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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
Commenter for
6 years 41 weeks

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Posted on 09/02/14 at 04:43 pm in response to MN Jobs Coalition targets 12 DFLers in state House election

Now I know who to vote for!

Posted on 08/28/14 at 10:56 am in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

with this group there's hope for improvement.

While the setting may have been "real-life", the consequences were trivial. Since the predictions were private, there would have been no social consequences. No significant costs for the subjects making Type I or Type 2 errors. So generalization to the real world is still limited.

Who was it who described himself as "the decider"?

A lot of the BE research is also done on college sophomores.
And of course stock analysts can't beat the chimp with a dartboard (or a random number generator, if you wish).

Posted on 08/30/14 at 09:54 am in response to Franken details education views and defends net neutrality

the Internet is a big issue.
Because it is transnational in nature it doesn't fit neatly under existing antimonopoly legislation. That's why there's a particular need for new legislation to address it.
The other issues you raise are subject to existing case law, so it's less a question of requiring new legislation than it is of enforcing existing legislation, which is the function of the executive and judicial branches more than it is the legislative branch of government.

Posted on 08/30/14 at 04:15 pm in response to Franken details education views and defends net neutrality

Franken is talking basically about a behavioral economic analysis:
Programs like NCLB/AYP set incentives for teachers to devote most of their efforts where it will have the greatest impact on the -average- score on a yearly test.
This means emphasizing 'the middle of the pack' -- the average students where a relatively small gain in performance will have a large effect on the class average. The losers will be the ends of the distribution: the very good students and the very poor...

The increase in life expectancy has mostly been at the upper end of the socio-economic scale. The poor still die young. So the change would affect them more than the well to do, who have less need of medical services in their late sixties and more resources to obtain them.

Posted on 08/25/14 at 03:01 pm in response to Minnesota Gun Owners PAC endorses Emmer, Mills and Swanson

I would vote for her based on her overall record, despite her possible position on gun ownership (there's nothing on this issue on her Web site).
Remember, one can support the right to -own- a gun while at the same time supporting strict regulation of that ownership.

Posted on 08/26/14 at 09:25 am in response to Minnesota Gun Owners PAC endorses Emmer, Mills and Swanson

Rangers may support the Second Amendment as reinterpreted by the current Court; the rest of us support it as interpreted for most of the history of this nation.