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Reading group update!!
Posted by Ben on 07.05.15

Still seems like the first two chapters on the 13th is a good plan! But you know what, no one has indicated a willingness to do the summarization/reaction honors. If no one wants to go first, I will, but c'mon, people.

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Guest Post - Puzzle
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 07.05.15

Witt writes: The NYT posted this very simple puzzle. I was surprised to find myself in a minority subset (9%) among respondents. I won't spoil the surprise, but the fundamental thing that confused me was why that was such a small minority among respondents.

My greatest fear in doing policy work is that I will publish something that will cause people to laugh and point out an obvious explanation that I have overlooked. I would have assumed this was a widespread fear and that my solutions for overcoming it (basically, try to poke and prod as much as possible at my own material before it goes out the door) would also be very widespread.

What am I missing?

Heebie's take: the underlying phenomenon about policy work and corporate America is not well-illustrated by that puzzle. People like to solve puzzles! People sometimes try to solve puzzles without looking at the answer in the back of the book. It's a thing. (The underlying phenomenon is still interesting in its own right.)

Also I recognized the puzzle so I couldn't say whether or not I was a superior being.

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Zip Codes That Don't Matter
Posted by Ogged on 07.05.15

This is just nuts (keep scrolling).

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Guest Post - Potato Saboteurs
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 07.03.15

E. Messily sends along this very weird story with this great headline:

Canadian potato farmers on the hunt for saboteurs: 'These are really evil people'

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