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    Congratulations, Tim.

    Congratulations, Tim.
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    Saw Moneyball for the first time. Hmm. As a...

    Saw Moneyball for the first time. Hmm. As a movie? Not bad, Hill and Pitt did a good job, the dialogue and pacing were decent, and for a lover of baseball I'm a sucker for some of the themes they...
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    *shrugs* Well, this is where we're going to have...

    *shrugs* Well, this is where we're going to have to part ways. I don't see hiring a boring but capable technocrat for a boring but important bureaucratic job as some betrayal of the left.


    I'm...
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    I pay about $440 a year, but my car is 15 years...

    I pay about $440 a year, but my car is 15 years old.
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    Of course it was. But you were arguing that in...

    Of course it was. But you were arguing that in reality, not the Ideal Steely Version of the American Democratic Party, the philosophical underpinnings of mainstream Democrats are not particularly...
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    Huh, I've met plenty over the years. Maybe I just...

    Huh, I've met plenty over the years. Maybe I just bring out the best in people.
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    Really? Your first?

    Really? Your first?
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    You spent quite a bit of time a few weeks ago...

    You spent quite a bit of time a few weeks ago castigating the entire mainstream US political spectrum as underpinned by a common slavish adherence to your definition of 'neoliberalism' but now don't...
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    I'm not sure you know who Charlie Baker is. Yes,...

    I'm not sure you know who Charlie Baker is. Yes, he is technically a member of the Republican party. But he is also the governor of Massachusetts, one of the bluest states in the US. He has been...
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    Do you honestly have a problem with, say, Charlie...

    Do you honestly have a problem with, say, Charlie Baker serving in a technocratic position in the cabinet?
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    You know, I first saw Lynch's take when I was...

    You know, I first saw Lynch's take when I was quite young (at a memorable sleepover with a good friend in maybe 3rd grade?). At the time I was more bewildered by anything else, partially because I...
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    There's a good deal of complexity here. Generally...

    There's a good deal of complexity here. Generally immunotherapies are useful against specific genetic subtype of a cancer (typically based on their expression of specific surface proteins or sugars),...
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    I don't really agree. The power of something like...

    I don't really agree. The power of something like R is that you're not limited by the built in statistical functionality of something as limited as Excel and the data is much more manipulable. It's...
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    Demonstration of the proper use of a face mask....

    Demonstration of the proper use of a face mask. :o

    https://i.imgur.com/pojpr53.jpg
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    Yes, well, these people are biologists. They're...

    Yes, well, these people are biologists. They're not known for being particularly sophisticated users of computers.

    An amusing related story: A friend of mine is an excellent software engineer...
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    In theory, you're right assuming that the...

    In theory, you're right assuming that the underlying assumptions wrt random sampling (and the many corrections therein) are correct. However it's also possible that most of the polls have a...
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    I'm actually pretty surprised they didn't use R....

    I'm actually pretty surprised they didn't use R. That's pretty standard for manipulating datasets in the world of epidemiology and biostatistics. And it's got a very large maximum size.

    That being...
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    Actual title should be: 'Researchers publish...

    Actual title should be:

    'Researchers publish some papers arguing that their theoretical design will produce energy in 15 years. World yawns.'
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    I think the environment, overall, is definitely...

    I think the environment, overall, is definitely in Biden's favor. But I don't think it's anything close to guaranteed. The polling might have been corrected some since 2016, but the wild cards in...
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    Fivethirtyeight's polling averages as of today: ...

    Fivethirtyeight's polling averages as of today:


    MI Biden +7.2
    WI Biden +6.0
    PA Biden +5.8
    AZ Biden +3.6
    FL Biden +2.3
    OH Biden +1.4
    NC Biden +1.3
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    I don't think Biden should have been more...

    I don't think Biden should have been more aggressive, but I also think you're underestimating Trump's chances. He's got some real advantages in the electoral college, and state polls in critical...
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    Hazir, I have zero interest in litigating what...

    Hazir, I have zero interest in litigating what was obviously a stupid joke, so I'll just leave it at this:

    Humor is often transgressive, playing on perceived stereotypes and unacceptable...
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    I'm genuinely confused. The song is about men who...

    I'm genuinely confused. The song is about men who won't commit, a fairly reasonable illustration of my mildly amusing contention that I was able to find someone as fantastic as my wife by committing...
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    Oh, I totally think you should get paid what...

    Oh, I totally think you should get paid what you're worth. I just think that people sometimes think too much about where they start and don't think about how their employer will help them get to...
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    You know, Steely, I actually don't think it's...

    You know, Steely, I actually don't think it's hard to justify why a SCOTUS justice should be appointed and confirmed in an election year. I do think that it shouldn't happen in a lame duck period and...
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