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The Two Fundamental Philosophies Of Government. One Works. The Other Doesn’t.

December 18, 2020

The two basic, conflicting, philosophies of government are: “Every Man For Himself” and “We’re All In This Together”

Government

· Conservatism

· Political Philosophy

· Dg009

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The Electoral College Delivers Unpredictable, Almost Random Results, But It Can Be Fixed

Our Systems Of Justice, Government, Finance, Etc. Need To Deliver Predictable Results

December 14, 2020

· Electoral College

· Politics

· Elections

· Voting

Dg008

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Trump Republicans Believe That No Democrat Should Ever Be Allowed To Become President

Trump Republicans are in a no-holds-barred war to “Save America” & they will do anything to keep any Democrat from ever becoming President.

December 11, 2020

· Politics

· Presidential Election

· Trump

· Biden

· Dg018

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Lies → Fear, Hate & Anger & Angry People Are Eager To Believe More Lies.

Hate & Anger Are Addictive & Profitable Products.

November 19, 2020

· Politics

· Polarization

· Liberal

· Conservative

· Dg018

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Why The Middle Class Is Disappearing

Over the last 50 years housing, medical and education costs have increased 2X to 7X while median income has barely increased at all.

October 12, 2020

· Economics

· Middle Class

· Poverty

· Dg020

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Trump Gets Every Known Drug While Ordinary Americans Get Weeks On A Ventilator & A Trip To The Graveyard

Trump & His Co-conspirators Have Traded Dead Americans’ Lives For The Hope Of Getting Living Americans’ Votes

October 5, 2020

· Covid 19

· Trump

· Pandemic

· Politics

· Dg018

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A Flat Wealth Tax is Fairer & More Painless Than An Income Tax

Why We Should Replace Income, Gift & Estate Taxes With A Flat Wealth Tax

October 2, 2020

· Income Tax

· Taxes

· Government

· Economics

· Dg022

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The Devil Doesn’t Tell You That He’s The Guy On The Other Side Of The Deal

When you make a deal with the devil, Karma is going to deliver a terrible bill.

September 22, 2020

2020 Presidential Race

Karma

· Donald Trump

· Election 2020

· Dg018

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The Republicans’ Final, Fallback Defense: “Character Doesn’t Matter”

The so-called moral majority finally admits that morals don’t matter to them at all.

September 21, 2020

· 2020 Presidential Race

· Election 2020

· Donald Trump

· Dg018

· Republican Party

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Taxing The Rich To Write Checks To The Poor Is Both Impractical & Unnecessary

There’s a better way to rebuild the shattered middle class than a tax-based wealth transfer

September 19, 2020

· Economics

· Minimum Wage

· Wealth Inequality

· Taxes

· Dg020

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Libertarians Believe That The Harm A Person’s Actions Cause Others Doesn’t Matter

Crying “freedom” never automatically gives people and corporations the right to do things that unreasonably and materially harm innocent people

September 16, 2020

· Government

· Politics

· Freedom

· Libertarianism

· Dg009

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If The Gov’t Doesn’t Protect Your Rights You’ll Need A Gang That Will

In an anarchist/libertarian society where the government won’t stop others from infringing your rights and extorting your money, your wealth and freedom will be limited to the power of the gang you belong to.

August 21, 2020

· Government

· Libertarian

· Freedom

· Anarchy

· Dg009

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Right Wingers Think The Power To Do Something & The Freedom To Do It Are The Same Thing

Your freedom to do something ends at the point where it infringes on the rights of others

August 17, 2020

· Libertarianism

· Freedom

· Government

· Politics

· Dg009

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The Open-Up/Lock-Down Debate Is About Losing $10 Trillion Dollars Vs. Losing 1 Million Lives

What’s Your Choice Between Losing A Great Deal Of Money Or Losing A Large Number Of Lives?

July 26, 2020

· Covid 19

· Lockdown

· Masks

· Coronavirus

· Dg011

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Does It Seem That Day-By-Day The Donald’s Conduct Is Becoming Increasingly Bizarre?

He now argues that Biden should not be elected because Joe’s low TV Ratings would force the news media into bankruptcy.

July 15, 2020

· Donald Trump

· Joe Biden

· Politics

· 2020 Presidential Race

· Presidency

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Americans Are Buried In High-Interest Debt & Banks Have Become The New Company Store

*** Like the sharecroppers and coal miners of earlier days, many Americans now survive by borrowing instead of earning

July 14, 2020

· Economics

· Banking

· Finance

· Poverty

· Dg007

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Let’s Go For A Spin — Making Lies Seem Like Truth & Truth Seem Like Lies

The key is knowing when to claim that you know things you don’t know and don’t know things that you do know

July 11, 2020

· Trump

· Kayleigh Mcenany

· Politics

· Fake News

· Dg018

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How To Destroy A Free Country

We’re Already Partway There & That Should Worry Everyone No Matter What Party They Belong To

July 10. 2020

· Government

· Politics

· Liberty

· Dictatorship

· Dg002

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The Toxicity Of Trying To Live In The Past Or In The Future

Hanging on to guilt is trying to live in the past. Fear is trying to live in the future. The only place we can really live is now.

July 1, 2020

Guilt

· Fear

· Personal Growth

· Personal Development

· Dg012

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A Critical Take On Something John Bolton Said In His ABC News Interview***

Can people trust Bolton who is getting rich branding Trump unfit for office while also refusing to vote against his re-election?

June 29, 2020

· Bolton

· Election 2018

· Trump

· Politics

· Dg018

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Being A Police Officer Is Not Even In The Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

What Citizens Think Is OK Is Different From What Cops Think Is OK

June 23, 2020

· George Floyd

· BlackLivesMatter

· Police

· Police Reform

Dg026

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The Ostrich System: Trump’s Plan To End Covid-19 By Not Finding Out Who’s Got It***

When you test . . . you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down, please.

June 22, 2020

· Donald Trump

· Covid 19

· Testing

· Politics

· 2020 Presidential Race

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Why The Gov’t’s Covid-19 Spending Will Not Cause Inflation

Understanding the relationship between physical wealth, money, and the money supply

June 11, 2020

· Economics

· Inflation

· Government Spending

· Stimulus Package

· Dg004

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Whether A Product Is Vital Or Trivial Affects How Much A Change In Price Will Change Sales

The same percentage change in price will have a materially different effect on sales depending on how vital or trivial the product is.

June 4, 2020

· Economics

· Pricing

· Business

· Competition

· Dg004

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Riots & Looting Are The Predictable Result Of An Impoverished Urban Population.***

When you sow a crop of weeds you lose your right to complain about the thorns.

June 2, 2020

· George Floyd

· Riots

· Republican Party

· Poverty

· Dg020

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The Problem & The Solution Lies In How Police Are Trained

Police misconduct begins with bad training and flourishes with no effective punishment.

June 2, 2020

· BlackLivesMatter

· Police Brutality

· George Floyd

· Dg026

· Police

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How Sellers Calculate The Price That Will Earn Them The Highest Profit

The less the competition, the closer sellers can get to the monopoly — maximum revenue — price

May 28, 2020

· Economics

· Pricing Strategy

· Competition

· Business

· Dg004

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Supply & Demand Don’t Affect Price The Way Most People Think They Do

Variations in supply and demand only affect price to the extent that they change the bargaining powers of the product’s buyers and sellers.

May 20, 2020

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Welcome To The White House Goat Room

Spin the wheel and learn who will be the scapegoat of the day? Prof. Plum in the library with the candlestick.

May 4, 2020

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The Core Dispute Between Political Philosophies: The Proper Gov’t Response To Abusive Power

How should the gov’t deal with huge imbalances in bargaining power possessed by employers and sellers?

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April 28, 2020

· Politics

· Government

· Libertarianism

· Communism

· Dg009

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Why Some People Hate Wages That Are Too High For Workers To Qualify For Welfare

A low-wage employer pays only part of its workers’ costs of living leaving the taxpayers to pay the rest.

April 22, 2020

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Should Everyone Except The Gov’t Be Allowed To Restrict Your Freedom Of Religion?

Freedom of religion means that no one is allowed to unreasonably punish me for or restrain me from practicing my religion.

April 20, 2020

· Libertarianism

· Politics

· Freedom

· Government

· Dg009

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The Price For Unskilled Labor Is Mostly Set By Bargaining Power Not Supply & Demand

The price for unskilled labor has nothing to do with some mythical true, fair, proper, correct or inherent value of that labor.

April 8, 2020

· Wages

· Economics

· Pricing Strategy

· Minimum Wage

· Dg004

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Southerners Fought A War For Slavery Because Slavery Made Them Much More Money

Slavery was always and only about more money. The Civil War was started to protect a profitable business model.

March 30, 2020

· Slavery

· Civil War

· Racism

· BlackLivesMatter

· Dg013

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Letters To My Brianiac-Scientist Friend About Cool New Stuff He Should Invent

A few less than serious thoughts about biotech.

