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The Tragedy of the Commons

The Tragedy of the Commons
Garrett Hardin + Author Affiliations Abstract The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality. At the end of a thoughtful article on the future of nuclear war, Wiesner and York (1) concluded that: "Both sides in the arms race are ...confronted by the dilemma of steadily increasing military power and steadily decreasing national security. I would like to focus your attention not on the subject of the article (national security in a nuclear world) but on the kind of conclusion they reached, namely that there is no technical solution to the problem. In our day (though not in earlier times) technical solutions are always welcome. It is easy to show that the class is not a null class. The class of "No technical solution problems" has members. What Shall We Maximize? Population, as Malthus said, naturally tends to grow "geometrically," or, as we would now say, exponentially. No--for two reasons, each sufficient by itself. What shall we do? In C.

American slavery – it’s a thing | The Odd is Silent After an informal analysis of the health insurance system in the USA, I’ve come to the conclusion that while Lincoln may have freed the slaves, we haven’t actually abolished slavery here. In fact, it is alive and well, enshrined in law, and the Affordable Care Act is one of the few things that seeks to address that situation. Bear with me, I’ll connect the dots. This all started when I changed jobs and went on COBRA. There was a 2-week period in which my COBRA application was being processed and in that time the insurance company told the pharmacy that I was self-pay. Except it wasn’t $7 or $8. That’s a problem. But what has happened is that the insurance company represents so many people that it was able to negotiate favorable discounts on medicines through the pharmacy in return for an in-plan designation. Ironically, the people complaining most loudly about not wanting to subsidize the poor are in fact being subsidized by the poor. That gets us to indentured servitude. Like this:

The Stranger - Seattle's Only Newspaper - Screw Comcast and CenturyLink by Goldy Shortly after taking office, Mayor Ed Murray finally pulled the plug on Gigabit Seattle, the financially challenged fiber- optic-broadband partnership that was once the centerpiece of his predecessor's internet strategy. But while Gigabit's failure was certainly a disappointment, it is also an opportunity: to give a giant collective municipal finger to those monopolistic fuckers at Comcast, CenturyLink, and Wave. Now that the market has failed to address our broadband woes, Seattle is free to reconsider building a city-owned municipal system. And with Seattle City Light in the process of evaluating technologies for its coming "smart meter" rollout, the timing couldn't be more perfect. Under its current six-year strategic plan, City Light is planning to replace about 410,000 manually read meters with new digital smart meters (City Light prefers the term "AMI," or "Advanced Metering Infrastructure"). But is it feasible? Can't get much clearer than that.

Overcoming the Slideshow Conundrum | Telegraph to Tokyo I am writing to you over the Pacific Ocean. Our home in Berkeley (not on Telegraph, but quite near it) is 900 miles behind us. Japan, our home for the next two weeks, is somewhere beyond the vanishing point, 4600 miles in front of us. As is not always the case, but sometimes is, and this is one of those times, Kevin started it. And here we are, on a plane writing a blog post. But, if you want to keep up with what we’re doing in Japan, this blog is the place for you! Like this: Like Loading...

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