Geopol: Mutual capacity for violence is the root of negotiation

Misunderstandings about the root of political interaction has come up repeatedly lately so I’ve decided to do a few videos that discuss the roots of geopolitics. In the video below I discuss how the mutual capacity for violence is the root and essence of negotiation.

Social Trust: Why crypto, blockchain and smart contracts will not change the world

Lately I have been involved in a number of discussions about distributed systems, delegated authority structures, cryptocurrency and smart contracts. The hope of many is that cryptocurrency will avert inflationary trouble entirely and help the public hold government in check. There is also hope that smart contracts will magically turn Africa into a paragon of […]

Comments on Dr. Shiva’s Election System Analysis

UPDATE 2020-11-20: Scroll to the bottom for a follow-up. Commentary Dr. Shiva performed a data analysis on the automated voting system results in the 2020 U.S. election and made a video presentation of it just a few days ago. I was asked to give my thoughts on it yesterday, so I watched it this morning […]

Economy: How to Spark the American Recovery

Sparking an economic boom in the United States is quite easy. American economic booms are based on two things: Opportunity Excitement The necessary talent, geography, resources and hustle for success are basic to the American composition — by far the greatest strategic assets of the nation. The necessary ingredient to for opportunity is merely the […]

Weirdly suppressed COVID-19 brief

A few days ago a few doctors from California gave a brief on their analysis of both comparisons of COVID-19 historical data to prior predictions that prompted the “lockdown” trend, and side effects within the healthcare industry overall (focusing on the United States, specifically). This brief has been uploaded and removed from YouTube and other […]

Emotional Investment and Statistics: A Thought Experiment

Consider how the public discourse over COVID-19 tends to evolve. Let’s imagine we were to set up an online debate someplace known for civility and good faith arguments (you know, like Facebook or Twitter) between the “It’s all Trump’s fault and we are all going to die if we don’t mothball the world for a […]

For Data Reporting, Keep Reliable URLs

It would be really nice if governments that are trying to be transparent by reporting stats publicly on a website would stop changing their entire URL scheme every week. It is hard to track things down and even the search engines aren’t keeping up very well.

X-Y Problems

People obsess about their X-Y problems to the point of ignoring accepted wisdom, plugging their ears to the deafening silence of the solution’s instructive whisper, picking themselves up as hard as they can by their own knees and wondering why they can’t fly. They then run off and formalize their wrong solution as a PR […]