Category Archives: Political science

This is my strongest field and I had an excellent opportunity to hone my ability to reason in this field from some very knowledgeable thinkers at one of the top international schools in the field (U of T). Either I’m a good researcher, can effectively write and argue BS, have some capacity to original intuitions, or some combination of all three. As far as I’m concerned, nothing is truly apolitcal or amoral the moment it enters the public sphere. Still, I’ll limit use of the tag for domestic and international political issues, involving institutions and/or people at the level of villages and the international community and perhaps occasionally for more abstract stuff in political theory.

Earning some extra cash in 1997 vs. 2017

1997 process to earn some extra cash. Sign up with temp agency for … whatever … some work. Start work within the day or week. Alternatively, print off a few CVs, go for a walk, literally just walk into any … Continue reading

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People suck 2017. A.k.a., reasons for words like “Sovietesque”

New roommate. Located above. Low expectations. Expectations not exceeded.   Except, that (the timing of) this new neighbour of the same ethnic background as the landlord has been temporally associated with the landlord and her son apparently demonstrating belief that it is OK … Continue reading

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Would you put the same toll operator in charge of both the roads and who may be visited via their use?

Bell wants the right to block websites in the absence of legal process, putting the onus on startup website operators to take on the largest media corporation in the country to defend their legal and fair use of materials, as … Continue reading

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“AI is destroying our free will …”

AI is destroying our free will. Replacing human curation with data-backed judgment narrows our perspective in a way that chokes our social and economic choices. also … When our choices are constrained to narrow trajectories of consumption, relationships, news, and … Continue reading

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How your local cause stalking interest group (e.g., Nazis, anti-Nazis, mysogynists, feminists, socialists, anti-socialists, capitalists, anti-capitalists, etc.) could use off-the-shelf drone hardware to assassinate you using facial recognition

Drones can now be readily outfitted with facial recognition technologies for assassination purposes, as demonstrated by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who believe that the general public and also defense policymakers are insufficiently aware of the risk.   What … Continue reading

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Sticks, for trade and human rights: Why not tariffs?

Tariffs as a means of influencing standards involved in production processes are 1) difficult to define and also difficult to implement, 2) reduce ties and increase probability of any given issue leading towards heightened conflict or even war and 3) … Continue reading

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Torture is benevolence, designed to helpfully help victims to have opportunities to seek disclosure

Whoever mentions to you the existence of the contents of Chapter 1 or 2 of the standard texts or support materials related to some skills for a project being undertaken is extremely deserving of credit for such assistance, and for … Continue reading

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Reasonable application of “when no information is information” logic: China and rights

When it is viewed as hostile to even ask the question of whether human rights are an issue, it’s pretty obvious that there are problems being hidden from view. China (or rather, Chinese authorities in general) would not accept to … Continue reading

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Guide for “Fair Use” (USA) in non-fiction

For practical purposes, “Fair Use” in Canada is much more empowering than in the US, in part due to a Supreme Court ruling that educational uses (e.g., not for profit) should be interpreted in the most liberal manner possible. For those … Continue reading

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Silent reading may have been key for intellectual advancement and freedom

There’s much debate about when Europeans began to read silently, but it’s likely that the development “helped facilitate intellectual rigor, introspection, criticism of the government and religion, even irony and cynicism that would have been awkward to read aloud.” More … Continue reading

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