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February 2013

February 26, 2013

One more reason--among many--why I'm not a lawyer

How is this constitutional? From "The Californai tax that terrifies tech":

Entrepreneurs and investors in California can expect to receive a rude shock in the mail if they sold their company in the last four years. Not only did the state's Franchise Tax Board (FTB) eliminate a tax break on capital gains for small business owners and investors, it announced the tax would be reinstated retroactively. This means those who benefitted from the break can expect a bill for unpaid taxes, plus interest, stretching all the way back to 2008.

"20 Old-Fashioned Baby Names That Are Back in Style"

Clara, Eli, Alice, and others

"Chicago Is Top City for Bedbugs"

News you can use.

(But what's up with "Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C."? Fayetteville doesn't hang with us.)

"DC street food scene explodes with almost 200 food trucks"

Look at Farragut Square! Boy, that would have made my college days at GW better

February 25, 2013

Need a horse shoed? Contact the Detroit Water & Sewer Department

From Kyle Smith's "Detroit Gave Unions Keys to the City, and Now Nothing Is Left".

We keep hearing that the car industry in Detroit is “on the rebound” or that “Detroit is back.” In fact, the city itself is on its back, and it’s bounding toward bankruptcy or a state takeover. How did one of America’s most storied cities land in this predicament? While the city population has shrunk (from a peak population of 1.8 million in 1950 to 714,000 in the last census), it has hardly reduced the government that serves it. All you really need to know about Detroit, which is facing a $327 million budget gap, is that last year it was discovered to still be paying for  a “horseshoer” (or farrier) on the Detroit Water & Sewer Department (DWSD) payroll. This individual costs some $56,000 in pay and benefits, despite the city not having any horses to shoe in his department.

More news from Detroit all of it sad, very sad.

"How The Ruins Of Detroit Are A Warning For America".

"Detroit's financial crisis now in governor's hands".

"Detroit: A City in Foreclosure".

"Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America's Most Miserable Cities".

But some of us can remember the glorious music that came out of the Motor City: "Founded in Liberty: Motown's Roots in Civil Soceity". 

"Wait, Did This 15-Year-Old From Maryland Just Change Cancer Treatment?"

I missed this last year. Terrific story.

His name is Jack Andraka, and he loves science and engineering with every inch of his 15-year-old soul. Just spend a minute or so watching this video. Seriously, do it now before you read more. Nothing from the Oscars or Grammys comes close to the unabashed excitement and joy of Andraka charging up to the stage to accept his $75,000 grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May. This is theOlympics of youth science, with more than 1,500 entries from 70 countries competing, each of which already won their national competitions. . . . 

A nanotube sensor with a targeted antibody is extremely sensitive. In a single-blinded test of 100 patient samples, Andraka’s sensor spotted the presence of mesothelin, a protein commonly used as a biomarker for pancreatic cancer, at a limit of 0.156 nano grams per milliliter, well below the 10 ng/mL considered an overexpression of mesothelin consistent with pancreatic cancer. It’s also 100 times more selective than existing diagnostic tests, which means no false positives or false negatives. It ignored healthy patient samples as well as those with mere pancreatitis. Compared with the 60-year-old diagnostic technique called enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (or ELISA), used in pregnancy test strips and viral checks for HIV, West Nile and hepatitis B, Andraka’s sensor is 168 times faster, 26,667 times less expensive, and 400 times more sensitive. It can spot the presence of the cancer-linked protein well before the cancer itself becomes invasive. This could save the lives of thousands of pancreatic cancer victims each year. The sensor costs $3 (ELISA can cost up to $800) and ten tests can be performed per strip, with each test taking five minutes. It can be used also to monitor resistance to antibiotics and follow the progression of treatment of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.

"FORMER GOLDMAN BANKER: The Two Most Powerful Concepts In Math That Go Untaught"

Well, I certainly try to teach, at every opportunity, compound interest and discounted cash flows.

This is unlikely to end well

Trust me. "16-Year-Old Actress Turns Into Stock Day Trader".

“Last year I made 338 day trades,” she says proudly. Trading that often is not just a hobby. Rachel is up at 6:30am every morning, looks through her account, scans headlines and then makes her picks for the day. She uses a standard brokerage account and makes use of an app that enables her to trade on her smartphone.

France: headed for the deep merde

"The Biggest Problem In France Is France".

France is in upheaval. Arguments erupt live on TV, demonstrations block the streets, strikes shut down plants, and threats of mayhem are part of the show [French Workers Threaten To Blow Up Their Factory].

The problem: an economy where businesses are suffocating under an obese public sector. Ever larger budgets have been the only source of economic growth. But now that model has run aground.

"CEO Of American Tire Company Sends Letter Blasting French Workers For Being Overpaid, Lazy And Taking Long Lunch Breaks".

I have visited the factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three, and work for three. I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!

"Draconian Cash Controls Are Coming To France".

In its just released annual report, France’s state auditor, the Cour des Comptes, told the government that it was dreaming. Its forecast of 0.8% growth for 2013 was way high. Try 0.3%. And forget about the budget deficit target of 3% of GDP, which had been based on that illusory 0.8% growth. And even if growth came in at 0.8%, the deficit would still be above that all-important 3%.

A way to increase national security at minimal cost

Three words: weaponized Krispy Kremes. See "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Are Making People Insane".
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