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Newt seems to like the idea of self-driving cars. I have to admit that it is an appealing idea that a line of cars could all accelerate at the same time to the same speed and use the drafting of the car in front. Here’s what Newt reports about the experience: The car drove itself […]

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What Are Your Peeves?

 

I encountered one of my pet peeves on the way to work today. About seven or eight bicyclists were ahead of me on the road. The road had a fairly wide bike lane — easily wide enough for one rider, and perhaps wide enough for two. The riders, however, were ignoring the bike lane and riding in the (only) traffic lane, generally two abreast (occasionally three abreast).

I live in a scenic and hilly area outside the city, which is quite popular for bicyclists. There are “Share the Road” signs up in the area. But I regularly encounter bicyclists whose idea of “sharing the road” is to block the entire car lane.

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I had the great pleasure yesterday of visiting a customer of mine.  You will probably recognize the logos on their vehicles as they are one of the 3 remaining large school bus manufacturers in the country.  This company puts out 30-50 buses a day, with a crew of around 1800 employees in Fort Valley, Georgia. […]

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A Safe Space for Free Speech

 

WRMC3o0uI’ve made a concerted effort of late to avoid falling into the trap of believing that the current generation of young people is any more problematic than young people of the past. History is replete with examples of elders lamenting the inferiority of their progeny. If every generation were truly more worthless than the last, society would have come crashing down long ago. Determined to break me of this best practice are the editors of Georgetown University’s school paper, The Hoya.

In a piece that is nearly indistinguishable from a recent Onion parody, the editors explain that though college should be a place to promote free expression and a plurality of views, those views really should be in line with the consensus as they see it.  The malefactor whose presence sparked this piece is none other than traitor to her gender and serial safe-space violator, Christina Hoff Sommers.

Giving voice to someone who argues that statistics on sexual assault exaggerate the problem and condemns reputable studies for engaging in “statistical hijinks” serves only to trigger obstructive dialogue and impede the progress of the university’s commitment to providing increased resources to survivors.

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I was driving in the car this morning and flipped on the classical music station, which in my region is just NPR (I know some places are lucky enough to have an actual classical music station free from “all things considered” and the world’s most pretentious DJ’s).  I was rewarded with the following gem of […]

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Jason Boudreau was scared for his life.  An ambulance had been called by the neighbors who were tired of the smell.  Fifty years of smoking, bad diet, and erratic diabetic control had led him to this moment.  The sores on his bad leg were getting worse.  Years ago he knew the score, the arteries would […]

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One evening my partner and I were assigned a walking beat in the downtown area. I enjoyed walking beats. You are more approachable on a walking beat. Parents like to introduce you to their children, and the kids always ask for a badge sticker. You always carry a pocketful of badge stickers on a walking […]

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Can you see the Magic Eye image? A Magic Eye image is a 2D pattern that, when stared at properly, reveals a 3D image.  These images have been printed in books and calendars and on billboards and posters.  These posters were popular dorm wall decorations for college students in the 1990s. My collegemates introduced me to […]

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Trust 2.0

 

shutterstock_225204676On Monday, I ordered lunch from the Japanese take-out I frequent. At the register, I realized that I’d forgotten my wallet back at my desk. Sheepishly, I offered to run back and get it, but the owner handed me my food, smiled, and told me not to worry, just pay next time I come in. This was smart on a number of levels: it was good customer service, and — given how often I come in — he was all-but-guaranteed payment within 24 hours (unwilling to to jeopardize my future access to chicken katsu or udon soup over a measly eight bucks, I was back within the hour). But he was only able to do this because he knew me well enough to trust me.

Trust, however, often takes some work to build and can be difficult between strangers (though our ability to so at all is among the things that distinguish humans from the rest of nature). Remember when eBay started, and the idea of sending some random schmuck your money in exchange for a promise that they’d send you an item — as-described and in a timely manner! — seemed crazy? Turns out that worked rather well, with those who attempted to game the system getting punished for it.

But it’s one thing to fork over money for a product and quite another to (potentially) put yourself at risk of physical harm. Only a few years ago, very few people were willing to let perfect strangers into their car, let alone their spare bedroom: too darn risky. But thanks to services like Uber and AirBNB, putting that kind of trust in someone from out of town whom neither you nor anyone else you know have ever met, and who you’re unlikely to ever see again, is now a perfectly rational, relatively safe thing to do.

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According to this article on the joint Vatican/UN conference on global warming, the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon claimed that, “Mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects are necessary to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequality and secure equitable, sustainable economic development.”  Early indications suggest that Pope Francis agrees.  We’ll know when he issues his […]

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“DHS defines Domestic Terrorism as:  Any act of violence that is dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources committed by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or its territories without direction or inspiration from a foreign terrorist group. The act is a violation […]

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Momentary Rage and Class

 

Yesterday, a man dared me to shoot him. In light of the ongoing troubles, he was working on establishing black dominance, and decided to threaten me with physical violence and call me some non-CoC names. His woman was trying to restrain him, and in the end, neither of us touched the other.

But what made this man decide his life was worth risking?  To be able to feel momentarily superior to some Jew he had never met before?