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  • Preponderance of Evidence

    March 28, 2016

    David Burress

    In civil law the standard of proof is “preponderance of evidence.” Based on that standard, the Koch brothers should pay for the tort of helping cause the Great Kansas Wildfire, the first major climate change wildfire in the Midwest. More immediately, the wildfire was caused by prolonged drought and high winds, but both symptoms were made ...

  • Modest Proposal Regarding Oligopolies

    March 25, 2016

    David Burress

    It is impossible to reverse oligarchical rule without resurrecting antimonopoly law. Here is a modest proposal: it should be illegal for any company with over 25% of the revenues in any major national market to acquire or merge or enter into marketing agreements with or acquire patents from any other company with any sales or anticipated ...

  • Bias Against Common Core

    March 22, 2016

    David Burress

    It is admirable that House Education Chair Amanda Grosserode has time, money, skill, and dedication to home school her kids. I firmly believe that kids can potentially learn more with intensive 1-on-1 tutoring than in large classes. However in a despicably selfish act, she seeks to spoil public education for the 95% of parents who ...

  • Private Prisons

    March 21, 2016

    David Burress

      Private prisons are the most extreme example of privatization as a thoroughly vicious and dishonest ideological/exploitative scam.   The ideology of privatization claims that:   1. private delivery of public services is more efficient than public delivery, because 2. private markets for dollars are more efficient than public markets for votes, because 3. in a competitive market the consumer disciplines the ...