that big of a deal relative to other Wall Street evils. I have written ...
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I am always amazed by my Occupy group, and yesterday's meeting is no exception. Yesterday we decided to look into redefining the poverty line, and although the conversation took a moving and deeply...
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What is an experiment? The gold standard in scientific fields is the randomized experiment. That's when you have some "treatment" you want to impose on some population and you want to know if that ...
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Clitorides, penes, Value-added models, best friends, and stripping your way through college
Readers, readers! Aunt Pythia rarely does this, and really has never ever made up a question, but she absolutely needs to share a couple of things that nobody even came close to asking about this w...
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By now most of you have read about the major bug that was found in OpenSSL, an open source security software toolkit. The bug itself is called the Heartbleed Bug, and there's lots of information ab...
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Interview on Junk Charts Yesterday I was featured on Kaiser Fung's Junk Charts blog in an interview where he kindly refers to me as a "Numbersense Pro". Previous to this week, my strongest connecti...
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REU's, data science, fairness, and clitorides
Aunt Pythia is psyched to be writing today after missing a couple of days of regular posts. Aunt Pythia loves you people and understands how much you rely on her ridiculous advice, so she really go...
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