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Matt Pritchard
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For some decades, about a hundred people have died a year in mass killings. For comparison, about fifty people die a year in lightning strikes, and about three hundred a year drown in their own bathtubs. All deaths are, of course, tragic, but clearly the news media, as well as most of the public, has lost a sense of perspective about the size of this problem.

Meanwhile, I can describe a few simple things that our society could do that would save north of a hundred thousand lives a year, and a few slightly more complicated ones that could save a total of couple hundred thousand a year.

We sadly have so little sense of proportion that we are willing to devote round the clock coverage for days to a risk that is astonishingly small and exceptionally difficult to fix, while we are unwilling to spend a tiny fraction of that effort on risks that are very likely to hit us personally and that are entirely straightforward to fix, like convincing hospitals to improve their process to reduce medical errors.

I sometimes despair for the human race. We have come so far, but we have so little capacity for thinking rationally about these sorts of issues, and that is sadly a matter of life and death.

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*Best Coffee Table Ever - Han Solo in Carbonite*

Although explaining it to non star wars fans (like I am sure will appear in the comments) might be interesting... I would totally have this in my games room.

Or you could just get the smaller Ice Cube tray version instead... http://bit.ly/S02o8m

#starwars #geekfunny
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The future is looking bright. As far as I am concerned the robots can have all of our jerbs.
This is perhaps the article with the most long term importance in the last couple of weeks of the New York Times. It is well worth reading. Long after no one remembers which politician was saying what about medicare, this will remain relevant.

Within a decade or two, there will probably no longer be many human beings involved in making, storing or transporting physical objects, whether razor blades or cars or computers or houses. That's not quite the endpoint of the industrial revolution, since there is the issue that the manufacturing techniques themselves are still (for the moment) relatively crude bulk processing of matter, but we're getting pretty close to the endpoint.

Robots will soon perform all production, will operate all warehouses, load vehicles, and will even drive the vehicles that travel between factories, warehouses and customers.

As for those of you who still harbor mercantilist "bring manufacturing jobs back to America!" sentiments, whether the products are built here or on the other side of the world, there aren't going to be any manufacturing jobs anyway. This is not a problem, it will in fact bring an amazing improvement in most people's lives, but it is absolutely going to freak a lot of people out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/business/new-wave-of-adept-robots-is-changing-global-industry.html

This book forever changed the way I view the world. I hope it informs you as well.

http://mises.org/document/3250

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A wonderful interview with the always great Jeff Tucker.

Hot dog! This G+ mobile app is slick!

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Matt Pritchard hung out with 8 people.李朋朝, borto rony, Matt Carlson, Krystal Thomas, Hoan pham van hoan, Mohanad Zu, fofo masari, and dariusz skowronek

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