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Almost half of US households can barely make it

This is incredibly awful and shameful. According to the United Way ALICE project, a research project run by a group of charities, almost half of US households are barely getting by. ALICE stands for: Asset Limited Income Constrained, but Employed. and it means: a "household who cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing…

Facebook: we do your propaganda for a fee

tldr: The 2016 US election and the 2015 Brexit vote were no exceptions. Instead, they have convinced everybody how effective of a manipulation weapon Facebook is. So expect more manipulations, in elections and otherwise. P.S: No, it can't be fixed. [caption id="attachment_3445" align="alignright" width="660"] Image credit: Guerilla Labs[/caption] This post was prompted by two excellent,…

It’s not about science …

Lots of people are marching for science today, all over the world. A good cause! But it's worth mentioning that the core issue is not about science at all. It is about whether we can observe the world around us, form accurate models of understanding based on those obersations, use those models to make accurate…

What does Steve Bannon want?

Steve Bannon, right-hand man of Donald, and likely the brains of the outfit, is on the record for stating his goal as: I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment. Everything that has happened in the past few months is completely consistent with this goal. But: what exactly does he…

About Values and this Election

My friend Ben Werdmuller wrote a piece about the values that drive his vote in this election. I don't get to vote (because I'm an alien, a legal one, but just an alien). However, he inspired me to write down my own values. They are quite short: We got to take care of our kids.…