Monthly Archive: March 2017

Mar 31

CGI: an Interface Not a Programming Language

CGI is not a computer language, and you can date me by the fact that I’m going to rant about it for a few hundred words. That’s because I set up my first web server in 1993. It was on an IBM RS/6000 named Eeyore which sat right on the internet. It was a time …

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Mar 31

Forget Tax Reform; Paul Ryan Wants Tax Redistribution

Now that repealing and replacing Obamacare has failed, Republicans in Congress say they are moving on to something different: tax reform. They are actually moving on to the same thing all over again. The American Health Care Act was a plan to give high-income Americans a big tax cut that would be financed with cuts …

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Mar 30

Robots Gives Us More Time to Find Meaning

The other day, I saw this exciting headline, Yuval Harari on Why Humans Won’t Dominate Earth in 300 Years. I’m interested in this because I just don’t think humans are long for the universe. We’re at the top of the food change to start with. But more than that, intelligence just isn’t that great an …

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Mar 30

Trump’s Incompetence, Prevailed in Election, Is Destroying Him as President

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump broke every rule of politics — and he won anyway. He dominated the Republican primary by running against the Republican Party. He repulsed the GOP’s key leaders and emerged all the stronger for it. He delighted in conspiracy theories and schoolyard insults. He contradicted himself routinely, but managed to …

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Mar 29

GOP Tries to Save Face on Obamacare Repeal Fiasco

Sarah Kliff and Jeff Stein over at Vox wrote, Senate Republicans Not Ready to Give up on Obamacare Repeal. Although there is shockingly little evidence in the article. It is mostly just a chance for various Republicans to grouse about the law. Here’s my favorite from Seantor Pat Roberts, “Obviously we’re going to have to …

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Mar 29

Republicans: Profits Before Privacy and Freedom

Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections, the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access in an era of Republican dominance. In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T, and …

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Mar 28

President Trump Wanted the Title, Not the Job

I remember back in 1994, Howard Stern decided to run for governor of New York as a Libertarian. But then everything went wrong. He won the primary overwhelmingly, but he refused to file paperwork with the government regarding the election. Then he didn’t work with the Libertarian Party. I even recall him complaining on air …

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Mar 28

Republican’s Obamacare Replacement Promises Were Lies

Republicans ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare for seven years, over the course of four election cycles. They won the House majority in 2010 in large part because of the backlash against the passage of Obamacare — and the vow to “repeal and replace” Obamacare was part of their “Pledge to America” campaign document that …

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Mar 27

Re-Evaluating Attack of the Puppet People

Five years ago, both Andrea and I wrote reviews of the Bert I Gordon film Attack of the Puppet People. We were actually fairly fond of it, although I attacted its screenplay savagely. But Saturday afternoon, I came upon it on YouTube and I totally changed my mind about it. The screenplay is actually quite …

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Mar 27

We Have to Create a Better World

Christianity is simply false. But what do we do then? What do we believe? … Since this world isn’t the way we’d want it to be, we have to make it the way we want it to be. This world isn’t protected by any supreme justice or caregiver, there is no infallible wise man to …

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Mar 26

I Don’t Care What You Call Pluto

Vox published an article last week that made me want to slam my head against the wall, The Debate Over Pluto Will Never Die. Here’s the Latest Argument for Why It’s a Planet. Astronomer Kirby Runyon has come up with a new definition for a planet. And if we use it, there will be hundreds …

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Mar 26

Republicans Look Forward to Next Failure

The stunning collapse of the Republican healthcare bill now imperils the rest of President Trump’s ambitious congressional agenda, with few prospects for quick victory on tax reform, construction projects, or a host of other issues in the months ahead despite complete GOP control of government. While Republicans broadly share the goal of Trump’s promised “big …

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