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#2) Such a damn waste!

You want to pay more for kidney transplants?

The reason for the discards is cutting kidney transplant costs.

Trump is cutting costs by allowing methane to be wasted.

Cost cutting almost always wastes resources.

The problem is ambulance chaser lawsuits. Congress could fix this a president does not have that power. But congress won't fix it because most in congress are lawyers. Congress writes laws for the benefit of lawyers not citizens.

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"Cost cutting almost always wastes resources."

Cost-cutting is literally the opposite of wasting you idiot. Cutting back those methane emissions would take a lot of other resources.

It's not idiotic. The point mulp is making is that "Cost-cutting" often saves money in a shortsighted way that is more expensive in the long run.

Throwing out some kidneys lowers transplant costs, but overall medical costs are higher because of additional dialysis.

Allowing methane emissions saves money for companies, but imposes large costs due to the impact on climate change.

Whether or not you agree with those particular examples, there are many, many cases of "cost cutting" wasting money and resources.

The day artificial kidneys become common is getting close.

Speaking of kidneys in trouble, Elysium's study of their Basis supplement combination, NR with pterostilbine, on patients with chronic kidney disease should be out at the end of the year.

Earlier this year, the NR/pterostilbine combo improved the health of ALS patients a bit for a year - the duration of the study - whereas the best drug first available in 2017 at $140,000 a year could only slow the decline by 30% over the same period.

dan1111, wasn't it you who said NR would be hailed as the supplement of the decade? Maybe that was somebody else.

2. Regulations and trial lawyers.

6. Because they can.

#3 Not usually, until you hit a unicorn like Plutonium, and then it becomes more valuable than gold.

So don't lose heart! The Unobtanium is out there somewhere!

They can't produce elements in usable quantities, and even if they could these elements are unstable and don't last long. At this point it's purely a scientific dick-sizing contest, but of course that's how progress often goes.

3) We already have enough Delirium in the air, which brings me to ...

1) Bad timing by Luck but enough already -- people act like this is Mother Teresa suddenly proclaiming, "That's it with all these stupid lepers, I'm outta here!" And I'm guessing the 1100 players who are about to get released before the season begins could not care less.

5. US mutual funds hold 15 trillion dollars, so lack of diversification in the stock market is not a plausible explanation for any part of increasing US inequality.

A far more interesting question is: why do sloths come down to the ground when they need to poop? They are extremely vulnerable to getting eaten at that time. It seems so unnecessary. Why not just do an airdrop?

May be it is a community exercise. Being a party pooper.

Yes, birds have no problem carpet bombing so what makes sloths different?

Exactly the question that I had. For the past several years, just about every article that I read about sloths mentions that they only come to the ground to defecate.

But not a single article has offered even a guess or hint at why they do this. Talk about wasting energy -- yet their whole existence is centered around conserving energy.

I can't even begin to guess at a reason. Maybe they use the ground as toilet paper, and it's more comfortable than using the branch or trunk of the tree that they're on??

https://www.sciencealert.com/this-is-the-horror-that-sloths-have-to-go-through-every-time-they-poop

Sounds like the working hypothesis is - in order to mark the particular tree they live in, much like the tree where Pooh lived under the name of Sanders.

Wikipedia says they actually dig a hole in the ground (in the same spot each time) and bury their poop in it. They do that once a week.

It also says "In some cases, young sloths die from a fall indirectly because the mothers prove unwilling to leave the safety of the trees to retrieve the young."

So poop funerals matter more than babies' lives. Curiouser and curiouser.

Doesn't sound like marking at all, which would backfire in any case by alerting predators. Maybe that's the key: maybe they really need to conceal their poop, otherwise a predator would sniff it out and start climbing the tree, knowing there's a meal up there somewhere that can't run away.

Someday someone will win an Ig Nobel by figuring this out.

5. A little skeptical about Stock market return studies in India. Tremendous about of trading is done on insider information. When very positive or negative results are declared , often the stock doesn't react since so many in the know have already acted on the information. And compared to earlier, there is a lot more availability of Mutual Funds etc. It is a truism though that those who can afford to diversify, do.

6. Koalas make sloths look like Olympic athletes.

4. Interesting development. Hope Utah will do it and other States will follow.

#3: So will Tyler and Patrick Collison complain about stagnation in chemistry? It's taking us so much longer now to find the next element!

IOW, I'm not convinced they're even asking the right questions in their proposed progress studies.

