Category: Current Affairs & Politics

How the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Brought Us Donald Trump

Over two years ago I started writing a treatise on the effects of the Internet on music, attempting to debunk the popular theory held among technologists like myself…

Nobody Speaks for #OccupyWallStreet

I think it is critical to spread the word of where Occupy Wall Street came from, because as it gains momentum, we are seeing many political groups trying…

Lights Out In The Tunnel

In his new book, “The Lights in the Tunnel,” Martin Ford postulates an interesting (if not novel) thought experiment: what if the Luddites were right? I have to…

Double-Dip

Hate to say I told you so, but in April 2009 I wrote: The keyword to watch for now is #doubledip.  Because with the recent uptick in the…

Utopia

One Injury, Ten Countries

Health Care

My Solution to the Health Care “Crisis”

I have a solution to the purported “crisis” in health care.  Here goes: We will select one insurance company which we will allow to gain a monopoly over…

A Teachable Moment

I know the rest of the world has moved on, but I thought I might just summarize the whole Gates / Crowley issue. Clearly, institutionalized racism is still…

Question for the Class

Does anyone see anything a little wrong in this picture? The federal government, using our money, takes a 60% stake in GM, one of the world’s largest auto…

Two Scoops

The keyword to watch for now is #doubledip.  Because with the recent uptick in the economy, the investing world is going to start looking for signs of a…

Coming Off the Junk

Remember “Change You Can Believe In?” Remember how we were going to do away with earmarks?  Toss out the lobbyists?  Get away from old-school politics-as-usual? “Hope” – remember? …

What $1T Could Buy

The recently passed “Spendulus” package has left me totally aghast. I’m pretty (small-L) libertarian, so when I hear of the federal government taking on this kind of authority…

Dow 1500?

Are we living in a new Depression era? A few years ago I was working in the IT shop of a national US homebuilder.  Even though the world…

More Than 650 Scientists Protest Global Warming Claims

A new Senate report is poised to present a major challenge to the dogma of global warming.  The preview, made available today, provides some tasty hints as to…

Global Warming, R.I.P.

Is global warming dead? Last March, NASA reported the oceans have been cooling for the last five years. Sea level has stopped rising, and Northern Hemisphere cyclone and…

Outliers

I’m not particularly interested in reviewing Malcolm Gladwell’s latest pop-sociology treatise, Outliers.  Who needs another review when such outstanding writers as Stephen Kotkin, Michiko Kakutani, and our buddy…

The Science is Unsettled

Last night, Joe Biden said of global warming, “I think it’s clearly man-made,” while his opponent, Sarah Palin, said that she believes that the evidence shows that both…