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20 Posts


Remainders: From Parking Garages to Political Contributions
November 12, 2018
A collection of book reviews, TILs, and interesting reads, including thoughts on universal basic income, AI, and the Player's Tribune.
Remainders: From Fortnite to the Fermi Paradox
May 25, 2018
A collection of interesting reads and links from around the web.
Making a Place "Great Again"
June 24, 2016
Reflections on the Brexit vote and its parallel with Trump's campaign.
January 02, 2014
The importance of uncelebrated preventive measures and the uncertain interpretation of historical events.
Elections and Placebo Buttons
August 03, 2013
William Gibson tweeting about elections as placebo buttons.
Shocked, but not Shocking
July 20, 2013
An exploration of political and social issues, including protests, racial injustice, and government surveillance.
The drunk driving/gun connection
January 21, 2013
A comparison between the fight against drunk driving and efforts to regulate guns.
Aaron Swartz and the historical context of hacking
January 16, 2013
The historical context of hacking and cultural activism, inspired by Aaron Swartz's story.
January 03, 2013
The story about Obama and Emanuel trying to make fewer decisions.
Gun Owners versus the NRA
December 27, 2012
A surprising statistic about gun owners' support for gun laws in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial.
What Made Nate Silver so Popular?
November 08, 2012
Nate Silver's popularity and the role of statistics in political conversations.
Politically Correct
May 29, 2012
A discussion on the use of language by liberals and conservatives, including an interesting anecdote about science fiction in the Soviet Union.
An American Revolutionary
May 27, 2012
Detailed New Yorker article about American soldier in Cuban revolution.
Why Mass Transit Loses to Highways
January 30, 2012
The Department of Transportation rule that favors highway expansion over efficient train systems in the US.
Buzzfeed + Politics
January 06, 2012
Buzzfeed's non-traditional approach to political coverage.
Understanding the Internet
December 19, 2011
The importance of educating Congress about the internet and not just criticizing their lack of understanding.
The Complications of Influence
November 25, 2011
The complexities of predicting social influence and the impact on the spread of news.
Congress vs. Fidel Castro
November 17, 2011
Congress is more popular than Fidel Castro in 2008, but less popular than Paris Hilton and the IRS.
No More Healthy Lunches!
November 17, 2011
Congress pushes back on school lunch nutrition guidelines, proposing to count tomato paste on pizzas as a vegetable.
Working by Failing
November 15, 2011
The failure of Obama's stimulus distribution and its implications for behavioral economics.
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