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Online Matrix Calculus Calculator

18th November 2017

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You don’t often need one, but when you do, you need it bad.

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Even Democrats Have to Admit Trump Is Keeping His Promise on BioFuels

17th November 2017

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But you have to remember that Trump has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING during his first year in office.

Don’t let reality distract from the importance of clinging to the Narrative.

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Bow Test: Excalibur Micro Suppressor Crossbow Package

16th November 2017

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

16th November 2017

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Don’t ever say we never have useful stuff here.

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UN Diplomat Falls to His Death Playing a Trust Game

15th November 2017

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Guess he won’d do that again.

There are about a half a hundred snarky comments I could make here but I’ll just limit myself to recommending this guy for a Darwin award.

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Archaeologists May Have Found Buddha’s Remains

15th November 2017

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Approximately 2,000 pieces of cremated remains were found in a temple inside a box with an inscription claiming the bones belonged to Buddha. The researchers found the box in Jingchuan County, China, reported the Daily Mail.

At least 260 statues, each 6.6 feet tall, accompanied the cremated bones.

ISIS is already planning to blow them up.

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Scientists Make First Attempt to Permanently Change a Person’s DNA to Cure a Disease

15th November 2017

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On Monday, 44-year-old Brian Madeux – who has a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome – received billions of copies of a corrective gene through an IV, along with a tool to cut his DNA in the relevant location.

Signs of whether it’s working may come in a month, and tests will show for sure in three months.

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The Antipodes Map

12th November 2017

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List of Price of Medieval Items

12th November 2017

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For all of you time-travelers out there.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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A Tale of Two Tax Bills: Comparing the House, Senate Reform Plans

11th November 2017

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This puts things in about as understandable a form as I suspect is possible.

If you’re interested in this subject, this will help.

Personally, I prefer the Senate version, except that I believe the Death Tax ought to be immediately and totally repealed. But we’ll see what happens.

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Leafing Through Your Favourite Medieval Facsimiles From Your Own Desk

10th November 2017

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

Bonus: Medieval manuscripts: The Hours of Charles of Angoulême

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50 Dungeon Hobo Signs

9th November 2017

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Just in case … you know….

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Border Walls Are All the Rage Worldwide Because They Work

9th November 2017

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While the Iron Curtain and Bamboo Curtain separating the USSR and Red China from the rest of the world were partially dismantled, some other 20th century barriers are still extant. And new ones are being erected all over the world at steady pace.

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ABC, CBS, NBC Give Zero Coverage to Menendez Trial

8th November 2017

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Did you know that a sitting Democrat Senator is on trial for bribery and corruption.

Yeah, I know that’s not news, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing about it — since it isn’t being covered by the DemLegHump Media.

If it were a Republican Senator, of course, they’d be all over it like Obama on a golf course.

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Warby Parker Is Using Face Mapping on the iPhone X to Provide Glasses Recommendations

8th November 2017

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We have the technology.

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Texas in the News: Barnes & Noble Kitchen

7th November 2017

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I had this morning’s post all planned and then I read the business section for the Dallas Morning News. There, on the front page, was an article that had to be addressed. Barnes & Noble is opening a new store in Plano, TX (north of Dallas). That wouldn’t normally be news except for the type of store it is. This is one of their new Barnes & Noble Kitchen stores. Yes, you read that right — B&N “Kitchen”.

Here’s the basic premise. It is still a bookstore. Kind of. This 10,000 square foot store will still sell books. However, it will be stocking 17,000 titles as opposed to the 35,000 – 50,000 titles in its other stores. There will be no music in the new “kitchen” although you will still be able to buy art supplies and journals. (There is nothing in the story about whether you will find all the other non-book items you find at most B&N stores). The big change, however, is in the “kitchen” part of this store. There will be seating for 178 diners inside and on a patio. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they are considering doing a Sunday brunch as well. Let’s not forget the bar either. You will be able to order wine or locally brewed beer, among others.

They need to do something.

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Saudi Government Insist Prince Is ‘Alive and Well’ After Claims He Was Killed In Firefight While Resisting Arrest As Part Of Kingdom’s Anti-Corruption Purge

7th November 2017

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Well, let’s see whether he shows up. That’ll tell us.