March 14, 2020

· Science

· Biotechnology

· Humor

· Satire

· Dg016

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Fix Corporate Misbehavior By Giving Control To Customers Instead Of Investors. Replace Investor Controlled Companies With Customer Controlled Companies

March 10, 2020

· Corporate Innovation

· Stocks

· Regulation

· Business

· Dg003

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How The United States Became A Petri Dish For Racism

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February 28, 2020

· Racism

· Discrimination

· African American

· Civil War

· Dg021

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Four Things People Don’t Understand About A Free Market Price

February 27, 2020

· Economics

· Pricing

· Capitalism

· Free Market

· Dg004

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A Better Way To Pick Who Appears On The November Presidential Ballot

We shouldn’t be forced to pick between two politicians that a bunch of other people chose for us.

February 24, 2020

· Elections

· Voting

· 2020 Presidential Race

· Democrats

· Dg008

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The Democratic Debate: A Political Version Of The Gong Show?

I’m So Disappointed And Confused

February 21, 2020

· Politics

· Democratic Party

· 2020 Presidential Race

· Dg018

· Satire

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Libertarianism Is A Blueprint For Enriching Corporations & Impoverishing Human Beings

February 18, 2020

What if we ran our highways without traffic laws the same way that libertarians want us to run our economy without business regulations?

· Libertarianism

· Conservatism

· Economics

· Government

· Dg009

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Using Employer Tax Incentives To Raise Wages For Unskilled Workers

February 11, 2020

· Minimum Wage

· Business

· Conservatives

· Politics

· Dg027

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Five Myths/Lies That Are Told By People Who Hate The Minimum Wage

February 6, 2020

· Economics

· Minimum Wage

· Price

· Conservatives

· Dg027

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A Universal Basic Income & Professional Sports Are America’s Equivalent Of Rome’s Bread & Circuses

February 5, 2020

· Universal Basic Income

· Minimum Wage

· Poverty

· Economics

Dg027

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A Costly Education Often Filters Children In The Bottom 50% Out Of A Successful Life

February 4, 2020

· Poverty

· Education

· Republican Party

· Wealth Inequality

· Dg020

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Most People Are Poor Because Their Draw In The Genetic Lottery Came Up Snake Eyes

February 4, 2020

· Poverty

· Republicans

· Conservatives

· Dg020

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Nominating Warren Or Sanders Will Be A Political Pickett’s Charge Ending In A Glorious Democrat Defeat

The 15% moderate, independent voters in the middle, not registered Democrats or Republicans, will decide the next election.

February 1, 2020

· 2020 Presidential Race

· Democratic Party

· Bernie Sanders

· Joe Biden

· Dg018

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Supporting Political-Asylum Immigration Will Be Toxic For The Democrats

December 16, 2019

· Refugees

· Immigration

· Elections

· Democrats

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“Rudy? Rudy Giuliani? Who’s That?” — Donald Trump, January, 2020

November 28, 2019

· Trump

· Rudy Giuliani

· Satire

· Humor

· Wilaru

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The Bravest Man I’ve Ever Met. You can’t see courage any more than you can see character.

November 25, 2019

· Wwii

· Courage

· Military

· Heroes

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Politics Is Fundamentally A Conflict Between The Sellers Of Things & The Sellers Of Labor.

November 20, 2019

· Economics

· Politics

· Government

· Poverty

· Dg009

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What Trump Might Say While Shot Up With Truth Serum. Mr. T explains to reporters why he can do anything he wants and nothing will happen to him.

November 16, 2019

· Politics

· Trump

· Humor

· Satire

· Dg024

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A Progressive Win In The Democrat Primaries Will Lead To A Loss In The General Election. The voters who will decide the election will reject a candidate who promotes huge, new entitlement programs.

November 13, 2019

· Democrats

· 2020 Presidential Race

· Progressive

· Elizabeth Warren

· Dg018

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Over The Last 50 Years The Rich Have Gotten Much Richer & The Poor Much Poorer. Policies Designed To Make The Rich Richer Did Make The Rich Richer, And They Also Made The Poor Poorer

November 12, 2019

· Economics

· Wealth

· Poverty

· Ubi

· Dg020

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Why Are Poor People Poor? Most people are poor not because they don’t want to work hard, but because they don’t have access to jobs that will pay them a living wage.

November 7, 2019

· Poverty

· Welfare

· Economics

· Employment

Dg020

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The GOP’s New Mantra: What Counts Is Trump’s Actions, Not His Character. Betraying the Kurds made it impossible for the GOP to ignore Trump’s character, so the new spin is that his bad character doesn’t matter.

November 6, 2019

· Politics

· Trump

· Character

· Dg018

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The Hypocrisy Of People In Glass Houses Throwing Stones. The Trump impeachment inquiry is only a pale shadow of the Republicans’ $70 million, four-year investigation of Bill Clinton.

November 5, 2019

· Politics

· Impeachment

· Trump

· Republican Party

· Dg018

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Fight Fear With Fear. If people are doing something out of fear, then stop them by making them even more afraid of what will happen if they continue to do it

October 30, 2019

· Guns

· Wilaru

· Satire

· Humor

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Classical Economics’ Crucial Flaw — The Lag Time It Needs To Correct Problems. The Bay Area’s housing shortage is a case study in the inability of classical economics to timely deal with large problems

October 23, 2019

· Housing

· Economics

· Government

· Free Market Capitalism

Dg003

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Corporations Don’t Have The Same Rights That People Do. As Artificial Entities Created by the Government, Corporations Have No More Inherent Rights than a Toyota Camry

October 19, 2019

· Corporations

· Taxation

· Business

· Dg003

· Human Rights

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Why Corporate Profits Should Be Subject To An Excess Profits Tax. Corporations are artificial entities without any moral code or ethical values, created by governments to benefit humans, not impoverish them.

October 17, 2019

· Corporations

· Taxation

· Business

· Economics

· Dg003

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Hurricane-Dorian & The Sharpie Miracle. The Belief That Changing The Map Will Change Reality

October 7, 2019

· Trump

· Politics

· Humor

· Satire

· Hurricane

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When The Free Market Works & When It Doesn’t

The Market Doesn’t Always, Automatically, Produce Low Prices That Benefit Buyers

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October 3, 2019

· Economics

· Marketplaces

· Pricing

· Competition

· Dg004

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Why Is A Guy Who Earns $150,000/Yr Upset By A Dishwasher Being Paid $31,000/Yr?

Why Does He Think That A “Fair” Wage Is The Lowest Amount A Worker Is Desperate Enough To Have To Accept?

September 30, 2019

· Minimum Wage

· Economics

· Labor

· Poverty

· Dg027

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The Dems Are Suckers If They Try To Impeach Trump

Trying To Impeach Donald Trump Would Be A Big Mistake

September 25, 2019

· Politics

· Impeachment

· Democrats

· Trump

· Dg018

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Like James Bond’s License To Kill, Politicians Think They Have A License To Lie

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September 24, 2019

· Politics

· Media

· Fake News

· Trump

· Dg018

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Will Mike Pence Change His Name To ‘Mike Pounce’ To Retroactively Fix Mr. T Getting It Wrong?

September 23, 2019

Trump

Humor

Satire

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Guns & America In 1791 Were Worlds Away From The Guns & America Of Today

What Was the World like for the People Who Voted to Ratify the Constitution in 1791?

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September 12, 2019

· Second Amendment

· Guns

· Gun Control

· Dg010

· Mass Shootings

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Do You Want People To Be Successful Through Work & Talent?

What Do We Have To Do To Make Today’s America Actually Work That Way?

September 10, 2019

· Education

· American Dream

· Republican Party

· Conservatives

· Dg020

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Satan’s Biggest Lie: Good Things Can Come From Helping Bad People

You cannot do right by doing wrong.

August 30, 2019

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· Christianity

· Religion

· Evangelicals

· Satan

· Dg012

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When Did America Stop Being Great & How Was it Great Before, But Isn’t Great Now?

August 27, 2019

· Politics

· Trump

· Maga

· Evangelicals

· Dg024

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A Mediocre Candidate Who Beats Trump Is Infinitely Better Than A Great Candidate Who Doesn’t

An Ignominious Victory Is Far Better Than A Glorious Defeat

August 22, 2019

· Politics

· Democrats

· 2020 Presidential Race

· Elections

· Dg018

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A Product’s Price Has, & Should Have, Nothing To Do With Its Usefulness

August 14, 2019

· Economics

· Pricing

· Capitalism

· Free Market

· Dg004

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Hugely Unequal Bargaining Power Invalidates The Consent Necessary For A Valid Contract

August 5, 2019

· Economics

· Contracts

· Libertarianism

· Regulation

· Dg003

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Humans Are To Public Corporations What Antelopes Are To Lions — Prey

July 27, 2019

· Corporations

· Conservation

· Economics

· Regulation

· Dg003

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Corporations’ Constant, Overriding, Desire Is To Make More Profit/Unit By Cutting Labor Costs

July 25, 2019

· Corporations

· Capitalism

· Unions

· Dg003

· Employees

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Can You Believe That Black People Are An Inferior Race & Still Be A Decent Person?

