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.

Population-level on-call informal army to be enlisted in psychological operations against any individual

Jeff Rense, in opening the June 2017 discussion of how to define “Gang stalking” (a term that Eric Karlstrom resists in favour of more accurate terms which identify roles of criminal factions operating within certain parts of the state): “Dozens … Continue reading

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Fixations on trade balance (e.g., balance with each partner) is especially dumb for the country of the main international reserve currency

Active management of trade policy to have equal imports/exports on each trade account with trading partners (or even the aggregate trade account) tends to lead to bad economic policy that is mostly politically motivated (e.g., getting contracts for friends). The … 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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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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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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How to arrive at a result that says cannabis “causes” violence when the opposite is (?) the case

The following relates to a study of teenagers who’d been taken to a mental hospital and told they were mentally ill, and then compares the frequency of recorded physical altercations between those who had previously smoked pot and those who … Continue reading

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High quality argumentation: Pro-freedom edition

Serve as protector of non-bias, for example by filling the head with nothing in order to prevent thoughts which may be arrived at independently. Seek to enforce black/white alternatives of abandoning a course of action or engaging in an orchestrated alternative. … Continue reading

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Does marijuana legalization CAUSE reduced overdose deaths? If so, here’s one way how.

Item #3 in a Cato Institute video mentions evidence that overdose rates are declining in states (USA) where marijuana is legal, with little other interpretation evident than this: availability of marijuana reduces the number of people who are introduced to … Continue reading

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