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Briggs attempts again to point at the white elephant in the science auditorium. It is very hard to point at though. Numbers are good, but numbers will make you be stupid. Averages are your friend. Averages will bite you in the ass. Never be too enamored of an average. Plot all of the data. Keep that plot handy when you start plotting the derived data. If you do not keep the raw data visible when you show your derived data, look in the mirror and make sure you aren't attempting to deceive the person you see.
 
You’ll have to listen in. This is the busiest time of year for me, so I haven’t the time to write out a transcript of the show. However, here is an outline. 1. Scientism, scidolatry, scientific clericalism; 2. Science as culture and dogma; 3. ‘Impact…
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In an activity this weekend, kids were running around the swing set. The merry go round was taped off. Apparently it is now illegal to have Merry-Go-Rounds in the state of Washington.

Too may broken bones.

One parent looked at the kids playing around the swing and thought it should be prevented from happening. Another parent and I felt that the danger was worthwhile. Learning about the dangers of momentum doesn't truly set in until you have "LEARNED" it the hard way.

This might happen on a sports field. It might happen on the playground. It will not happen if you make it impossible to happen. If it never happens, there is no physical learning that can be transferred to the future analysis.


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https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/16/05/25/206206/former-mcdonalds-usa-ceo-35k-robots-cheaper-than-hiring-at-15-per-hour

We keep making it harder for entry level people to get jobs.

Don't expect people to get fired for getting $15 / hour. Do expect fewer people to be hired. 
An anonymous reader shares an article on Fox Business: As fast-food workers across the country vie for $15 per hour wages, many business owners have already begun to take humans out of the picture. "I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are comin...
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http://www.vox.com/2016/5/13/11606760/emergency-facility-fees-american-health-care

Apparently all that was needed was a bandaid. This is where the resources meet the fan. If you are incapable of assessing the need for a bandaid, $629 is probably the price you need to pay.

The only way a Single Payer healthcare system will work will be if people like this become competent enough to put a bandaid on. Resources are scarce whether there is a single payer or not...

Once again, if the world is nothing but libertarians, single payer is easy to make happen. If you can't figure out the difference between a bandaid and an emergency room?


It reveals something important about American health care
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http://wmbriggs.com/post/18694/

Hallaluja... Briggs has been trying valiantly to explain to the educated out there that a trendline is nothing more than a figment of your imagination. Trendlines are not data. The data is the data. Someone reads 48C on a thermometer (whether he did it right or wrong), the data point is 48C. If you then average all of the measurements over some time period, you no longer have "data". You have a model of the data. This can be good or bad. If you are looking at averaged data, it should be clear that you are looking at averaged data. Averages are deadly dangerous. Always treat them carefully. Was that 48C a bad reading, or was it really hot that day. Variations in temperature can be huge over small distances.

In this case, Trumps unfavs went down. The person claiming that they haven't has made a first order error.

More interesting is that his "favs" went down also.
If you can’t see the tweet, and tweets are ephemeral, the screen shot is also given. Now I do not give a damn about the election, so please not one word about it. The point I want to make has…
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Picking on how terrible american schools are is a pretty easy thing to do. Figuring out why it is that Foreign language in the United States isn't exactly a priority takes a little extra thought. I took French and German in high school. I can understand german still. I could find opportunities to speak more often, but I don't. Had I taken Spanish though, I would find many more opportunities. I chose poorly. 

I spent a year in Germany. I could get on a train and be in a country that didn't speak German the way I spoke German or the people around me spoke german in about an hour. In less than a day, you could get to a country that spoke French, German, Dutch, Portugese, Italian, English and several others. If you are in Dubuque, IA, how far does a days train ride get you. If you get to Quebec, you will find yourself faced with a bunch of folks who just want you to leave. The rest of Canada will happily take your money in English. 

Our system of Education doesn't quite work. 

When I was in Germany, I got some questions about the world wrong. I had learned there were 7 continents. They looked at me funny. North and South America ARE NOT two continents. What the hell was wrong with me?

