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  • Quote:"Scripped.com was launched in January 2008. Each founder contributed $10,000, and they raised another $50,000 from family and friends. In March, Scripped raised $250,000 from two private angel investors and merged with competing site Zhura. Currently, Scripped has five employees and nearly 100,000 users, according to Rajaraman. They make recurring revenue off the software businesses, where users can pay $9.95 for a premium version, and they expect to be profitable on that recurring revenue in six months.

    The content is also starting to get some buzz: Spike TV recently announced it would source its next pilot script from the Scripped.com user base.

    // Finally, something to do with all those screnplays I've been using as insulation.

  • // Something that has to be remembered about the national websites like 538 ot RCP is that they don't differentiate btw good polls and bad polls. But, even ignoring the MPR and Minnesota Poll, Dayton still has a significantly higher level of support right now, 40-42% versus 30-35 for Emmer and 9-16 for Horner. This leaves a lot of people undecided about the race. Dayton will likely get no more than 45% of the vote. But that might be enuogh to win if Horner stays around 15%. Emmer needs a GOTV machine like the DFL to win. I don't see it. Or, Emmer needs to find a message that wins over some Horner supporters and the undecideds and hammers that now until the election.
  • Quote:"A hormone found predominantly in wealthy people was linked to a longer life, according to British research published Thursday.

    Scientists from University College London studied thousands of over-50s for the English Longitudinal Study of Aging and found that wealthier participants had higher levels of the life-lengthening hormone DHEAS.

    The natural steroid hormone is produced by the adrenal glands, sex organs and brain, and its production has been linked to regular exercise, a good diet and companionship.

    // I wonder how strong the link is btw this hormone and wealth/longevity/etc.

  • Quote:"SEATTLE – Women across nearly every income level gave significantly more to charity than men, nearly twice as much in some cases, according to a study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

    Nonprofits have long suspected that women were the driving forces behind many of the gifts they receive, but they haven't had much proof. But the results of this study are so decisive and consistent, they can stop wondering, said Debra Mesch, director of the university's Women's Philanthropy Institute.

    The study offered several factors the researchers thought contributed to the growing generosity of women: More women are working and their incomes have grown, more have college degrees that yield greater earning power, and the percentage of women who make more money than their working husbands is now about 26 percent.

    // This is interesting. I wonder how this data could be factored into other data on charitable giving, like the fact conservatives give more to charity.

  • Quote:"I doubt Republican gains will be that big, at least in the House. Democratic candidates have a financial edge—they ended the third quarter with an average of 53% more cash on hand than their Republican opponents. While the GOP is closing the financial gap in the final weeks, money matters.

    Democrats have also invested heavily to turn out their vote. Not only will unions spend an estimated $200 million to get their supporters to the polls, but the Democratic National Committee is also investing $50 million in helping state Democratic parties with their ground games. The GOP's efforts have been much smaller.

    These tactical advantages will save some Democrats in close contests.

    // My over/under is right around 47 seats.

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