July 18, 2019

· Racism

· White Supremacy

· BlackLivesMatter

· Charlottesville

· Discrimination

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Two-Party Pricing Breaks Down As The Economy Becomes More Complex

Two-Party pricing cannot take into account either the costs or the benefits that the transaction imposes on third parties.

July 9, 2019

· Economics

· Pricing

· Dg004

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Medium Could Make More Money With Subscriptions Behind The Paywall & Ads Outside The Paywall

A Better Choice For Medium, Its Readers & Writers Is Subscriptions For Paywall Content & Ads For Free Content

June 26, 2019

· Media

· Medium

· Business Models

· Subscription

· Dg014

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Bad User Interface Choices & Other Design Failures By So-Called Experts

June 19, 2019

· User Interface

· UI

· Dg023

· Product Design

· Golf

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Are You A Decent Person If You Do Harmful Things Because It’s Your Job?

June 11, 2019

· Ethics

Criminal Justice

Business

· Dg012

· Corporate Culture

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A Better Way To Deter People From Doing Things We Don’t Like

June 7, 2019

· Regulations

· Business

· Government

· Psychology

Dg012

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Why Aren’t All Our Traffic Lights Already Under AI Control?

Some Ideas For AI Traffic Control

May 28, 2019

· Self Driving Cars

· Machine Learning

· Traffic Optimization

· Dg023

· Artificial Intelligence

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Notes On The Design Of Homo Sapiens 2.0

There are many flaws in the code for Human 1.0. It’s time for a revised edition

May 24, 2019

· Genetics

· Science

· Dna

· Satire

· Dg023

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Price Controls Are The Wrong Response to High Rents. There Is A Better Answer

May 21, 2019

· Housing

· Rent Control

· Economics

· Business

· Dg004

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Seven Ways To Fix Capitalism

Like Any Other Powerful Tool That Is Misused, Uncontrolled Capitalism Will Cause Its Own Demise

May 16, 2019

· Business

· Corporations

· Capitalism

· Dg003

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Why Many Capitalists Believe That We Need To Fix Capitalism

The idea that this inbred, profits-at-all-costs system would not operate in ways damaging to its employees and customers is ridiculous to say the least.

May 13, 2019

· Business

· Corporations

· Capitalism

· Dg003

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The 1st, 2nd & 4th Amendments Don’t Actually Mean Exactly What The Words Say

The freedoms of religion, speech, the press, and owning guns are all subject to regulation when there is a compelling state interest.

April 23, 2019

· Constitution

· First Amendment

· Second Amendment

· Courts

· Dg019

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How To Run A Police State. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Keep the government happy and people will treat you well. Piss the government off and you will find yourself socially banished

April 18, 2019

· Surveillance

· Dictatorship

· Government

· Freedom

· Dg002

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Sometimes Life’s Slaps In The Face Come With Collateral Benefits If We Are Wise Enough To See Them

Bad things can generate collateral damage in reverse — collateral benefits.

April 17, 2019

· Personal Development

· Life Lessons

· Human Behavior

· Problem Solving

· Dg012

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Having A Decent Life Should Be A Choice Of Being Willing Or Unwilling To Work, But Often It’s Not

If there are no jobs that will pay people enough to have an OK life then the promise of a decent life through work is a lie.

April 10, 2019

· Minimum Wage

· Economics

· Employment

· American Dream

· DG020

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When Is An IPO Like A Ponzi Scheme?

Profitability is tied to today’s reality while stock prices are founded on tomorrow’s hopes and dreams.

April 9, 2019

· Startup

· Investing

· Ridesharing

· Lyft

· Stock Market

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Should Business Skip Depending On Colleges & Begin Training Its Own Skilled Employees?

April 8, 2019

Colleges are proving to be too expensive and their output capacity too limited to provide all the needed high-skill workers

· BusinessEmploymentVisa

· Training

· Education

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The Toxic Side Effects Of Trying To Plan Your Life

April 7, 2019

When everything you do is only a gateway to getting something else, nothing will ever be enjoyable in and of itself.

· Organization

· Business

· Personal Growth

· Careers

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April 3, 2019

Are The People Investing In Lyft Brilliant Or Crazy? Is Lyft Another Google Or Another WebVan?

At current prices, is there any sales level where the income line and the expense line will cross and Lyft will become profitable?

· Self Driving CarsStartupInvestment

· Lyft

· Stock Market

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The Myth That Taxing Rich People Is Bad for the Economy

March 27, 2019

So-called “trickle-down” economics, the idea that making rich people richer disproportionately benefits the middle & working class, isn’t true.

· Economics

· Taxation

· Wealth

· Income Tax

· Government

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Paying Unskilled Workers Less Actually Makes Everyone Poorer

The market is fundamentally incapable of factoring into a product’s price the costs and benefits to third parties that flow from a high or low cost for certain products and services.

March 14, 2019

· Minimum Wage

· Economics

· Free Market

· Employment

· Pricing

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As Interpreted By Donald Trump, The National Emergencies Act Is Unconstitutional

Under Art. I, Sec. 9, the President cannot legally spend any Gov’t money except pursuant to an authorization passed by Congress

February 21, 2019

· Politics

· Constitution

· Immigration

· Government

· Trump

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Branding People With A New Scarlet Letter For A Long-Ago Crime

A long-ago mistake by a young person doesn’t necessarily tell us anything about their character today.

February 20, 2019

· Discrimination

· Politics

· Racism

Psychology

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To Understand The 2nd Amendment, You Have To Understand What Guns Were Like In 1792

The Approval Of The 2nd Amend. Was Based On The Nature Of 1792 Guns & 1792 Gun Owners

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January 31, 2019

· Guns

· Second Amendment

· Gun Control

· Constitution

· Regulation

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The Brilliant Tactic I Used To Force The Dems To End The Shutdown — I Gave Up

The Imaginary Transcript Of A Fictitious Address To The American People By The President Of The United States.

January 26, 2019

· Politics

· Trump

· Shutdown

· Border Wall

· Satire

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The Basic Things A Government Should Do

The gov’t’s fundamental role is to facilitate improvements in the lives of the overwhelming majority of the humans living in that country.

January 25, 2019

· Politics

· Government

· Liberalism

· Conservation

· Business

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Hollywood, Wake Up! “OUR LITTLE WHITE HOUSE” Is Sitcom Gold

Chuck Lorrie, Steven Levitan, Tom Hertz, and Larry David: Why aren’t you jumping on the sitcom opportunity of the 21st century?

January 23, 2019

Humor

· Satire

· Sitcom

· Television

· Hollywood

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Both The Left & The Right Are Wrong About The Role Of Government

The Far Left Thinks The Gov’t’s Job Is To Equalize Wealth & The Far Right Thinks The Gov’t Has Almost No Job At All

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January 22, 2019

· Politics

· Government

· Libertarianism

· Conservatives

· Communism

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The Most Harmful Racists Are The Ones Who Think They’re Not Racists At All

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What A Lot Of White People Actually Think About Black People

January 16, 2019

· BlackLivesMatter

· Discrimination

· Racism

· Make America Great Again

· White Privilege

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The Prime Directive For All Organizations Is: “Protect & Enrich The Organization”

When Executives Go To Work They Leave Their Ethics At Home

January 15, 2019

· Corporate Culture

· Organization

· Catholic Church

· Business

· Abuse

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Angry, Emotionally Weak People Fanatically Follow Strong Leaders

Why Trump Could Shoot A Pedestrian On 5th Avenue & His Core Supporters Wouldn’t Care

January 11, 2019

· Politics

· Trump

· True Believers

· Immigrants

· Discrimination

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The Morality Of Shutting Down The Government To Pass Legislation

Forget The Dems, The GOP, & The Wall. What’s The Morality Of A Shutdown By Any Party For Any Issue?

January 10, 2019

· Politics

· Government

· Shutdown

· Borders

· Immigration

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The Most Important Factor In How Rich You Are Is The Family You Were Born Into

Wealth & Poverty Are Far More The Product Of Your Family Than Your Intelligence Or Your Work Ethic

January 9, 2019

· Politics

· Government

· Economics

· Conservatives

· Poverty

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It’s The Government’s Job To Prevent Businesses From Passing Their Costs Onto Third Parties

Prices Need To Reflect The Costs The Seller’s Business Imposes On Others

January 7, 2019

· Economics

· Government

· Regulation

· Environment

· Business

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The Pictures That Pop Into Our Heads

When I Say “Welfare” “Illegal Alien” “Businessman” “Drug Company” What Do You See?

