Stop voting based on identity

Kylie Cheung (@kyliecheung on Twtter) put it well: “To be clear, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign relied on “identity politics”—specifically, the rage and insecurities of white men. In fact, he relied on “identity politics” substantially more than Clinton’s campaign, which offered in-depth economic proposals for affordable and accessible health care, housing, and job growth that would benefit wide swaths of the population. The reason we … Continue reading Stop voting based on identity

Dragging people down instead of trying to make things better

Perhaps I’ve blogged about this before. The tendency has existed long before social media, but social media makes it even easier to broadcast one’s ressentiment. Today this one popped up in my newsfeed, edited because Facebook and Twitter will use it as the image for this post: See what I did there? The original post suggests that because children’s parents are being charged nefarious costs, … Continue reading Dragging people down instead of trying to make things better

Sex discrimination inherently includes discrimination on homosexuality, transsexualism, etc.

I’ve been saying this for years, but hey, looks like the courts are getting on board. The linked article includes some statements in opposition, but they’re generally terrible. First, a brief argument for the statement in the title of this post. If you’re going to support equality across sexes, then you’re going to support that for all x, if x is permissible for one sex, … Continue reading Sex discrimination inherently includes discrimination on homosexuality, transsexualism, etc.

The successes of the walking out protests

Some students walked out of school today in response to the latest shooting. Some people, primarily non-students, are very upset about this. A run-down of the bad arguments I’ve seen levied against the walkout, and why each one is ridiculous. Put together, they reveal the opposition is people digging their heels into the ground for entirely selfish reasons. Bad argument #1: The kids are just … Continue reading The successes of the walking out protests

TBT: More of people trying to replace education with gatekeeping for employers

This article is pretty good. A few comments, mostly echoing Strauss, though my own thoughts are intertwined: 1-Perhaps the most disturbing issue at play here is the profit motives driving educational reform at the moment. Yes, K-12 education could be done better. However, looking at the material associated with the Common Core as well as the people advocating it at the highest level, the companies … Continue reading TBT: More of people trying to replace education with gatekeeping for employers

Letting phones live longer is actually kinda nice…

Well, apparently Apple apologized for allegedly sabotaging the phones they make. It’s almost funny since if anything their tactic lengthened the lives of old iPhones. I’ve had beverage containers with taps that stop dispensing before the container is actually empty and also containers that can actually be emptied via the tap, and I prefer the latter. Also I’ve had printers that will keep going regardless … Continue reading Letting phones live longer is actually kinda nice…