20 October 2016


From the transcript of the final debate: WALLACE: Our national debt, as a share of the economy, our GDP, is now 77 percent. That’s the highest since just after World War II. But the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says, Secretary Clinton, under your plan, debt would rise to 86 percent of GDP over the next 10 years. Mr. Trump, under your plan, they say it would rise to 105 percent of GDP over the next 10 years. ... Read more

20 October 2016

A reason why America is awesome

From a Pew Research Poll: You may think that Trump’s campaign indicates otherwise, but a recent Fox News poll suggests that the 2016 elections have led Americans to think about immigration and decide that it’s a good thing: What do you think should happen to the illegal immigrants who are currently working in the United States — do you favor deporting as many as possible or do you favor setting up a system for them to become legal residents? ... Read more

14 October 2016

Austin TX non-presidential candidates

Spent the evening going through my ballot for the upcoming election, looking at all the contested races and trying to find info on the candidates. It must be so convenient to be a partisan, just check the “straight party ticket” box and you’re done… Anyway, here are my preliminary notes and thoughts, in case anyone wants to try to convince me to vote differently or point me at more information. ... Read more

12 October 2016

US election manifesto

Here’s my pre-election position statement and argument. The TL;DR is that I’m absolutely not going to get angry at anyone who decides to vote third party, but I think that’s a terrible strategic mistake for this specific election, and I would like to explain why. The system is bent Let me start out by saying that I was a third party voter for years. In the UK, I routinely voted for the Liberal Democrats. ... Read more

5 October 2016

Go home, Google, you’re Pixilated

Google announced its new Pixel phones. They’re priced like iPhones (starting at $649), but will only get 2 years of software updates. Meanwhile, the new Android features Google showed at the event are not going to be made available to existing Nexus phone owners — they’re being kept exclusive to Pixel. And there won’t be any more Nexus phones. So, if you want an Android phone with regular security updates and no bloatware, you now have to pay iPhone prices. ... Read more

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