January 5,2019

· Immigration

· Poverty

· Republican Party

· Politics

· Stereotypes

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January 2, 2019

Another Example Of 3rd Parties Paying The Costs Of A For-Profit Business

SF Allows The Treasure Island Developers To Shift The Costs From Themselves To Everyone Else

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December 26, 2018

You Can’t Run A Country The Way You Run A Business

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December 15, 2018

Oral Sex As A CBS Executive Perk? The Mind Boggles.

But isn’t Les Moonves’ compensation of $188,500 PER DAY Even More Obscene?

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December 7, 2018

The Best Way To Stop Bad Conduct Is To Take Away The Rewards For It

People do bad things for gain. Instead of making profitable activities illegal, take the profit out of the equation.

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November 20, 2018

Will The Democrats Figure Out How To Take Advantage Of The Immigration Mess Or Will They Shoot Themselves In The Head, Again?

The Dems should go on record as supporting immigration based on the applicant’s skills and education instead of wanting to escape from a “bad” country.

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November 16, 2018

The Paradox Of Proportional/Party Voting Vs. Winner-Take-All Voting

Is it better to have a Congress with membership proportional to party support or one where the 51% party always wins?

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November 6, 2018

Another Way To Neutralize Gerrymandering. Don’t Change The Map. Change How The Votes Are Counted.

The ballots would be unchanged. The voters wouldn’t have to make any additional decisions. The only thing that would change would be the arithmetic that would be applied to the vote totals.

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November 5, 2018

Too Much Money Without Work & Too Little Money For Work Are Both Bad For Everybody

There is this perverse, toxic idea that paying workers the least amount possible is a good thing. Poverty is an accelerator for other problems. It is an open container of societal gasoline.

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November 1, 2018

A Fundamental Human Flaw: Loyalty To The Tribe

Loyal to to the tribe is more important than doing the right thing. Protecting the tribe is more important than protecting outsiders from the tribe.

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October 30, 2018

The Secret Of The Thanksgiving Green-Bean Casserole. Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It, Is To Make Sure That No One Can Taste The Green Beans

Why people cook green-bean casseroles and the vital steps you need to follow in order to make your green-bean casserole a success.

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October 23, 2018

A Way To Get The Benefits Of Internet Voting Without The Risks

While the “Internet Voting Can’t Be Done” people only offer the bare “it’s impossible” opinion, there is a way to get the benefits of Internet Voting without actually doing it.

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October 20, 2018

Avoiding Election Fraud With Reliable Internet Voting

How we might design an Internet-voting system that was both safe and provided greater access to citizens.

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October 18, 2018

Lost And Found

Has anything just plain disappeared from your home? Have you considered that you might be the victim of a space-warp? It’s more common than you might think.

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October 15, 2018

Another Use For Artificial Intelligence — Rating & Recommending Politicians & Job Candidates

Maybe low voter turnout is because you have no confidence that you’re voting for someone you can trust. Can AI fix that?

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October 12, 2018

The Achilles Heel Of The Free Market System Is Massive Imbalances In Bargaining Power

Who gets what is governed by bargaining power. All theories of government are founded on ideas about how governments should (or shouldn’t) react to huge imbalances in bargaining power.

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October 9, 2018

Many People Have Missed The Point On The Brett Kavanaugh Mess

When appointing a CEO, leastwise a lifetime justice of the Supreme Court, in the absence of certainty, the default answer is always “No.”

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October 8, 2018

The Pros & Cons of Push And Pull Marketing

Shouting “Buy Me!” tells people you exist but wastes your message on people who will never care. Pull marketing lures those people to you who have already decided to buy.

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October 3, 2018

Don’t Be So Sure Trump Won’t Be Re-Elected. You Can’t Ignore The Nose-Blind Effect.

The worse the stench, the faster people become nose blind. DT is such a relentless liar, many voters will eventually become dishonesty blind.

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September 20, 2018

What Makes Donald Run?

DT is unconcerned with whether anything he says is true, honest, caring, generous, mean or despicable. His sole interest is in manipulating others into acting in ways that will benefit him.

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September 18, 2018

As A Writer, I Think Medium Needs To Make Two Fundamental Changes To Its Business Model

Medium is heading toward becoming a subscription-only publishing platform. There are ways to fix that and still make money.

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September 15, 2018

What If People Didn’t Need Driver’s Licenses & Cars Didn’t Have License Plates?

Is it good to require drivers to pass a test, have a license and register their cars but terrible to use the same system for gun buyers & their firearms?

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September 13, 2018

People Feel That They Have A Right To Be Treated In A Way That Meets Their Reasonable Expectations

The fundamental flaw in The Law Of The Jungle is that it gives people license to act in ways that most other people think is unreasonable and unfair, which causes a toxic counter reaction.

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September 10, 2018

In Order To Win The WH In 2020, Will the GOP Soon Have To Find A Way To Abandon The S.S. Donald J. Trump?

If DT crashes burns in 2020, will he drag the GOP House and Senate candidates down with him?

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September 7, 2018

Why Some Old People Struggle With Tech

I spent some time trying to help an elderly lady switch from an expensive land line to a cheap cell phone and got a few insights into why some older people have a hard time with tech.

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September 5, 2018

Lots Of People Have Opinions About Donald Trump, But What Does He Think About Himself?

The key to understanding DT ‘s self-image is that he thinks of himself as a King, due the prerogatives and respect of a King and as exempt from moral constraints as a King.

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September 2, 2018

The Concept Of Government Is An Outgrowth Of Our Genetic, Tribal Instincts

Prior to democracy, governments were run by the rich and powerful primarily for the benefit of the rich and powerful. The Right wants to return to that model of government.

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August 10, 2018

A New Machine That Reads & Analyzes Human Emotions — An EReader

A system that can read a person’s emotional reaction to tv commercials can read their reactions to much, much more serious situations.

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August 8, 2018

Gov’t Regs Compensate For Massive Imbalances In Buyers’ & Sellers’ Bargaining Power

The libertarian idea that all transactions are, by definition, voluntary contracts is false. Take-it-or-leave-it transactions are not voluntary which is why they require regulation.

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August 3, 2018

Don’t Rush Getting To No

If you want someone to marry you, don’t just flat out ask. Hint around. Sneak up on it. Ask subtle little questions first. Never ask a “Bad No” question unless you’re absolutely sure you’ll get a yes.

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August 3, 2018

When Did Planet Earth Slip Into An Alternate Universe & Why Did It Take Me So Long To Notice?

I should have realized when Mr. Crazy won the election that the world as I had known it had long ago slipped through a crack in time into an alternate dimension, but I missed all the signs.

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August 2, 2018

The Nature Of Humans Dictates The Necessity Of Laws

Many people are not generous, decent and honorable. No society can survive without laws protecting the sheep from the wolves. The trick is knowing where to draw the line.

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July 31, 2018

Why Does Instagram Have Such An Abysmally Bad User Interface? Why Did Instagram Throw Away Half The App’s Utility?

Images go into the random mess of Instagram never to be found again. It’s the photo equivalent of the gov’t warehouse at the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. My question: Why?

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July 25, 2018

A Cry In The Night

A crime/detective short story.

He awoke on a bench in the shade of an ancient sycamore with leaves the size of salad plates, but all he could think about was, “Where am I?” a question that was quickly replaced by “Who am I?”

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July 20, 2018

Amazon Might Be Able To Fix The Prescription-Drug-Market Mess

With the purchase of PillPack and access to its licenses to sell prescription drugs, will Amazon become a drug retailer or a drug wholesaler, or both?

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July 19, 2018

My Rant About Bad User Interfaces Upon The Receipt Of A New Phone. Android, LG and AT&T, This One’s For You

The wide scope of roadblocks to setting up and using my new phone highlights how surprisingly poor the phone UI is. Why is it this bad?

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July 18, 2018

Partial Transcript Of Trump-Putin Helsinki Meeting

Using my super-secret psychic powers I was able to penetrate the security devices the Secret Service installed in the meeting room used by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and Valdimir Putin.

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July 17, 2018

Adam Sandler’s Movie, Spanglish, Needs A New Ending More In Line With Today’s American Values

In today’s America, the movie’s hard-working immigrant child who grew up to be admitted to Princeton is now a criminal whose proper fate at the closing credits is to be deported in chains.

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July 16, 2018

Good Economies & Governments Are Made, Not Born

First figure out what your society should look like, then pick the rules that will get you there instead of pulling your laws out of some True Believer’s catechism of arbitrary principles.

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July 13, 2018

Businesses Are Tools, Not Pets

We aren’t altruists. Huge corporations are not charitable causes. There is no reason why they should earn more profit than is necessary to motivate them to do their jobs. They are tools, not pets.

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July 12, 2018

Dump The Failing, Toxic Democratic Party Brand And Start Over

In order to successfully defeat the GOP’s “The Rich-Get-Richer-Everyone Else Is On Their Own” agenda candidates will need a new party name and a new legislative to-do list.

