Archive For September 21, 2016

A Modest Proposal

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A Modest Proposal

It is nearly three hundred years since Jonathan Swift published his scathing satirical tirade against economic abuse and the callous attitude displayed by the wealthy of his day. This post is not going to be satirical. Three centuries after Swift lambasted greedy landlords for consuming the lives and livelihoods of their impoverished tenants, we have Wall…

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Well, This Is Embarrassing…

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On the BBC News website today is an article exploring the reasons Americans take less sick leave than citizens of other countries – England, for example. This is going to be a very short post. One sentence from the article made an impression on me. A small sentence, a statement of fact easily verified. A state…

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Today is September 11

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Today is September 11 – the fifteenth anniversary of an event that has arguably given the date more significance around the world than any other day on the calendar, with the possible exception of January 1. Each year on this day, there are many articles published in reference to the murderous acts of hatred that turned an average…

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Why we probably live inside a computer program

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A recent article by Philip Ball bears the title “We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter.” I will take that farther. I say it is very probable that we live inside a computer program, and it matters. Sort of. First off: why double down on an idea that is already extreme…

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