Author: Michael Cain

Michael is a systems analyst, with a taste for obscure applied math. He's interested in energy supplies, the urban/rural divide, regional political differences in the US, and map-like things. Bicycling, and fencing (with swords, that is) act as stress relief.
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State of the Discussion

State of the Discussion is an alternate comment-focused view of the site’s content, both recent and archival. This post is an introduction to its features.

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Year of the Gerrymander

Tipping point. An idea whose time has come. Don’t get caught on the wrong side of history.

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Tech Tuesday: Cain Edition

Not as extensive as Oscar Gordon would provide, but he’s off doing techie things instead of reading about them.

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Whither Amazon HQ2?

Everyone thinks they can get Amazon’s new headquarters; is it already a done deal?

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Back to the Bad Old Days

The Trump administration attempts to change the game on management of public resources in the West.

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Power Lines

Electricity doesn’t come from the wall socket.

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Blue Islands and GDP

Trying to graphically represent the geographic relationship between share of GDP and red/blue voting.

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More on the War on Coal

Back in June, the Supreme Court quietly took another step in their ongoing “war on coal”.