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July 11, 2018

The Market Price Is Not Necessarily The Correct Price For An Efficient Economy

Power-Struggle Pricing cannot factor present and future third-party costs & benefits into the pricing equation.

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July 10, 2018

Burger King Pulls Russia World-Cup Ad Rewarding Women For Having Sex With Players

In order to promote Russian BK sales during the World Cup, BK offered to pay $45K & a lifetime of free Whoppers to any Russian woman who got pregnant by a World Cup player.

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July 7, 2018

Employers’ Self-Inflicted Wounds — Overestimating & Under-Training New Employees

Employees don’t automatically have a good work ethic or attitude. It’s up to the employer to train them in the practical and cultural basics of why they need to care about doing a good job.

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July 4, 2018

A More Honest Name For Libertarianism: Money & Powerism

Convinced that they and their corporations are the smart, creative, and talented ones, the winners, libertarians have designed a system whose Prime Directive is: Protect money & power.

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June 18, 2018

People Cling To The Sweetest Lies To Soothe The Most Bitter Truths

For True Believers, factual truth is as ephemeral as a soap bubble, and as valuable. Whatever the Leader says is true, is true and whatever the Leader says is false, is false.

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June 13, 2018

A Rich-Get-Richer Society Is The Inevitable Result Of A Country Built On Conservative Principles

In our conservative-values Rich-Get-Richer society a cliff of wealth bars children in the bottom 40% of households from any reasonable chance of success.

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June 6, 2018

We Get The Government We Deserve. America Deserves Donald Trump. What DT’s Election Tells Us About The Character Of The American People

DT is a symptom, not a cause. He was elected because he shares the culture and attitudes of a huge percentage of the American people. His character reflects our character. Sadly, he is us.

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May 31, 2018

Sure, Roseanne Is A Racist But She’s Hilarious, So It’s OK

So Roseanne Barr thinks that black people are simply a variety of jungle apes. Get past it! It’s her quirky take on the world that makes her so hilarious.

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May 30, 2018

The Conservatives’ Rules That Keep Americans Poor

Lower-class cultural values make it almost impossible for those on the bottom to move into the middle class and conservatives are working hard to keep them from getting in via good-paying jobs.

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May 25, 2018

Why True Believers Pick The Political Religions They Do

The true believer is not interested in the real-world effects of his theories. He’s interested in having theoretical rules that provide easy answers without him having to think.

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May 22, 2018

Yet Another Fake Argument Against Common-Sense Gun Regulations

The flawed argument: The latest massacre would have happened even with background checks, so anonymous, untrained, unlicensed people should still be allowed to buy unregistered deadly weapons.

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May 21, 2018

A Religion Is Any Set Of Rules That Claims To Define Moral Vs. Immoral Human Actions

Religions are subjective collections of rules that somebody invented to define the right/fair way and the wrong/unfair way to please God or operate a government or organize an economy.

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May 15, 2018

The Next Totalitarian Gov’t Won’t Need Secret Police & Won’t Be Defeated With Small Arms

The new totalitarian gov’t will rely on Social Scoring, Emotional Monitoring, and UBI payments to control its citizens.

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May 10, 2018

Judge Persky’s Reason Why He Shouldn’t Be Recalled: Voters Should Never Be Allowed To Fire A Judge

Brock Turner’s judge believes he should not be recalled because if he is then other judges may start caring about how well or how poorly voters will think they are doing their jobs.

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May 9, 2018

Prove To Me That Unlicensed Guns Owned By Untrained People Are Actually Dangerous

Gun people argue that if you can’t prove that making gun owners pass a background check will materially reduce the number of innocent people shot that there is no reason for background checks at all.

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April 24, 2018

Breakthrough Chinese Program Enables Hugely Effective State Control Of Everyone

China has created a breakthrough system for pervasive control of all conduct by its citizens. This is not theory. It’s actually in place now.

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April 20, 2018

The Reasons Why Assault Weapons Should Not Be Banned Or Restricted

A discussion of the gun-rights supporters’ reasons for ensuring the general public’s easy access to unregistered military-style weapons with large magazines.

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April 18, 2018

The Libertarian Philosophy Is Really About Protecting Power, Not Maximizing Freedom

In the same way that rape is not about sex but rather is about the exercise of power, libertarianism is not about expanding freedom but rather is about protecting the exercise of power.

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March 15, 2018 — Revised March 21, 2018

We Can Have Better Products At Lower Prices Without More Gov’t Regulation

How we can make the market system work for consumers and employees instead of against them.

By using the profit motive together with one change to the corporate tax structure, we can give companies a financial incentive to pay higher wages and deliver better products at lower prices.

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March 6, 2018

Congress Will Ban Assault Weapons By 12–31–19 If We All Vote NO On Every GOP Candidate This November — #JustVoteNO

If anti-assault weapon Democrats, Republicans and Independents vote NO on every GOP candidate this November, the loss will be so crushing that the GOP will finally be forced to abandon the NRA.

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February 27, 2018

Did The Supreme Court Miss The Real Issue In The Citizens-United Campaign-Financing Case?

Instead of: “Do corporations have the same free-speech rights as humans?” the right question is: “Can Congress legally limit everyone’s independent campaign contributions?”

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February 25, 2018

Congress Rendered The Second Amendment Obsolete On June 3, 1916

When members of militias were prohibited from using their own guns and the U.S. gained a large standing army, the stated purpose for the 2nd Amendment was destroyed.

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February 20, 2018

2nd Amendment People — You Need To Finally Be Honest About Why You Want Unregistered Assault Weapons

The 2nd Amendment people want unregistered assault weapons for 2 reasons: to use to rebel against a feared future totalitarian gov’t and to repel a feared future foreign invasion

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February 15, 2018

There’s A New Standard Form For The President’s Remarks When Something Bad Happens

After the Charlotte, NC, Ron Moore, Rob Porter and other “hot button” events that the President has been pressured to respond to, the White House has created a new form template for his remarks.

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February 13, 2018

Of Course Trump Wants A Big Parade Where Thousands Of Armed Men Will March By & Salute Him. Duh!

The real reason The Great White Dope wants a big military parade is so that thousands of armed men under his command will have to march by and salute him. Narcissist Heaven.

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February 9. 2018

The Poorer The Bottom 20% Are, The More Money It Costs The Rest Of Us

The best way to reduce taxes and make the government smaller is for the bottom 20% of Americans to be able to earn enough money that they don’t qualify for welfare in the first place.

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February 1, 2018

Public Corporations Are As Much (Or More) Of A Threat To Human Liberty As The Federal Government

People worry about the government unreasonably controlling our lives but the most frequent, pervasive & costly power over us comes from our banks, employers and other big corporations.

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January 29, 2018

Is Illegally Entering The U.S. A Worse Crime Than Armed Bank Robbery?

The statute of limitations for selling a forged passport is ten years. Shouldn’t the statute of limitations for illegally entering the U.S. on that same forged passport also be 10 years?

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January 8, 2018

Don’t Worry. My Genius Has Absolutely Been Stabilized.

I only have one problem: those stupid people saying mean things about me who are too dumb to realize how smart I am.

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December 19, 2017

Why Do We Have So Many Rules? Because We Live Such Complicated Lives

You can live relatively safely in a primitive, unregulated society or in a complex, rich, regulated society. Pick one.

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December 11, 2017

Maybe The Vulcans Were Right About Sex. Wouldn’t Humans Be Better Off If We Were Horny Only Once Every Seven Years?

We humans are so obsessed with sex that we don’t even see it anymore. We have gone sex-blind. But what if, like Vulcans, we only wanted sex once every 7 years?

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December 7, 2017

The Undiscovered Country Beyond Market Theory — Where Classical Pricing Fails

One of the gaps in classical-economics theory is its inability to factor the third party costs and benefits from a transaction into the price calculation. And there are others.

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November 27, 2017

Could Workers Use An App, A Contingent-Fee Negotiator, & Flash Strikes To Get Higher Wages? Not A Union. An iGroup

Is there a business opportunity for a professional negotiator to earn a contingent fee based on the increased wages he/she obtains for workers who sign up with his app?

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November 22, 2017

“Why Are Those Women Doing This To Me?” Accused Celebrity Complains. “Everyone Knows That Waving Your Weenie Is Just A Humorous Ice-Breaker When You Meet New People.”

In an accused’s celebrity’s first inappropriate-conduct therapy session he explains why he didn’t do anything he thought was wrong: “They should have warned me they didn’t want to see me naked.”

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November 19, 2017

Liberals, Conservatives, Libertarians and Gun People, Just Admit What You Really Believe. Dump The Cover Arguments And Say It Like It Is.

Let’s explore the real reasons ideologues have for their stands on assault weapons, UBI, the minimum wage and consumer-protection laws.