In the Good Old Days, the first thing a Turkish Sultan did on succeeding his predecessor was have all of his brothers strangled. Maybe the Saudis are adopting that practice.

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Indiana Jones, Economist?!

7th November 2017

Alex Tubarrok fires it up.

In a stunningly original paper Gojko Barjamovic, Thomas Chaney, Kerem A. Co?ar, and Ali Hortaçsu use the gravity model of trade to infer the location of lost cities from Bronze age Assyria! The simplest gravity model makes predictions about trade flows based on the sizes of cities and the distances between them. More complicated models add costs based on geographic barriers. The authors have data from ancient texts on trade flows between all the cities, they know the locations of some of the cities, and they know the geography of the region. Using this data they can invert the gravity model and, triangulating from the known cities, find the lost cities that would best “fit” the model. In other words, by assuming the model is true the authors can predict where the lost cities should be located. To test the idea the authors pretend that some known cities are lost and amazingly the model is able to accurately rediscover those cities.

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The 20 Best Foods to Eat If You’re Trying to Lose Weight

6th November 2017

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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How Do You Breed a 2,624-pound Pumpkin?

4th November 2017

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Come to think of it, why would you want to? ‘Hold my beer and watch this….’

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Amazon Scrapping Fresh Grocery Delivery Service in Some Zip Codes

4th November 2017

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Doesn’t surprise me. I like to see what I’m buying, and I imagine other people do too.

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Trudeau Minister Scolds Reporter Over ‘Climate Barbie’ Label

4th November 2017

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Hey — if the shoe fits….

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Great Pyramid in Egypt Has Huge ‘Plane-Sized’ Void in the Middle, Scientists Discover in Shock Finding

2nd November 2017

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How big a plane? Piper Cub? Airbus?

UPDATE: Stargate? Researchers Find Hidden Chamber In Great Pyramid

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Nigeria Has Become the Seventh Country to Adopt What3words for Mail Deliveries

29th October 2017

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Nigeria has become the seventh country to adopt what3words for mail deliveries, and the third in Africa. The system is already being used in Mongolia, Sint Maarten, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Tonga and Solomon Islands.

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This Doctor Diagnosed His Own Cancer With an iPhone Ultrasound

28th October 2017

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As an Apple shareholder, I urge you to get excited over everything that uses an iPhone.

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Massachusetts Could Leave the Eastern Time Zone, Jump an Hour Ahead

28th October 2017

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Unlike some people, I do not expect astronomical phenomena to conform to my chosen lifestyle.

Belonging to a technological civilization means I can have light or dark whenever I want to.

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Where Have All The Russians Gone

28th October 2017

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Russia needs soldiers and they have become increasingly hard to obtain since the 1980s and got worse after 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Having tried just about everything else Russia is now appealing for Russian speaking foreigners to apply. If they have meet the psychological and physical standards, and especially if they have needed skills, good jobs are available. It is unlikely that enough qualified and willing foreigners are going to strp forward.

This inability to attract new recruits, even with conscription puts the government in an embarrassing situation because promises were made on this issue and not kept. Not once but multiple times. Some of the solutions make the problem worse. For example in 2012 the government assured the public that conscription would end by 2020 and be replaced with better paid and trained volunteers (“contract soldiers”). That did not happen because of a shortage of volunteers and money to pay them. To make matters worse the number of eligible conscripts continues (as expected) to shrink. This also puts at risk plans to also create a large reserve forces.

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Scientists Discover ‘Sixth Taste’ That Explains Our Love for Carbs

27th October 2017

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Scientists have long known that there are four taste elements – sweet, salty, sour and bitter – but in 2009, a new savoury taste called Umami was added to the list.

Now, it seems a sixth taste sense could soon be joining them, and it might be able to explain our love of crusty bread, or those midday fantasies about creamy pasta.

