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    I look forward to reading your analysis. And...

    I look forward to reading your analysis. And perhaps you're right - the marginal aid dollar might always be best spent on the most pressing crisis at any given moment, irrespective of the broader...
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    You think so? In most estimates of PPP GDP,...

    You think so? In most estimates of PPP GDP, Burundi comes in last with ~700-800 per capita, which Afghanistan coming up about 10-15 slots higher, at ~$2k per capita.

    Granted, the estimates will...
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    I'm talking about right now and anywhere in the...

    I'm talking about right now and anywhere in the world. Where would you donate $1k to make the biggest impact?

    Edit: more broadly, I want to understand your thinking about why. The academic...
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    What's the best marginal aid dollar?

    I was reading with interest some of the discussion surrounding the WHO's recommendation regarding the malaria vaccine. We know that malaria is a big problem, yet we also know that this vaccine has...
  5. Thread: Zionuts

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    Absolutely agreed on all points! I have no doubt...

    Absolutely agreed on all points! I have no doubt there were slackers, I just didn't know many of them. I'm not sure that universities (especially solid ones like UNC) should assume they can half-ass...
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    I had a very limited number of non-technical...

    I had a very limited number of non-technical classes that I could fit into my schedule; I picked each with care, researching the professors and past course evals. 'Easy' was never my criterion....
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    Oh, I have no doubt that she wasn't selected for...

    Oh, I have no doubt that she wasn't selected for the class so much as given it by default. That's why my main focus was on whether a student would be interested in taking the class with her as an...
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    I've been having super weird and detailed dreams...

    I've been having super weird and detailed dreams lately, but this is the first time it's included one of you. Last night, I dreamed that OG won $31.4 million dollars in a game of chance at Disney...
  9. Thread: Human Sacrifice

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    Did I hear a request for semantics? If we're...

    Did I hear a request for semantics?

    If we're going to use the original Biblical text (we are talking about Christians, after all), the word 'sacrifice' is actually 'qorban', which does not have...
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    I'm not sure what is the functional difference in...

    I'm not sure what is the functional difference in what you call it.

    That being said most understandings of human sacrifice (or sacrifice in general) is as a way to propitiate a deity rather than a...
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    Being, you are very fixated on this issue....

    Being, you are very fixated on this issue. Frankly, Iron Dome funding is a nice to have for Israel, not a must have - and the funding is essentially already committed due to an agreement made back in...
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    Y'know, there's two nearly unrelated questions...

    Y'know, there's two nearly unrelated questions here. The first is whether this grad student has any business teaching a university class on the 'The conflict over Israel/Palestine', whatever that is....
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    I don't much care one way or the other for Bob...

    I don't much care one way or the other for Bob Woodward (not am I convinced that his reporting - which is frequently sensational - is always well sourced). But the quoted line here is obviously...
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    Congrats, OG! And wow that place is big.

    Congrats, OG! And wow that place is big.
  15. Thread: Super Awk AUKUS

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    Loki: Fair enough, I know I'd be miffed. Just not...

    Loki: Fair enough, I know I'd be miffed. Just not sure it'd be 'recall my ambassador and throw a tantrum' miffed.

    Hazir: What I don't understand is why the sale of a dozen submarines to Australia...
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    Isn't this pretty standard, though? From AU's...

    Isn't this pretty standard, though? From AU's perspective, they had no idea if US/UK would be willing to provide them with highly sensitive technology, so they'd want to keep on trying to salvage the...
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    So... They didn't like being excluded.

    So... They didn't like being excluded.
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    My ~$100 billion order of magnitude was based on...

    My ~$100 billion order of magnitude was based on estimates for the full cost of the contract including service contracts, which was $90 billion. Given that the base price has roughly doubled in 4.5...
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    But .1% of something is.

    But .1% of something is.
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    That's just the thing, though. It was, what, on...

    That's just the thing, though. It was, what, on the order of $100 billion (when you factor in likely future service/replacement part orders)? Spread over a few decades? That means a whole heck of a...
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    Super Awk AUKUS

    I've been reading the news with interest regarding France's response to the announcement of a new US-UK-Australia security agreement whose major feature was an agreement to share technology to enable...
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    This morning, there was a largish utility work...

    This morning, there was a largish utility work crew working on replacing some natural gas lines under the street. I spent a solid hour with my three year old watching them work; he was absolutely...
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    Let's see. School bus drivers get paid $20-30/hr,...

    Let's see. School bus drivers get paid $20-30/hr, require substantial amounts of training to get licensed, and often have crappy hours and/or part time hours. Oh, and they have to deal with dozens of...
  24. Sure, there's really precious little we do know...

    Sure, there's really precious little we do know right now and I doubt we'll ever learn much more. The secondary explosion argument is plausible, but so is mistargeted or missed munitions.
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    I think this is missing the point. These are all...

    I think this is missing the point. These are all market signals. If it is impossible to produce a good or service that both (a) pays workers enough/treats them well enough that they are willing to...
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