Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Why We Should Phase Out Nukes

    July 10, 2017

    David Burress

    Nuclear power has always been too dangerous to mess with, but the risk just took an upward quantum leap. The cyberattack on Kansas’s Wolf Creek reactor and other reactors has failed (so far), but that is not especially reassuring.   FACT 1: using existing computer science, no computer in industrial use anywhere can be made acceptably safe from ...

  • Some Perfectly Legal Industries We Could Do Better Entirely Without

    July 6, 2017

    David Burress

    Coal mining (after a brief transition) “Free” financial advisors Hedge and high-risk funds Health insurance companies (after a brief transition) High speed stock market traders “Investment” mints Payday loans Private military arms dealers Private student loans Private prisons Profit-making universities Telemarketers State lottery operators Vulture capitalists

  • Evasiveness on Health Care

    July 5, 2017

    David Burress

    Mona Charon criticizes GOP health care evasiveness and then gets evasive.   Charon excoriates the Congressional GOP’s evasiveness from a position at the National Review hard right: “Republicans are not the party of free-market reform anymore (if they ever were).” Then she waxes wroth for a while against the United Kingdom health care system because a Member ...

  • Caused by What?

    June 27, 2017

    David Burress

    Rural Kansas has the lowest teacher salaries in the U.S. Conservatives cheer.   Rural Kansas has a high rate of teacher vacancies. Conservatives shrug: they need to try harder.   Population is shrinking in around 60 rural Kansas counties. Conservative say it’s caused by high taxes.