I, like many Americans, appreciate the separation between church and state that has guided American thought and action, private and public, for generations.

Would you like this separation, this wall, to be weakened or would you like it to continue unobstructed? Would you like some government agency to have the power to dictate your religious observences to comply to its political whim?

No? Then perhaps you should refrain from attempting to inject your religious whims into our political lives. If you open a door, you allow traffic in both directions.

You are correct, the increase in wealth has little or nothing to do, directly, with a "look out for number one" philosophy. However, as it requires many data points to support an argument, my graph was the one data pointed needed to attack your argument that "it is likely to be terrible for Numbers 2 through 100, 1,000, or 1,000,000, and a net negative for the country as a whole."

Examine any reliable data stream you wish, the "me first" attitude has not led to the devastation you imply.

Btw, looking out for number one does not suggest or require…

It may be, but is it? What evidence do you have? In the early 1990s, I read an article about this upstart Bill Gates. It made a dire accusation against him. It claimed that due to the direct efforts of Gates/Microsoft, there were now more than 12,000 people who had been made millionaires. The selfish cad!

In 1800, 90% of the world's population lived in extreme poverty. Have a look at this chart, which starts at 1820 and an extreme poverty rate of 89.15%. Notice how the poverty rate continues to grow, but the number of people not living in…

An interesting article, but not very helpful. While you give a list of the most reliable (according to your criteria) news sources, the "unreliable" ones are, to the best of my knowledge, all opinion sites. I would expect Jacobin to lean far to the left and Dan Bongino to lean far to the right. Their reliability lies not in relaying an objective picture of the events of the day, but in their respective camps' reaction to those events.

So a far left or far right bent is exactly what I would expect, exactly where they should be.

But what I…

I read the NASA report and it says no such thing. The global sea level is rising, but it has been rising at a very constant rate for as long as we have been measuring it, and as near as we can tell, as far back as after the last ice age peaked and the glaciers started melting instead of growing. Just check the NOAA tide station data to chart the trends and you see straight-as-a-ruler trend lines from beginning to end -- including the station at Brest, France which began operation in 1807.

Examine the tidal trend for Galveston…

One might call it "Derrida'a Paradox." If the statement: "all language refers to nothing but itself in a circle that explains nothing about nothing" is true, then the statement itself is meaningless. And meaningless statements, being meaningless, can neither be true nor false.

Either way, it tells us absolutely nothing about language.

I'm old enough to remember EST. I (and most other people with any modicum of common sense) realized at the time that it was nothing more than a joke (not to mention a con).

The punch line was all those other people who paid good money to be…

Your entire outlook of the world around you is distorted by your antipathy to everyone in it who manages to accomplish anything.

Neither Uber nor Lyft have managed to post a profit. So far, the only people who have benefited from their operation have been their drivers and their millions of passengers. Yet, they are the Bad Guys in your world.

Uber and Lyft do not own the cars that provide rides. Not now, and not when cars become self-driving. In the near future, when I "work" for, say, Uber, I will know I have a passenger when my garage…

Keeping Trump from getting reelected was worth it.

Somehow, the fact that Hydroxychloroquine is a good treatment for Covid has leaked out, after having been successfully walled away from the public stage for almost a year.

I suppose it really doesn’t matter at this stage of the game. The reason this information had to be hidden away was to prevent Trump from getting any positive PR during the pandemic. The end goal was always to prevent Trump from getting reelected — and it worked.

There is no longer any good reason to stifle the news. Although several vaccines are now out, there are still active Covid cases being…

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Nations may be saved.

Over the years, I’ve participated, in one role or another, in many software releases and updates. These were inevitably followed up by what we now call a “post mortem.”

Regardless of any gruesome imagery the term may invoke, all “post mortem” really means is that after a long and complicated process, everyone involved meets to go over each step of that process. Each team goes over their actions, each group goes over their actions, each department goes over their actions.

It’s not just that something always goes wrong. That’s a given. Each problem is carefully discussed and analyzed.

Was the…

from TSTWWTOIELAWWISA: The Society of Those Who Wish to Take the Opportunity to Improve the English Language Whenever and Wherever It Should Arise.

Obviously, my plea to finally ban the utterly useless Oxford comma has gone unread by far too many people. The Oxford comma is not a literary device. It is a crutch… and lazy people have been using it to patch up their questionable sentence structures for far too long. It is high time we cast off our crutches and spend a little more effort writing better sentences.

Almost as an aside, consider the following sentence:
“We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.”

This should not really be a problem as this is quite clearly a list of three items. If…

Tomm Carr

A retired software engineer who hates retirement with a passion. My hobbies are economics, philosophy and futurism.

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