people like talking to people they don't like
Mood: awake
Posted on 2008-06-02 13:04:00
Tags: math projects politics
Words: 165

According to a new Gallup poll, 67% of Americans believe the president should meet with the leaders of enemy countries, and 59% of Americans believe the president should meet with the president of Iran. (I guess that means 8% of Americans don't think Iran is an enemy?) That seems like a pretty firm rebuttal of McCain's attacks on Obama for wanting to do just that.

The Target probability page is really filling out now. I think I'm going to give up on justifying the counts for a mixed straight (a 4 card straight including cards of all 4 suits) which seems really really tough to count, and maybe the 3 card and 4 card straight flush of any suit (which are only really tough to count, but still more than I'm up for). After I calculate the numbers I'll do a graph and try to figure out what the dividing line is of which targets are worth which points, and see if any are "misclassified".


Comment from liz_gregory:

How else do you figure out how to deal more peacefully with people if you don't talk to them. Learning people's motivations through spies and "intelligence" doesn't work so well. You know what they're doing, but not always why, and that_ tends to be what you want to work on. Figure out how to deal with the "why" and the "what" will take care of itself.

feeling mildly philosophical...

Comment from gregstoll:

Yeah. Clear communication can solve a lot of problems. (which is why long-distance relationships are so tough - phone/IM/whatever just can't compare to being together in person)

I do understand the whole "don't reward bad behavior" philosophy, but if you talk to everyone it's not really a reward...

Comment from liz_gregory:


Comment from tehfanboi:

I don't think Iran is an enemy.

Comment from gregstoll:

But does that mean you don't want to talk to them?

Comment from tehfanboi:

Well to be honest we should talk to them. They are a regional power in a part of the world we need help in. So trying to find common ground would be a good thing.

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