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That's the name of a new book by Jake Halpern coming out in October. The New York Times has an excerpt on their site. If the excerpt is anything like the book, it's going to be gripping.

What's even cooler is that someone actually created a video gamebased on the book. Or at least on the debt collector business part of the book. You

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I had the honor of receiving a response from Gary Dubin who is pursuing a writ of certiorari to the Hawaii Supreme Court. I had expressed my view that equal protection more aptly describes the situation than mere denial of due process. He responded that due process is hard enough to push through and that equal protection is even harder. I agree

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In This Issue.

*  Currencies carve out tiny gains.
*  Oil and Treasury yields drop!
*  Remembering Richard Nixon.
*  Putin tries to calm nerves.

And Now. Today's A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.

It's All About The U.S. Data Cupboard today.

Good Day! .  And a Happy Friday to one and all! And to my good friend and...

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Dear Reader,

It’s strange and a little scary how easily people fight about words. These little sounds and symbols are often triggers that set off emotional bombs.

Words, after all, are merely symbols. They are of tremendous value to us, of course, but they are derivatives, not primaries. If we are to be offended by what someone writes or says, it

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The Real Fiscal Responsibility Talk Show Pilot Project

By Joe Firestone

This pilot project and the radio/video shows it will produce and place on the web is for everyone tired of hearing economic commentary from those who got everything wrong. For decades, the doctrine of “Fiscal Responsibility” interpreted as long-term deficit reduction...

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Meet Gavin Andresen, the Most Powerful Person in the World of Bitcoin

In March, a bewildered retired man faced journalists yelling questions about virtual currency outside his suburban home in Temple City, California. Dorian Nakamoto, 64, had been identified by Newsweek as the person who masterminded Bitcoin—a story that, like previous attempts to unmask its p

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Conservatives Must Defend Marriage for Principled and Practical Reasons | OrthodoxNet.com Blog...
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Artificial intelligence and psychology: The computer will see you now
ELLIE is a psychologist, and a damned good one at that. Smile in a certain way, and she knows precisely what your smile means. Develop a nervous tic or tension in an eye, and she instantly picks up on it. She listens to what you say, processes every word, works out the meaning of your pitch, your tone, your posture, everything. She is at the top...
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A CONVERSATION in which neither party is listening to the other was dubbed a “duologue” by Abraham Kaplan, a philosopher who died in 1993. A duologue, he suggested, is more than a monologue but less than a dialogue. (Multiply a duologue by a roomful of people, he cynically added, and you have a conference.) Two psychologists have now given his ide...

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