Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

why nations fail by daron acemoglu and james a robinson

I first came across Why Nations Fail at my local Half Price Books. After seeing it on the shelves a couple times, but still being unsure about whether I really wanted to read it or not, I reserved it at my local library. Now I wish I had bought it (and likely will) – Daron [...]

April 16, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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redecentralizing school

I have a very long-term interest in education. As I look at the current public education “system” in the US, I can see a variety of major problems. The biggest problem, endemic of any system built around the premise that the only people who should be together all day long should all be “similar”. Somewhere [...]

February 8, 2013 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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more irrational gun maneuvering – president obama living up to [my] expectations

I was harshly criticized a few years ago when I pointed-out Mr Obama’s anti-gun stances. While several good things for gun owners did happen in his first term, irrational exuberance over the recent shooting in Connecticut has led Vice President Biden to say the following: “The president is going go act,” said Biden, who is [...]

January 9, 2013 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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why the electoral college matters

This year’s election results seem to – again – be confusing a LOT of people. The incumbent presidential candidate, Mr Obama, won ~51% of the popular vote. His main opponent, Mr Romney, won ~48% of the  popular vote. However, when you look at the electoral votes (the only ones that really matter), you see a different picture: [...]

November 12, 2012 · antipaucity · 7 Comments
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taxation as a solution to the “gay marriage” issue

While I have some pretty strong personal views on the issue of “gay marriage”, I have a possible solution that not only gets it away from being a societal problem, but also gets the government out of being involved in our personal lives a little more. There is a side benefit of being able to [...]

September 12, 2012 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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on twitter and the police

Dave Winer had an interesting take on the recent Twitter-NYPD flare-up. Personally, the thought of any government organization demanding records without a warrant is abhorrent. However, since the entire point of Twitter is to make your tweets public … then what is there to subpoena? They’re all out there – visible to the world… Unless the user [...]

May 9, 2012 · antipaucity · No Comments
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tax day

Tax Day in the US is “late” this year because the 15th of April was a Sunday. I was able to prepare and file my taxes early-ish (January) thanks to a proactive employer who got our W2s out quickly. Every month I look at my pay stub, and am appalled at how much the various [...]

April 16, 2012 · antipaucity · No Comments
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fixing copyrights and patents

Following-up a recent post on copyrights, I want to share some further thoughts I have on the topic, and about patents, too. First of all, the concept of a copyright is meant to protect the author from others unduly benefiting from their work. One obvious conclusion to make from that statement is that after the [...]

March 4, 2012 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
Posted in: commentary, politics

the gold standard

This is going to ramble a bit, and I’m not 100% sure my opinions are even remotely reasonable, but I had a great conversation on the Gold Standard recently, and thought sharing that would be fun. The quoted sections are relevant parts of the conversation from my friend*, and the unquoted segments are my responses. [...]

March 3, 2012 · antipaucity · No Comments
Posted in: finance, hmmm, insights, politics

fixing copyrights

ars technica has a great article on some short-term, easy-to-implement fixes to the current copyright fiasco in the United States. I have a bevy of thoughts on this myself, but not quite enough time today to write them down.

February 29, 2012 · antipaucity · One Comment
Posted in: commentary, politics