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In support of ligers

I was watching Nightline last night and there was a story on interesting animal hybrids.  These include Zedonks, Beefalos, Wholpins, and–as made famous in Napoleon Dynamite–ligers.  Besides the obvious appeal of creating something never seen before, is it worthwhile to create these hybrids? One “expert” said that creating these crossbreeds upset the natural order of […]

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Word of the day: Quango

Quango noun, acronym: Quango or qango is an acronym (variously spelt out as quasi non-governmental organisation, quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation, and quasi-autonomous national government organisation) used notably in the United Kingdom, Ireland and elsewhere to label an organisation to which government has devolved power. In the United Kingdom the official term is “non-departmental public body” or […]

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Bon Voyage

The Healthcare Economist will be taking a break from blogging.  I’ll be on vacation in Israel (Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv) and Egypt (Cairo) for two weeks.  Blogging will return in the new year. Here is some information on each country: Egypt Hello: as-salam alaykum Language: Arabic Population: 80.5 million GDP: $469 billion GDP per capita: $5,900. […]

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How to divide up the U.S.

I like maps.  Here’s different versions of how different federal agencies create regions which aggregate U.S. states into regions.  These include: Census Regions, Standard Federal Regions, and Federal Reserve Districts

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Profitability and Corporation Size

“As the number of employees grows, the amount of profit per employee shrinks…The graph reflects the bleak reality of corporate growth, in which efficiencies of scale are almost always outweighed by the burdens of bureaucracy.” from “A Physicist Solves the City,” New York Times, 17 Dec 2010.

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Will Google Maps increase traffic?

Using Google Maps, you can find the shortest route to drive from point A to point B. This will certainly be true if there is no traffic on the road. However, during rush hour, should you trust the Google Maps (or Mapquest or Yahoo) directions? If people increasingly rely on Google Maps for directions, this […]

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William Henderson Inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame

Today it was announced that my favorite football player, William Henderson, will soon be inducted into the the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.  Henderson was a fullback on the Packers Super Bowl team in 1997.  He also made the Pro Bowl in 2005. News release. William Henderson Wikipedia page. Career Statistics.

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Keep Your Identity Small

I came across this essay from Paul Graham and it truly an excellent piece of insight about how one’s identity informs your opinions.  Are you Jewish?  You’re more likely to support Israel in any debate.  Are you a Moslem?  Then you are more likely to side with Palestinians. This is true almost regardless of the […]

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Success Defined

“It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all.” Thomas Watson, Sr

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Quotation of the Day

“Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.” Michael Crichton, Caltech Michelin Lecture, January 17, 2003.

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