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‘‘It’s extremely difficult to get into the United States as a refugee — the odds of winning the Powerball are probably better,’’ says David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, which helps place refugees from 40 countries in American cities.

I actually thought David Miliband should be the PM of the UK.  That was before I knew he was so bad at math.
Of the 4.5 million people who have fled the Syrian war, only 2,647 have been taken in by the United States.
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I believe that is what is called hyperbole. :-)
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Google Calendar has this terrible month scrolling feature, this completely fixes it in Chrome!  Fabulous.  I've been living with the problem for years.
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Bernie Sanders sent me an email one minute after the debate ended, saying, "I just walked off the debate stage and I am more certain than ever: we are going to win." I just wonder how he found time to type it.  On TV it looked like he was still shaking people's hands!  What a talent.
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Leap of faith required.  How about the leap required to believe in his 'revolution' ?  I think I know a bit about the history of revolutions and he hasn't begun to make a sensible case for the how of this one.
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What the hell? "Penny booksellers expose the deep downside to efficiency capitalism, which is that everything, even literal garbage and rare high art, is now as easy to find and roughly as personal as a spare iPhone charging cable." Now we're supposed to think it's a bad thing that books that would have been thrown in the trash are being resold at a low price so that people can read them?  Our society has too damn many culture snobs.  I can just see Nosowitz in the Middle Ages, decrying this new "printing" technology because real books can only be hand copied.
In recent years, low-cost booksellers have proliferated on the web. But how does a company that’ll sell you a book for a penny make a profit?
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+Jay Gischer Well, I generally find the ebook much preferable to the paper book.  It's lighter to carry around, in particular (I read a lot on flights or on the road).  And I can buy it and get it in seconds rather than having to go to the store, or wait a couple of days for it to be delivered.  I'm fine with the idea that some people find the paper book considerably more valuable to themselves, but that doesn't seem like a general rule, certainly the market doesn't seem to be suggesting that is true.

I'm happy with the pricing of ebooks, in general.  Most of the authors of the kinds of books that I read don't make much money from their writing, I'm not eager to squeeze them further.  For those who mostly read bestsellers, that might be different.
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I sort of think we should use our prisons as an evolutionary tool for human improvement.  If you can figure out how to escape, without hurting anyone, maybe we should commute your sentence and give you a modest reward.
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David - we should chat next time you're here about an interesting company addressing these issues.  I'll send you a note separately.
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This is ridiculous: Reading, in particular, can’t be rushed. It has been around for only about 6,000 years, so the ability to transform marks on paper into complex meaning is not pre-wired into the brain. It doesn’t develop “naturally,” as do other complex skills such as walking; it can be fostered, but not forced. We know for sure that this is not true, because virtually every child of college-educated parents is going to be reading by 5 or so.  It's not their genes that explain why they are reading and children from poverty or whose parents have very little education sometimes aren't.  It's got to be 100% what they are exposed to, right?
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John,  I can give you a concrete example.  I have an incoming Ph.D. student from an HBCU (Morgan State).  He was a security cleared intern to General Clapper (DNI).  His GPA was a bit low but other things intrigued me.  I found out that he was just doing super work in many areas.  So I worked hard to get in touch with him,  interviewed him on the phone,  brought him to Blacksburg and landed him as a Ph.D. student.  The thing I found is he was a super bright young man.  He was the oldest of five children of a single parent mom and was supporting his family AND going to school.  I and they pushed him to go do this and that in the end  they would all be better off.  The big agencies Dave and I have worked for are beating down my door to get him involved.  I have a model now for how this has to work.  I pick good students,  make sure they fit,  then I can do a world of good for them and the big government agencies help me help them. 
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Solidarity is my middle name!  I won't be attending the Oscars, either.
The outcry over the nomination of 20 white actors, and no black ones, for the Academy Awards has gained momentum.
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With insurance, you pay the lower rates negotiated by your plan, rather than the higher rates offered to the general public.  Why isn't that a big part of this story?  One of the main advantages of insurance is having your insurer negotiate lower rates with providers.
For many consumers, the sticker shock is coming not on the front end, when they purchase Affordable Care Act plans, but when they get sick and are hit by sky-high deductibles.
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Thanks for commenting, but I think we're just going in circles now.  I won't belabor the point further.
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If Murphy had fielded the ball cleanly, and thrown the runner out at first, the Royals still would have scored 2 runs on the subsequent base hit, and still would have won, 4-3.
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If Murphy makes the play, it is runners and 2nd and 3rd with two outs. With an open base at first, the pitcher can 'pitch around' the next hitter, Moustakas, if he wishes. That is, throw near-strikes in the hope that the hitter will swing at hard to hit balls and make an out. This give the pitcher a marginal advantage over the same hitter with no open base. But with no open base, the pitcher has to 'come in' on the hitter. 

The next play was also a grounder towards Murphy who missed it but did not get an error because he did not get near the ball because he lacks fielding range compared to other Major League 2nd basemen.
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Mark Bittman says, in his opening sentence, that everyone he knows thinks we need more farmers. Seriously? If you're going to be a columnist for the New York Times, shouldn't you at least make some effort to meet some people who don't think exactly like you?
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As baffling as it is that more poor people don't vote (per your comment in The NYTs on June 24th), is the fact that they vote against their own best interests.  Nonetheless, we are at a place where the engagement of more voters is critically important.  My article at http://tiny.cc/thdhux explains how we got to now, and how to get beyond it.  @thefairelection
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This is a great line. [Peggy] Siegal, prompted by the mayor’s absence from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Ball, told The Wall Street Journal that Mr. de Blasio “had disdain for the striving, successful New Yorkers,” and that “it is a major shortcoming not to mingle with all classes,” as if she were a regular at game night at the Walt Whitman Houses.
The New York City mayor’s decline in public approval may stem from his demeanor more than his policies.
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Thanks to both of you, +Drew Fudenberg and +David desJardins.  That's sort of what I expected.
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If F. A. O. Schwarz, which has been a fixture in New York City for 145 years and a character in the 1988 Tom Hanks film “Big,” is actively scouring Manhattan for a new, less costly location, is passive scouring even possible?  I would have thought that active scouring is the only form of scouring.
F.A.O. Schwarz, which has been a fixture in New York for 145 years and a character in the 1988 Tom Hanks film “Big,” is actively scouring Manhattan for a new, less costly location.
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Scouring is how one removes graffiti. Manhattan could use more scouring. F.A.O. Schwarz is to be commended for scouring Manhattan actively.
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