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Very nice sushi in greenlake / tangletown area. Big space. Roll piece sizes actually manageable -- you don't feel like you put a whole marshmallow in your mouth -- and the fish was lovely. I especially liked the scallop nigiri.

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I am appalled. If I knew someone doing this I would take a hammer to their computer. Maybe their fingers too 

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So very true.
This article does an excellent job of explaining an important idea of economics. Say there's a shortage of something that people want, such as water. There are two basic ways to allocate it: using market mechanisms, by raising the price of the scarce good, or using control mechanisms, by saying "OK, everyone gets this much, and that's it." 

You often hear it said that "markets are efficient," and that's true: market mechanisms allocate resources far more efficiently than control mechanisms. (In control mechanisms, some people get more than they want, some people get less than they want, and nobody can trade, so pretty much everyone ends up unhappy.) However, there's another side to this, which is fairly obvious if you think about it: if you try to distribute water by raising its price, then the poor have to cut down on their usage, but the rich, for whom the change in price matters less, don't. 

The reason for this is what's called the "declining marginal utility of money" -- that is, if you have a million dollars, $100 is no big deal, but if you're living paycheck-to-paycheck, the same $100 means rather a lot. 

In particular, markets are very efficient at distributing dollars and water, using the principle that how much people are willing to spend on something is a good indicator of how much they want it -- but when the dollars themselves aren't distributed uniformly, they can be very bad at distributing happiness (or to be technical, what economists call "utility") and water. 

What this means in practice is that price-based distribution systems work well in highly equal societies, but increasingly poorly in unequal societies. What this means is that in an unequal society, you're stuck with two lousy options for distributing resources, pricing and control, neither of which efficiently distribute resources. Reducing that inequality increases the efficiency of markets. (Which, as any economist will tell you, ends up making everybody richer -- inefficiencies are resources which we simply lose to stupidity)

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This thing has been a bad idea from the very beginning. Largest tunnel machine built to-date, no exits to downtown from the tunnel. Really just stupidity upon stupidity.

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ah, seattle.
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Supermoon rising over seattle the other night.
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George Will has always been an idiot.
"The way sexual assault is defined in the media is critical to shifting culture from blaming victims to blaming aggressors."—James Hamblin http://theatln.tc/1xEC4Tv

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So. Funny.

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Anyone know the physics behind this apparent-resonant-frequency behavior? It is exacerbated by weight on the wheel (when I press down on the handle to relieve some of the weight, it stops), so I figure it has something to do with the fork getting torqued off vertical, but I'm having trouble visualizing what's actually setting up the resonance, so I could actually do something about it..
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