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November 16, 2017

Personal Computer–>iPod–>iPhone–>The Next Big Thing: Cyrano. My Somewhat Tongue-In-Cheek Candidate For The Next Killer Product

The Next Big Thing takes Echo/Siri to the next step — a device that provides continuous, proactive, real-time, confidential advice.

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November 15, 2017

What People Are Really Like & How Their Nature Impacts Your Political Religion

Humans act mostly from emotion, not logic or ethics, which means that political religions like communism and libertarianism don’t and can’t work.

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November 11, 2017

Secret White House Plan To End Drug Crisis Revealed. Surreptitious Oval-Office Recordings Detail President’s Plan To End Overdose Epidemic

Details of the President’s secret plan to deal with the overdose crisis — let them all die and the problem fixes itself.

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October 20, 2017

Hollywood Wise

The Network has tapped Wilaru to advise them on their new TV season. It seems he has just the kind of brain they’re looking for.

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October 15, 2017

The Market: The Other God That Failed

The existence of the Market does not guarantee reasonable prices & terms. In fact, the consumers’ inherently weak bargaining power often results in onerous prices & terms.

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October 9, 2017

Is There A Cheaper, More Effective Way To Deal With Criminals Than Prison?

A review of theoretical, alternative methods of deterring crime and protecting society.

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October 3, 2017

Here’s A Crazy Idea — Maybe We Should Abandon Artificial Intelligence Devices For Organic Intelligence Ones

Maybe life would be better if we went back to the time when everyone with money had a butler and a maid. Might Humans Be More Cost Effective Than Robots?

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October 2, 2017

A New Economic & Social “Perfect Storm” Is Heading Right For Us. Individual Transportation Is Going To Change Big Time

Autonomous cars will be joined by autonomous human-carrying drones to disrupt the American economy.

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September 29, 2017

Why American Politics Has Become So Rancorous. Why People Are So Quick To Embrace Fake News. True Believers See People On The Other Side Not As Just Wrong, But As Bad

People are increasingly viewing political positions as moral choices rather than intellectual disputes, and that leads them to believing fake news.

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September 25, 2017

Communism, Conservatism, & Libertarianism Are Political Religions. Let’s Abandon Government By Religion. The Only Thing That Counts Is What Works

Conservatives/Libertarians want a government based on their moral/religious principles instead of pragmatic policies that will yield the most prosperous and high-functioning society.

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September 21, 2017

When The Going Gets Tough, Smart People Change Direction. When Something Isn’t Working, Quit.

You have to be smart enough to know that when something fundamentally isn’t working that you need to let it go. A fundamental rule of startups is “Quickly kill the failures in their cribs.”

Started out with the dreams and the plans of a wise man. Ended up with the heartaches of a fool.” — Willie Nelson.

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September 19, 2017

The Medium “Claps” Tool Is Fatally Flawed. How It Can & (I Think) Should Be Fixed.

The current clap system does a fatally bad job of rating articles but with a few changes it’s capable of doing a very good job.

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September 13, 2017

I Can’t Wait For The Robots To Start Running Things

The govt is no more messed up than any other big organization. The real problem is people. Get rid of them and everything will work better.

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September 7, 2017

Shocked To Learn That God Does Not Have A Penis. How Could They Have Lied To Me All These Years?

Instead of the “Big Guy” is God really the “Big Girl” or the “Big It”? Is God one of those glowing gas clouds that Capt. Kirk used to run into from time to time?

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September 6, 2017

A Database That Links All Fields Together In A Web. It Begins With Saving Every Field As A Separate Record

See data as a network of interconnected links instead of records where each item is further linked to relevant text, images and video

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September 5, 2017

Management Failures. Avoidable Mistakes Often Made By Small Business Owners

Lots of skilled people know how to do the work — build a house, feed a crowd, build an app, — but they don’t know how to run a business.

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September 1, 2017

If You Say This Confederate Statue Thing Is Just Liberal Whining Then You’re Either Blind Or You’re Too Dishonest To Say What You Really Think

People Support Keeping R.E. Lee’s Statues Because They See Nothing Wrong In Fighting For The Confederacy

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August 28, 2017

Do Intelligent Entities — Artificial Constructs — Already Exist, And, If So, What Are They Like?

Artificial constructs pretend to be human but they are just rapacious, soulless entities trying to pass for human.

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August 26, 2017

Calling Out Democrats & Liberals For Terminal Cluelessness. Like Sears, Their Brand Is Dying From Bad Management

A political party is a brand. Like every brand, to survive it has to offer a set of qualities that appeal both to its current customers and also to an audience of potential new customers.

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August 18, 2017

Everyone’s Missing The Crucial Point On The Alt-Right. A Sign That Says “White Is Right” Is Really Code For “I’m A Loser”

People who say they’re terrific because they’re got white skin do that because that’s all they’ve got. They’ve never done anything that actually shows they have any real talent.

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August 16, 2017

The Little Man Inside

Marlon Stump couldn’t be allowed to die, yet. So his family built a big puppet and put a dwarf inside to give it the illusion of life. But the Little Man happened to be crazy.

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August 4, 2017

Guns: The NRA Was Right About One Thing & Absolutely Wrong About Everything Else

When everyone has a gun, everyone is a soldier, everyone is a target, and eventually, everyone will be a casualty.

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August 2, 2017

Trump’s Brain: Cracking The Code, Part 2 — Understanding What Mr. Ego Does

In part 1 I revealed the secret to decoding what Mr. Ego says. Here in Part 2 I reveal the secret to predicting and understanding what he does.

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August 1, 2017

I Don’t Carry A Smart Phone Because What I Want Isn’t Really A Phone At All. I Want An Artificial Intelligence Device That Does EVERYTHING By Voice Command

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August 1, 2017

I’ve Cracked Mr. Ego’s Secret Code. “True” Means “Good For Me” And “Lie” Means “Bad For Me.” Duh!

Like multi-dimensional string theory to Joe Sixpack, to Mr. Ego the terms “truth” and “lie” are both alien and mysterious.

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July 30, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci’s Present & Probable Future: Schadenfreude For Some, Irony For Others

What does it profit a man to gain Donald Trump as his boss in exchange for losing his marriage?

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July 29, 2017

A Theory Of Time That Contains No Paradoxes. How Time And Time Travel Might Work Without Your Actions In The Past Affecting Your Future.

How Time And Time Travel Might Work Without Your Actions In The Past Affecting Your Future

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July 27, 2017

If Mr. Ego Has Done Nothing Wrong, Why Is He So Obsessed, Inflamed, Distraught, Perturbed & Terrified(?) by Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?

His Defense: “You can’t prove anything! Nobody saw me do it.” — Bart Simpson

People don’t go nuts over stuff that doesn’t threaten them. Obviously, in Mr. Ego’s mind this Russia investigation is a BIG PROBLEM. What does he fear Mueller might find out?

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July 26, 2017

Things That Piss Me Off — Too Many Stupid People

We Need A Scale To Measure Stupidity — A Stupidity Quotient, an SQ, If You Will

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July 25, 2017

“We Can’t Raise The Minimum Wage Because That Will Put Me Out Of Business” Is A Really Bad Argument.

This Is What People Say When They Want The Government To Subsidize The Cost Of Running Their Business

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Saying that there shouldn’t be a living-wage minimum wage because it will put you out of business is (1) probably not true and (2) if true, then you ought go out of business.

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July 25, 2017

Something Else That Pisses Me Off — People With One Name

If you want to have only one name then I think you need to EARN it. Take over a country, start a major war, invent a diet pill that really works. Do something BIG.

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July 23, 2017

Real-World Limitations On Bargaining Power, Not The Law Of Supply & Demand, Are The Primary Reasons For The Low Price For Unskilled Labor.

Supply And Demand Are Only Two Of The Many Factors That Affect Bargaining Power, And Bargaining Power, Not Supply & Demand, Is The Main Factor That Determines Price

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July 14, 2017

Something Different — Pretty Pictures Of Flowers And Like That

As an experiment, this post is not about economics, government, or politics, but rather consists of 17 beautiful nature photographs

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July 13, 2017

The Unfriendly Skies — Clueless United Doesn’t Even Know What Most People Think The Word “Dishonest” Means

While United thinks “overbooking” is good business, regular people might well think that deliberately selling the same seat to two different people and keeping the money from both is wrong.

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July 12, 2017

If It’s Illegal To Rent My Building To Burglars To Use As A Stolen Property Bazaar, Should It Also Be Illegal For My Web Site To Be Used As A Bootleg Movie Emporium?

How do we respect freedom of speech while still making it difficult to for web sites to facilitate serious crimes and destroy a person’s right to privacy

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July 8, 2017

The Market System’s Inherent Inability To Accurately Price Mandatory Products & Services

The Market’s Cost/Demand Pricing Mechanism Is Unable To Factor Future Costs & Benefits To 3rd Parties Into Its Pricing Equation

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July 5, 2017

Useful Comments Versus Just Wasting Everyone’s Time

Comments and posts that just spout conclusions or insults are a waste of time. Give us a good reason to agree that what you say is true.

