Archive for December, 2011

Ghost of Christmas Presents

December 21, 2011

It is likely a bit late for most, but I do have a suggestion for removing one of the stresses of Christmastime: Declare a gift giving truce.

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The Placebo Effect

December 18, 2011

The placebo effect, the ability of an inert substance to deliver a cure, is an oft-remarked part of hypothesis testing. Such results are dismissed with a cursory “that is just the placebo effect.”

Rarely mentioned is just how amazing such a thing is.

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The Republican Primary

December 13, 2011

Because I know everyone is waiting to hear what I think of the Republican presidential contenders, I present my rundown of the candidates.

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The Buffet Tax?

December 4, 2011

Warren Buffet along with various other wealthy individuals called for higher taxes on the wealthy. His claim was that he was under taxed, suffering a rate lower than his secretary and other employees (who must be well paid, as he claims they are suffering a 33 percent burden). Perhaps there is a way we can give Buffet and friends what they want.

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