One of the most common claims from anti-nuclear people aimed at nuclear power is that it is too expensive, usually implying that there is something fundamentally endemic to nuclear power that makes it expensive. They always exclusively cite Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), and they almost exclusively focus on costs in the USA. This approach … Continue reading Nuclear Is Economically Non-Viable?
No, he isn’t. You’re welcome. This whole question is just the common dime-a-dozen partisan tactic that’s been around since the beginning where one party blames each and every perceived bad thing on the current president if that president is of the other party. People seem to think as though presidents even have the power to … Continue reading Biden To Blame For Gas Price Increase?
In my advocacy of nuclear energy, I focus on traditional nuclear energy because it is already better than non-nuclear energy generation methods in most ways. Nuclear power plants we built in the 80s and have modestly updated since are already superior. If a person cannot be convinced of this fact, I doubt they care about … Continue reading Nuclear Power: Why Opponents Are Wrong
When people accuse others of elitism it is usually not because they actually ran into an actual elitist. They usually just ran into a person smarter than them who they want to attack based on imaginary character flaws since they can’t compete on intellectual grounds. Most people swinging the accusation can’t even define elitism. Like … Continue reading Am I an Elitist? Only When I Need to Fight Left and Right-Wing Populism
Why is this person conservative, why is that person liberal? For most people the answer is in the culture of the community they grew up in. If you live in small town Texas, you will almost certainly be a conservative Christian. If you grew up in the middle-class suburbs of San Fransisco you will likely … Continue reading Political Evolution: From Right, to Left, to Reason
My relationship with the ultra-woke is a bizarre one. I share the majority of their beliefs. I believe Trump is racist, I believe racism is a prominent undercurrent of the Trump movement, and I believe many of the people who support Trump are racist and/or dumb. I support LGBTQ+ rights. I support women’s rights and … Continue reading Ultra-Wokism Is a Cult and Cannot Be Reasoned With Any More Than the Trump Cult
Unbiased America is a right-wing Facebook page that became active sometime in 2013 (though may have existed as early as 2010). It seemed decent in the early years, but sometime late 2014 or early 2015 it went off the rails and mutated into a rank partisan circle-jerk no more sophisticated than any other far-right source. … Continue reading Debunking a Partisan Lie on Climate Change: Unbiased America on Sun Activity
Actually, what I believe is that Facebook has a shitty algorithm that wrongly penalizes people on the political right and left far too often, but roughly equally. Right-wingers just whine about it more because they generally have a martyr complex through which they get their rocks off by telling themselves and tribe members they are … Continue reading Facebook Is Bias Against Liberals, Not Conservatives: They Went After Me, a Liberal
Motivated Dumb People With Good Intentions Are a Serious Obstacle to Solving Many of Today’s Real Problems
“What’s wrong with the world? What prevents us from living a utopia?” The variety of answers would be as large as the number of people asked the question. Yet, I bet you could fit all those answers into one of two categories: either people are too stupid, or people are too evil. Look at any … Continue reading Motivated Dumb People With Good Intentions Are a Serious Obstacle to Solving Many of Today’s Real Problems
The pandemic has been absurdly and grotesquely politicized when it never should have been. In December, January, and early February you could not reliably predict what political party someone was part of based their position on the virus. On February 24th Nancy Pelosi was strolling Chinatown in San Francisco, encouraging other people to do the … Continue reading The Non-Partisan Facts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
In America democracy is a sacred cow. Sure, it is a representative democracy rather than a fully direct democracy, but a democracy nonetheless. That the will of the people is the ultimate foundation of the government and its authority is central to the American identity. Some acknowledge that our democracy is imperfect, but they usually … Continue reading Against Democracy: Rule of the Informed
If there is one thing that many of those within the more polarized sections of the political left and right seem to agree on, it is that elitists are bad. Elitists don’t care about anyone, they just want to enrich themselves, they are stuck up, and they are a net negative for society. But is … Continue reading In Defense of Elitism
Part 1: know your words In any given language, a word can have multiple meanings. At the same time, different words can share similar purposes. Some might have the same literal definition, but different nuance, as in the case of skinny and slender. Natural languages behave like this because they need to serve multiple purposes. … Continue reading Morals and Facts: Objective or Subjective?
I regularly see testimonials going around where a person brags about having finally gotten the courage to disown previously close friends because they were Trump supporters. They share supposedly inspirational stories about how they finally graduated past seeing Trump supporters as simply people with bad ideas, to seeing them as bad people in and of … Continue reading Trump Supporters Are Wrong, Not Evil
What is the real political right and left of the spectrum? Is there an “objective truth” to what makes someone on the Left or the Right? As of late some of the most ardent claimers of an objective truth to the matter are far-left people in my experience. From what I can tell their position … Continue reading Political Left & Right: Is Sanders a moderate and Biden a firm right-winger?
Did Sweden take the better approach? The worse approach? In the United States the Coronavirus pandemic has of course been politicized like everything else. Each political tribe knee-jerks into proclaiming its ideology as the one true ideology to dictate approaching the Coronavirus. The deregulate-it-all far-right advocates doing virtually nothing because doing anything would make us … Continue reading Shutdown or no shutdown: Which country addressed Covid-19 the best?
The best data should always be the foundation of a belief, a political stance, or a public policy. No matter how righteous a cause, it should always value the evidence above all things. Human-driven climate change is a fact. But for those understandably desperate to get policy-makers moving on climate change, exaggeration and claims that … Continue reading Racism and Policing
I know what you’re thinking, but relax, I’m not a sociopath. I hate civilian deaths, and I hate collateral damage. I am against the US sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong (like the 2003 invasion of Iraq), and I hate senseless wars. I am on the left side of the political spectrum, and I … Continue reading In defense of drone strikes
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