Yet another weird SF fan

I'm a mathematician, a libertarian, and a science-fiction fan. Common sense? What's that?

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Yet another weird SF fan

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Brief Note on the Republican Health-Care Plan

Let's see … The current system (for the past few years) was based on:

  • Adding some popular regulations that varied from stupid to trivial.
  • Adding an unpopular regulation (the individual mandate) aimed at keeping the first set of regulations from being disastrous.
  • A large expansion of Medicaid.
In response to that the Republicans are currently planning to:
  • Repealing some (but not all) of the first set of regulations.
  • Repealing the individual mandate (the only part of this system that came close to making sense).
  • Cutting Medicaid.
The last might make sense except that they're not not doing much about Social Security … an even bigger program.

I won't more than mention that the regulatory part of the State (at least on the Federal level) is even more out of control than the spending part of the State.

Maybe, under Trump, the Republicans have misplaced priorities … but we knew that.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I Am Now on Mathstodon

Mathstodon is a social network that supports MathJax.

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

What Will Happen if the U.S. Joins or Leaves the Paris Accord?

If the U.S. joins the Paris Accord…

  • Coal will be gradually replaced by natural gas.
  • Carbon emissions will decline slightly.
  • Coal miners will lose their jobs.

If the U.S. leaves the Paris Accord…

  • Coal will be gradually replaced by natural gas.
  • Carbon emissions will decline slightly.
  • Coal miners will lose their jobs.


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Posts from an Alternate Timeline

I've noticed lots of posts on blogs or twitter (typical example here) advising the adoption of left-wing tactics. Those posts come from an alternate timeline in which the Left is winning. In the real world …

In politics, they lost the Presidency, the Senate, the House, most governorships, and most state legislatures. If we had a real Republican in the White House, we'd be well on the way to repealing Obamacare.

They're even losing the Culture Wars. Chik Fil-A: They lost. Duck Dynasty: They lost. DropBox: They lost. Hobby Lobby: They lost. WeRateDogs: They're losing. They're vulnerable.

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