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  • Climate Change Hope and Investment Advice

    April 8, 2016

    David Burress

    If you are managing your own portfolio and understand that you should make only long term investments, then get your money out of fossil fuels and nukes ASAP. As a wonderful consequence of spotty support from governments around the world, the cost of solar panels has fallen 10% per year for thirty years. They are ...

  • The Limits of Free Speech

    April 8, 2016

    David Burress

    Minority students asked the University to Kansas to censor sidewalk chalk messages supporting Trump on the grounds that he is a scary racist (which is true). KU refused, which was the right call. Nevertheless the students’ concern should not be dismissed. They are not asking for censorship of speech that causes them discomfort. They are ...

  • One Person One Vote

    April 6, 2016

    David Burress

    The SCOTUS majority made the right decision: 1. It is OK to apportion political districts on total population. 2. It is premature to address other arrangements. If total population did not count, then interests of non-voters would not be fairly represented in the legislature. For example districts with lots of children would have fewer representatives per child than ...

  • The Reality of Abortions in the US

    April 5, 2016

    David Burress

    Interesting fact: we actually do not know whether the abortion rate in the US is really declining. What we do know is: 1. the rate of REPORTED abortions is declining. 2. the density of legal obstacles to abortion is rapidly increasing. (Also called TRAPs, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion providers.) Antiabortionists claim this shows that TRAPs are working to ...