Monthly Archives: July 2011

What Do Disruptive Protestors Really Accomplish? Hint: The Opposite of What They Intend

Yesterday, it took me nearly two hours to get home from San Francisco. It normally takes me about an hour using Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Yesterday, someone thought it would be a fantastic idea to disrupt the BART system, forcing … Continue reading

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Ann Coulter is the Andy Kaufman of Politics

Andy Kaufman is remembered as a comedian, but that’s only a default label.  We haven’t coined a term for what he did for a living.  His most popular role was the one he hated most, playing the lovable Latka Gravas on the … Continue reading

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California Loan-Sharking: Another Underhanded Tax Hike

On Saturday, July 9th, I received my annual California vehicle registration notice for $111. I am not sure what other states charge for an annual license and registration fee, but $111 seems a bit high. It is certainly a healthy … Continue reading

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“Civilization” Turns Pinko Commie

“Hell is other people.” — Jean-Paul Sartre When I first saw this article on CNN, my heart almost skipped a beat. Sid Meier was bringing his classic 1991 PC game, “Civilization” to Facebook! In my opinion, “Civilization” was one of the most addictive games … Continue reading

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Plague Year: Riveting Novel About Nanotechnology Gone Awry

Plague Year is Jeff Carlson’s riveting novel about a nanotech machine plague that breaks out in Northern California, and ultimately kills nearly five billion people. The hook: the machine plague has a hypobaric trigger that renders the plague inert at elevations over 10,000 feet. While I normally do … Continue reading

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The Connected States of America: Data Visualization for Emerging American Communities

Today, I discovered an interesting data visualization tool that shows patterns of social connectedness across the country. Researchers at MIT’s Senseable City Lab, AT&T Research, and IBM Research constructed this data using “anonymous and aggregated cell phone data.” The chart above shows … Continue reading

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Bush vs. Obama: Unemployment (June 2011 Jobs Data)

Update: Click here for the most recent jobs statistics. I have started posting an article each month comparing the unemployment rate under President George W. Bush with the unemployment rate under President Obama at that time. I felt compelled to publish this article because some left-leaning … Continue reading

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Thirty Chernobyls: Why Space Weather Matters

Last month, Popular Science published an article suggesting more ways civilization could end in a vicious maelstrom of chaos and mass starvation. The scenario goes something like this:

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TESLA: Breaking America’s Oil Addiction with Technology Today

One way to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil is to change anachronistic behavioral patterns that no longer make sense in today’s dynamic world. Many on the left advocate reducing personal energy consumption as one way to achieve this goal. … Continue reading

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San Francisco Wants to Ban Pet Ownership

Fresh from its triumphant victory against the perfidious, imperialist forces of McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has set its sights on nobler pursuits like banning circumcision, and ending the ignominious institution of pet slavery. That’s right you anthropomorphic … Continue reading

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