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Andrew Hofer
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I've enjoyed reading the Cultural Cognition Project for some time, and this isn't the first time Dan Kahan has made this point, but I want to highligh a really striking chart in his latest: This gr...
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Somehow I got some negative feedback about that comment.  First of all, that was a long time ago and so I have no issues discussing funding source now.  Secondly, I ask:  What better use for granted funds from nuclear research (if they really don't want to take it back into the industry) than to foster some other research?  We were multi-sourced, but I am still proud of the fact that we used the resource so well!!!   Most of the time it would be from Coca-Cola or something that seems benign, but looking deeper maybe not...Funding from non-source is a very common practice, and really its not possible to research with all "perfect" funds.  In that realm, its all in what you do with it!

Also,  climate change as an issue really WAS  more discouraging to work on back then than it is now in the area of research.  These days the information is almost a glut if you look carefully enough into archives of what people found out, even conflicting stuff, especially in the 90's and before.

Foresters still have a few perspectives on it, but for the most part we will focus on the timber stands rather than the air around it.
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Last week it was a bear, this week a coyote, so intent on hunting geese (yay!) that he didn't notice me until I was right across the pond.
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Coffee grinders, as you may know, sometimes experience a disruption of the flow of beans to the burrs. This results in free-spinning burrs, creating an annoying high frequency squeal, a grinder shut-down and, ultimately, imprecise quantities of coffee. The probability of such a malfunction is proportional to your distance from the grinder, and the irritation caused by it is inversely proportional to the percentage of the day passed. ‪#‎firstworldproblems‬.
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I was considering getting a French press and a burr grinder (for consistent grind size) but maybe I should think more about it.
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Black bear on our property in CT
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Nearly three-quarters of the spending increases in Medicare over the next two decades can be attributed to aging alone. And, as I will explain, the remaining increase in costs due to health care infla...
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I was just totting up some rough stats on how the organization I chair, Learning Ally, has changed over the years. This is comparing 2008, before the financial crisis and before we lost all federal funding (a third of our budget) to our estimated 2013 ending in June. It's been a very difficult few years, but I'm pleased with the transformation:

-Our run rate of books borrowed is UP about 41%
-Our total cost per book borrowed is DOWN 62%
-Our total expenses are DOWN about 47%
-Our administrative costs are DOWN by 54% 
-83% of our borrowings are downloaded instantly through our online bookshelf. In 2008, all borrowings were physically mailed by CD
-In 2012, our net fundraising was UP 45%, and we estimate 2013 will be UP 79%
-We are now recommended by charity evaluation services like Charity Navigator and Guidestar, neither of which recommended us in 2008. 
-In addition to the far more friendly website, search, bookshelf, download and replay tools, we have rolled out several new services to promote better educational experiences for our members, including Teacher Ally, Voicetext and soon, Parent Ally.+
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Recovering from a stormy half.century.
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Hi Andrew,
After all that I never got to ask you about the story behind the title of Heffalump House...I am familiar with the "Winnie" story but I suppose there's more to it...Probably there are other fun stories I would ask you about, conversations for another visit.  I look forward to it sometime.
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I really wish I could still do this.  Oh well, spring isn't so far away.
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Head of Fixed Income Research
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  • Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
    Managing Director, 1988 - present
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Investor, Kite-Flyer, Biker, Runner and crusader against Akrasia
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  • Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
    Masters - International Finance, 1986 - 1988
  • Yale College
    B.A. - East Asian Studies, 1982 - 1986
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
    1978 - 1982