Category Archives: Environment

I am a committed environmentalist. Sorry about the jet fumes, but I otherwise live life as a minimalist. So liberating! Environmentalists also drive me nuts a lot because of an entirely facile willingness to suspend critical thought when someone presents them with an argument that leads to a conclusion they like. (I’m similarly critical of most economists, and I may be guilty of this sometimes too …). Anyways, I’m a committed greenie, and many economic and social issues I touch on are strongly related to the environment.

Want to move somewhere so dirty that you can see the accumulated filth on your skin by afternoon?

The following logic may not apply well into the future, but I’ve long been relatively unconcerned about prospects that large numbers of highly educated, connected and/or competent individuals who have immigrated to Canada may respond to improving economic conditions in … Continue reading

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Poetic justice for AGW denialism via betting markets?

Someone should start a sea level betting market. Samoans and others can take positions which will pay out around the time they start to flood. Thanks to widespread ignorance in the largest economy in the world, this should provide a … Continue reading

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Useful mathematical truth in facing trained propagandists and diversionists

“A wide variance does not imply a zero expectation.” (I tend to frame this as arguing over decimal places to create confusion about the direction of effect.) Perhaps usefully considered alongside the reality that “99 is not 0 and 1 … Continue reading

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Do Americans give a shit about the world?

As one of the only countries with high persistent of a relevant political force which denies global warming and promotes policies that would further it … what might one read out of this situation aside from the immediate observation that … Continue reading

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Netflix CEO on entertainment in 20-50 years

Through Quartz, quoting Netflix CEO at the World Mobile Congress: “It’s tough to think about entertainment,” Hastings said, “when I’m not sure if we’re going to be entertaining you or entertaining AIs.”

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Only ‘pussies’ dare to speak of wrongdoing

By which means, things will get better and better.

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Quartz on the brilliant successes of alpha dominance as leadership style

From Quartz: “… when an entire culture conflates leadership with aggressive domination, it opens the door to bad behavior in both the boardroom and the living room.” Much much more can, should, and perhaps even needs to be said about … Continue reading

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How to adapt the saying “your freedom ends at my nose” to the age of remote mind influencing technologies?

Also stated as “Your freedom ends where my nose begins”, and a variety of similar statements to the effect of “you’re free to do things except for things which screw with people” (in particular their freedoms). I’m more concerned about … Continue reading

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Challenges for experimentation in 20Mhz-20Ghz-free zones involving political solutions

Generally speaking, it is better to try something at a smaller level before you try it at a larger level. One way to establish 20Mhz-20Ghz-free zones is to have radio receivers located in an un-networked manner that produces a signal … Continue reading

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Wifi security for the electromagnetic (wave particle) age

If in the long run people insist on wifi or some similar means of accessing the internet without plugging in, it will almost certainly be necessary to devise strategies to reduce its role in providing the bath of emitted wave … Continue reading

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