Getting involved in Iraq again

Thursday 8:49 am, September 11th, 2014

But as President Obama prepares to send the United States on what could be a years long military campaign against the militant group, American intelligence agencies have concluded that it poses no immediate threat to the United States. Some officials and terrorism experts believe that the actual danger posed by ISIS has been distorted in hours of television punditry and alarmist statements by politicians, and that there has been little substantive public debate about the unintended consequences of expanding American military action in the Middle East.

Well this sure sounds familiar. Link

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Poll on Florida’s Amendment #2

Friday 7:28 am, May 16th, 2014

A poll released Monday shows that 88 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, bolstering the arguments of advocates who have placed a constitutional amendment on the November ballot seeking legalization.

The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, indicates widespread support across political and demographic lines — Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old — for legal medical marijuana if it is prescribed by physicians. The constitutional amendment needs approval from 60 percent of voters to pass.

The Quinnipiac poll found that legal use of medical marijuana was supported by 93 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of independents and 80 percent of Republicans. It was supported by 92 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 and 84 percent of voters ages 65 and older.


For me this comes down to the people’s right to individual freedom. Government shouldn’t have the power to interfere with the decisions people make about how they live their lives, provided your activities don’t negatively affect the people around you.

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Investor margin debt

Tuesday 10:38 am, January 28th, 2014


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Saturday 9:04 pm, September 21st, 2013

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Daft Punk’s Latest

Saturday 8:49 pm, September 21st, 2013

–> awesome <–

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Police State

Wednesday 3:43 pm, July 3rd, 2013

We have the NSA listening to our calls, reading our emails, and tracking our movements. Apparently that isn’t enough, the USPS is also monitoring our snail mail.

NYT Link

Update – The FEDs want your passwords too.

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Snowden Backlash

Friday 2:27 pm, June 14th, 2013

It’s the institutions that need to demonstrate respect for the public they allegedly serve. If Snowden or any other American is skeptical of institutional power, it is not due to any personal failing on their part. The lack of respect is a direct outgrowth of the bad behavior of the nation’s institutions, behavior that has undermined Americans’ trust in them.


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The whole PRISM thing

Saturday 2:15 am, June 8th, 2013

I’m all for ubiquities SSL or a variant that doesn’t involve a third party on the server side. The web needs to be encrypted and there shouldn’t be any middle men.

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Friday 12:26 pm, April 26th, 2013

I thought it might be cool to try to convert the Lua VM over to js using emscripten. Turns out someone already did it. Pretty neat.


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SimCity is buggy!

Sunday 10:57 am, March 31st, 2013

I was pretty excited about this release, but the game as it currently stands is so riddled with bugs it’s practically unplayable. I’ve had multiple cities go down as a result of the dreaded “your city is not processing correctly” error, I’ve had one city simply disappear off the server it was supposed to be saved on, and last night I lost a city after it went nuclear despite a high education level for all the workers. The potential here is great, but this game is currently not worth the effort since you are pretty much guaranteed to lose your work after a few days of playing.

Maybe in six months once they work out all the bugs, but currently I just don’t feel like playing knowing something will eventually go wrong and I’ll have to start over.

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