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June 30, 2017

No Matter What The Law Says, I Have A Right To Do X. No, You Don’t

The point of this article is to consider the question of people’s rights in a practical, real-world context instead of merely accepting the dogma of innate rights granted by natural law.

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June 28, 2017

The “Cobra Effect” Is When Trying To Fix Something Actually Makes It Worse. Conservatives Are Now Engaged In Their Own Version Of The Cobra Effect.

The policies the conservatives are promoting are actually increasing the number of people who reject conservative values.

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June 24, 2017

What’s A Nice Spider Like You Doing In A Girl Like This? The Incredibly Disturbing Thing I Saw On TV Last Night

I saw an act on The Gong Show involving a girl, a tarantula and an harmonica. You won’t believe where she put the giant spider.

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June 22, 2017

What’s Really Behind America’s Political Divide. At Its Heart, Politics Is A Personality Clash Disguised As A Policy Disagreement

The left and the right are not arguing about what would make the country more prosperous. They’re fighting a war that’s rooted in each side’s personal ideas of fairness

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June 19, 2017

Should The Price You’re Charged Be Based On How Rich You Are? Individualized Pricing Coming To A Store Near You

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New pricing strategies based on how rich you are, when and where you’re buying and how badly you need that product.

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June 18, 2017

By The Skin Of Our Teeth. Little Noticed Near-Hits And Near-Misses That Change Our Lives

The Tiny Random Things That Separate Ordinary Life From Disaster

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June 11, 2017

How To Train Americans For Good-Paying Jobs Without Rip-off Schools, Without Student Loans & Without Spending Taxpayer Money

There is a way to train people for good jobs without gov’t subsidies and without student loans

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June 7, 2017

The Futile Attempt To Cram Analog Data Into A Digital Straight Jacket.

Companies Should Stop Trying To Squash Oddly-Shaped Bits Of Customer Feedback Into One-Size-Fits-All Digital Boxes

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June 6, 2017

Why There Are So Few Good Movies. The Futility Of Trying To Jam A Digital Peg Into An Analog Hole

Trying to evaluate scripts by assigning digital scores to story elements is doomed to failure. But, there is another way.

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June 1, 2017

Myths That Are Destroying America

Myth #4: Public Corporations Have Ethical Standards Just Like People Do

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June 1, 2017

Let The Robot Do It

A Science Fiction Short Story — No one wants to take an active role in government, preferring instead to, well, let the robot do it.

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May 30, 2017

Myths That Are Destroying America

Myth #3: Tax Cuts For Rich People Are Good For Middle Class & Working-Class Americans

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May 29, 2017

Myths That Are Destroying America

Myth #2: It’s Vital That We Stop Politicians From Giving Our Money Away To Lazy Losers

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May 24, 2017

On The Occasion Of Removing The Statue Of Robert E. Lee, Here Is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Explanation About Why It Was Being Taken Down

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May 23, 2017

Myths That Are Destroying America

Myth #1: In America, Everyone Has A Chance To Have A Decent Life

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May 15, 2017

A Fair Fight

Satirical Short Fiction — Wilaru learns the secret to crime prevention. Just make sure that the decent people are always armed and ready for a Fair Fight

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May 11, 2917

A Health Care Plan That Follows Republican Principles And Still Works

Since The Republicans Haven’t Been Able To Figure Out A Workable Health-Care Plan That Stays True To Their Principles, I’ve Done It For Them.

Healthcare for every employee without government subsidies.

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May 2, 2017

A Better Name For The So-Called “Sharing Economy” Is “The Shareworker Economy”

A Shareworker Is Nothing More Than An Old-Time Sharecropper In Fancy New Clothes

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April 27, 2017

Bug Rules

A Science Fiction Short Story

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April 26, 2017

The Real Reason Many Conservatives Hate A Living-Wage Minimum Wage

Their Ethical Code Says It’s Morally Wrong To Pay People More Than They Think Their Low-Level Abilities Entitle Them To Earn

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April 21, 2017

The Core Reason Cops Kill Unarmed People Is Not Race. It’s Law Enforcement’s Shoot-First Rules Of Engagement

The Solution To Keeping Police From Killing Unarmed Citizens Is Forcing Police Departments To Completely Replace Their Old Rules Of Engagement

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April 21, 2017

How To Quickly Create A Neutral, Non-Gerrymandered Election Map

Creating A Politically-Neutral Election Map Is Relatively Easy. Google Could Probably Do It In A Few Weeks

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April 19, 2017

A Living-Wage Minimum Wage Will Not Materially Reduce Employment

Why The Claim That Raising The Minimum Wage Will Greatly Reduce Jobs Is Just Plain Wrong

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April 6, 2017

Hello, Inmate 43947. I’m Ron, Your Executioner. Your Choices Tonight Are Death By Lethal Injection, Electric Chair, Or Nitrogen Gas.

Death By Nitrogen

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March 30, 2017

A Little Math Shows That A Universal Basic Income Is Completely, Totally, Impossible

A Modest UBI Would Cost More Than 3 Times The Entire Amount Now Collected From Income Taxes

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March 27, 2017

The Personality Trait That Marks A Conservative. The “Exactly-Dividing-The-Dinner-Check” Compulsion

Conservatives’ political beliefs are an expression of their “It Should Be An Every Man For Himself” sort of the world.

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March 25, 2017

Instead Of Obamacare or Trumpcare I Propose “Medicare Junior”

Start Fresh And Put Everyone Into Medicare Junior With Coverage Caps, Co-Pays, & Employer and Employee Monthly Premiums

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March 14, 2017

Improving Capitalism

Capitalism Is A Powerful Tool But It Would Work Better If We Made A Fundamental Change To How Corporations Are Taxed

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March 8 2017

What Is A Bad Person?

Here Are A Few Examples Of Conduct Where You Can Decide If The Individual Involved Is Or Is Not A Bad Person

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March 7, 2017

Some Ideas For Reducing Uninsured Healthcare Costs & Health Insurance Premiums

Options I Would Explore If I Were Given The Chance To “Fix” Obamacare

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March 6, 2017

How Do You Define A Successful Society?

We Can’t Make Rules About How Our Society Should Work Until We Decide What Kind Of A Society We Want To Have

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March 5, 2017

The Conservatives’ Core Philosophy In 300 Words

They Don’t Actually Believe What You May Think They Do

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March 1, 2017

I’d Like The Sales & Ego Upgrade Package, Please

Could the President be an alien android spy who has gone rogue and slipped his programming? Only Wilaru knows for sure.

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The Man In The Bulletproof Pants

February 27, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Hypocritical Conservatives Want Taxpayers To Subsidize Their Business Costs

End The Subsidy — Businesses, Not Taxpayers, Should Pay Their Own Expenses

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February 22, 2017

Social Security Has Tons Of Money

The Republicans So-Called Social Security Reform Is Just Another Scheme To Rip Off Working Americans

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February 21, 2017

Dr. Von Zombie And The Slut Lady

Could the world-famous plastic surgeon, the renowned “Love Doctor,” have been murdered? Wilaru investigates!

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February 13, 2017

The Conservatives’ Fatal Flaw — They Don’t Get It That There Is Always A Cost Of Doing Business

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February 7, 2017

Age-Appropriate Prostitutes And Other Things That Make Me Laugh

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February 3, 2017

When Greed Is Thought To Be A Virtue — When More Is Never Enough

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January 30, 2017

Dream War

A Science Fiction Short Story

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January 28, 2017

Some Of The Parts

The True Level Of The Intelligence Of The Government & Industry

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January 24, 2017

Stick Him To The Wall

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January 23, 2017

How The Republicans Captured The Middle Class

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January 21, 2017

Is It Really Possible To Deter Companies From Shipping U.S. Jobs To Other Countries?

Let’s Review A Few Of The Schemes

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January 19, 2017

Political Systems Seen As Restaurant Business Models. My Choice: The Cover-Charge Society

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January 17, 2017

Replacing The Income Tax With A Different Tax System That Is Fairer, Simpler & Less Painful — REVISITED

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This is a revised version of the column originally published on December 6, 2016, titled: Should We Replace The Income Tax With An Entirely Different Tax System? Instead Of Paying Taxes First, Why Not Pay Taxes Last?

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January 14, 2017

Shrink Wrapped

What Happens When Silicon City High Tech Meets The World Of Psychiatry? Can the nerds beat the shrinks? Might there possibly be a problem in trying to automate psychotherapy? Only Wilaru knows for sure.

