Monthly Archives: November 2017

How to Prevent Demagogues in the United States

First, fix the Electoral College. Many people still view the EC as some brilliant move of statesmanship worked out by our supernally wise founders back 1787. This is not supported by history. The founders of this country weren’t superhuman and … Continue reading

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The Business Equivalent of Skynet.

This didn’t come from a dream but I had a great idea for a science fiction story! It’s about a small Seattle, union owned, coffee cart workers coop, I’ve tentatively dubbed Silly Crab Coffee, that uses open source expert systems … Continue reading

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Science Reporting and Lazy Language

Deep philosophical questions about the nature of God and the meaning of existence aside, I can point to many religious scientists who have no trouble accepting and refining our understanding of evolution by natural selection, abiogenesis, cosmology and the Big … Continue reading

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See, I’ve got records on y’all now!

Since doing the clean install of my site on the 19th, my security has noted that my first spambot attack came from IP blocks in Malaysia, Poland and California at three in the morning, Seattle time. These were searching for … Continue reading

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Education Stinks, Part III

About two years ago I wrote a brief update on a longer essay I wrote back in 2005, titled “Education Stinks.” The gist is that despite all the new forms of technology and multimedia we dumped on students over the … Continue reading

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Ban Autonomous Weapons

These machines don’t exist yet but, they only require modest refinements in current technology. They are only a few years into the future. Make no mistake, the militaries of the world are spending millions to make this happen. Turns out … Continue reading

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We are all living inside in a Consolidated track

Okay, so around September of last year, I had a second SQL injection of boner pill links on my site. In the intervening twelve months, the true nature of one in five people in this country has manifested. Why do … Continue reading

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