The Modulin. Building new instruments by hacking and moving your own. Sure, it's a little Forbidden Planet sounding (theremin), but I'm okay with that. (Grokked from Dan)
"'For every dollar people are contributing to the retirement savings system, about 40 cents of that money is coming out before people reach their late 50s,' said Brigitte Madrian, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School."
"The animals had been genetically engineered to produce high levels of proteins called cadherins in the brain's 'reward circuit,' which plays an important role in addiction. And genetic studies have suggested that people with high levels of cadherins are more susceptible to drug addiction." Creating mice that show a resistance to drug addiction.
"Moda Health, a small Oregon health insurer, just won a $214-million judgment against the federal government. Normally that wouldn’t be worth reporting, except that in awarding Moda the money, the federal judge in the case dismantled the most cynical attack on the Affordable Care Act that congressional Republicans had devised." (Grokked from Xeni Jardin)
"Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration—not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump—that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust." And there there is this part, "Now SIGINT confirms that some of the non-salacious parts of what Steele reported, in particular how senior Russian officials conspired to assist Trump in last year’s election, are substantially based in fact." (Grokked from John)
"Mexico is one of the top buyers of American corn in the world today. And Mexican senator Armando Rios Piter, who leads a congressional committee on foreign relations, says he will introduce a bill this week where Mexico will buy corn from Brazil and Argentina instead of the United States." That's gonna leave a mark. And considering cheap American corn (thanks to NAFTA) pretty much tanked the local growers (who were mightily pissed at what they considered the US "dumping subsidized corn" on their markets), there's a history of Mexico being against US corn producers. (Grokked from Wes Chu)
Ah, the jobs-President. "President-elect Donald Trump is driving a hard bargain for the foreign workers who will staff The Mar-a-Lago Club this winter… He’s paying some of them less than they made this past year, and most get just a 1 percent raise… As the presidential campaign heated up, Trump won approval to hire 64 foreign workers through the federal government’s H-2B visa program, according to newly released data from the U.S. Labor Department. This past year, Trump was allowed to hire 69 foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago." You'd think he could hire local employees, except that they all know him. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)
(Ed. Gen. Flynn has stepped down since I wrote this) You know, Gen. Flynn not only was let go for violations of security while working at the Pentagon, he may have discussed policy with the Russians before the inauguration and then lied about it and got the VP-elect to lie about it. It can't get much worse. "In addition, the Army has been investigating whether Mr. Flynn received money from the Russian government during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015, according to two defense officials." Oh dear God. (Grokked from George Takei)
Tweet of my (breaking) heart: @wes_chu Travel ban's influence is pervasive. Friends are cancelling trips. 70yr old inlaws who are citizens are considering cancelling trip to Korea