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Pete Gast
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Enthusiastic and sometimes informative
Enthusiastic and sometimes informative

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Woo Hoo! An update on Market Basket. It is possible to treat your workers well, your customers well and make a strong business.

Herd Immunity works like nuclear fission. You have some slow rate of spontaneous events (a person getting measles while traveling or a neutron from the environment striking an unstable atom and splitting it), and a chance for each event to create another (that person infects another, a neutron from the first atom strikes another).

For nuclear reactions, the chance depends on how much of the stuff is packed together. The more stuff, the greater the chance that a neutron slams into another atom ready to decay. For disease, the chance depends on how many people the sick person sees and how many of them have been vaccinated.

For both reactions, the critical question is whether the average event creates 0.99 new events or 1.01 new events. After 400 cycles, there is a massive difference between 0.99 ^ 400 and 1.01 ^ 400 (0.02 vs 53.5). A small difference in the percent chance creates a huge difference in the outcome. That is why it matters so much when a chunk of nuclear material goes over the critical mass. If each atom that splits causes 53 more atoms to split, then you'll have a nuclear explosion. If each person who gets sick makes 53 more people sick, then you'll have an epidemic on your hands.

And that's why it matters so much whether 95% of the population has been vaccinated or 90%.

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Mazel Tov Ms Patrick!

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I just want to say "I’m ready for our army of Skynet Marshmallow Bumper Bots."

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Oh, oh oh! I have kids. My kids like Google. I can't wait.
This would be awesome: "While no specific plans have yet been outlined, word on the street points to a 2015 launch of YouTube for youngsters and Chrome for Kids."

I plan to watch Big Hero 6 today at 2 at the Capitol. If you'd like to join me, sing out.

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If tear down the fence without understanding why it was put up, then someone will likely come along and put up another fence in approximately the same place because from their perspective a fence is clearly needed there.

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When my son was born, all of my questions suddenly had a very basic answer. I would love for him to grow up as I did, enjoying shooting but understanding that every gun is loaded and you never touch one without an adult and you don't point it at anything you don't intend to shoot. But more than that, I'd love to believe that he'll have no mischievous accidents, no suicidal depressions or homicidal rages, no moments of weakness or fits of pique or questions that can be answered by the pull of a trigger. As with all the other scenarios in which I'm the good guy with the gun, I can never be sure. I carry my permit, as I always have. But now all my guns live with my father.
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