Pseudo Random News and Comment

Here We Go Again: Latest Draft Of White House Cybersecurity ‘Executive Order’ Is Leaked They’re going to do what they want regardless of public reaction so I think these leaks are more a gauge of how to best present the jail cell to the future residents.

Why is it Impossible to Stop Thinking, to Render the Mind a Complete Blank? The evolutionary bias toward a bothersome brain. It’s still possible to not think at all. I did it for 3 hours once, though from lack of oxygen rather than a search for enlightenment.

As I Get Older, Why Does My Memory for Names Seem to Deteriorate? An alternative explanation is that you care even less about names as you grow older, and not caring is the biggest factor in not remembering names, more than the lack of associations.

Supreme Court Will Finally Say If Genes Are Patentable I hope they get it right this time. I’m pretty sure there was prior use of genes.

Would You Rather Go To Church or Prison? I’m not at all sure either one leads to better ethical decisions, so there’s still the question of efficacy even if it were ruled constitutional.

Fun and Games and Obvious Manipulation I’ve decided manipulation is a term used to describe something someone else did that makes things more difficult for you (like costs you money), moves the market further or more rapidly than you deem necessary, or that simply doesn’t make sense to you, and when you do something that does those things it’s never manipulation.

How Does the Past of a Soccer Match Influence Its Future? Concepts and Statistical Analysis Gamblers take note.

The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure…Links to a great source of sleazy ideas.

Remodeling as Retirement Planning  Good piece on facilitating aging in place, or a permanent stay-cation.

Interest Rates and the Volatility and Correlation of Commodity Prices Worthwhile read. “In contrast to theories that rely on the increased influence of financial speculators, we show that price correlation can increase as a result of a decline in the interest rate.”

Can People Guess What Happened to Others from Their Reactions? Quite well, but the eyes fail as a window to the soul again.

Sleep Loss and Cytokines Levels in an Experimental Model of Psoriasis Shows an interesting link between the three.

Is This Why Americans Have Lost The Drive To “Earn” More

  • For every 1.65 employed persons in the private sector, 1 person receives welfare assistance

  • For every 1.25 employed persons in the private sector, 1 person receives welfare assistance or works for the government.

Completely unsustainable. No wonder the plumber gives such an enormous discount if paid in cash.

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