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The posts in play...

Getting to Ten Times Better
President Trump Commutes Blagojevich Sentence, Pardons Others
About Last Night: Democratic Debate Live From Las Vegas
Dawkins Sticks His Foot In It…Again
Thursday Throughput: Leap Year Edition
Derek Edwards
The Classy, Modern, and Forgotten TwixT
Strahan Cadell
The Truth Behind Dresden

The comments...

AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Aaron David
+ There's no way around the Pareto distribution when small differences in talent, initiative, knowledge, or luck can affect outcomes. Equality is easy in a [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Stillwater
+ Considering how we basically sell ambassadorships to major donors, should selling Senate seats even be a misdemeanor, other than the crime of straight up bribery [. . .]
AvatarAaron David
+ Neither the 10x programmer nor the tall poppy are what makes up a billionaire. They are simply better at what they are doing, right now [. . .]
AvatarDoctor Jay in reply to Jaybird
+ Even for a guy like Bezos or Larry Page and Sergei Brin (founders and inventors of Google). I don't begrudge them the money, [. . .]
+ That said, I don’t think it’s merely a matter of raw brain power. I'm old, and programmed back in the day when a 10x spread among [. . .]
AvatarAaron David in reply to Chip Daniels

Why, is she saving the flushes for her own bullshit?

'cause there is a lot of it.

AvatarDark Matter in reply to North
+ A President Bernie would accomplish pretty much none of his crazy socialist schemes in the event he somehow won. Just like Trump will never [. . .]
AvatarDark Matter in reply to Stillwater
+ It was almost like he was caught off guard by a question about the biggest topic of his tenure as Mayor. Yikes! From his point [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to Aaron David
+ Yes, and it has been thought about, quite often. The author of that essay uses "God" interchangeably with a belief in human dignity and worth. She [. . .]
AvatarMarchmaine in reply to North

I don't think so... but mostly I wanted to use the new OT tagline in context. :-)

AvatarStillwater in reply to gabriel conroy

but 14 years just seems like too much

What's the right amount of jail time for quite literally trying to sell a Senate seat?

+ A surprising amount of software behaves badly if there aren't 60 seconds in every minute. There were a number of unexpected software glitches when [. . .]
AvatarAaron David in reply to KenB

And that essay led me to this essay:

a lot to think about on this topic, no?

AvatarAaron David in reply to North
+ But they gained ground in the Senate. That is the qualifier for a wave. And you are right about '18 seats lost. But we shall [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to George Turner

They didn't take control of the Senate though, so no wave.

As for the 2018 seats being lost? That remains to be seen.

AvatarSwami in reply to Brandon Berg
+ I too disagree with much of the article. Eugenics would clearly work, and we don’t need to know which genes do what any more than [. . .]
+ My instinct tells me that Blagojevich's term is too long for what he did. I mean, I'm sure that's what the law required, but 14 [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Jaybird
+ I've read pieces from lifelong Democrats who went and they say they're a blast, and everybody there gives Democrats extra hugs. Based on the [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to George Turner

She's going to open up the coal mines, and make it so you only have to flush once.

+ I was playing it regularly with my grandson until I moved a few months ago. I’ve always enjoyed it. I must have gotten it [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Jaybird
+ Well, there's certainly a lot of magical thinking involved. ^_^ So she's going to shutter the sock factories (because they're capitalist) and just use magic [. . .]
+ She's going to give you a sock. The fact that grown up Hermione Granger is right there, with a plan to give every elf a sock, [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to George Turner

She's going to drain the swamp and strike back at the elites.

+ I work with a handful of 10x better people. I do what I can to buy them breakfast burritos and donuts. I know that just the [. . .]
+ (Oh, and the World Arena seems to hold 8,099 people. Which means that they gave away at least 8,100 tickets and people were waiting in [. . .]
+ Dunno. Denver has been fully Californicated and we no longer balance Denver out. Fort Collins and Boulder might balance each other out still but Colorado [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to North
+ In 2010, the Republicans picked up 6 Senate seats and 63 House seats. In 2018, even though they lost 41 House seats, Republicans picked up 2 [. . .]
Avatargreginak in reply to North
+ Yeah i'm still waiting for bernies giant youth turnout to show up. It would be great if it did and he will need it. His [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Jaybird

So ya think Trumps gonna flip Colorado then? It is a purple state. Senator Gardner will be awfully relieved.

AvatarNorth in reply to Marchmaine
+ Hey I'll happily defend that line! I wouldn't say they're hand in glove close but they're a lot closer than the GOP elite vs their [. . .]
+ Speaking of crawling across broken glass... I got invited to go to the Trump Rally a couple of weeks ago. My boss asked me if [. . .]
AvatarGeorge Turner in reply to Chip Daniels
+ That's a good illustration of Warren being a moron. Working class people can do financial math really well, and it they were faced [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Chip Daniels
+ I think if Uncle Bern is running it'll severely test that theory because he has a good number of positions that are both very shabbily [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Aaron David
+ By that definition the GOP takeover in 2010 was no wave either and that was the second largest change of seats since Watergate. It's nonsensical, [. . .]
AvatarDoctor Jay in reply to veronica d
+ Ok, that's not what I thought specifically, but it does have an AI-ish quality that corresponds to using LISP. Which I also thought! These days [. . .]
+ The first step to being a billionaire is, of course, to be born the child of one. If you cannot manage this, endeavor to be [. . .]
Avatarveronica d in reply to Doctor Jay
+ Note, I didn't start the project. I've only been working on it for about five years now. I'm starting to kind of understand a bit [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels
+ The amount of wealth that can be accumulated through labor and skill alone is never enough to be vaulted above maybe a few millions. At some [. . .]
AvatarAaron David in reply to North
+ You lost ground in the Senate. No Wave. Anyway, Biden has the problem of, well as you put it, being 3rd choice. He was never [. . .]
Matthew J. LutherMatt L. in reply to Brent F
+ "Prussian militarism" is and has been a term used to refer, pars pro toto, to the military policies of the Deutsches Kaiserreich (which was Prussian [. . .]
+ "The Dems don’t have quite the same gap between their party apparatus and their rank and file as the GOP suffers. Democratic leadership and elites [. . .]
AvatarDoctor Jay in reply to veronica d
+ I want you to know that in spite of my comment above that is disparaging of the "10x" idea, I am not at all skeptical [. . .]
Avatarveronica d in reply to CJColucci
+ Plausibly, you could set up sabermetrics type algorithm that compared salary versus potential profit in some betting network. You would have to adjust for the [. . .]
AvatarChip Daniels in reply to North
+ Trump's strength is that he is amazingly adept at seizing the headlines, every day, and turning nearly any occasion or issue- the Superbowl, Christmas, wildfires, [. . .]
+ I'm not sure what it means to be 10X the basketball player someone else is. Certainly if I, a slow-footed 5'7" man eligible for Social [. . .]
Avatarveronica d
+ I think the "10x" programmer thing is probably real enough. Note, the idea was introduced by Fred Brooks a million years ago, based on his [. . .]
AvatarInMD in reply to Marchmaine
+ We went through the same bonanza here prior to the AWB going into effect, though only at gun shops, not hardware stores as far as [. . .]
AvatarNorth in reply to Aaron David
+ Lack of a wave? It was a huge wave, way past regression to the mean. It was the third largest change of seats since the [. . .]