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January 4, 2017

Lawyers & Juries. Make Way For The JusticeBot 1000

An Outlandish But Oddly Appealing Proposal

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January 2, 2017

The Fantasy Of The A La Carte Society

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December 29, 2016

Almost Down To The Red

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December 22, 2016

The Caged Bird Stands On The Grave Of Dreams

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December 22, 2016

Only The Good Die Rich

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December 16, 2016

The Big Lie: Higher Corporate Profits Are Always A Good Thing

More For The Sake Of Having More Is Never A Good Reason For Anything

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December 16, 2016

No, No, Raul

Wilaru interviews a man who has turned a most unlikely condition into a talent that has made him rich. Now, if only he can restrain his darker proclivities.

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December 11, 2016

Take Two Pills & Call Me In The Morning

Some Side Effects May Occur

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December 6, 2016

Should We Replace The Income Tax With An Entirely Different Tax System?

Instead Of Paying Taxes First, Why Not Pay Taxes Last?

NOTE: This column was materially revised and subsequently replaced by this column:

Replacing The Income Tax With A Different Tax System That Is Fairer, Simpler & Less Painful — Revisited

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November 29, 2016

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Government, Or Do We?

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November 20, 2016

Robot Fears And Machine Tears

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November 16, 2016

The Anatomy Of Foolish Choices. When Common Sense Took A Holiday

The recent election has incited me to comment on the various ways humans find to make and justify foolish decisions.

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November 11, 2016

A Guaranteed Minimum Income Is The Wrong Answer To The Right Question.

The Solution To The Shortage Of Living-Wage, Low-Skilled Jobs Is Publicly Funded, Non-Profit Corporations That Will Pay A Living Wage

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November 8, 2016

Conservatives’ Society That Only Benefits Winners Is Bad For Everyone

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November 8, 2016

Discover Your Personality Blueprint, Your Psychometric Index?

A Sci-Fi Classic & A Powerful Neural Net Computer May Be The Keys To Cracking Your Code

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October 26, 2016

Is It Right Or Wrong To Vote For Neither Trump Nor Hillary?

Your Answer Is Not Based On Your Politics But Rather On Your Personality

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October 21, 2016

After “Lying’ Ted Cruz” “Crooked Hillary Clinton” and “Little Marco Rubio” It’s Clear That Donald J. Trump Also Needs A New Name

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October 18, 2016

A Better Mousetrap

Intrepid reporter for the American Inquisitor Weekly News Magazine, David Wilaru*, is recruited for Wordsmith duty by a team competing for the contract to design the new H-Bomb, Version 3.0.

He is shocked to discover that the scientists don’t have the slightest clue about creating a successful new product, but, luckily, Wilaru knows just how to push his team’s new H-Bomb over the top.

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October 11, 2016

A New Form Of Business Entity That Will Stop Companies From Behaving Badly

The Battle: Bad Business Behavior Vs. Expensive & Inefficient Gov’t Regulations

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October 9, 2016

Police Are Trained To Shoot To Kill And Punished If They Fire A Warning Shot. And You Wonder Why So Many Citizens Are Killed By Cops

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September 29, 2016

Why Trump’s Supporters Don’t Care What He Says Or Does & Why Clinton’s Negative Campaign Ads Will Mostly Fail

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September 26, 2016

How We Got Stuck With Two Candidates We Don’t Like And How We Can Stop That From Happening Again

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September 22, 2016

Discouraging Big Businesses From Behaving Badly Without New Major Gov’t Regulations

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September 22, 2016

How To Stop Event-Ticket Rip Offs. More Money For Artists, Free Tickets For Fans, Nothing For Scammers

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September 19, 2016

Juries NEVER Find A Criminal Defendant Innocent

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September 19, 2016

Our Unfortunate Habit Of Creating Tribes

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August 17, 2016

Another Strategy To Avoid More Government Bureaucracy. Breaking The Cycle That Drives Government Regulations

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August 4, 2016

If You Become What You Hate, Who Will Be Left To Speak For You?

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July 29, 2016

Could This Be The New Trillion Dollar Product That Vastly Reduces Bureaucracy?

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July 27, 2016

Should A Police Chief Be A Former Police Officer?

The Chief of Police is a management position that should be held by an experienced executive, not a police officer.

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July 20, 2016

Uber For Hit Men, Kidnappers, and Child Molesters Is Coming. Buckle Up!

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July 11, 2016

Wealth, Poverty & The Middle Class

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July 4, 2016

The Fundamental Change That Is Wrecking The Old Rules About Work & Poverty

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June 28, 2016

How & Why The Anti-Gun People Will Likely Screw Up Marketing Their New Initiative

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June 18, 2016

I Had A Strange Dream Starring Donald Trump, Mel Brooks & Dr. Melfi

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June 17, 2016

Lots Of People Think They Know What Capitalism Is, But Many Don’t

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June 12, 2016

Where Brock Turner’s Judge Went Wrong

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June 3, 2016

The American Dream Is On Life Support, And Most Of You Have No Idea What It Really Was

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April 20, 2016

An Open Plea To Google: Build The Foundation For Internet Voting In California

A Blueprint For How Google Could Make California The First State To Offer Internet Voting

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April 12, 2016

If I Had A Billion Dollars To Make The World Better, I Would Totally Disrupt The Educational System

Education

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March 29, 2016

Phone Password Security Explained In A Simple-Minded Way

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March 24, 2016

11% Of Registered Voters Elect 80% Of The Congressmen — Why Congress Is So Horrible And How We Can Fix It

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March 18, 2016

Senate Republicans = Cheaters. Nobody Respects A Cheater, Nor Should They

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March 15, 2016

Here’s How Apple CAN Make iPhones That Are BOTH Secure And Accessible By Search Warrant, And Why It Should Do That

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February 28, 2016

Do iPhone-Owning Criminals Have A Right To Be Immune From A Search Warrant? Don’t Samsung Owners’ Lives Matter?

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February 15, 2016

Have You Been Listening To The Republican Debates? What Hard-Core Republicans Really Believe

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February 10, 2016

The Civil War Was Not Fought To Protect The “Right” To Own Human Beings. It Was Fought To Protect The Notion That Black People Were Not Human At All

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Two questions divided the country and sparked the Civil War:

“Are Black people really human at all?” and

“Does a political subdivision have the right to legalize activities that are illegal under the laws of the larger body of which it is a member?”

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December 9, 2015

Radical Muslims LOVE Donald Trump — He’s Doing Exactly What They Had Hoped For

Radical Muslims want to incite a full-scale Everyone-versus-Muslims war and to do that they need to provoke material attacks on and mistreatment of mainstream Muslims. Lucky for them Donald Trump is only too happy to oblige.

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November 12, 2015

If You’re For (Or Against) Government Regulations, This Post Is For You

The Real Force Driving Government Regulations Isn’t Left-Wing Ideology. The prime driver behind government regulations is human nature, the normal human response to a negative stimulus.

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September 1, 2015

I Know Why Donald Trump Is So Popular. Do You?

To be as popular as Donald Trump, here’s what you do

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August 4, 2015

Why Drug Pricing Has Almost Nothing To Do With Research Costs. A Few Minutes With A Calculator Reveals The Real Reason For High Drug Prices

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July 9, 2015

Risk/Reward Analysis Doesn’t Work The Way You Think It Does. People Often Ignore The Hidden Dimension Of Time

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June 8, 2015

The Right Part For The Right Job

Will Gay Marriage Ever Come To Dead Pig County, Texas?

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May 11, 2015

Raising The Minimum Wage Has Little To Do With Helping People. It’s Real Value Is As A Tool To Reduce Welfare And The Size And Cost of Government

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April 28, 2015

Shocked To Learn That God Does Not Have A Penis. How Could They Have Lied To Me All These Years?

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April 14, 2015

Libertarianism And Socialism Are Both Failed Systems. We Need Another, Better Way: A Troika Of Dictators

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March 26, 2015

The Maddening Personality Trait That Screws Up The World. It’s Not Arrogance Or Greed Or Any Of The Usual Suspects. It’s “The Ostrich Syndrome”

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March 16, 2015

Why Some People Are Dead Wrong About Privacy. There Is No Right To Anonymous Speech

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December 15, 2014

A Replacement For Incentive Stock Options — A New Long-Term Incentive Tool For Executives. Abolish ISOs In Favor Of PIUs (Profit Incentive Units)

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December 12, 2014

“Shareholder Value” Isn’t What You Think It Is

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September 24, 2014

A Pragmatic Look At Market Pricing. Market Pricing Both Efficiently Allocates Scarce Resources And Exacerbates The Scarcity Of Those Same Resources

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September 4, 2014

An App To Turn Product Ratings From Junk Into Gold. Today, Customer Ratings Aren’t Very Useful, But They Could Be

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September 2, 2014

What Is A Smart Person? Why Do Smart People Sometimes Say & Do Stupid Things?

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August 30, 2014

A New Financial Instrument — Not Debt — Not Equity. A Different Form Of Investment Product

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August 27, 2014

A New Form Of Business Organization. Replacing The Public Corporation With A Customer Controlled Company

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Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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