A symbolic gesture from the master of symbolism

Another gesture that will have little real impact, and that’s a good thing. The bad news is we were already falling far short of what we need to do to address global climate change. NYTimes: Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/climate/trump-executive-order-climate-change.html

Originalism is another superficially appealing but deeply flawed idea

That won’t soon go away. Originalism is based on several flawed assumptions: 1) There exists a single interpretation of the founders. Reality: there are no universally agreed nuggets passed down from our more enlightened predecessors. They clashed vigorously, even violently. 2) The founders wanted future generations to subscribe to their particular interpretations. Reality: The views […]

​(Don’t) Send This to Your Friend Who’s a Dick

Positive thinking doesn’t work. It was an untested idea based on flawed assumptions. When will this bad meme finally die? Probably never, but until then you can read the book: The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking https://www.amazon.com/dp/0865479410/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ttA1ybBA53RSY https://apple.news/AOQ2MrW8xRw65a7t1z9Xq7g

Eastern Europeans consider Russia their biggest security threat

In contrast Italy, France and Germany are more focused on the refugee crisis. Germany is taking a leadership role in Europe, but partners are nervous because Germany is not (yet) providing much guidance. Economically Germany, France and Italy are deeply divided on how to handle the banking crisis. Check out this cool episode: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/geopolitical-futures/id1192847456?mt=2&i=1000382288491

Some basic info on risks and insurance in Japan, in English

The 90 million yen verdict for a death caused by a child bicyclist is well-known in Japan (and will probably do a great deal to maintain the low birthrate). Four Types of Risks You Should Be Aware Of when Living in Japan | Guide to Living Safely in Japan http://living-and-ins.jp/en/risk/

Dear god, please don’t make me listen to another Dennis Prager podcast

George Friedman was worth it, though it seems like he had to dumb it down for his host.   (Don’t) Check out this episode: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/geopolitical-futures/id1192847456?mt=2&i=1000379687922

Outside the shit-show on display in Washington, D.C., the rest of the country is actively making progress on the existential issues facing our nation and our planet

One of the most important is finding alternative fuel sources to replace our carbon-intensive ones. Solar power is one of the top candidates. Solar power is traditionally associated with solar electricity, which must be stored in batteries in order to transfer usage in time or in place. The problem is their cost, weight, and storage […]

Japan Salaries Extend Slide as Inflation Begins to Take Root – Bloomberg

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-03/japan-salaries-extend-tumble-as-inflation-begins-to-take-root.html Stagflation seems to be the inevitable result of Abe’s attempts to restart the economy. Moreover this is apparent even ahead of the economic cliff in April. Abe needs to press forward with economic reforms and participation in the TPP talks. Raising the sales tax needs to be scrapped in favor of taxes that encourage […]

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