Jan. 26th, 2017

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It looks like Americans are going to pay for the wall with Mexico not once, but twice: first, as taxpayers because the US government would have to fund the project from its own budget; second, as consumers because we would have to pay more for imported or competing domestic products.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer added a stunning new detail about the proposed wall project later Thursday, saying that Trump intended to pay for it by imposing a 20 percent tax on all imports from Mexico.

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Jan. 26th, 2017 03:07 pm
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Recently, a bipartisan group of economists, including Greg Mankiw, started a fact-checking site on economic policies proposed by the Trump administration: http://econofact.org/

For example, Should the United States Build a Wall on the Mexican Border to Reduce Unauthorized Immigration?

Will the Trump Energy Policy help Appalachia?

etc.
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Только что я подпрыгнул со скакалкой 135 180 раз подряд!

upd: а еще я научился крутить обруч пока не надоест.
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At some point, Deep Learning (whatever that means) will run out of things to learn and we will need extremely curious people to figure out what lies beyond the horizon of the learnable. We can probably use the forbidden fruit metaphor to show that the ultimate knowledge attained in the garden of eden is meaningless in a new world beyond its gates. We can also show that unlike in a myth or natural science, the world for the curious doesn't exist and has to be created for play.

TIL

Jan. 26th, 2017 11:07 pm
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Today I learned that the black tar heroin epidemic in the US is a white people problem. Mexicans don't sell it to blacks and don't use it themselves.

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2017/01/sam_quinones_on.html
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47. But what are the simple constituent parts of which reality is composed? What are the simple constituent parts of a chair? The pieces of wood from which it is assembled? Or the molecules, or the atoms? “Simple” means: not composite. And here the point is: in what sense ‘composite’? It makes no sense at all to speak absolutely of the ‘simple parts of a chair’.

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Asking “Is this object composite?” outside a particular game is like what a boy once did when he had to say whether the verbs in certain sentences were in the active or passive voice, and who racked his brains over the question whether the verb “to sleep”, for example, meant something active or passive.

-- Ludwig Wittgenstein. Philosophical Investigations. 4ed. p 26

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