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Oct 14

World Health Indicators

The prime indicator of whether the economy is in a recession is if people complain about Walmart – if more people are complaining, we are in a recovery, if people stop complaining we are in a recession.  WalMart related angst is a luxury good.

If the military spends untold billions developing fighter aircraft that are too expensive to actually use (we’ve had air superiority for generations now, no one else is close, and missiles have huge advantages of human piloted craft) then America faces no real threats in the world, and the power that be feel free to reward constituents and districts with interesting graft instead of focusing on saving the country.  Similarly, (while Peter Thiel is right, mass NSA surveillance is not a sign of competence, rather the opposite) the fact that the NSA devotes a lot of time and energy to spying on Americans by solving interesting technical puzzles instead of their legal job is a sign that there is no looming terrorist threat.

One universal truth I now recently recognize is the importance of projects to the middle aged – I’ve got my cnc machine and prediction tracking site, others have universal democracy and government health insurance, but at a certain age the projects become pillars of your worldview.  I need to flesh that idea out a bit more.


17
Aug 14

Quote of the day

Quote of the day

The improvement of our way of life is more important than the spreading of it,” Colonel Lindbergh told his countrymen. “If we make it satisfactory enough, it will spread automatically. If we do not, no strength of arms can permanently impose it.”


14
Jul 14

Quote of the moment

From Robbie Fulks

When an invention is ready six guys will come along and invent it at the same time.


01
Jul 14

Quote of the day

Introducing the song “I like being left alone” , and describing it as sort of a libertarian anthem –

Think of it as Ron Paul Sartre

also from the song:

I like water

I like air

I like space, but not to share


24
Jun 14

The greatest youtube video ever

The ABCs of hand tools


06
Apr 14

Quote of the day

Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth.
Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.

Machiavelli

I think the second line is the more telling.  I remember Tyler Cowen (I think) describe raising children as the proper determination of what activities will be character building and which will be needless suffering.


24
Jan 14

Quote of the day – probably posted before

I want to live in a world where it’s easier to do good.

From Utah Phillips


23
Nov 13

Your link of the day: Michael Malloy

aka Mike the Durable.


13
Nov 13

Random thought

In matters where we have no personal interest – Canadian logging say – then we will usually reflexively follow the adage “if a little won’t do a little, then a lot won’t do a lot” if some venture or initiative fails.  IE we reinforce success.

However, on matters where we do have a personal favorable interest, then that goes out the window and we reflexively start to think that things just “did not go far enough” and more resources are needed and we start believing in Green Lantern Theory and the Care Bear Stare.


12
Nov 13

Quote of the day

“Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation”