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An Internet town meeting, to assist interacting with our government.

Updated: 2018-03-05T08:37:06.453-08:00


Second Ammendment


A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Gun-Rights Advocates Should Fear History of Second Amendment -- Saul Cornell unravels the tangled history of one of our most misunderstood Amendments.      This ideology claims to rely heavily on the Second Amendment, and yet it is rooted not in

15 Bad Arguments We All Abuse


15 Bad Arguments We All Abuseby LordZB | November 8, 2012   Ad hominem – ‘To the man’ arguments are ones which attack the opponent to discredit him without addressing the dispute. “Dr Madeup is an adulterer, therefore you should ignore his medical advice.”   Tu quoque – ‘You too.’ This argument is one which occurs when a person attempts to defend themselves by accusing their accuser. “I may be

Polling (after the 2012 election)


Polling (after the 2012 election)       Is Nate Silver Incentive Compatible? – is the “Nate Silver” (or Simon Jackman, or Drew Linzer, or Sam Wang) equilibrium sustainable over the longer term? More precisely – might these models cannibalize the individual polls that they need to draw on for data? Poll aggregation and election forecasting by Andrew Gelman The Gamble: Choice and Chance in

Nov 2012 links


Some Red-State Residents Say They Want to Secede -- But Their States Wouldn't Be Able to Sustain Themselves // If CA were to secede, the state would have a nearly balanced budget. If AL were to secede, it wouldn't be able to pay for stop signs. The Public Apparently Isn't Interested In Sound Economics Polarization of US Government NOMINATE (Wikipeda) (an acronym for Nominal Three-Step

10 Oct 2012


10 Oct 2012 Turn Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a Webcam for Your Computer igHome Totally Looks and Works Like iGoogle -- Replacements for iGoogle "home" page Why Your 4-Year-Old Is As Smart as Nate Silver And if kids are so smart, why are adults so stupid about statistics? Nate Silver’s Climate Chapter And What We Can Learn From It By Climate Guest Blogger The Number of Things



"OpenCourseWare" Online Education. (Wikipedia) Open Source Education      ... Online Universities: Why They Still Don't Measure Up, Cormac Foster November 9th, 2012 Online universities like the University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, AIU, and Ashford are fully accredited, and thanks to heavy marketing pushes, they're becoming household names The most common, most quantifiable criticisms

Corruption in Government


   Note: one of the useful discusions is what is the meaning of the word "CORRUPTION" and what other words can be used to indicate diffeent Money interactions with Politics.    Wikipedia: Political   (Corruption in general)  Political: Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement.   In economy, corruption is payment for services

Government (and federal) employment


[G]overnment employment is down under Obama. here’s what has happened to government employment per capita: (Krugman 9/9/2012) Exploding Government: total and federal government employment per capita over time 1990-2012; federal employment is a small part of the picture and per capita is at a historic low; there are blips every 10 years for the census; and overall government employment has

09 Sept sites


The Weatherman Is Not a Moron  By NATE SILVER NYT, September 7, 2012 The World Future Society Wright's Law: A Better Predictor of Technological Progress than Moore's Law  Too Many Choices for the Future? Consumers Want Fewer "Flavors" The Heart of the US Election  CBO on 'fiscal cliff': newest estimate is gloomiest yet (Christian Science Monitor) (CBO Report) Sept, 2012 The CBO,

Dover (Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District)


Wikipedia on Dover"[T]he first direct challenge brought in the United States federal courts testing a public school district policy that required the teaching of intelligent design.[1] In October 2004 the Dover Area School District changed its biology teaching curriculum to require that intelligent design be presented as an alternative to evolution theory, and that Of Pandas and People was to be

Presidential prediction (Polling and Betting)


The upcoming Presidential and legislative, and state elections are being predicted by various people and methods. This posting is a collection of links to these various sites. (See: discussion of Polling) FiveThirtyEight’s mission [by Nate Silver] is to help New York Times readers cut through the clutter of this data-rich world. The blog is devoted to rigorous analysis of politics, polling,

08, August sites


 A History Of US Defense Spending Since FDR; And Where Obama And Romney Differ US Federal Budget Visualized - Your Tax Dollars at Work World governments have borrowed massive amounts of money to live beyond their means. Here are the world's largest economies, and how much they borrowed The Veil of Opulence (vs. “veil of ignorance.”) By BENJAMIN HALE Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama

07, July sites


July 2012 Sites Sept. 30 -- GOP tries to avert shutdown showdown, continuing resolution needed Dec. 31 --  Fiscal cliff: major tax cuts expire and $1.2 trillion in spending cuts to go into effect. ----------- Geithner has said he estimates that U.S. borrowing could hit the debt ceiling by the end of 2012.  SOME American states receive more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes..

06, June sites


  Federal Tax Burdens and Expenditures by State  Falsehood That Public Sector Pensions Are Bankrupting Governments  19 Ways to Fall Asleep Fast The Best Time to Buy Anything in 2012 6/20/2012 Food Stamps and Multiplier Romney Is Wrong on What Drives a Recovery (GPD change/Givernment spending) How to Determine If A Controversial Statement Is Scientifically True Our nation’s institutions

Budget Proposals


 Budget Hero, (Public radio)   CBO Updated Budget Projections:, Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022 (March 2012)  Baseline (2013-2022) = -1.4% of GDP Alternative Fiscal Scenario = -5.3% of GDP (2.5% change due to taxes, and 1.4% due to outlays) "Debt, Taxes and Politics: The President's Budget for 2013" Note the DEBT/GDP: Decreased from WW II till FORD  a flat-ish period under FORD and CARTER.

Health bill, Supreme Court


 Health bill, Supreme court See Previous HelthCareUS etc. (SCOTUSblog) SCOTUSblog: Our health care resource page, including briefs and documents, argument previews .. Argument preview: Health care, Part I — The power to decide?   Argument preview: Health care, Part II — Fate of the mandate   Argument preview: Health care, Part III — Beyond the mandate Argument preview: Health care,

March 20, 2011


 March 20, 2011 10 Ways to Visualize How Americans Spend Money on Health Care - Derek Thompson - Business - The Atlantic Does the American Dream Exist Only in Europe? -- Perhaps. But if you think America’s class system is as rigid as Europe’s, then you don’t know an old-fashioned social hierarchy when you see one. The Twilight of Retirement's Golden Age -- Chart of the Week, March 20, 2012

Political Polarization ... voteview blog


The national government is strongly Ideologically Polarized, and by Party Polarization. This segregation seems to have been increasing, at least amount our government officials and perhaps even among our population. /Blog An Update on Political Polarization  (and Part II) -- (through 2011)  Obama the Moderate ... estimates of presidential positions on a left-right scale since

2012/03 stuff


Put Linux on a USB Drive, (PC word, Feb 14, 2012) -- Here's how to create your own disaster-recovery boot drive with Linux, and how to force Windows to shut down installing updates.  Online Stopwatch , Chess count-up, Everybody needs a stopwatch at some point

Betting sites, Specifically Barack Obama to be re-elected


Intrade - Barack Obama to be re-elected President in 2012   2012/02/20 -- 59% The IEM (Iowa Electronic Markets) is an online futures market where contract payoffs are based on real-world events such as political outcomes, companies' earnings per share (EPS), and stock price returns. 2012/02/20 -- 60% Discussion of betting sites: c/net -- President Obama? Web sites bet it's a done deal, by

Economic Indexes


CPI [core] -- Consumer Price Index, the best known measure of inflation (which is the overall inflation rate excluding Food and Energy). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides all expenditures into eight categories and assigns a relative size to each. (This also shows the growth of the CPI components as well as the core and extended CPI growth)  Inflation Deflation- New York Times (

Items Feb 2012


The course 'Model Thinking' will go live very shortly. When it does go live, we'll be asking you to officially register and agree to some standard terms and conditions. In the interim, you can now go to the site ... and watch the first two sets of lectures. [See mail] The first set of lectures covers the benefits of modeling and provides a framework for the course.  The second set covers Thomas

Ron Paul in One Lesson: A Primer on Libertarianism


Ron Paul in One Lesson: A Primer on Libertarianism The Venn of Ron Paul and Other Mysteries of Libertarianism Explained Romney’s Wrong: Federal Low-Income Program Dollars Go Overwhelmingly to Beneficiaries -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ethical Analysis of the Climate Change Disinformation Campaign Desktop Users Can Send Docs to Kindle in 2 Clicks

2012 Political Predictions


2012 Political Predictions Michael Tomasky, Paul Begala, More Beast Contributors, Dec 29, 2011 KARL ROVE, As New Year's approaches, here are a baker's dozen predictions for 2012., DECEMBER 29, 2011 Robert Reich, Obama-Clinton versus Romney-Rubio.Obama-Clinton hands down.   Jan 1, 2012 ---------------------------------------------- Bush ($5.07T) vs. Obama ($1.44T) spending Sullivan, Dec 30, 2011

Ron Paul


H.R.539 -- We the People Act H.R.539 --To limit the jurisdiction of the Federal courts, and for other purposes. -- January 14, 2009 Andrew Sullivan  The Circumstantial Evidence Against Paul, Dec 23, 2011 Re-Thinking The Paul Endorsement,  Dec 24, 2011