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This New Audio System Turns Your Car’s Interior Into One Giant Speaker

27th October 2017

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German automotive parts supplier Continental has developed a new speaker-less audio system for cars it calls Ac2ated Sound. Continental says the new system will reduce the amount of weight traditionally taken up by car speakers by up to 90 percent, using surface vibrations to deliver sound, much like a violin.

The trouble with such systems, of course, is that you can’t just buy them if you want them; you have to wait for a car manufacturer to adopt them.

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Joe Biden Not Ruling Out Presidential Run in 2020

26th October 2017

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Or, in his case, a Presidential stumble.

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Photons Pair Up Like Superconducting Electrons

23rd October 2017

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Superconductivity — a phenomenon in which electrons can travel through certain materials with zero resistance — has revolutionized parts of medicine, travel and science. Now, an intriguing experiment has seen the same behaviour that underlies superconductivity — but in particles of light. The finding has left physicists wondering how far the comparison might reach.

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‘Czech Trump’ Wins Election by Wide Margin

21st October 2017

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Looks like a trend. Cue media frenzy.

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DIY Biohackers Are Editing Genes in Garages and Kitchens

19th October 2017

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“A biohacker for me is somebody who is doing something clever or interesting in biology,” says Josiah Zayner, a molecular biophysicist who runs The ODIN, a company that sells do-it-yourself genetic engineering kits. “They’re usually these people that have been fucked by the system who are trying to unfuck themselves.”

Zayner is one of the leading figures in the biohacking movement and is the main organizer of the BioHack the Planet Conference, a yearly gathering of citizen scientists. This year, over 100 members of the biohacking community met in Oakland, California to discuss a wide array of issues from at-home genetic engineering to questions on bioethics.

Biohackers have often been compared to computer hackers of the 1980s, but instead of breaking into and manipulating information technology systems, they’re focused on hacking living organisms with the hopes of curing illnesses and in some cases obtaining superhuman powers.

Their shared mission is to put this technology into the hands of as many people as possible.

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Leaving Blue Counties for Purple and Red

17th October 2017

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The real estate website Redfin has a report based on an analysis of its search data indicating that people who live in Democrat-dominated counties are looking to escape to Republican-dominated counties, where housing is more affordable.

Plus the neighborhood isn’t overrun with stuck-up peacock proglodytes. A win-win all the way around.

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Trump Approved A Major Oil Pipeline While The Media Wasn’t Looking

17th October 2017

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If a tree falls in the forest and the media don’t report it, did it really happen?

Next up: Analysis by obscure ‘journalists’ at a British newspaper of which of Trump’s advisers actually did the approval, since we all know that Trump is an ignorant fool who spends his days playing golf and tweeting and thus has no time for actual, you know, work.

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The United States Will Withdraw From UNESCO

12th October 2017

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This is huge.

The Trump administration announced this morning that the U.S. is withdrawing from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The administration cited UNESCO’s anti-Israel bias, need for fundamental reform, and financial disarray as its grounds for leaving. The State Department further explained that the U.S. could and would remain engaged with UNESCO members even though it would no longer be part of the organization. While I applaud, I also note that the administration’s rationale for getting out of the UN’s cultural organization would equally well justify withdrawing from the UN entirely.

Speed the day….

UPDATE: Tillerson Just Saved $500 Million Withdrawing From UNESCO

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Cities and Suburbs Are Becoming Pretty Similar

12th October 2017

Tyler Cowen looks at the trend.

A few decades ago the choice for most people was pretty simple: either the city or the suburbs. The city was exciting but a little dangerous. The suburbs were comfortable but bland. These days our suburbs and cities are converging, which is narrowing our lifestyle choices.

‘Narrowing’? I’d say rather ‘broadening’, since it is becoming more and more easy to have the lifestyle of one’s choice no matter where one lives.

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Notorious Misogynist Trump to Nominate Woman for DHS Secretary

12th October 2017

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That’ll fool ’em.

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GM Apples That Don’t Brown to Reach U.S. Shelves This Fall

9th October 2017

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Cue enviro-Nazi hysteria.

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New York Restaurant Finds Itself at Centre of Bizarre ‘Putin Burger’ Scandal

9th October 2017

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Just across the street from Madison Square Garden, Lucy’s Cantina Royale has found itself at the centre of an odd controversy after Russian state-owned media published claims last week that the restaurant had sold a burger special named after Vladimir Putin on his birthday.

