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.

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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Where “small therefore irrelevant” thinking leads in carbon emissions

What would happen if Canadians buy the argument that our overall contribution to global carbon emissions is not that large and therefore we should do nothing about it, and every country with equal or lesser emissions than Canada uses the … Continue reading

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Unequal treatment before laws on terrorism: hypothetical extremism compared to corporate negligence

Some people believe that anti-terrorism laws brought in by the former government were in no small part motivated by the desire to lump together certain forms of protest by environmentalists or First Nations land rights protectors, in a manner that … Continue reading

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Clinton Foundation meetings at State. Is it a big deal? Well … what’s the Foundation up to anyways? Maybe it matters.

So, I’ve long stated that Republicans are ripping into Clinto for all the wrong reasons, suspecting that they didn’t go after her for other types of dodgy practices that they themselves do or want to do. For example, the $250,000 … Continue reading

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Disposable as the new “environment friendly”?

My hotel room in Shanghai came with an “environment friendly towel” which you could purchase in the bathroom. There are other towels in the bathroom, but I forgot a towel, so I checked the specs to see if I should … Continue reading

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