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  1. Crises in the News

    by , 07-22-2023 at 02:50 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Decades ago, we learned about grade inflation in schools and colleges. Today we are having another kind of inflation; Journalism is inflating everything into a crisis. And it isnít just journalism; the government is doing the same thing. Yesterday I got an emergency notification on my phone that there was a flash flood watch. There was a thunderstorm later, but I was nowhere near any watercourse that flooded.

    If that were the only crisis. Then it would be amusing, but people have ...
  2. Standard Models

    by , 07-12-2023 at 04:30 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Just as astronomers, etc. have created a standard model of the cosmos, and physicists have created a standard model of matter and energy. There has also been a standard model for living in the U.S.A., All of science is tentative, subject to revision and based on the preferences of some of the people who created the standard model. The standard models are convenient, because they explain many things and allow specialists to look at the iffy spots and to find inconsistencies.

    For example, ...
  3. Equality Is My Business

    by , 07-01-2023 at 02:05 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I had decided to write a post about minding oneís own business, when the Supreme Court decision came down ruling that discrimination violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, even if people call the discrimination ďaffirmative action. I think the Equal Protection Clause is wonderful, and all laws should be required to adhere to it completely.

    There are some people who think that treating people unequally is good, if it supports their prejudices. I disagree, ...
  4. Something to Worry About

    by , 06-14-2023 at 03:24 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    It is possible to sue anyone for anything. Fortunately, the courts will dismiss many suits that are pointless, losers from day one. For example, there were the people on Lesbos who sued about the abuse of the term Lesbian. They got their hearing bur lost:

    I recall some farmers somewhere having sued NASA for having made holes in the firmament that resulted in ...
  5. Making the Dollar Worth a Dollar, again

    by , 05-25-2023 at 06:30 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Most people donít think about inflation and the money supply, but they are things that are important. It has come out in the news recently, because Congress is discussing raising the debt ceiling again, and that is an important factor in determining the value of the dollar. The dollar is backed by debt, Treasury Bonds to be specific. As long as there is a market for Treasury bonds, the dollar will be worth something, but the quantity theory of currency applies. That means that the more money that ...