Polarization isn’t the Real Issue

I cannot agree with Robin Hanson‘s dismal take on the information presented in this recent book to the effect that the USA is more politically polarized than any other first world nation. Apparently what the stats show is that only 34% of the people in America regularly talk to someone who disagrees with them politically.…

Um…

Screwing around on the internets today I ran across this cool book review at Amazon. It starts off: I gave this book one star simply because I have not read it yet, but I have ordered it and can’t wait to read it cover to cover. Then it descends into a diatribe about how the…

The Ongoing Rape Crisis

So the paper just wrapped up another three-part series on the campus rape “problem.” I think they’re up to about twice a semester on this by now. The story this time ’round actually has me concerned, but probably not about the things they want me to be concerned about. Here are my thoughts. To the…

Not Even in Name

Mike Adams has another one of “those columns” of his on Townhall today. By which I mean “right idea, but probably for the wrong (read: religious) reasons.” But I agree enough with the conclusion that I’m willing to take Ayn Rand’s Barry Goldwater Escape Clause: If he advocates the right political principles for the wrong…

Pretty Good Protection

This article, which was linked on Slashdot this morning, is a nice kick in the pants to me to start encrypting my email again(?). Some time ago, one of my professors started insisting on this – but while it’s nice for Mac, which he used, it’s kind of a pain for Linux. But “kind of…

This Guy Again

Warren Buffet continues to annoy me. Right now he’s grousing that he doesn’t pay enough taxes. Apparently, he gets by with only 17.7% in taxes while some lesser-paid employees at his firm (such as his presumably buxom secretary) fork over 30%. His solution to this injustice (as injustice it surely is)? Tax Me More. What…