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.


Year of the Gerrymander

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


Tech Tuesday: Cain Edition

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


Whither Amazon HQ2?

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


Back to the Bad Old Days

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


Power Lines

Electricity doesn’t come from the wall socket.


Blue Islands and GDP

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


More on the War on Coal

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