Superhero Economics
Feb 09, 2008

Shamus posted a challenge, which went (in part):

I enjoyed the discussion the other day on the various uses and uselessness of super abilities. It is surprisingly difficult to benefit the world, even when you wield fantastic powers. Imagine if you were granted the following:
  • Incredible strength....
  • You can fly....
  • You are functionally indestructible....

...I’m annoyed at how useless I would be, in the big scheme of things. I couldn’t solve any of the world’s major problems. I couldn’t even solve the small ones.... [more interesting discussion]

...How would you make the world better with the powers listed above?

I posted a reply about hiring out your services, but a poster called "ngthagg" posted a link to a more fleshed-out superset of my suggestions, Superman Needs an Agent, which I found intriguing enough to post.

Feb 07, 2008
Politics, Bloviation
Merit has nothing to do with America; it’s all about white male privilege. Do not be fooled by the rise of Hillary and Obama; put them together, and what do you have? White. Male. - Bleat

Feb 04, 2008

Oh, and what's up with this "true conservative"/"true liberal"/"true libertarian" crap?

Is there anybody who uses this phrase and doesn't simply mean "truly agreeing entirely with me?"

I have a sort of mental translation table I use to decode what people really mean; my classic example is "free" -> "paid for", which works pretty well. I've recently added "X is not a true Y" -> "I am an arrogant twit which can't conceive of the idea that I might not be entirely correct in my views", and it seems to be working out pretty well too.

(Note the tone is important; there's usually an implicit "and for that alone, you must not vote for them" on the end of the statement. If, perchance, someone takes the time to at least lay out a definition of Y for the purpose of argument, then it can be legit in that context. But that's not what happens.)

Feb 02, 2008

Ignorance is bliss.

Therefore, political ignorance is bliss.

The Internet has brought us a high level of political coverage and punditry available at a click. With that, many more people now have detailed dossiers on every political candidate in the nomination process. And what has this knowledge brought us?

Read the rest...

Jan 31, 2008

If worrying about the climate is your thing, I find this sort of thing about ten times more worrying than global warming.

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