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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

An international research team has demonstrated that you really can make yourself happier by paying other people to do your time-consuming chores. It doesn't matter whether you're rich or poor, the new study suggests. If you feel pressed for time, your life satisfaction can be improved by trading money for minutes that you can use as you wish. The researchers, led by Ashley Whillans, a new professor at the Harvard Business School, began with survey data from nearly 4,500 people from the United States, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands. Survey-takers were asked whether they paid other people to do "unenjoyable daily tasks" in order to "increase their free time."


Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's right-hand information technology (IT) aide was arrested attempting to leave the country just a few hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation.

The employees had wired $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union in a House office building to two individuals in Pakistan.

"On January 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm, an international wire transfer request form was submitted [at the Congressional Federal Credit Union] at the Longworth House Office Building in the District of Columbia, in the amount of $283,000.00, to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan," according to a 10-page affidavit obtained by TheDCNF.

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The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies' ability to obey their own rules.

The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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More than 37 percent of California households have so little cash saved that they couldn't live at the poverty level for even three months if they lost a job or suffered another significant loss of income.

That's the grim assessment of the 2017 Prosperity Now Scorecard. The report was compiled by Prosperity Now, a Washington, D.C.-based organization seeking to help people -- particularly people of color and those with limited income -- achieve financial security and prosperity.

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The scorecard also shows that 46 percent of households in the Golden State didn't set aside any savings for emergencies over the past year, a higher percentage than the national rate of 43.7 percent.

It doesn't help that 21.1 percent of California jobs are in low-wage occupations. The scorecard found that 21.4 percent of Californians experienced income volatility over the past year, a situation that most often results from irregular job schedules.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

At first glance, COMPAS appears fair: White and black defendants given higher risk scores tended to reoffend at roughly the same rate. But an analysis by ProPublica found that, when you examine the types of mistakes the system made, black defendants were almost twice as likely to be mislabeled as likely to reoffend -- and potentially treated more harshly by the criminal justice system as a result. On the other hand, white defendants who committed a new crime in the two years after their COMPAS assessment were twice as likely as black defendants to have been mislabeled as low-risk. (COMPAS developer Northpointe -- which recently rebranded as Equivant -- issued a rebuttal in response to the ProPublica analysis; ProPublica, in turn, issued a counter-rebuttal.)

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But if you actually listened to what Hillary was saying, it wasn't far left or right...it was fairly pragmatic.

Come one Mad, free college?
www.businessinsider.com

Obamacare for illegal immigrants.
www.cbsnews.com

Seriously .... pragmatic with 20Tillion in debt?

I thought you were a free marketer, my mistake....

Asking soldiers to make fine legal distinctions in combat or else face court-martial is akin to asking them to sail between Scylla and Charybdis.

Its an absurd assertion.

Watch any reality documentary on soldiers operating in Afghanistan, "legal distinctions" are constantly evaluated. To the point that they are calling lawyers back in DC about the legality of the action. They refrain from action, when the average viewer is screaming at the TV the soldiers to blow that rebel away.

I respect their diligence.

Regarding strict obedience to orders, a number of books I have read about action in Afghanistan, the way I understand the command structure only at the leaf nodes is where the orders could become unlawful. Typically the command decisions today are pushed down, and not micro managed, it allows better decisions and faster, in the computer industry we use the term Agile.

The Obama administration was notorious for its micro managing.

Matiss called Trump "We're asking permission to send 50 of our soldiers into a village outside Raqqa,"
"Why are you calling me?" replied Trump, "I don't know where this village is at."
Mattis answered that, "Well, that's what we've done for the last 8 years."
Trump then asked who wanted to send troops to that village, and Mattis replied that a major who was first in his class at West Point had made the request.
"'Why do you think I know more about that than he does?'" Trump replied, and then he hung up.

You don't see this sort of leadership anymore, its a form of trust those in their command will do what they are authorized to do to the best of their abilities, even in tech industry companies will claim Agile, but micromanage. Allowing the child & leaf nodes some autonomy also creates loyalty and job satisfaction, and better decision making by people with more knowledge and skin in the game.

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