msp guy in dc for some reason.

On How Exactly Is Uber "Disrupting" an Industry?

@jfruh Unions! They're like having licensed-professions, only with societal benefits and without screwing consumers as much.

Cabbies/interior designers/hair braiders/etc using government licenses to jack up prices for consumers is bad news and corrupts gov folk.

Unions though! They're good stuff.

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm 2

On How Exactly Is Uber "Disrupting" an Industry?

Most professions regulated by licenses exist to increase workers salaries by increasing consumer prices -- so the framing is more disrupting those who use government to protect their artificially-high salaries. I'm just not sure Uber actually disrupts this situation. San Fran's Sidecar might actually bypass the government/rent-seekers, though.

We need to time-travel the 1910-era progressives to present day to fix this. They were all about "influence," we're still kinda stuck in a 1980s "big government" debate. Or, what Lessig said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNHg7mQYn9Q&t=19m18s

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm 0

On The Ten Most Surprising Vice Presidential Nominations From The Last 52 Years

GRIDLOCK http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/joyride-with-perot/229095/

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 10:24 am 0

On Terrible Summer Camp Counselors We've Known (And Been)

@hockeymom Yep, right here :) I still remember all those COP songs and traditions and whatnot. Good memories now, even though there were plenty of realllly awkward ones then (eg being too shy to take a shower or change all week? *shudders).

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm 0

On Salt Gimmicky, Disgusting

this reminded me of some weird cartoon i saw as a kid about a dad collecting tears? after a half hour of looking ... http://tinytoons.wikia.com/wiki/MacArthur_Duff.

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm 0

On The P.T. Anderson Cult Movie Trailer Is Here, Oh My God

@deepomega according to wikipedia, he is. weird how both he and jon brion's scores create the same type of unease in anderson's movies.

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm 0

On The Cornel West Album That Larry Summers Kept Calling A Rap CD

@Matt I expected it to be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQthFDpYCys , but that's not about race I guess.

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm 0

On Obama Still Hates Gay Marriage, No Matter What You Want to Think

@Moff yes. just because the church has the word "Christ" in it, doesn't mean it isn't the most liberal Christian church, unless you're counting the Unitarians. They're the ones flying the giant rainbow flags Sunday morning, and that's pretty sweet.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 10:57 am 3

On A Brief History Of The New Republic's Various Stances On War

^^ yes. the parties have shifted considerably in their justifications for war, and these sorts of pieces are helpful in showing that whatever's trendy may not be right (and vice versa).

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm 0