I had three thoughts after reading about the brewing conflict between Apple and the FBI.
Why did the stimulus go wrong? In the end, we took a soapbox racer to a go-kart track and then realized we were competing against actual cars. Great analogy — and better analysis — by Ezra Klein.
In reflecting on Rand Paul and his ever-changing principles, the Lexington Herald-Ledger makes an interesting point about all the small-government types. Perhaps it says less about the ranters who are leveraging widespread dissatisfaction into cynical grasps for office, and more about the contradiction lodged deep within democracy itself. In fairness, many of us are guilty […]
I hate to turn into just a site that reposts The Daily Show but sometimes they’re spot on. The continued failure of President Obama to live up to his pre-election rhetoric on the rule of law is the most galling development of his administration. The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10c
This is an excellent TED talk about what intellectual property people can learn from the fashion industry. In essence, there is no IP protection in fashion (except for trademark), and yet its economic impact dwarfs highly-protected fields like music or film. икони
This piece from the Atlantic captures my feeling pretty close to exactly, re: the recent Rand Paul flap on the Civil Rights Act and his alleged “courage”. In particular, the conclusion: Now, after the police dogs, night-sticks and fire-hoses have been beaten back, Rand Paul wants to reopen the question, while, to be sure, claiming that […]
Everyone says they could balance the budget if they were in charge. Few understand what would be involved. I just played a neat simulator that actually allowed me to explore what different policies would do. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to post the results, but I did a screen-capture hatchet job: […]
This (http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/) is an animated illustration of how Facebook has been increasingly defining your personal data as “open to everyone”.
From the cartoonist Lee Judge ( http://media.kansascity.com/images/cartoons/judge/04-2010/judge_04272010_700.jpg)
A meme spreading like wildfire throughout the rabid right is that “47% of Americans don’t even pay federal income tax.” Clearly it’s time for another tax cut for the uber-wealthy in the interest of “fairness”. David Leonhardt wrote a piece in today’s New York Times exploring this. Short version: The number is true… and meaningless. […]