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Further notes from Wright's Short History of Progress.
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That's similar to my concept of emergetic debt. Though here it's an overkill externality. Literally.
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This is excellent. H/t +Adam Liss.
 
Nigerian scammers get a space program

The latest scam email out of Nigeria involves a Nigerian astronaut stuck in space who needs millions of dollars to return home.

This is awesome:

http://www.anorak.co.uk/428124/money/nigerian-astronaut-lost-in-space-needs-3m-to-get-home-could-be-a-scam.html/

#spam #scam

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If that's real, that's the best scam letter ever.
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A major problem for Stampede Pass, and virtually all National Weather Service/FAA ASOS observations, is that the communications/data technology is from the 1980s.  I was at the Seattle NWS forecast office and they showed me how they communicate with local ASOS stations (in this case, Boeing Field).    They had to use an ancient 9600 baud telephone modem.   You remember those, with the blinking lights and strange sounds?   For younger folks probably haven't seen them, here is what one looks like.   They probably have them in Paul Allen's computer museum. 

Betcha there is a cell tower within line of sight of that station. A cellular data connection makes this problem go away. 
One of the most important weather stations of our area has been offline for the better part of last year, and was intermittent at best during the previous years: the National Weather Service's Stampede Pass weather station. Located at 4000 ft at Stampede Pass in the central Washington Cascades, ...
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Probably a local NOAA office issue. Collection like this is routinely handled through a GOES Satellite.... 
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Those who claimed low oil prices would crash renewables (other than biofuels) were wrong. The reason is simple. Wind and solar power make electricity. Oil makes less than four percent of world and under one percent of U.S. electricity, so oil has almost nothing to do with electricity. Thus in 2015, as oil prices kept skidding, global additions of renewable power set a new record, adding about 121 GW of wind and solar power alone. Renewables’ $329 billion investment was up 4% from 2014, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (which tracks each transaction), but it added 30 percent more capacity because renewables got much cheaper. Solar power is booming even in the Persian Gulf, where it beats $20 oil.

Any impact or non impact of a carbon tax may be trivial compared to the growing geo-political and technological challenges to the Oil industry. Amory Lovins for Rocky Mountain Institute: Those who ...
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It's in the article, +Michael Richardson. 
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A record number of people gave up their U.S. citizenship and green cards in 2015, according to data released Friday by the Treasury Department. With 4,279 people having cut their ties to the states, last year became the third consecutive year of record expatriations from America.

Out of 300,000,000 people, that looks like a rounding error. 
According to new Treasury Department data.
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There are actually companies out there that specialize in helping people leave the country.  These companies know all the various laws and  regulations, etc.  The #1 reason for they gave for people of moderate means was actually tort law protection.  Many people with a half decent nest egg are mostly concerned with losing it all in the US court system via specious lawsuit that can take all their personal assets.  In a lot of countries, that cannot happen.
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I don't see the connection but then, I'm not a highly-paid economist at a global bank.

“We do think the unemployment rate will continue to drift lower and that will support wage growth,” said Michael Gapen, chief United States economist at Barclays. “We don’t think the economy is sliding into a recession.”

 
“We do think the unemployment rate will continue to drift lower and that will support wage growth,” said Michael Gapen, chief United States economist at Barclays. “We don’t think the economy is sliding into a recession.”

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You're both right, I think. In go-go parts of the economy, where there are jobs and where employers are competing for skilled labor, wages certainly rise as unemployment drops in that economic segment (and the pool of unemployed, but adequately-skilled workers in that segment diminishes). In other parts, like the very bottom, where the pool of labor is large and increasing, skills requirements are low, etc., wages aren't rising -- partly because minimum wages are set so low that a culture of churn has emerged, where employers make zero attempt to train, recognize and promote talent, or otherwise help workers become more valuable, and instead, just work everyone very hard and assume new meat will arrive to fill places made vacant. The gig economy is like this too, though it appears to select for a more entrepreneurial type with greater resources (e.g., the werewithal to take out loans to buy a black car and an iPhone). And an increasing number and range of what might objectively be called middle-class skilled jobs are increasingly this way.

Result: Mr. Barclays can be right about, say, OpenStack engineers or top-end web creatives, and totally wrong about PHP developers, nursery-school teachers, cabinetmakers, Uber drivers, and Wal-Mart personnel. 
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Another mountain sunrise. How's by you? 
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some really beautiful skies here... i'm amazed... and the temps are great for february!
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From A Brief History Of Progress by Ronald Wright. 
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What's new with me? Glad you asked…

I never heard of asthmatic bronchitis and now that I have it, I wish the occasion had been indefinitely postponed…yuck. At least I know what asthmatics deal with in a small way. 
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+paul beard I think opium qualifies as a spice actually. The teas you want are mullein, fennel, mints, or lemon grass. Mullein has the advantage that you can smoke a bit of it to relieve coughs faster than anything else. Odd but true and effective. 

https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/m/mulgre63.html
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We should stop judging people who perform jobs with less or little 'status'. Cleaning is an important function. His job should be valued. The child should be taught to respect that. Unskilled jobs should pay enough to allow a person to live life and receive any healthcare they may need. If you were to remove all unskilled jobs you would end up with an under class of people who could not compete in a skilled market. This will result in resentment and societal unrest if it hasn't already.+Wolfgang Karsch
 
Dear artist who made this,

Thank you. This is the right message.
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But what then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared? For there to be equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life. — Albert Camus 
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+G Kochanski I was not sashing you should go to prison. I mean if a killer goes to prison, there are tons of things to do there
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+Mike Crews As I've pointed out elsewhere: standing next to a Tesla and having a tantrum has become a familiar tactic of wannabe blog gods. Elon Musk doesn't have to sell his cars to just anybody; he's got a waiting list. 
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As Adam Smith (that guy libertarians name but have never read) said, wealth is power. I would expect any self-styled "rational, moral advocate for freedom: to oppose the concentration of power that goes with concentrations of wealth. Arguments in favor of dynastic wealth (opposition to the estate tax), the unregulated purchase of access to and influence over electeds or unlimited political media buys do not support freedom or liberty: they argue for power concentrated in the hands of a few at the expense of the many. 

Wealth is power: if you support the unchecked accumulation of wealth, you are not a supporter of liberty or freedom. The people accumulating the wealth are the ones shaping the government in all the way you argue against but your misidentification of wealth as anything but power prevents you from seeing it. You're buying the rope they'll use to hang you from the same people who will fit it to your neck. 
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