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Axios Sneak Peek -2. Inside Trump's G-20 plans
Behind the scenes: All eyes will be on the Trump-Xi conversations at the G-20. It's the first time they've met in person since Trump imposed massive tariffs on Chinese imports, which resulted in Chinese retaliation and a trade war that spooked global markets.

Nobody in the Trump administration has any idea how that meeting will play out — including Trump himself, according to sources who've discussed it with him.
Pence gave a hawkish interview last week to the Washington Post's Josh Rogin, saying China would need to offer major concessions — which they've never before prepared to offer and seem unlikely to anytime soon.
Between the lines: A former senior administration official with a keen understanding of how Trump handles these summits put it this way:

"In a typical administration, there's a process from the bottom up, where assistant secretaries and then deputy secretaries and Cabinet secretaries meet with their Chinese counterparts to hammer out an agreement and to work through the tough and thorny issues. And then eventually it falls on the heads of state to consummate a deal, but you know going into the summit that there will be a deal."
"In the Trump administration, it's inverted." Trump walks into a room and feels out the other leader for a deal.
The official's advice: Ignore efforts by administration officials, including Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross, to preview the Trump-Xi meeting. “Totally tune it out,” he said. Others inside the administration share that view.
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Electoral Systems - FairVote
"The way you vote at your local polling place may seem like the natural and only way to vote. But there are thousands of different ways to cast and count votes.

Votes may be cast for candidates or for political parties. Votes may be indicated by check marks, crossing out names, writing in names, or ranking candidates in order of choice. Votes may be cast on paper in pencil, on a punch card machine or a modern touch screen.

When it is time to count votes, thousands of workers may tabulate the results by hand over the course of days or weeks--or computers might calculate the result, almost instantly. Importantly, winners might be required to win a majority of the vote, or more votes than the other candidates (but not a majority); they might need to be the candidate most preferred by the electorate overall (taking into account voters' rankings), or alternatively, winners might be decided by reference to the proportion of the total vote they receive.

This page summarizes some of the most common electoral systems around the world and in the United States."

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The Tensor Product, Demystified
Today, I'd like to focus on a particular way to build a new vector space from old vector spaces: the tensor product. This construction often come across as scary and mysterious, but I hope to help shine a little light and dispel some of the fear.
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Favorite tweet: detly

ah yes, no one in an airport on legitimate business ever gets a bit stressed

— Jason Heeris (@detly) November 18, 2018
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The sound of SID: 35 years of chiptune's influence on electronic music
The sound of SID: 35 years of chiptune’s influence on electronic music
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Spider-Man (PS4) - $42.99 New - eBay - Video Game Deals - Cheap Ass Gamer
Lowest I've seen it. And since Spidey's absent from all the BF ads, guess I'll bite. via Pocket
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The Pixel Factory
"The average phone has a few megapixels, powered by its GPU. For the most part it sits there shuffling bits around to follow your finger. But properly unleashed, these tiny supercomputers can run obscene amounts of code in a blink, even from within the restricted sandbox of a web browser. Each pixel is a virtual machine on its own, with math inside. Let’s go look."

3d  graphics  gpu  rendering  tutorial  presentation  visualization  inspiration 
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What Your “Liking Gap” Can Teach You About First Impressions
We tend to wrongly assume that new people won’t like us before we’ve even met them, and these mistaken beliefs only intensify afterward.

Research has shown that humans are notoriously poor judges of who we are and how we come across.
tasha-eurich  liking-gap  first-impressions  social-skills  research 
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Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Webinar: The Formula of B2B Negotiation Strategy | Columbia University School of Professional Studies
Mark Raffan is founder of Negotiations Ninja Training. Utilizing his extensive speaking experience, he delivers training, keynotes, and coaching to an underserved B2B sales and procurement market, filling a void in the negotiation training world by providing engaging, useable, and market-relevant training programs, keynotes, and coaching programs. Raffan is also the host of the Negotiations Ninja Podcast, the #2-ranked negotiation podcast on iTunes and Google Play. Raffan has worked as a high-level negotiator in C-suite negotiations for many years, negotiating deals in excess of $350 million and as low as $5,000, and everything in between. Now running his own practice, Raffan gives unbiased third-party coaching and training that delivers results.
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3 minutes ago by cmananian
Google Drive first looks
Part productivity suite and part syncing and online storage service, Google Drive also provides excellent collaborative office-suite functionality.
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4 minutes ago by terry
The U.S. Needs a New Constitution—Here's How to Write It - The Atlantic
"There are about 30 countries, mostly in Latin America, that have adopted American-style systems. All of them, without exception, have succumbed to the Linzian nightmare at one time or another, often repeatedly," according to Yale constitutional law professor Bruce Ackerman, who calls for a transition to a parliamentary system. By "Linzian nightmare," Ackerman means constitutional crisis—your full range of political violence, revolution, coup, and worse. But well short of war, you can end up in a state of "crisis governance," he writes. "President and house may merely indulge a taste for endless backbiting, mutual recrimination, and partisan deadlock. Worse yet, the contending powers may use the constitutional tools at their disposal to make life miserable for each other: The house will harass the executive, and the president will engage in unilateral action whenever he can get away with it." He wrote that almost a decade and a half ago, long before anyone had heard of Barack Obama, let alone the Tea Party.

You can blame today's actors all you want, but they're just the product of the system, and honestly it's a wonder we've survived this long: The presidential election of 1800, a nasty campaign of smears and hyper-partisan attacks just a decade after ratification, caused a deadlock in the House over whether John Adams or Thomas Jefferson should be president. The impasse grew so tense that state militias opposed to Adams's Federalist Party prepared to march on Washington before lawmakers finally elected Jefferson on the 36th vote in the House. It's a near miracle we haven't seen more partisan violence, but it seems like tempting fate to stick with the status quo for much longer.

How would a parliamentary system handle a shutdown? It wouldn't have one. In Canada a few years ago, around the same time Washington was gripped in yet another debt-ceiling crisis, a budget impasse in Ottawa led to new elections, where the parties fought to win over voters to their fiscal plan. One side won, then enacted its plan—problem solved. Most parliamentary systems, which unify the executive and legislative branches, have this sort of fail-safe mechanism. If a budget or other must-pass bill can't get passed, or a prime minister can't be chosen, then funding levels are placed on autopilot and new elections are called to resolve things. The people decide.

Arend Lijphart is a political scientist who has spent much of his career trying to answer the fundamental question, "What works best?" and he thinks he knows the answer. "Democracies work best if they are consensus instead of majoritarian democracies. The most important constitutional provisions that help in this direction is to have a parliamentary system and elections by [proportional representation]. The U.S. is the opposite system, with a presidential system and plurality single-member-district elections," he said an email, drawing on complex quantitative analysis he's done to compare economic and political outcomes across dozens of democratic countries with different systems.

If he had to pick any country whose system we might like to try on for size, he'd pick Germany. "Some aspects of it do need to change, of course," he says. Yet it's a nice bicameral federal system for a large country, like ours, but it has a proportional representation parliamentary system."
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