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Social Credit Systems: the unholy marriage of big government and social media

Wired released an article titled “Big Data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens” last October. It is a long but good read, particularly since the story covers two bases I’ve been harping about on this blog: big government and the dangers of social media.

The entire article is worth a read on its own. I’ve posted the ma… Read more

A short, objective analysis: “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it”

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work becaus

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Keynesian economics is one big persuasion tactic to grow the government and central banks

Like the postmodern movement, the rise of Keynesian theory in academia in the past century has led to government institutions wielding more power than they merit. The general public doesn’t really understand this recent interpretation of economics, so they are encouraged to trust a group of economic “experts” to sort it out for them.… Read more

Wired article almost admits how it gets brainwashed by social media

Following my latest four-part series on social media’s psychologically damaging effects, Wired’s Jesse Hempel coincidentally releases an article about the problems with social media. It is a rare moment of self-reflection. It almost recognizes the root problem but just doesn’t quite get there.

One of the conclusions of the… Read more

“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 4: the death of nuance and humility

This article follows Parts 12 and 3 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

Narcissism is in, humility is out. Social media and the coddled generation have cultivated a culture of blaming others for their own failings and perceived injustices.

Politics is downstream from culture. Politics has taken o… Read more

“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 3: to regulate or not to regulate?

This article follows Parts 1 and 2 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

The widespread negative social ramifications of smart phones and social media gives way to the question: to regulate or not to regulate? Should we trust people with weaponized legislation to be moral arbiters?

The inven… Read more

Project Veritas confirms the manipulation of YouTube’s trending algorithms

One James confirms the suspicion of another James.

James O’Keefe III and his team at Project Veritas has verified what many other rational thinkers, including James Damore, have long theorized about big tech companies. Companies such as Alphabet (YouTube, Google) and Facebook have had their internal offices infiltrated with postmodernist zeal… Read more

Ontario’s ban on StubHub scalper bots will backfire on the consumer

Another day, another overreaching bill being passed in Ontario, Canada.

This time it’s a “consumer protection bill” proposed by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services:

TORONTO — Ontario is set to introduce ticket sale legislation today that would ban so-called scalper bots and impose new rules on reselling ticke

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Ontario’s $15 minimum wage is going to kill more than just jobs

Canadian policy is currently being dictated by emotion (or more accurately, postmodernism) and the lack of objective analysis in some of the new bills and laws being passed will have dire consequences in the future.

In Ontario, the decision by the Wynne Liberal government to raise minimum wage to $14 by 2018 (about a 30% increase) and $15 by 2019 was made desp… Read more

Polarized politics has infected EVERYTHING: Part 2 – NPMJS (node package manager)

I work a lot with JavaScript nowadays, specifically Node.js for backend applications.  Despite its unusual single-threaded, asynchronous programming paradigms, JavaScript’s wide adoption and extensibility are the main reasons I choose it over other languages.  The possibilities are endless as JavaScript evolves with current technolog… Read more