Linky Friday this weeks delves into the world of Amazon: HQ2 cancelled, NYC reacts, business, economics, Jeff Bezos, politics, unions & more
We need a brand-new approach to relieving human pain. Our existing solutions pack our prisons, sentence nonviolent offenders to life and exacerbate one of the worst and most avoidable tragedies in recent memory.
Instead of raising tax rates on high-income earners, a smarter way for progressives to raise taxes on higher-income earners would be to eliminate itemized deductions: tax breaks that allow primarily upper-middle and upper-income earners to write off various expenses.
America has a strange relationship with the small handful of drugs it’s collectively chosen to tolerate.
Journalism’s current standards for determining what is publishable are brittle and subject to manipulation by malicious actors.
If you’re “too successful” or “too important” to pay your workers a living wage, you don’t deserve to be a business owner, and your business doesn’t deserve to survive.
It is beyond absurd to have a federal government shutdown and simultaneously guarantee back pay.
Wait, I need to back up here.
Universal Basic Income did not have the banner year it’s proponents had hoped for. Who knew it would be so hard to get people to take free money?
What I am proposing is a way to increase the supply of pharmaceuticals that are widely used, off-patent, and are not available in the quantities needed.
Even though a mounting body of evidence indicates needle exchanges can save lives, conservative-minded governments are stifling conversation on the topic before it even has a chance to begin.
How Berkeley – and Crisco – informed me that I was done with the technology industry.
Social Security was, in fact, explicitly imagined and implemented to provide a dignified retirement for all Americans.
41 years after Youngstown’s “Black Monday” meant 5,000 lost jobs immediately and tens of thousands more to follow, the Mahoning Valley endures another day of 4-digit job loss with closure of General Motor’s Lordstown complex.
A murky legal footing isn’t good for businesses, and it isn’t good for folks who only want to hold down a decent job without letting their health get the better of them.
Student loan debt has surpassed auto loans and credit cards to become the second largest type of consumer debt in the country, behind home mortgages. Some predict that the effects of the student loan bubble popping will have similar effects as the housing market collapse of 2008.
Vikram offers free advice to a corporation that knowingly laundered money for terrorists on how they can better diversify their workforce
Not being tied to political and election cycles has helped keep the U.S. Register of Copyrights an apolitical institution. Will H.R. 1695 change that?
A thread to national security and world trade.
Something interesting happens in most high fantasy and science fiction settings. Capital-F Faith in an absentee God who may or may not exist is absent. In Dungeons and Dragons, the gods exist. If you want proof, watch a paladin lay on hands. Science fiction settings can be a little looser with divine intervention tropes, but a sufficiently advanced AI is a reasonable substitute for a supernatural entity, and for ordinary NPC plebes, even modest mutant, cybernetic, or technological abilities are sufficiently advanced to provide a reasonable stand-in.
If our climate change approach comes at the expense of economic growth, it is neither the wealthy nor the white that will bear the cost.
Are phone makers about to force their phones onto carriers?
Having trouble finding the soul of your fictional society? Have you considered their fundamental rule-making process? Why not take a little time to suss the foundations of your make-believe culture by drafting their constitution? You might find that specific laws, mores, and cultural habits are easier to develop when you have a framework for decision-making and conflict resolution.
Laws against price gouging don’t help the public during major disasters. In fact, they make the situation worse.
Many Americans consider it boorish to bring up politics or religion outside of sanctioned times and places. One simply does not talk politics at the dinner table. It won’t do.
But the gaming table is not the dinner table. Ideally, you play games with friends. Or if your close friends don’t share your hobbies, then at least your regular group is acquainted well enough that political differences of opinion are unimportant enough to keep you from playing together. Or if that isn’t the case, then at the very least you all retain enough courtesy to stow your partisan inclinations while the game is underway.
And never code in plus, plus C
Traits are carried in the genes. Use this simple observation to your advantage.
Car was recently totaled. I need advice from grown-ups.
You can create reasonably immersive, fairly convincing setting by remembering a simple five-letter acronym.
MERPS: Social, Political, Economic, Religious, and Military.
From tiny little subsistence bands to mighty intergalactic empires, from sword-and-sorcery barbarian epics to swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, these five dimensions allow you to cover every major aspect required to create conflict and a memorable story.
Ordinary Times regular contributors Mark Krieger (@musepolisci) and Andrew Donaldson (@four4thefire) break down the news that Walmart is looking to launch their own streaming service, and fall on opposite sides when it comes to projecting the retail giants success.
Are we looking at a turning tide, or is a lack of action still digging a deeper hole for future generations to climb out of?
The crushing cost of living in America is on the rise — both in reality and in the minds of disenchanted voters.
The US will win most trade wars, but not with Mexico.
Somehow I became a Microsoft person again.
It’s only worth it to you if it’s worth it to you.
How would we get a social media service that won’t sell our personal data?
How do you make universal assistance happen?