Category Archives: Ideas

Odds, Bills and Sushi

Two friends go get a sushi dinner.  The menu is extensive with lots of items.  The two friends both order all different items.  The bills come back and are exactly the same.  What are the odds? Hanabi in Austin, Texas.

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Swiss Tunnels and Infrastructure Spending

I have become more and more skeptical about how strong the links are between infrastructure spending and economic growth/strength.  What got me thinking about this recently was the opening last June of longest and deepest tunnel in the world, the … Continue reading

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Hope Conference NYC 2016

I attended the H.O.P.E (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference this past July in New York.  Interesting speakers with talks on a wide range of subjects including : Smart Cities and Blockchains: New Techno-Utopian Dreams or Nightmares?, Chinese Mechanical Locks – … Continue reading

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Some more Refugee thoughts with video

I have been thinking again about the controversy in the United States around the issue of Refugees.  The United States recently hit Obama’s goal of bringing in Syrian Refugees. I wrote some thoughts on this in November last year in the … Continue reading

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Some EU Brexit Thoughts

Well the Brits now seem to be on their way out of the European Union.  A lot of things still need be worked out and its probably going to be a confusing mess for those involved in the logistics of … Continue reading

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Remove Jackson: Victory!

Harriet Tubman set replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill.   Remove Jackson was launched on December 3, 2011 and it quickly put the gears in motion for yesterdays announcement of the removal of Andrew Jackson and replacement with Harriet … Continue reading

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New York Self-Parody?

I admit I am sort of a collector/hoarder of Newspapers.  I particular like free papers which I pick up and then put in my bag and don’t get to for a few months.  One paper which I picked up in … Continue reading

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About Those Syrian Refugees…

The World is a Mess. It does not seem like a crazy idea to me that a group like ISIS who have expressed a strong interest in carrying out attacks in the west could blend into refugees fleeing the war … Continue reading

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When Not to Put the Law First

…. OK I admit I am a little slow at reposing this response to a July 2 column from the Austin American Statesman writer Ken Herman. I take issue not with gay marriage but with the idea of blindly following … Continue reading

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Greek Thoughts from NOV 2013

I sent this in an email on November of 2013 to another person that attended a conference on the Euro Zone.  It was also attended by Yanis Varoufakis ( before famous leather jacket and motorcycle ) and Alexi Tsipras.  I … Continue reading

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Obama Malaysia and Indiana

I recognize different situations many times need to be treated differently.  Yet avoiding the charges of hypocrisy are sometimes  difficult.   Obama criticizes Indiana Governor Mike Pence over the recently passed State “religious freedom law”.  Which is claimed (probably so) … Continue reading

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Stopping Bad Logic is a Start

From the New York Times Room for Debate: Justice and Fairness in Campus Rape Cases Wagatwe Wanjuki starts us off with “Believing Victims Is the First Step to Stopping Rape”.  There are some issues that come to mind with this, like … Continue reading

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Best Leader During a Health Emergency

Barak Obama and Mitt Romney at Chipotle….  Maybe the common poll question should be changed from “Who would you rather get a Beer with?” to “Who would you rather get Chipotle with?”  And remember Ebola is Deadly!   And the … Continue reading

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Ebola is Deadly

Link: Fist Ebola Caused Riot in the Developed World       Ebola Escape!  

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FREE ROSS ULBRICHT

About 58 hours left for the free Ross Ulbricht legal defense fund Indiegogo campaign .  With $5,498 raised so far I think it is less than what was hoped but something.  My own donating was a little late (last night).  … Continue reading

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