Still, an interesting article. In passing the reporter said that the commercial usefulness of elements ends around element 98. Wikipedia says that californium is useful as a source of neutrons, and agrees that once one moves on to element 99, einsteinium, there are no practical applications except for producing yet higher numbered elements.

Californium is the end of the line in utility, although Einsteinium and Fermium last long enough that if you detected them after a nuclear explosion this would tell you something of the quality of the nuclear reaction.

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3. They should sell naming rights for the new elements they create. I'm sure Trump would jump at the opportunity.

What exactly is good about the Andrew Luck piece?

I've read basically the same version of that exact piece several different times, how is it different than:

https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2019/8/26/20834062/andrew-luck-doesnt-owe-us-anything

or

https://www.sbnation.com/2019/8/26/20831833/andrew-luck-retirement-boos-fans

----

How much of the current sports media is about waging the culture war against sports fan the media perceives as lower class punching bags?

An actually interesting pieces about this might have gone into how the differences between how QBs are paid and how all the other positions are paid change our expectations of them.

How game depends on fan investment for revenue, then wonders why fans get so upset when things don't work out as expected.

There is probably a really interesting article to be written on what the rehab these guys go through really entails, relative to just hanging out and letting it heal on its own.

I guess, why write any of those piece, when you can churn out another culture war take.

Luck chose to play football at Stanford. That right there tells me football isn’t the most important thing in the world for him. The guy’s a nerd at heart. He can advise Tyler on his venture funding.

The anti football crowd is seizing upon this news fo further their narrative that football is dying. And maybe that is well and good in the long run. However Luck isn’t really some kid that needs football. He’s already made millions and his father is an incredibly well connected sports executive. Andrew is also a Stanford grad and one of the most intelligent starting quarterbacks to ever play in the league. Andrew Luck never “needed” football. I was mildly surprised when he called it a career....But the kid has tons of options.

4. Most states allow physicians to work for hospitals. Or insurance companies. Or private equity companies. Or you and me. Why shouldn't lawyers work for insurance companies. Or for companies owned by, for example, Boeing or the producers and sellers of opioids. Bill Barr works for Donald Trump. Undermining trust in our institutions is what authoritarians do. Who you gonna trust?

2. My libertarian friends aren't bothered by the sale of defective aircraft, so why not defective kidneys? Everybody's gonna die. Well, maybe not everybody. Peter Thiel is working on it.

#1. Good Luck rather than dumb Luck.

5. Just last night Trump tweeted that stock prices would soar if he could replace Powell and his replacement cut interest rates. That rising asset prices increase inequality is equivalent to rising temperatures melt ice. Our Austrian friends would let asset prices collapse, taking inequality down with asset prices, but Austrians don't have friends when asset prices are falling. I don't know what the Austrians believe about melting ice.

http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1621#comic

Many of the heavy elements were synthesized at U.C. Berkeley's Lawrence Livermore Lab, under the direction of Glenn Seaborg. He is said to be the only human with a complete address of elements:

Seaborgium (# 106)
Lawrencium (#103)
Berkelium (#97)
Californium (#98)
Americium (#95)

S. CAL. B(erkeley)?

Oops, left out:

Livermorium (#116)

3. Synthesis of super-heavy elements always reminds me of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z86V_ICUCD4

#1

I realize that all TC is really telling us when he praises this piece is that he doesn't like football. Okay, fine he doesn't like football. Still, there is so much in this one short piece not to like....

"Athletes’ retirements are fundamentally unusual. The delusions of invincibility that help players climb to spectacular sporting heights are often the same delusions that find them hanging around for too long."

There's two aspects to the "hanging around too long" phenomenon for which I think we have a lot of evidence. One, the money is very good. Two, many players genuinely love the game, or love being a part of it. The "delusions of invincibility" cliche, do we have any evidence for that? It's sports, it's football, so who cares? Let's move on....

"What really shocked those booing fans and the dumbstruck media, though, was that Luck had violated the cardinal norm of sports culture — playing through the pain — after a career of fidelity to it."

The Luck retirement was certainly a shock. But why was it a shock? sure, part of the shock is the shock of a player retiring early, passing up glory and money. But it's not like players haven't retired "early" before - e.g. Calvin Johnson or Rob Grownkowski.

