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by on February 19, 2011 at 7:32 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

1 dearieme February 19, 2011 at 5:36 am

"Nebuchadnezzar …… Mr Skinner believes in this case there is also the phonetic difficulty that puts people off. "It sounds very harsh with all those zeds. It's not very easy to pronounce, either."" Mr Skinner is an ass (in the British sense). When we were children we used to recite a rhyme about him: pronunciation held no fear.

"Nebuchadnezzar, King of the Jews, bought his wife a pair of shoes,

When the shoes began to wear, Nebuchadnezzar began to swear,

etc etc."

2 Kalim Kassam February 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

Odd: I had a nanny growing up in Kenya named Dorcas. No nickname.

3 Yancey Ward February 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I have known lots of Dorcases in my life.

4 athEIst February 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

Nebuchadnezzar

is a Christian name?

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Assorted links

by on February 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

5 Steve February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

Re the Canadian lottery item…

I understand that there are potential problems with hiring people to scan tickets for you, in that you're not needed once they know the secret, but still, you'd think that he could have hired people that enabled him to make several hundred dollars a day and still keep his more lucrative day job.

6 j r February 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

in re #6

Reading Mark Bittman's policy suggestions is a little bit depressing. In general, I agree with just about everything that he wrote. We'd all probably be much healthier, and better looking, if we ate less processed corn and soy, ate beef that wasn't grain-finished in feedlots and cooked at home more. I just have no desire to use the force of law to compel and cajole everyone else into adopting my preferences. It's sad that so few politicians and media types feel the same way.

7 Cyrus February 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

(6) wants government interventions in the food market to correct suboptimal social results in that market. But (6) is deeply dissatisfied with the interventions the government does in fact make in the food market.

Insofar as the mean purchaser of food is also the median voter, one should expect that government interventions in the food market consistent with public choice will exacerbate rather than correct any market failure. If people willingly pay for too much junk food in the checkout line, given the opportunity, they will vote themselves more of it in the ballot box.

8 subdee February 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

Ending food subsidies has got to be tricky, right? Aren't wages in part determined by how much it costs to live, which is in part determined by how much it costs to eat? If you end food subsidies without raising the minimum wage, people might starve for real (I know there's an argument that they are already starving nutritionally).

9 Wimivo February 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

I think it would be rejected my many as looking to fantasical

No kidding. What a phenomenal photograph.

10 Peter February 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

# 2: Another way to 'crack the scratch ticket code' is to (credibly) not understand the rules: http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinodisp/au/cas

11 Careless February 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

#7: the only thing that was at all surprising about that was the fact that Algeria has that many people/that many more people than other countries in the region.

12 Bartman February 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

Also, a large number of people in the Gulf states are foreign guest workers, who maybe shouldn't be counted in the population, certainly not as "Arabs".

For example, maybe 20% of the people in the UAE are citizens, and over half the people in the country are from the Indian subcontinent, with another big chunk from East Asia. After the first Gulf War, all the Gulf oil states made a decision to get rid of most of their Arab guest workers, after seeng who the Palestinians in Kuwait sided with.

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