Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • No Surprise

    March 13, 2017

    David Burress

    More guns equals more gun deaths, on average.  The US has 1.13 guns per capita (the highest listed) and 10.5 gun deaths per 100,000 per year (the 11th highest).   Excepting Kuwait, all 19 countries with over .22 guns per capita have over 1 gun deaths per year.   All 11 countries with under .045 guns per capita have ...

  • The Political Economy of Carbon

    March 10, 2017

    David Burress

    At a reasonable guess, two thirds of carbon fuel reserves are going to have to be left in the ground to prevent overshooting an acceptable rise in mean global temperature (generally estimated at 2 deg, C).   That means that Exxon-Mobile and most other fossil fuel reserve owners are probably overvalued in the stock market by 200%.   And ...

  • On the House Draft Plan to Repeal ACA

    March 8, 2017

    David Burress

    Endorsed by Trump, it is a pretty good effort, from their point of point of view, and in fact it has an air of inevitability.   1. They had to repeal the insurance mandates and the tax penalties on individuals and employers, because that was their only actually popular issue. 2. They had to attack Medicaid expansion, because ...

  • The SS On Our Horizon

    March 7, 2017

    David Burress

    Trump has found his very own proto-stormtroopers in the form of border-enforcement agencies in the Department of Homeland Security.  They are now de facto claiming and exercising rights to:   –stop any vehicle anywhere and demand proof of American citizenship and look for visual evidence of contraband to justify a full search. –detain anyone leaving or entering the ...