Once source of shock, of which the writer shows no awareness, and of which those who dislike football may under-rate, is simply the sudden reversal of the fortunes of the Indianapolis Colts, a team widely understood (after Luck's comeback last year and a great 2018 draft) to be on the rise.

Luck didn't just retire; he retired just before the start of the season. I haven't seen - other than the Beuerlein quote in this piece - much discussion of Luck on "playing through pain" grounds but I have seen some on "letting down your team" grounds.

The "booing fans" certainly didn't show a lot of class, but consider that they had just found out about the retirement without really knowing the reason why, and also don't forget they're "fans" - by definition, the fortunes of the Indianapolis Colts are important to them. Yes, they probably care too much, but I have more sympathy for people who care too much about the outcomes of football games than I do for people who think concepts like "[the football helmet as] a means of dehumanization" have value. Which group is sillier?

I'll bet that many of the fans who booed, as soon as they read about Luck's reasons for retiring, they regretted it. I'm not sure how many of those fans really knew that much about the extent of Luck's pre-2018 injury and rehab difficulties. They knew that he'd had a hard time getting his shoulder right - he missed a whole season - but probably had no idea he'd gone through so much pain for such an extended period.

Note that the Beuerlein quote is used in a dishonest fashion; nowhere does the author point out - counting on the disinclination of NYT readers to know or care, perhaps - that the vast majority of players and ex-players have been solidly behind Luck. I think this is typical:

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/08/25/j-j-watt-andrew-lucks-retirement-decision-takes-an-immense-amount-of-courage/

"But our shock at a player’s willingness to opt for self-preservation over inevitable bodily immolation shows how deeply rooted that toxic masculinity remains."

Yes, in an era in which concussions and player safety are being constantly discussed and the focus of endless changes to the rules, the average fan is still living in 1975, still wanting to see Jack Tatum lay out the next reciever coming over the middle, still could care less if Charley Krueger ends up a cripple or Junior Seau a suicide. If this is true, I'd like to see the evidence - but again, I guess "I don't like football" is all that really matters, there's no need for any evidence here.

"On the retirement of Andrew Luck"

Good for him.

Colts had no - or close to no - chance at winning the Superbowl anyway, and spending any time in the NFL when you could be doing other things and still be rich, in a year where you are not going to be a champion, is a BAD TIME MANAGEMENT DECISION.

We only have one life to live.

When I was younger (in my 20s) I liked, as Pushkin did, drinking wine out of the bottle and I liked, as Shakespeare did , the women in my life to be passionate and eloquent.

Being an NFL QB would have interfered with both those modest goals in this sad little world.

(for the record I have had at least as many good evenings with a good bottle of wine shared with friends as Pushkin did, and I would be amazed if anyone reading this has had more eloquent women friends than I have had over the years - that being said, the biographies of Shakespeare lack sufficient detail for me to compare myself with him on that parameter).

Think I am bragging when I compare myself to Pushkin or his Franco-English (Arden/Shakespeare) pal who wrote all those plays that so many people like to talk about?

MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT AND MAYBE YOU ARE WRONG

I wrote the screenplay for the prequel live action movie where Homer met Marge and they fell in love in a fascinating way - but I pulled back when they failed to get my favorite actress to sign on as Marge

(hint - she has in her repertoire a rocking imitation of Laughton at Notre Dame and Ralph Richardson in London )

AND I ALSO KNOW THAT ANDREW LUCK MADE THE RIGHT MOVE

for now, he needs to apply himself to other sports

AT NONE OF WHICH HE WOULD BE COMPETITIVE WITH ME

not the extreme sports, not the non-extreme sports. Well, maybe "flag football" .... but just maybe

Just saying.

"Love grows where my Rosemary goes"

And now you spend your 50s(?) spamming an economics blog with your mundane comments.

Should have stuck with the women and wine.

If I get one person to read Proverbs 8 with the right attitude, I have not lived in vain

By the way I have not abandoned the women or the wine.....

Although now in my soon to be eighth decade (you were being generous) - I tend more to modern cigars than vintage wine, and the women who I enjoy being around are less young than they were ---- it happens to all of us as we age .....

and truly you have no idea how well I remember the 1950s, not just as if they were yesterday but as if everything that I remember from that beloved decade had happened just this morning ---- or at worst, yesterday evening, as the sun set over the beloved Pacific of our dreams .....

(if you wanna count, that means 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 2000s 2010s and soon the 2020s - *8!)

