Archive for October 2009

On Guns – Part 1: What’s All the Fuss About?

2009/10/29

RevolverThe Second Amendment to the Constitution, written in1791 reads: ‘A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed’.  I am aware of no other sentence that is so controversial, and so open to interpretation as this one. I will briefly present all the interesting interpretations that I am aware of. (more…)

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On Computers: What do People Really Need?

2009/10/29

The people I know mostly want something that works – something that allows them to do the things they need and want. For most people this involves simple office applications, internet and other online apps such as instant messaging, email, facebook apps, etc. They want it to run securely, and stably, without having to spend a lot of money to upgrade hardware and software every few years going forward.

800px-Computer-kitten What they have instead is a confusing market dominated by Microsoft and software from members of the Business Software Alliance that seek to make large profits by requiring endless upgrades of software to stay current – which also requires hardware upgrades. All of this costs money. Does it actually deliver any value? (more…)

On Love: Needed In Our Public Lives?

2009/10/18

Love-zhWhat is love?

  1. Love is how I feel when I think of grandma.
  2. Love is joy of being with my sweetie.
  3. Love is a purring cat that refuses to leave me to my work.
  4. Love is the boundless trust, kindness and help that is shared between close friends and family.
  5. Love is the warmth of doing a good thing for someone else.
  6. Love was that feeling of kindness that kept me from cutting off the fat, happy, oblivious, singing woman in the lane next to me – even though I was late.
  7. Love is the motivation to not take advantage of those I could. (more…)

On The Police: Ripe For Reform?

2009/10/18

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Everywhere I go, I see some policeman sitting around waiting to hand out a $130 traffic citation. For 2 decades now, TV stations have carried shows like ‘COPS’ showing stern hard-working police officers pursuing obvious criminals in daring high speed car chases and apprehending them. It gives the impression that the police are all doing a fantastic job. But are they really?

On Global Warming: What Is Practical?

2009/10/14

599px-The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17My goal is to propose a solution to global warming that creates the greatest good for the most without in anyway undermining individual freedoms. I propose a solution that is neither of the left nor the right, but instead that cherry-picks good ideas from across the spectrum of thought, and that would make everyone better off. I propose a reasonable balance of environmental effectiveness and cost effectiveness, that we can proudly pass on to our children and their children. (more…)

Getting Started

2009/10/10

There are many things that are good and right in this country. For example, our Constitution and Bill Of Rights protects individual rights to property, free speech and many others all of which add incalculable value to our lives. Taken together, I call all these good things the American Lifestyle.

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