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Intellectually honest headline of the day: “CERN Scientists Conclude that the Universe Should Not Exist”.

GOP Tax Plan III

The race is on: Can Republicans pass huge billionaire tax cuts before the average voter figures out how much they will have to pay to cover it? Today the House narrowly passed a budget blueprint that transfers huge amounts of wealth to the super-rich on the backs of the upper-middle and middle class. Will the Senate go along? Can they get Trump to sign it and thus please the major donors before the reaction builds to levels...

Social media as operant conditioning

Insight of the day: Social media is a massively distributed operant conditioning machine that rewards people into conformity. Conformity to what? Here’s the novel wrinkle: anything. The owners of social media really don’t care where the bandwagon you jump on is going, as long as a lot of people jump on; people whom they will be able to sell. Social media networks alter society through the intrusion of information...

GOP Tax Plan II

So today we get a few hints and details. From what we can gather, Republicans are pushing for a multi-trillion dollar tax cut, at a time when the budget deficit is at a 4-year high and growing. 80% of the cut is going to the 1%, with most of that actually going to the top 1% of the top 1%. This is nothing less than a raid on the US Treasury by the ultra-rich. There is simply no public-good argument to be made for bankrupting...

GOP Tax Plan

I’d like to comment on the new Republican tax plan, but no one has seen it yet. Apparently the strategy this time is to pass it before anyone has a chance to figure out what is in it. Why? Because the Republican big donors want their ROI. For forty years they have been funding the ascent of the Republican party so that when the party finally takes over the government they can slash top taxes. Now they have the...

Trump and the First Amendment

Trump about NBC News: “‘It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write”. And this from a man who swore to uphold the Constitution. For reference, here’s the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people...

Gun control

I believe, based on the experiences of other developed countries, that it is possible to successfully regulate guns in the interest of public safety while allowing for limited recreational uses. I also do not believe that issues of public policy are best solved with weapons, which is why I particularly disagree with the tortured logic that states that people who oppose gun control are really pro-gun because they will need...

The Two-Party System

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