Will Facebook rules for electioneering and hate speech apply to Ratburger?

Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement calling for more government regulation for Internet speech.  The entire statement is at the link below, and begins:

I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators. By updating the rules for the internet, we can preserve what’s best about it — the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things — while also protecting society from broader harms.... [Read More]


It’s Not That Simple

My title is an anticipation of the likely response to this post.  Okay.  Very few issues  are  so “simple” that they can be dealt with in a few paragraphs.  Still I persist:

Trump  better hire some genius medical economist to come up with a healthcare plan and simultaneously explain why Ocare did not work.  (Which it really hasnt) McConnell has said he’s not gonna help,  which swells the music of the Dems’ chorus:”They have no plan!”    We gotta get one.... [Read More]


This Week’s Book Review – Gray Day

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.... [Read More]


Heartland of Mine

I spent all day at the parade in Girardville, Pa. Probably no one ever heard of it except that  one year when Bill Clinton went, so, that’s a long time ago.   They had it March 30 this year because it’s been snowed upon the  last 2 years closer to St Patrick’s Day. (Good move; it was about 6oF today.)

But here’s what I want to tell you, O Ratty:  I saw many Trump banners, big flags, carried by young people.  Some said TRUMP: No More Bulls—t.  Others said Trump-Pence 2020.  They were everywhere.... [Read More]


Libertarian Thursday: Nobody knows how to make a pencil!

“And wonder, most of all, at the everyday miracles
made possible by a political and economic system that dares to have faith in free men.”

Do you think you know how to make a pencil?  This libertarian classic explains why you probably don’t, and why you don’t need to in order to buy a nice writing instrument for a few cents.... [Read More]


Nick Herbert calls it “The Sarfatti Box”


Nick Herbert: “Of course by “testing Jack’s conjecture” I don’t mean actually doing a real experiment. Thought experiments are a lot cheaper and put the burden where it should be — inside the head of the person making the conjecture.... [Read More]


Politically Correct Fast Food

I can’t believe people want to kick out a fast food chain from airports and cities. What is going on there? Is love for a chicken sandwich the “the love that dare not speak its name”?

I think it is good to be inclusive but I don’t like when the 1 % (or even less) want to rule my life or their virtue signalling fellow travelers.


Robot Ostriches in the Warehouse

Boston Dynamics have just released a video of their Handle robot performing a package picking and pallet stacking task in a warehouse.  The packages in the video weigh around 5 kg, but the company says the robot can handle items as heavy as 15 kg.  It uses on-board vision to identify packages and force feedback to pack them tightly together on the pallet.  It can handle pallets as large as 1.2 metres on an edge stacked 1.7 metres tall.... [Read More]


The Zombie Car Phenomenon

Several years ago, while I waited on the curb at the San Diego airport watching traffic flow by, I noticed something about the cars. They were different from the local vehicles in Northwest Montana, and although I’d lived in San Diego for twenty years, I had never made the connection. It wasn’t just the obvious preference for SUV’s and Subarus in the rugged north—no, it was something else, too: the city vehicles were shiny and updated. Many of them looked high-end. I thought of the beaters I often spotted in my Montana town—the 80’s sedans, the classic trucks, and the boxy early style of Subaru—and it made me realize the degree to which residents of my town make do with what they have. I was proud to be one of them.

In recent months, this trend toward junky vehicles seems to have gotten worse—or better, however you choose to look at it. Before I explain, however, I have to admit that my own little red car has its own issues. I will remove the log from my own eye first. This is a beloved vehicle that won’t quit, even though we’re at 198,000 miles. Each blemish tells a story. The longish dent on the driver’s side—that was a tangle with a tall stand of bamboo at the side of our driveway when we were in San Diego. My husband could not understand how I did that, as I had backed down our long, steep driveway a couple thousand times by then. I could understand, because I had backed down that impossible driveway two thousand times without incident, and it was only a matter of time before it got me, especially now that there was a giant, unforgiving stand of bamboo to complicate things.... [Read More]