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Let’s be More Delighted for More People

by Ken Arnold on Mon 3 July 2017

This makes my blood boil: If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017 Imagine the following conversations: “My husband is dying of Black Lung disease and we can’t afford the treatments anymore!” […]

Ain’t Going to the House

by Ken Arnold on Fri 18 March 2016

The House of Representatives will not pick the next president. This idea is making the rounds because various fools some are being foolish. And ignorant. But the hyperventilating has got some folks worried. Do not worry about it. This will not actually happen. The idea (in short) is this: The Republican establishment backs a third-party against […]

Obama’s Predictably Weak Pick

by Ken Arnold on Thu 17 March 2016

You would think after more than seven years of non-stop rejection and hostility from Republicans, Obama would have realized that his reasonableness and willingness to compromise are noble but pointless. I really thought he had finally learned the lesson. But he went back to old, weak form with his pick for the Supreme Court. I have […]

Happy Birthday to all of us

by Ken Arnold on Thu 8 October 2015

Copyright law is far too grasping. In theory it assumes that people need to feel they will get paid for the work through 90 or so years after they die to make it worth their while to create it. In reality this is all keyed on Mickey Mouse, but that is the motivating fiction. But what’s […]

Wedding Fears, Creative Edition

by Ken Arnold on Wed 1 July 2015

People are so creative. Some people create wonderful works of art, others amazing technology, and so on The human race is endlessly inventive, dontcha know. But some of the most loving, complex creations are paranoid fantasies. And they are so contagious. It’s just amazing, but frankly baffling, why people put so much effort and inventiveness […]

Maine Constitution Prohibits Printing of Maine Constitution

by Ken Arnold on Thu 4 June 2015

Parts of it anyway. Including, it just so happens, the parts that cover its obligations to Native American tribes and their treaties. In 1875, Maine amended it’s constitution, adding Article X, Section 7, which prohibited printing Article X, Sections 1, 2, and 5. They would still be in effect, don’t worry, but we no longer […]

Pre-Reagan Tax Rates?

by Ken Arnold on Mon 27 January 2014

According to this report, tax rates on the top earners have rebounded to pre-Reagan rates. This is surprising to me. It’s also good. We’ve been making the tax system more and more regressive so long. It’s long since time we moved back to a more progressive tax system, where those who can afford it, and […]

Spastic Space Robots

by Ken Arnold on Mon 30 December 2013

This is one of the coolest robot things I’ve seen in a while. And not just because it’s space robots. They’re weird, spastic, go-over-weird-surfaces, jumpy robots, with genetically evolved control systems, based on tensegrity (ergo imbued with a major dash of Buckminster Fuller) space robots. You squash ‘em flat, stack a dozen or three together, […]

Dragon: The Other Red Meat

by Ken Arnold on Mon 28 October 2013

At least I’d guess dragon meat was red. Actually, it might be more like chicken, being a flying creature and all. This thought brought to you by this wonderful idea: If you’re going to make fake meat-like substances, name them after imaginary beasts! “Sliced unicorn on rye, mustard, no mayo, got it. Want a pickle […]