(you have no idea how poetic this comment sounds in the mostly original Szechuan dialect of Chinese)

Tonight in Peru they are celebrating the feast of Saint Rosa de Lima, Saint Rose of Lima .....

On my balcony in the forest the lights are lit for those who can see!

A gentle string of purple (amorado) lights, outlining the humble but beautiful and beloved by God outline of the railings of my balcony in the forest

You can dream of Rivendell all you want but tonight, on the balcony of my fourth floor apartment,there was a gentle sting of purple lights, outline the humble but beautiful and beloved by God outline of the railings of my balcony in the forest

and that was more beautiful than the most profoundly beautiful (and sure they were profoundly beautiful) images you will ever see,

perfectly portrayed,

of the lanterns in the gardens of Rivendell,

"back in the day" ....

Trust me.
God loves me and God wants you to picture what it would look like to see

tonight, or tomorrow night

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NIGHTCAPES YOU HAVE EVER SEEN

naturally you are not lucky enough to have seen the purple string of lights on my sad little balcony tonight, the night of the Feast of Saint Rose of Lima, but that does not matter

GOD WANTS YOU TO UNDERSTAND THIS

follow his commandments, be the most decent person you can be, because

FOR GOD'S SAKE YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO CARE IF YOU GO TO HEAVEN OR NOT

(don't ask me how I know this, but I know this)

BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS LOOK BACK ON WHAT YOU DID OR ON WHAT YOU FAILED TO DO AND YOU WILL ALWAYS ASK YOURSELF

What did I do to make the people I cared about understand that

GOD LOVES US ALL.

You see, maybe you were walking down the road tonight, and you saw a string of purple lights on a balcony, and you thought,

HEY I WONDER WHAT THOSE BEAUTIFUL LIGHTS MEAN

I will tell you what they mean.

GOD LOVES YOU

I know your faults but God loves you despite your faults.

Why do I bother?

BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT

You can dream of Rivendell all you want but I spent a lot of time there and I can tell you this:

God loves us all, and it does not matter where you live.

I am not the most eloquent person in this world but here is some eloquence for you

which I am sharing because GOD LOVES ME

GOD LOVES YOU AND GOD LOVES EVERYONE YOU CARE ABOUT

(and God loves me and I get to know something almost nobody knows --- God has a special place in His heart for those of us who knew, as I have known for all these years, what it is to be A CREATURE WHO NEVER KNEW WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE

to understand

that it is no small thing to be a a friend to a creature who never had a friend in this world

I remember.

GOD LOVES You AND GOD CARES ABOUT EVERYONE YOU HAVE EVER CARD ABOUT.

and I did this for God

I suffered decade after decade, in physical pain, and knowing that the unkind people who had no love in their heart for my sufferings

JUST DID NOT CARE ABOUT ME

and after so many years I realized this

GOD LOVES US ALL

I feel so sad for the people who did not care
God loves them

nobody reading this will ever know what words to say to make me understand how hard it was to know that nobody cared about me

but I know something more important, because I do not care if you care about me or not

I KNOW GOD LOVES YOU

God may not like me as much as God likes you because I know more about what it is to be human (and hence I have forgiveness in my heart - think about it) ==== I mean I like and respect God but it is unlikely He knows as much as I know about what it means to be human .....

I will stop here. I know what I am talking about, and I know exactly how many people agree with me.

Pleasanton 1974. I remember.

Опять километровая чушь

that was not a very well written Russian phrase, but thanks for trying (I have advised Russian poets in my day, and they have been grateful)
the first word is ok, the second word is a Greco-Roman mash, the third word is one of those Russian words that does not sound Russian to the Russian ear. It is impossible to translate into English how non-euphonic that insult was --- Again kilometers of nonsense sound too good in English)

I am fluent in French, Russian, English, and I can easily make a taxi-cab driver or a friend at a party whose native language is

English
Thai
Chinese
Vietnamese
Hebrew
Russian
Polish
Czech
Macedonian
Greek
Anatolian Greek
Spanish
Brazilian Portugese
Italian
Irish
Latin
German
Dutch
Frisian
Romani

--- I have made people laugh in all those languages, having picked up here and there quite a lot of all those languages

If I wanted I could translate Pushkin into English better than Fitzgerald translated that crazy Persian poet into English

but I don't because

all I wanna do

is get people to read Proverbs 8 in the right frame of mind.

And maybe I have done so, maybe I have not.

