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I cannot stress this enough.

"To an increasing degree, we're counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils. Bush and Obama have built infrastructure any devil would lust after. Behold the items on an aspiring tyrant's checklist that they've provided their successors:

* A precedent that allows the president to kill citizens in secret without prior judicial or legislative review
* The power to detain prisoners indefinitely without charges or trial
* Ongoing warrantless surveillance on millions of Americans accused of no wrongdoing, converted into a permanent database so that data of innocents spied upon in 2007 can be accessed in 2027
*Using ethnic profiling to choose the targets of secret spying, as the NYPD did with John Brennan's blessing
* Normalizing situations in which the law itself is secret -- and whatever mischief is hiding in those secret interpretations
* The permissibility of droning to death people whose identities are not even known to those doing the killing
* The ability to collect DNA swabs of people who have been arrested even if they haven't been convicted of anything
* A torture program that could be restarted with an executive order

Even if you think Bush and Obama exercised those extraordinary powers responsibly, what makes you think every president would? How can anyone fail to see the huge potential for abuses?

I am not saying no one would resist a tyrant. Perhaps Congress would assert itself. Perhaps the people would rise up. Then again, perhaps it would be too late by the time the abuses were evident. (America has had horrific abuses of power in the past under weaker executives who were less empowered by technology; and numerous other countries haven't recognized tyrants until it was too late.) Part of the problem is how much the Bush-Obama paradigm permits the executive to do in secret. Take that paradigm, add another successful 9/11-style attack, even after many years of very little terrorism, and who knows what would happen?

No one does."
More and more, we're counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils.
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A minimum wage increase is a really bad way of helping the poor. If you are truly interested in helping those who need help, look to subsidize their incomes directly (hello, Earned Income Tax Credit).
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On the systemic failure of local government:

> Unlike most other big cities in America, Houston has no zoning code, so it is quick to respond to demand for housing and office space. Last year authorities in the Houston metropolitan area, with a population of 6.2m, issued permits to build 64,000 homes. The entire state of California, with a population of 39m, issued just 83,000.

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No zoning nonsense here FOR a view of Houston’s economy, get in a car. At the intersection of the Loop and Freeway 225, two motorways in the south-east of the...
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I wonder if they make the agriculture versus residential zoning differentiation.  The sweet land in the Phoenix valley has big house lots, still zoned agriculture, and still has rights to irrigation water.
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Seems like a good way to use my ashes.
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Won't someone think of the dogs? This screen door tyranny will not stand.

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"Can somebody please lower the force field already?" It's bad enough that our nation's dogs are forced to contend with regular doors, but these imaginary doors are truly devious. At least with
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First step towards producing DIY robotic overlords? The 1kg weight limit is a little disappointing. Can't quite teach this to load the dishwasher.
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Forces of evil (read: entrenched business interests) win as Uber offices are raided in Germany, France and South Korea. As many regulatory-capture and governance issues as the US has, at least we're not as bad as most other countries.
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Paint is up at the new PolicyStat office. We're 1 week out from moving in!
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I'm increasingly convinced of the need for AI-assisted photo/video editing. We're only going to have more consumer-created media, and basically nobody wants to sift through the chaff to find the wheat. Algorithms like this are a potential solution. "VIP: Finding Important People in Images"
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Two new ingredients to avoid: 
* Polysorbate 80
* Cellulose gum
A new study suggests that two very common emulsifiers - chemicals that stabilize foods and stop products like mayo from separating - could increase the risk of obesity and irritable bowel syndrome.
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Personally, I would place the value of a chicken life much lower than 1/1000 of a human life, but it's still a difficult calculous. There are a lot of animals.

Consistent morality is hard.
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I would guess that the average person would consume more than 1000 chickens in a lifetime.  I propose a 1:10000 chicken-human life value.
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