Imagine: You’re afraid. Fidgeting, you rub your fingers against the palm of your hand and feel the clammy coolness of half-evaporated sweat. You’ve done something wrong, and they’re after you. The penalty for your crime will be forfeiting a great portion of your life spent staring through a tiny window on one side of your claustrophobic hole and the spaces between metal bars on the other. The only freedom from your cell will be spent surrounded by dangerous characters that have done even worse than you.Read More
Electric cars have the potential to dramatically reduce CO2 production in the United States; CO2 emissions from burning gasoline and diesel cause 1.5 billion metric tons of CO2 per year, which is 30% of total US energy-related emissions.
A number of friends of ours have electric cars, and hoo boy are they fun. (Got to drive a Tesla recently and holy smokes does it have some get-up-and-go.) A reader asked me recently how much an electric car--over lifetime--reduces CO2 output versus a conventional car. They wondered whether charging a car with a predominantly hydrocarbon-based energy grid actually helped the environment. It could be a major environmentalist's dilemma.Read More
On an unrelated errand we were looking up how much the US spends on its defense. We made the terrible mistake of just Googling it. But hey, that mistake turned into an insight we can share!
Turns out a lot of different people have very different ideas of how much the US spends on its defense as a percent of the Federal Budget. So let's play a game.Read More
President Trump has taken a lot of flak for his missile strike against the Syrian government’s Shayrat airbase. One of the criticisms that’s bounced around my social media echo chamber is how irrational it is for Trump to get involved in another Middle Eastern war. But I don't understand how Trump’s decision to launch a limited missile strike on Syria can be considered irrational.Read More
The American Healthcare Act is dead, and the Affordable Care Act lives on. What will happen now?
This article won't be an intrigue piece about how the GOP will lick its wounds and try to circle back for another run at "repeal and replace." (And frankly I don't think they'll be ready for another attack anytime soon.) More interesting, perhaps, is looking at what will happen if we leave Obamacare alone. So I did some research into the Congressional Budget Office, and here's what I found:Read More
Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are planning on moving forward with the GOP's Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan (still officially not released in full). The plan itself is still likely to change, and they're having trouble getting all of the Republicans on board, but they want to move forward. This reminds me of a story. A very important one for Republicans that want to win.Read More
"Prison is not punishment in Sweden. We get people into better shape." The statement carries surprisingly grand philosophical significance... and opens up a whole lot of questions about what moral agency even means.Read More
I wanted to point out a potential consequence of the United States adopting single payer insurance that I have not yet seen spoken elsewhere. I wanted to point out a potential consequence of the United States adopting single payer insurance that I have not yet seen spoken elsewhere.Read More