Note: This is a very long entry, with many dozens of examples and source links. While I would LOVE it if readers made it all the way through, I understand why they might not. If you want a short, summarized version, click here. In 2009, SCOTUS was composed of eight men and one woman. Ruth[…]
Wealth inequality in Europe and the U.S., 1810-2010 (Source — .pdf, 1.2MB) The more I learn about wealth and income inequality, the more I realize I didn’t know — and still don’t know — and the more it’s obvious that many other people don’t know. Rampant confusion reigns. In my observation, most laypersons don’t understand[…]
While working on a much longer entry about wealth and income inequality, I came upon a question that I couldn’t answer: how did it begin?
Screenshot confirming my registration for Asgardia If you haven’t yet heard of Asgardia, you’re not alone. But as of this writing, more than 500,000 Earthlings have registered to become citizens of the new space-based nation. I’m one of them. I registered as a lark, not because I’m ready to leave the planet’s surface any time[…]
Week in and week out, Americans throw away piles of garbage, much of which could be recycled. This material ends up in landfills, many of which are not sealed. (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) An Oct. 3 op-ed in the New York Times (here) proclaims: “…[C]ities have been burying garbage for thousands of[…]
(This is the short version. Click here to read the long version, complete with illustrations, dozens of links, and a lot more words.) Though I grew up believing in free market capitalism, I’m not such a big fan now. Though the “supply and demand” principle is difficult to refute, the market itself doesn’t always have[…]
(This is the long version. Click here to read the short version.) Money (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) Probably like many youngsters in the U.S., I grew up hearing adults extol the virtues of the “free market” and “capitalism” — I’m now convinced this was in reaction to our sworn enemies, the Communists.[…]
[No date was listed, just “1998”. However, it was mentioned as “my last essay” in a February 1998 essay, so I have dated this one as from January.] First, a definition of the title. What is a “gravity-altering field”? To understand that, it is necessary to discuss gravity itself. Let it be understood that every[…]