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They walk among us. Here’s what they really want.

uring the presidential elections, I started noticing that certain amateur, independent reporters were providing much more accurate scoops on what was really going on behind the scenes than the mainstream media, and that Twitter was a good place to read their tips. So I signed up for an account. One of the first people I …

Happy Fathers’ Day!

Happy Fathers’ Day!

Happy Father’s Day! If you are a father, I hope you are enjoying the day with your kids. All but one of my kids are grown-up, but not having started their own families yet, they still live with my wife and me. I’ve been informed that I’m getting taken out to lunch today. I’ll call …

Are you ready for a major financial event?

Catastrophes are hard to predict. If an undesirable event is predictable—like the exhaustion of the sun’s fuel reserves, or the eventual erosion of the earth’s atmosphere, then those aren’t usually thought of as “catastrophes”. A catastrophe is when a complex system suddenly changes state. The complexity of the system and the suddenness of the transition …

Want to get hired? Learn from a princess!

You can learn a lot from other people’s bad examples. Here is an editorial someone tweeted that got my attention: I’m a woman in tech, and this is what I want in a company As a female developer these are some things I want in a company before I decide to join, and once I’m a …

Who’s in control: you, or your emotions?

Many futurists are eager for—or dreading—the moment when computers start programming themselves. They call it “the singularity”. Runaway technology. Curiously, it doesn’t seem to have occurred to most of them that humans already have the capacity to program themselves, and some humans have been doing it for a while now. It’s called “transcendence”. It’s another …

Is Globalism 2.0 any different than Globalism 1.0?

ALL violence? Soooo…when a tiger chases down a deer and crushes its throat, that’s caused by nationalism, ethnocentrism, religious fundamentalism, and racism, which are human constructs? I’m pretty sure that violence pre-dates humans. And I’m also pretty sure that humans are animals. The tiger killed the deer because it was hungry, not because of “speciescentrism”. …

You’re on your own against terror & immigrant crime

Don’t beg the one who put the contract on your head to save you. First let me express my grief for the deaths and grievous injuries of mostly young people at the concert in Manchester, UK. My heart is with their family and friends. Remembering British victims of terrorism does not imply lack of sympathy …

Had enough of being called “white trash”?

Something that puzzled me for a long time was how I managed to be a low-status man. I made good money, worked for a name-recognition company, owned our family home and some investment rental property free-and-clear. I have a marketable degree from an admittedly 2nd-tier public university; it’s all I could have afforded. I have …

A happy little solipsism

A happy little solipsism

I’ve mentioned a few times that I will discuss the concept of Enlightenment in some depth. That will require more than one post. Here’s the first one. I don’t think of Enlightenment as an end-state; I think of it as a process of reaching higher and higher levels of awareness. I also tend to think …

What happens as infrastructure decays

An emergency has been declared on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Apparently a train tunnel containing radioactive materials has collapsed. HANFORD EMERGENCY INFORMATION Event Summary 5/9/2017 HANFORD SITE ALERT The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office activated the Hanford Emergency Operations Center at 8:26 a.m., after an alert was declared at the 200 East …

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