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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.
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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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I just want to say "I’m ready for our army of Skynet Marshmallow Bumper Bots."
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Me too.  One thing I think is interesting -- many people do become annoyed by cars that drive sedately at 5 miles / hour under the speed limit. But I wonder how many of these people would be annoyed if they weren't actively driving their car and could do something else themselves.  Is the annoyance because they aren't getting there fast enough, or because driving a car to get from place to place is very low on our list of fun things to do?
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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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I really liked it. It was cute and funny and clever.
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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.
Chesterton's fence is the principle that reforms should not be made until the reasoning behind the existing state of affairs is understood. The quotation is from Chesterton's 1929 book The Thing, in the chapter entitled "The Drift from Domesticity": In the matter of reforming things, ...
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But in the worst case, being cautious about tearing down the way things have always been done is an excuse for turning a blind eye to oppression. Such is the case with the City of Cambridge's lack of transparency in its Controlled School Choice.
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An interesting, well researched and well written article on the history of gendered pronouns.

Two of my favorite bits : "Why is gender even a thing?...They told them that they liked their parents. Does that mean that…? a) 1 told 2 that 3 liked 4’s parents...With gender, you can at least reduce the number of possible interpretations: She told him that she liked her parents...."

And "Algonquian languages actually have a particularly effective solution to this problem which doesn’t involve gender. Instead, they have two gender-nonspecific third-singular markers: one for whichever person is more central to the conversation, and the other for additional people that don’t matter as much, a system known as obviation. It’s probably unfeasible to adopt this system into other languages, but some days I really want to."
Gretchen McCulloch, The Toast's resident linguist, on why we have gendered pronouns at all, and where they may be headed.
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thanks for posting that. Sometimes I forget that the internet is capable of producing actual well-written cogent information.
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Mazel Tov Ms Patrick!
Katherine Patrick was 14 years old when Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage.
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Just to be clear, I would have no problems with a 28 yr old marrying a 24 year old. 
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Good news for 2014
 
#progress makes me happy
There have been a lot of bad news this year. And a lot of good ones too. Sadly, many of the good ones never get the proper coverage they need and they get lost in the storm of crap that we have to suffer every day. Luckily, Bill Gates has highlighted the best five news of 2014 that you probably missed.
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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."
Google has apparently coined onto the fact that kids represent a pretty gigantic and important target for tech products – a market near-universally overlooked by rival brands. If new reports are anything to go by, the Mountain View folks intend to be among the first big name tech firms in ...
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We have the same problem, +Jennifer Edeburn . I think many of the videos are made by young adults, also.
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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.
My wife and I got into an argument last night over a dead man. His name was Joseph Robert Wilcox. He was 31 on Sunday, the day he tried to stop cop-killer Jerad Miller in a Las Vegas Walmart and was shot by Miller's wife Amanda. Wilcox was a good guy with a gun. It cost him his life.
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Something has got to give.
On a May morning in Rhode Island two years ago, a reporter for the Providence Journal stood outside the doors of 38 Studios, the video game company formed by baseball player Curt Schilling.
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I don't think there's a problem with the economic efficiency the model.  If I were going to point out a single problem it would be that the companies pretend that everyone has a stable job.  If the videogame companies just switched over to a Hollywood model where everyone understands that they are on board just until the project is done then you would at least stop getting articles like this.  I have no idea whether people in Hollywood are happy with how films are made…
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This is an updated motel. It was very economical, but a bit spartan. The front desk was friendly even though I arrived late at night. Many of the room's lights are motion sensitive so they came on as I walked in, even though my hands were full. The room was bit cold and I couldn't find an extra blanket. If they have wifi, I didn't find it. The breakfast was tasty and well supplied. It was a fine place to spend a night, particularly for the price.
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This is easily the best Thai food in Arlington. I personally love their Bi Bim Bab, Chicken Rama Garden and Pad See You. I recommend the place if you are ever in the area.
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