Category Archives: Policy

If it’s purely economic reasoning applied, then I don’t use this tag, and vice versa.

That’s rare though. If it’s about policy then politics cannot be ignored.

The USA could build high speed rail between every city over a million, or buy 10,700 F35s per year, with the savings (!) from changing to universal public health care

Canada health care: 11% of GDP. USA health care: 17% of GDP. Canada average results: higher in almost all categories (data.worldbank.org is an easily accessible source on this for a variety of indicators). USA economy: $17.9 trillion. Potential annual savings … Continue reading

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Luring the working poor to vote against their interest, episode #21038740321 (2017 Canada budget)

“If you … take the bus … and when you get home you like to have a beer, well both of those things are going to cost you more” – Rona Ambrose, Party Leader, Conservative Party of Canada Putting billions … Continue reading

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Interesting observation relating to efforts to combat BS with truth

Ideally, I would like to prepare the reader to digest the following with a maximum of self-discrediting by my choice of works. The following statement arises from discussion on techniques perfected by tobacco companies in the 1960s and onward to … Continue reading

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Extremely concise statement on why it is good for the economy to spend taxpayer dollars on basic sciences research that will often not pay off, and when it does is generally a long time from now

According to MJ Boskin, former economic adviser on George HW Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers: Private markets invest too little in basic science,” he writes, “because private investors are unable to appropriate the returns. More at Project Syndicate At one … Continue reading

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Charges pressed for the hackers of 500 million Yahoo passwords

They were Russian agents, according to the US Department of Justice (NYT). The Russian government used the information obtained by the intelligence officers and two other men to spy on a range of targets, from White House and military officials to … Continue reading

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The relevant part of Trump’s claims that Obama was wiretapping him

Trump doesn’t know the difference between a microwave oven and a “microwave” (generally defined as about 300 MHz to 100GHz or so frequency band of photons. The first of these is used to cook food. The second of these includes … Continue reading

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Why silverback gorillas rule the world

Reasons for not having figured out all the brainwashing (etc) stuff being used against us on day 1 1) Because stupid 2) Because a fucking fool 3) Because the people sitting behind machines that can brainwash people, and who also … Continue reading

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You already stole a candy from a baby. Which basically means the only option from there is to rip out the entrails. Because you’re already guilty

If I ever do something stupid … my adviser suggests that the only possible option forward is to do ever more incriminating things in an ever more transparent and open manner. This is how I know that I’m getting good … Continue reading

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Get Out: The film

“Get Out” is a 2017 movie written and directed by Jordan Peele. It has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 99%. It is playing at cinemas throughout the continent, with notable exceptions including those whose independence prevents early access to such … Continue reading

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If you don’t support a policy, find a way to sabotage it. Societal saboteurs in action #8743

Laughing at a system with the stupidity to help those who need a bridge to the next opportunity instead of a boot to help them on the way to the ground … as your worse case scenario outcome … … … Continue reading

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