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David desJardins
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The US should reverse course and join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, along with its closest allies.  It's better to take part in shaping and influencing it than to stay on the sidelines.  And the need is obviously enormous, and the Western-dominated World Bank is not a sufficient approach.
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Sometimes the word "corruption" is used too lightly in describing public servants.  But here it is the only possible description.  Chris Christie decided to use his elected position to transfer billions of dollars from the citizens of New Jersey to Exxon.  There's no other way to describe it.

Should we now elect him President, so that he can transfer trillions from taxpayers to corporations?
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hes the donut boy with 7 scan dals to his name more then bush. time to make the donuts
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The article talks about "crevices", but why can't devices like this be sterilized with high doses of radiation?  Crevices are irrelevant, for that.
The Food and Drug Administration warned health care workers that a superbug might be spreading because of diagnostic scopes that are difficult to sterilize.
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The article quotes that probes are now sterilised "above and beyond the manufacturer and national standards". Maybe this includes gamma, but they don't want to use R word in public.
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+Barack Obama after landing at SFO on Thursday.  Glad to see him looking cheerful.
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This article reiterates how lame and innovation-resistant our bureaucratic mass-transit entities are.  For a tiny fraction of what they spend on other things you could have a camera at every grade crossing that tells you if there's something on the tracks or past the gate when there's not supposed to be (who cares if it's a car or a deer?) and alerts the train engineer as well as starting to reduce the train's speed.  But such a system would only be 90% effective and our bureaucrats and lawyers would rather have 0% than 90%.
Experts are working to reduce the dangers of grade-level rail crossings like the one in Valhalla, N.Y., that was the scene of a deadly accident on Tuesday. But human behavior can defeat even the safest system, researchers say.
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+Jay Gischer Yes, that's exactly what I meant when I said they would rather have a 0% effective system than a 90% effective system.
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The train deceleration under emergency braking was only 0.12 g.  Cars can stop much faster.  One reason people make mistakes about trains is because they extrapolate from other kinds of vehicles that behave much differently, and that are more common in their lives.
Railroad experts said the engineer of the Metro-North train that collided with a sports-utility vehicle on Tuesday appeared to have done all that he could to stop the train.
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Fair point!
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This is pretty incredible.  If Hillary Clinton had done nothing for her entire life, this would still put her miles ahead of Carly Fiorina, whose main claim to fame is doing her best to destroy a great company.
The former Hewlett-Packard chief is distinguishing herself among possible Republican contenders for president with pointed attacks on the leading Democrat.
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Well, I don't think that Scott Walker sounds like a moron because of his word selection. It's because of his actual views.
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This seems the second time in a row that the US solicitor general failed to make one of the strongest and best arguments (previously, that the ACA is constitutional under the taxing authority; now, that the way the plaintiffs would read the ACA is unconstitutional).  Why aren't they making the best arguments?  This is their only job.
Wednesday’s oral argument provided few clues, but a surprise came from Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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This doesn't make any sense.  How can any company sue Apple for hiring their employees?  What could possibly be illegal about that?  It could be that the employees violated their own employment agreements (even though those agreements would likely be unlawful in California), but what does that have to do with Apple?
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Sure, YOU would. But, lawsuits are not planned by people who lead startups. They are planned by Law Firms. Those law firms work with big and small clients. They're less interested in the size of their client than the potential size of whoever they plan to sue. Same reason you see lots of shareholder lawsuits and suits against governments etc.
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OMG!  Out of twelve daycare centers, six were below average in their vaccination rates.  What are the odds of that?
A WIRED investigation shows that some children attending day care facilities affiliated with prominent Silicon Valley companies have not been completely vaccinated against preventable infectious diseases.
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That seems about right, although "average" needs a comparison basis.  E.g., Google employees are probably above average at English reading comprehension, compared to the average person in the world, or the average American, but probably about average compared to the average white-collar American employee.
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The most stunning aspect of this article is the lack of the mention of the Ukrainian people or the idea that it might matter to them what happens to them or how they are used as pawns in Mearsheimer's struggle among the Great Powers That Really Matter.  Mearsheimer wants to sacrifice 45 million Ukrainians to appease Moscow because otherwise Putin might nuke the world.  There's something wrong with this moral calculation.  If he had to have each individual drawn and quartered and their hearts sacrificed on the altar of Nyarlathotep, I have the feeling he would do that as well.

If I were living in Mearsheimer's world, where your hopes and desires only matter if you have nuclear weapons and can threaten wanton destruction, every country had sure better go nuclear as fast as they can.
For America to supply Kiev with weapons would only make Russia a more reckless adversary.
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I was just making a general observation about social media. It's my fun way of taking this thread even FURTHER off topic. :-) 
You should see the crazy things that some people post in response to many of my posts. I find it interesting that I see a distinct difference in the character and level of sophistication of comments I get on Facebook vs. GooglePlus.
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How is it that Korea can hold an entire trial and come to a verdict in 2 months?  It would take the US judicial system 2 years just to get through pretrial motions.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Monday recommended three years in jail for the former Korean Air executive charged with endangering flight safety during a tantrum over how she was served macadamia…
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Fast trial does not always equal justice. But neither does a slow trial.
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Mathematics, 1979 - 1983
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Mathematics, 1983 - 2002
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    Software Engineer, 1999 - 2005
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    Research Staff Member, 1988 - 1999
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