“Lucy’s Cantina Royale was subject of a hoax involving Vladimir Putin’s birthday. Our restaurant has never celebrated Vladimir Putin’s birthday in any way, shape, or form, and has never offered a ‘Putin Burger’,” a statement provided by manager Tim Ryan to The Independent reads.

I wasn’t aware that Putin was into Third World food.

Russian state-owned media claimed in a video last week that a waitress had told them that the restaurant had put together a five-patty burger that weighed about “1,952 grammes” — a reference to the year Mr Putin was born — to mark his 65th birthday on Saturday. The video segment, which was clearly filmed at least in part in the restaurant, shows a waitress delivering a mammoth burger to a customer and talking about how it’s made.

I’d be proud to have such a creation named after me.

Mr Ryan said that a burger is available in the restaurant, which offers a variety of Mexican fare,  but that it is named after their chef — not the Russian president.

What a disappointment.

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Seven Body Organs You Can Live Without

9th October 2017

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With thanks to Debby Witt, who knows what’s important in life.

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Bump Fire, Trigger Toys, and Gun Laws

9th October 2017

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A primer for those who don’t do this stuff for a living.

This is going to be a technical post, so bear with me. In order to understand what a “bump fire” device is and how it works, and how laws restricting them would be pointless, it is necessary to understand exactly how firearms work, how fully automatic firearms work, and how semi-automatic firearms work. Key technical vocabulary is highlighted.

It has pictures, so even Democrats ought to be able to follow along.

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Nuclear Power Plants That Can Fit In A Backyard Are A Real Possibility

9th October 2017

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Companies interested in building small-scale nuclear reactors are getting attention at the Department of Energy (DOE) after Secretary of Energy Rick Perry endorsed the idea in a speech in late September, the Washington Examiner reports.

Perry spoke of the concept in a speech to the National Clean Energy Week conference. He said the crisis in Puerto Rico showed the potential benefits of creating a transportable, long lasting source of energy.

Cue eco-Nazi hysteria.

Licensing and regulations are currently major roadblocks for development. Most attempts at building mini reactors haven’t proceeded past the blueprint phase, according to the WNA.

As usual, government is standing in the way of progress.

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Changing Lanes: Watch Median Movers & Cone Collectors Rapidly Modify Roads

8th October 2017

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From everyday lane switches to periodic construction detours, being able to modify lanes quickly, easily and safely with machines helps both drivers and road workers alike. Faster operations reduce time in transit and frustration for people in cars. And as that traffic is flying past, lane-modifying vehicles also help reduce risks for construction workers (who might otherwise by put in harm’s way).

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Man Gets in Physical Altercation With His Girlfriend, Protects His Beer at All Costs

6th October 2017

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Hey, it’s all about priorities. I’ve never had a beer unfriend me on Facebook.

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Radioactive Boar Found in Sweden Three Decades After Chernobyl

6th October 2017

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A wild boar has been shot and killed after being found with radiation levels more than ten times the safe limit.

‘Safe’ compared to what? It obviously didn’t bother the boar.

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Long Lost Remains of Santa Claus Thought to Be Discovered in Turkey

4th October 2017

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It was traditionally believed the remains of St Nicholas – said to have miraculous powers – were exhumed and taken to Bari, southern Italy, by Christian merchants in 1087, where they are held in the Basilica di San Nicola.

But the Turkish researchers, having analysed new documents, believe the merchants removed the wrong remains from the church.

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“I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.”

4th October 2017

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Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.

She’s a Yalie and well known to a number of friends of mine, who speak highly of her.

More: A Statistician Reconsiders Her Support for Gun Control After Looking at the Data

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Here’s What a Gun Fired With a ‘Silencer’ Really Sounds Like

3rd October 2017

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Most of the dorks jawing about gun control know as much about guns as they do about the Constitution, i.e. most of what they ‘know’ ain’t so.

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Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue in Mice

2nd October 2017

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Mice get all the best stuff.

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