I shut up. I wrote down just the 6 on the future test. 

One of the things I learned going to Germany. The kids group along the same damn lines that american kids grouped. The names of the groups were different, but they were still there. There were rich kids, poor kids, stoners, jocks and mean girls. There were those sticking to the script provided by the system. There were those that were rejecting the system. There were teachers trying to wrangle everyone towards something resembling a goal and trying to figure out how to get the people who were rebelling to not rebel too much... 
If you're American, your teachers probably didn't teach you proper posture or how to put a condom on in the dark.
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http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a21228/chile-solar-energy-surplus/

You have to read the article closely before you get too excited. North Chile and South Chile are not connected. The solar panels are in North Chile. They were put there to support an industrial complex that isn't there anymore.

Before you jump on the "See it works, let's do it here train", find the numbers used to make the solar farm happen... It clearly happened. The funds came from someplace.

Energy companies would happily put oceans of solar panels in place if they can make the numbers work.

Figure out how to keep the power flowing when the sun isn't up.
​It sounds great, but it's actually bad news for the energy industry.​​
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http://digg.com/video/is-she-into-you

I love the flip side analysis. 
You should always read into every little detail because you never know. Maybe she's from, like, Canada and she's just being genuinely nice to you.
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Flow with the market or the market will flow... 
Tentacle porn is a bizarre Japanese phenomenon that many Westerners love to make fun of. But interestingly, the West is partly to blame.
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http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/food/farm-to-fable/restaurants/

One of the difficult things in life is dealing with the realities of sales. If you want to make a living as an artists (and being a chef is a form of art), making the experience interesting to the customer is part of the game.

Of course, making a living as a reporter (another art form of sorts) requires that you find stories that get people excited. This is just a good example of that.

The people truly outraged by this are the same folks that are truly enticed by the idea in the first place.

Local food is definitely better than food produced 6000 miles away, unless of course producing that food 6000 miles away has better conditions and the food transports well and it doesn't actually grow locally.


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Eggs? The perfect Egg? I can't tell you what the perfect egg is. I can tell you what the perfect egg isn't. Raw.

I made sunny side up eggs for the first time in a long time. There were flavors in there I haven't experienced in awhile. Since the egg isn't getting flipped, it gets to sit directly in the butter for a long time and the butter and the bottom of the egg get to mingle more thoroughly. The edge of the egg was just a little crispy and the crispiness was a delightful textural contrast. The yolk wasn't fully cooked but it was much more solid than my over easy eggs while still being a little runny.

Everytime I see someone discuss the "perfect xxx egg", I grimace inside. I am sure I will love that treatment of the egg. I love bad treatments of the egg also.

I might be Emile in ratatouille..... I can eat Girl Scout Thin Mints and delight in the more than hint of mint. I can also revel in the delicate contrast of a creme brulee. I can devour a bag of boring chips and be sated by couple of Salt and Vinegar chips but want more later without wanting more right then...


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http://www.dailydot.com/technology/ebay-gender-men-women-pay-gap/

Once upon a time, there was a golf club. The golf club tried to maximize there revenue by maximizing the price they charged for beer. They used to charge $1.50 and they did well. People would come to the course and end up buying the equivalent of a six pack. They raised the price to $5. They stop selling as many beers. Eventually they went out of business. A six pack is now $30. People start sneaking the beer onto the course instead of buying it.

The club is no longer in business.

Are the men getting paid more? Are the women selling more?

There is a very good chance the women are working smarter...


Research shows men make more for the same products.
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I have a friend locally who makes jewelry as a value added business. He works harder and longer than I'd ever care to, and he's discovered that he has much more profit per day if he sells his jewelry literally for $5 per piece than if he even charges $10. 

He told me he's essentially wholesaling to the public, and he knows for sure many people buy his jewelry just to stock their own store with extra items for impulse shoppers. 

Beyond a certain point sometimes, the only tangible strategy is just to undercut everyone and produce like a crazy person. 
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