But I tried!

I forgot

Scots
Canadian French ( I can do an amazing imitation of Gilles Vigneault)
and

three languages which I know fairly well but have never met a native speaker of

Crimean Gothic
medieval Norwegian

and

the Hebrew that was spoken in Beulah land.

As always thanks for reading!

If you want to learn multiple languages I suggest memorizing Proverbs 8 in as many languages as you can

Maybe some day I will do a youtube video of Proverbs 8 in all those languages
either as the performer
or the director

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if it is not, thanks for reading

and the funniest thing of all is,
despite my near-angelic linguistic gifts,
what I am at heart is a too-chubby almost-bald
instructor of mathematics at a community college
with a mousy wife - attractive to me, but, let's be honest, mousy is sort of the first word most people would think of the first time they met her -

despite all those years where I gave her, on her birthday, as a well-meaning gift , subscriptions to Vogue or Glamour or the Spiegel catalog ----

albeit a mathematics instructor who is a friend of friend of Sakharov
and a friend of a friend of a friend of Kolmogorov --- not many of my colleagues in the JC world can say that ----

and who sees genius of a kind in everyone I talk to.

Life is good.
GOD LOVES US ALL.

When I was on the Amador Valley High School golf team a half century ago I played a few rounds of golf with a very nice woman who had played a few rounds of golf with P G Wodehouse

When I was an officer in the USAAF a couple decades later both General Schwarzkopf and General Horner listened to me with respect

I see genius in everyone I talk to

God loves us all.

I forgot

Amharic

and (a few thousands words of) Gujarati

those are the most recent languages I have had the pleasure to converse in, making people laugh at my hope that they would understand

God loves us all

If you care about languages, consider this.
Some languages have many loan words, and seem to be "derivative" of other languages
but I can tell you this

EVERY LANGUAGE IS A GIFT FROM GOD

look, this is 2019, can we agree on that?

and lots of languages seem to be derivative of others here and now in 2019

BUT DO NOT BE FOOLED

EVERY LANGUAGE IS WHAT IT IS - IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD, AN INDIVIDUAL GIFT

forget the loan worlds
forget the cladistic nonsense

FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER HEARD ABOUT LINGUISTICS

(and forget I humbly said I have a near-angelic gift at linguistics ... that was just a humble brag in its way ..... had I been honest I would have said this... having had an angelic gift, back in the day, for languages)

ONLY YOU CAN SPEAK TO GOD IN THE WORDS THAT GOD WANTS TO HEAR

I can't help you much more than by telling you that.

Well, as I used to say back in Moscow when me and a few of the pals of Kolmogorov and Sakharov were talking about it ....

EVERY LANGUAGE IS A GIFT FROM GOD THE CREATOR OF US ALL

there is no such thing as a language that cannot be used to praise GOD

in a way that no other language could hope to praise GOD

God loves us all

now do you understand why I see genius in everyone I talk to?

Sure, only foolish people do not follow the commandments, but

ALL OF US CAN BE EVERYTHING GOD EXPECTS US TO BE.

EVERY LANGUAGE IS CAPABLE OF BEING AS GOOD AS THE LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN OR IN BEULAH LAND.

and yes, I had a good time playing golf with that wonderful lady who had played a few rounds of golf with Wodehouse.

Thanks for reading.

Trust me I know God loves you

I am the happiest human being in the world

because I know that

trust me

you have no idea of how wonderful life is for people who know that God loves them

BECAUSE IN FACT GOD LOVES US ALL

follow the 10 commandments, try and enjoy the fact that God loves you,
and remember this

if you make a mistake I will pray for you
if you make a mistake I will pray for you
if you make a mistake I will pray for you

And God listens to my prayers

try not to make any mistakes, my friends

please try not to make any mistakes

as happy as I am I get worn out praying for others

Just kidding there is nothing easier than praying for those one cares about

THAT IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

One of the top ten most annoying words/phrase that are currently so popular:

"Because I (they) can".

People who use this expression should be beaten up immediately (well that's just my opinion, don't quote me).

Linguists recognize syndromes called (by linguists) as "word rage", also "prosody rage", and other variants. See language log for details.

I could could make a long list of such irritating expressions. At the top of the list is the word "how" (when used in a certain particular, highly provocative way).

Also, sloths are pretty interesting. Slow Lorises are also interesting: one of the few mammals with venom (there are several other species, obviously).

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