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Conservative bias in the media
I've always found the claim that the "mainstream" media is biased to be absurdly off the mark. In fact, it is just the opposite, with the mainstream media continually producing "balanced" pieces that select equal numbers of examples from both sides regardle...
I've always found the claim that the "mainstream" media is biased to be absurdly off the mark. In fact, it is just the opposite, with the mainstream media continually producing "balanced" pieces that select equal numbers of e...
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On the Utility of Utilitarianism
This is a modified version of my first essay for Peter Singer's Practical Ethics course at Coursera . ... There are a number of objections to utilitarian theory that
one can raise: that it conflicts with individual rights(1), that it is
difficult or impossi...
This is a modified version of my first essay for Peter Singer's Practical Ethics course at Coursera. ... There are a number of objections to utilitarian theory that one can raise: that it conflicts with individual rights(1), ...
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What real immigration reform looks like
So the immigration debate has heated up a bit again. Unfortunately, the "security pork in return for amnesty for illegal immigrants" monstrosity that is being debated in the Senate is a million miles from what I believe real immigration reform would look li...
So the immigration debate has heated up a bit again. Unfortunately, the "security pork in return for amnesty for illegal immigrants" monstrosity that is being debated in the Senate is a million miles from what I believe real ...
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Baby Offsets
One argument I often hear from my environmentalist friends is that overpopulation is a big problem, and therefore they are generously foregoing having children for the sake of the environment. I don't believe them. First, as I noted earlier this month, the ...
One argument I often hear from my environmentalist friends is that overpopulation is a big problem, and therefore they are generously foregoing having children for the sake of the environment. I don't believe them. First, as ...
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So I lost my health insurance today...
Yep, I "lost" "my" health insurance today. It's annual enrollment time at work! I had a whopping three options, one of which was pretty similar to the one I had this year. It'll be disappearing next year, though, and I will have to switch to a quite differe...
Yep, I "lost" "my" health insurance today. It's annual enrollment time at work! I had a whopping three options, one of which was pretty similar to the one I had this year. It'll be disappearing next year, though, and I will h...
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Why I Offset, Part II
Recently, I discussed why I purchase carbon offsets and why I believe
they are not just sufficiently effective but highly so. Today, I would
like to address what I perceive as the primary counter argument, which
is that by purchasing offsets, one may fee...
Recently, I discussed why I purchase carbon offsets and why I believe they are not just sufficiently effective but highly so. Today, I would like to address what I perceive as the primary counter argument, which is that by pu...
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Dear TSA...
I would like to suggest that your agency spend more of its time cross-checking passenger lists with databases of stolen passports, and less time stealing my shampoo. That is all. Have a nice day and thank you for your time. A concerned American citizen
I would like to suggest that your agency spend more of its time cross-checking passenger lists with databases of stolen passports, and less time stealing my shampoo. That is all. Have a nice day and thank you for your time. A...
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An Open Letter to Eric Holthaus, or Why I Offset
I have been a regular purchaser of carbon offsets for the last eight years or so, specifically from TerraPass , though they are not the only acceptable provider. I do this because I cannot find it morally acceptable to leave the world in a worse condition t...
I have been a regular purchaser of carbon offsets for the last eight years or so, specifically from TerraPass, though they are not the only acceptable provider. I do this because I cannot find it morally acceptable to leave t...
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I am happy I inspired someone to join me.

Offsets certainly aren't perfect, but they are better than the alternative, which is to very painfully make a small amount of emissions cuts from your personal life, and then likely give up on the project after a while.
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So I lost my health insurance today...
Yep, I "lost" "my" health insurance today. It's annual enrollment time at work! I had a whopping three options, one of which was pretty similar to the one I had this year. It'll be disappearing next year, though, and I will have to switch to a quite differe...
Yep, I "lost" "my" health insurance today. It's annual enrollment time at work! I had a whopping three options, one of which was pretty similar to the one I had this year. It'll be disappearing next year, though, and I will h...
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People, People Everywhere!
Yesterday, I posted my thoughts on the maximum sustainable human population, given current technology and land forms. But what if we got rid of those constraints and made some plausible guesses about future technology? How high can we go from 25 billion? Th...
Yesterday, I posted my thoughts on the maximum sustainable human population, given current technology and land forms. But what if we got rid of those constraints and made some plausible guesses about future technology? How hi...
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