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Rates
Any time someone gives you a rate for anything, it’s been
jiggered.  The unemployment rate is a well-known
example. In 2012 the reported unemployment rate was around 8%. If I take the
total reported employment of around
134,000,000 then apply it to the tota...
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Lincoln Conspiracy
The hardest part about managing anyone, including spies, is
initiative. When someone is acting as your employee, whether as a spy or in any
other capacity, you are responsible for their actions. They don’t know the big
picture. They can’t know the big pictu...
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Writers Workshop
One of the first things you notice is how autobiographical most of the material is.  I guess people write about the things that matter to them.  One time this guy brought a fairly long manuscript, we are only supposed to read a few pages; he started at the ...
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Meat and Milk
For thousands of years Jews have had a prohibition against mixing meat with milk. This is a lot of work. It involves separate sets of dishes, and by separate I mean compulsively separate.  In the last hundred years some of our rules have found scientific ju...
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Subversion
I doubt that most of you still read newspapers. This Sunday we read the Tribune in bed while drinking coffee.  Christine did have her laptop, which she used to plan our bike trip.  Then she spoiled the day by dragging me bicycling in the forest preserves. I...
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Museums
Trip Advisor recently picked The Art Institute of Chicago as its best museum . I like museums that have a flavor of subversion to them.  The worst museum in the world might be Epcot Center.  It doesn’t claim museum status but it is supposed to represent Fut...
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Termination of Pregnancy
At the end of 1971 the draft had ended and my school no longer had any ethical reason to keep me and I flunked out.  At the beginning of 1972 I obtained employment as a medical records clerk at University of Chicago Hospitals.  The mother of a girlfriend qu...
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One Shot Mosquito
My job is to find some way to keep the mosquito from spreading malaria. Mosquitoes evolved from biting flies.  Over time, they developed efficient ways to extract blood, and became dependent on it for the nutrients for breeding.  Their life cycle hints at a...
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Kentucky Campaign
Christine dragged me through Kentucky this spring, and I strongly recommend it unless you dislike Bourbon, heat and bicycling through beautiful, hilly country. I don’t mind Bourbon.  The greatest liabilities are the fried food and the pollen count. I found ...
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Gravity
Nothing against Cate Blanchett, besides her difficult name but Bullock and Clooney were robbed.   Gravity  received precisely the wrong awards. Bullock and Clooney sold a ridiculous film.  It’s dangerous to credulity to have science fiction slightly in the ...
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