He supports policies that are an affront to the Constitution, can’t possibly make good on his domestic agenda, and has terrible foreign-policy judgment.
Each of these men would have you believe that it is imprudent to trust the other. Yet if their opponent wins, each is on record affirming that he is empowered to spy, detain and kill in secret, and wage war without Congress. Given their willingness to confer those extreme powers, how deep can their mistrust really be?
Source: Why I Refuse to Vote for Mitt Romney – The Atlantic
On 15 October, the Dutch ministry of Justice and Security proposed powers for the police to break into computers, install spyware, search computers and destroy data. These powers would extend to computers located outside the Netherlands. Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom warns for the unacceptable risks to cybersecurity and calls on other countries to strongly oppose the proposal.
Source: Dutch proposal to search and destroy foreign computers « Bits of Freedom
My father (who is a doctor) was realistic from the start about what modern medicine might be able to do to save his precious daughter from cancer. Even with those low expectations, he was shocked at how impotent — and actually counterproductive — her interactions with the medical system turned out to be.
Source: When A Daughter Dies – Freakonomics
This is Stijn Oom, a 14-year-old kid from the Netherlands. Stijn started to play with Lego right after he was potty trained (literally).
Source: This 14-Year-Old Kid Is a Lego Genius
That’s the nature of progressive risk-taking. In some situations, we receive no incremental feedback; no warning that things are about to go disastrously wrong.
Progressive risk-taking is exacerbated when operating outside of the envelope of previous experience.
Source: Wonky Thoughts: On Progressive Risk-Taking
RE: Apocalypse Not | Matt Ridley
A history of failed predictions of doom
Federal Circuit Appeals Court marks 30 years of spreading the “patent gospel.”
Source: How a rogue appeals court wrecked the patent system | Ars Technica
In President Obama and Mitt Romney, we have a choice between someone who understands the complex world we live in and someone who doesn’t.
Source: The World We’re Actually Living In – The New York Times