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  • Quote:""Considering the volume of data that the Bureau of Census gathers during the census, some loss of confidential data is bound to occur," one document bluntly states. Citing past missteps, such as the loss of work laptops by census employees in 2006, it details a rapid-response effort that includes notification of authorities, if appropriate, as well as free credit monitoring for potential identity theft victims.

    // So, conservatives were right about the census, huh?

    (tags: misc census)
  • // Not surprisingly, this is written by a woman who somehow expects people not to be people when they're at work. Being people is something you do when you're not working, dontchaknow?
  • Quote:"Career expert Liz Ryan says, "People think that they can make up and embellish details about companies that have been sold or gone out of business. But LinkedIn, Facebook, and our wide-ranging networks will put a quick stop to most efforts to change history in our favor."

    // In other words, if you're looking for a job, or ever expect to look for a job, stay off facebook and LinkedIn.

  • Quote:"A speculative solution is that many or all of these possibilities are realised in one or another of a huge number of universes, but that only a small number of them are habitable, and hence the fundamental constants of the universe are ultimately the result of the anthropic principle rather than a consequence of the theory of everything. This anthropic approach is often criticised in that, because the theory is flexible enough to encompass almost any observation, it cannot make useful (as in original, falsifiable, and verifiable) predictions. In this view, string theory would be considered a pseudoscience, where an unfalsifiable theory is constantly adapted to fit the experimental results.
  • Quote:"A man hired his live-in girlfriend to manage several of his rental properties. Her duties included finding furniture, overseeing repairs and running his personal household. The Tax Court let him deduct as a business expense $2,500 of the $9,000 he paid her but disallowed the cost of her housekeeping chores as nondeductible personal services.

    // Wasn't something like this in my Christmas Gift Guide Series?

  • Quote:"By getting out of the traditional classroom and using technology and hands-on learning, "we've enhanced the probability of success of these new drivers," says Allen Hill, UPS's senior vice president of human resources. A second Integrad will open in the Chicago area in the summer, and the training methods will eventually go company-wide, he says.

    // I'm shocked, Shocked! that classroom instruction wasn't the best way to teach people how to drive and lift things. How dare UPS question the authority of the teaching establishment. The teacher's union will have their heads.

  • Quote:"Electron microscopy revealed the three new species of loriciferans the researchers discovered lack mitochondria, the energy-making organelles or components in our cells that allow us to generate energy from oxygen among other functions. Instead, they possess large numbers of organelles resembling hydrogenosomes – anaerobic forms of mitochondria – that were previously seen in single-celled organisms inhabiting no-oxygen environments.

    // This is interesting. There could have been multicellular organisms that were anaerobic before the rise in O2 levels in the atmosphere.

  • Quote:"Qatar's U.S. ambassador rushed to the defense of his envoy whom authorities say grabbed a surreptitious smoke in a jetliner's bathroom, sparking a bomb scare and widespread alert that sent jet fighters scrambling to intercept the Denver-bound flight.

    // Sad, I remember a day when you could sneak a smoke in a plane's lavoratory and not be accused of trying to blow up the plane. But older men still can remember a day when smoking was actually allowed on planes. Those people are ancient.

  • Quote:""To avoid large and ultimately unsustainable budget deficits, the nation will ultimately have to choose among higher taxes, modifications to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, less spending on everything else from education to defense, or some combination of the above," he said.

    // Who wants to bet on tax increases? Anyone?

    (tags: economics)
  • Quote:"Bernanke said the Fed's ability to prevent future crises will hinge in part on the development of a resolution authority that would allow regulators to break up or wind down large financial institutions that run into trouble in an orderly fashion."

    // Instead of letting businesses fail or succeed on their own merits, Bernanke wants the ability to control large financial institutions in order to avoid future problems…what does this sound like to you?

    (tags: economics)
  • Quote:""I am confident that holding rates down at artificially low levels over extended periods encourages bubbles, because it encourages debt over equity and consumption over savings," Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig told a group of business people."

    // Nah, man, it's the animal spirit.

    (tags: economics)
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