Author name: Tom Olin

Saving Social Security and Medicare From Their Saviors

Lacking action by the U.S. Congress, Social Security and Medicare will face funding shortfalls within the next ten years. Both parties claim they won’t cut the programs, but their past “reforms” to strengthen them have been cuts under different names: raising the eligibility age, taxing benefits, limiting COLAs, etc. Social Security’s OASI (old age and […]

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Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid

Social media was supposed to bring everyone closer together. Over the past decade or so, it’s done exactly the opposite. Combined with other forces, it has brought us to the brink of social and democratic collapse. In this incisive article, Jonathan Haidt explains how it happened. More importantly, he presents some specific steps that might

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Computer Security Best Practices

This is a concise list of recommended practices to ensure the security of your computer(s). Use an unprivileged account for normal activities. Every system needs at least one administrator account, but that account should not be used for anything other than administrative functions. (By default, the first account created will be an administrator.) Users should normally

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CBC on MMT

CBC Radio posted a discussion of MMT in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was generally well done, and I recommend you listen to it (37 minutes). The reporter provided a decent overview of economics from Keynesianism through monetarism to the present day. On the whole, he was fair and objective. However, I heard a

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