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· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · July
· · · · 11 (2 entries)

The Hunger Barrier · I read some­thing heart­felt and damn­ing to­day that re­mind­ed me of sto­ries my Dad used to tel­l. To­day would have been his 78th birth­day, but the Alzheimer’s fi­nal­ly got him just af­ter his 77th. Mr. Touré and Mr. Compaoré, the au­thors of that ar­ti­cle, are the Pres­i­dents, re­spec­tive­ly, of Mali and Burk­i­na Fa­so. Most read­ers will know lit­tle of these coun­tries ex­cept that they are African and poor; their ar­ti­cle ex­plains one of the rea­sons they stay poor, and the re­mark­ably sim­ple and pain­less way we could make that prob­lem go away ...
 
On Search: Stopwords · Here’s a Google search for a fa­mous phrase, to be or not to be; give it a try and see what hap­pen­s. When you look at word fre­quen­cies, it ap­pears that there are a few words that ap­pear un­rea­son­ably of­ten and car­ry un­rea­son­ably lit­tle in­for­ma­tion. They are called “stopwords,” and this (brief) eighth bead in the On Search neck­lace con­sid­ers them ...
 
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