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Incentive Systems & Politics: Part 3

This is the third and final part in my response to Extra Credits’ series of videos by the same name. In Part 1 I discussed how Politics needs to be about more than just winning elections, and provided a few statistics demonstrating the overall decline of our society. In Part 2 I covered how addressing financial corruption doesn’t address the underlying problems. Now it’s time to wrap this up in Part 3. Section 5: Gerrymandering and Community Gerrymandering is the process of redrawing the boundaries of politcal districts in order to be more favourable to you or your party.  You...

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Another Health Scandal Courtesy of Socialized Medicine

EDMONTON – The Wildrose party is calling on the province’s auditor general to investigate allegations that Alberta Health Services bought an estimated $10 million worth of computer equipment and left it in storage for 17 months before it was used by employees. The allegations, which were by AHS, are contained in separate letters sent to Health Minister Fred Horne and Premier Alison Redford by an unknown whistleblower. Source: The Edmonton Journal Despite having a next-to-zero calorie intake of MSM news, it seems as if I’m inundated with stories of failures in the Canadian Healthcare service.  Just a couple years ago,...

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Incentive Systems & Politics: Part 1

A Response to Extra Credits Introduction As a game designer, James can’t help but think about how broken our political system is.  And by broken, I don’t just mean it’s busted; I mean it’s broken in a Game Design sense.  The underlying rules and incentives which govern our politics are just wrong.  They’re completely out of whack. If you’re not already familiar with it, Extra Credits is a web-series focusing on the video game industry; they cover everything from the development, to the marketing, the design, the social impact, and even the different themes that games explore.  It’s a series...

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Do Not Adjust Your Set

Peter Gibbons: So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life. ~Office Space Go to work.  Be there by eight.  Your contribution to the economy will be intangible, at best; your accomplishments are measured by spreadsheets, not products.  Take your fifteen minute breaks, legislated.  Go down to the food court for lunch, sterilized.  Fear the sexual harassment complaint; tape your...

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Projected Sexual Dystopias

Let me start off by saying that I’m a Spiritual Optimist, and a Material Pessimist. The Dual Pessimist is a boor to be around.  The Dual Optimist is a Sanguine Fool, who begins large projects but never completes them.  And as for the Spiritual Pessimist/Material Optimist?  These are the natural slaves of the world, boors who never dream bigger than their corporate job, but think you’re being a Negative Nelly for pointing out how badly run the company is, regardless of whether you’re offering solutions or not. Me?  I dream big – I pursue the projects that most people think...

North Korea, Nuclear War, Cyprus Crysis 2

North Korea, Nuclear War, Cyprus Crysis

An interview between myself and Danny de Gracia.  Excerpt follows: ͼ-Ѻ-ͽ The last few months have revived memories of Cold War nuclear tensions, first with Russian bombers spectacularly challenging our ADIZ in Guam and now with the brinkmanship going on between the divided Koreas. For a perspective on nuclear tension, political leadership in times of crisis (or lack thereof) and Armageddon scenarios, I took the time to connect with the author of the post-apocalyptic thriller As I Walk These Broken Roads Davis M.J. Aurini. In Aurini’s book, a future nuclear war gouges out human civilization and leaves survivors in an...

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The Corporate Coven

I love having a job, i love working hard and having my own money. And i don’t feel sorry for the men who feel all down and hard done by from this! Any of us who’ve been around the Mandrosphere for a while have heard this refrain.  Arguments about the socialized artificiality of the modern workplace, the economic destructiveness of it, the Sense and Decency of traditional patriarchy – they all fall on deaf ears because women Enjoy Their Independence. We try time and time again to explain to these women that in the long run they were better off...

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Top Economist Blogs: Congrats to the Captain

EconomicsDegree.Net – Guide to 110+ Accredited Economics Degrees – recently elected Captain Capitalism as one of the top 100 economics bloggers.  Congrats, I say; it’s well deserved. As many of you know already, I’m a huge fan of the Captain’s content.  There’s his book Worthless, a wonderful contribution to the young of today which might just save their economic futures.  There’s his deep-posts full of charty-goodness, often confirming his earlier off-the-cuff predictions.  But my favourite thing about him?  His basic, “Econ 101″ posts; not only are they entertaining for the seasoned social critic, not only are they approachable for the...

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Angry Young Turks

From the eminent Dalrock: I’ll pose the same question back to Ms. Duffy and the commenters who are troubled by the fact that people are angry with the gross injustice which is being done to men, children, and the very institution of marriage:  Why don’t you care?  Why aren’t you angry? Anger is an entirely healthy response to gross injustice.  Apathy on the other hand is an indication of a profound inability to feel empathy, perhaps even masking a strong level of personal investment in maintaining the injustice itself. It’s impossible for me to read something like that without reflecting...