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  • Clarifying Why the Assumption of Symmetry Between Parties Is Wrong

    March 3, 2016

    David Burress

    In response to Paul Krugman’s post from the other day, I don’t find it so strange that Democrats are a coalition of interests, Republicans are a unity of ideology. I find it very nearly inevitable. First: the underlying and ongoing issue in two party politics in a capitalist representative democracy is always the haves versus the ...

  • Good Guy with a Gun Fallacy

    March 3, 2016

    David Burress

    The theory that allowing guns in the workplace would have saved lives in Hesston is based on the fallacy known as “anchoring” or “anecdotal reasoning.” If viewed as a scientific theory, it depends on many low probability assumptions. When you multiply a lot of low probabilities together you get an infinitesimal probability. Some assumptions are: 1. that ...

  • Amendment to the Kansas Constitution needed

    March 2, 2016

    David Burress

    Neither the Kansas nor the US Constitution mentions a right to vote, let along a right to have your vote count equally. If there were such an explicit right, it would give a stronger cause of action against many forms of antidemocratic manipulation, including gerrymandering and proof of citizenship tests for registration. It would also ...

  • The Invisible Koch-led Backwardization

    March 2, 2016

    David Burress

    When your I-road bridge collapses, think of the Wichita-based Kochs. Here are some well-documented facts everyone should know but doesn’t because you can’t get them in any clear form from the mass media. 1. The decaying U.S. infrastructure no longer meets first world standards… 2. which was entirely caused by Republican obstruction in Congress and the states… 3. which ...