Saturday, May 26, 2018

Breaching the Queen's Peace

A independent reporter named Tommy Robinson was arrested outside Leeds Crown Court in West Corkshire, England for "Breaching the Queen's Peace."

"Conservative pundits" are fuming. The arrest violates Robinson's First Amendment Rights!

But, guess what? This case is taking place in England. English citizens don't have First Amendment Rights! They don't have Second Amendment Rights either. England is a different country. England has a different legal system.

So, lets look at the law that allows the crown to arrest people for breaching the queen's peace. What is the political group that would support such a law.

Well. It turns out that there is a political movement that promotes the monarchy. The group used to be called "Tories." They changed their name to "The Conservative Party" in the 1830s. The took the name from the effort to restore the French Monarchy after the French Revolution. Members of the Conservative Party continue to call themselves "Tories."

This idea that the crown need to arrest people for breaching the Queen's peace is fundamental to conservatism.

Mr Robinson, who identifies with the tern conservative, is being thrown into prison for a law the epitomizes the conservative tradition.

The Republican Party in the United States has a fundamentally different world view than the Conservative Party of England. Notably, the conservative party does not support either the First nor Second Amendments.

Republicans who use the term "conservative" to describe the traditional values of the Republican Party have created an untenable mess.

I feel bad for Mr. Robinson. He is in a very scary situation. He has been reporting about Islamic gangs in Britain and is being placed in a prison full of gang members.

This sad event shows what happens when people systematically misuse their terms. The "conservative" ideology was created by the Tories, Republicans are destroying our ability to defending freedom by using this absurd term.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Steeming Away the Hours

I am interested in seeing how one can use the "blockchain" to monetize web development; So, I've been wasting time on steemit to learn about the blockchain culture.

I decided that it would be fun to sell advertising for cryptocurrency. Because crypto does not have a large transaction fee, I decided that I could sell advertising in smaller blocks; so I offering 10,000 targeted ads for $2.50. That is 40 page views for one penny. Most of my web traffic is in the Mountain West (Az, Co and Utah). I have a small amount of global traffic that I can stick ads on.

Here is the ad order page. I made the image below for a SteemIt post about the need for people using steem to interface with the rest of the web.

SteemIt

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Perhaps I was talking too fast.

I listened to a podcast in which the announcer was talking at an infuriatingly slow pace. While listening to the podcast, I noticed that the speaker made few mistakes.

I re-listened to my first three podcasts. It appears that I was talking too fast; So, I decided to re-record my second podcast at a slower rate. I think I was talking too slow. I would love feedback.

Does talking fast or talking slow effect your perception of what I am saying?

I am also super curious about how people respond to my terms. I use the term "classical liberal" for the ideals of the US Founders. I use a five dollar word "partisan dialectics" to describe the new think behind the left and right.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Minds and Steemit

I was binge watching Youtube, and got extremely depressed at how their stupid social-media algorithm and penchant for censorship is hurting the web. (Here is a video where I discuss my decision not to start a youtube channel.

While researching Youtube, I discovered that thousands of youtube content creators are upset with the platform. I am even more delighted to discover entrepreneurs creating alternatives to Facebook and Youtube.

So, I set up accounts at both Minds and SteemIt and hope to post at these locations regularly.

These platforms are fine, but what I think we really need is to find ways to revive the independent web. The independent web is one where people own their own web domain and have a hosted web account. My Steemit Post for today talks about the positive role that human edited directories play in the independent web.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The Two Sides of the Coin Intro

Well the podcast sounded better in my head than it does through speakers.

I put up the first episode of The Two Sides of the Coin.

The theme I want to develop is that the left/right split was created as an effort to destroy the American Experiment in Self Rule.

The goal of the first episode is to define terms. I need a term for the ideals of the US Founders and a term for the core methodology that exists in both conservatism and progressivism.

I define the term "Classical Liberalism" as the application of classical logic to the question of liberty. I also note that the US Founders play a key role in the classical liberal tradition.

I am using a five dollar term "partisan dialectics" to describe the core methodology used by partisans. Here is the podcast.

I Used to be Able to Speak

I used to be able to speak. As I am trying to create this podcast, I discovered that I've completely lost that ability.

I can't make it a full minute without my voice cracking.

I really wanted to get the first podcasts on the line quickly, but I find it takes a full day to record five minutes of speaking.

I knew I had lost my voice. I have to force myself to learn to speak again. Anyway, i spent most of today trying to write and record a very easy six minutes of talk. It's midnight and I failed to complete it. I still welcome comments on the first two episodes.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Introducing the y-intercept podcast

I decided to restart this blog.

As part of the relaunch, I wanted to include a multimedia feature. After researching Youtube I decided to go with a podcast.

I chose to go with the paid option at Podbean.com. Podbean charges $9 a month for "unlimited service." This is actually a fair price. This is the price I would have to pay to self-host a podcast.

My first podcast was about the decision to launch a podcast and why I decided to go with a paid hosted option rather than a free option on a social media.

The reason I did this is because I believe that content creators should created their content as a paid business.

So, I paid a hundred and eight dollars to host the account for a year. To justify renewing the account next year, my podcast needs to generate at least $250.00 in the next twelve months.

Unfortunately, the only way to fund things on the web is with advertising. I sell advertising on irivers.com at a rate of $25 for 100,000 impressions. $.25 per 1000 ads is based on what I get from Adsense and Affiliate Marketing for the same slot. My hope is to sell ten ad slots which would raise the $250.00 I need for my hosting fees. (note, generating a million page views is quite difficult.

Without further ado, here is the first podcast. I hope to improve the quality of the production.

Monday, December 25, 2017

How Does One Create Value?

This Christmas morning I woke up asking myself the abstract question: "How does one create things of value?"

Millions of people engaged in gift swapping this morning. I suspect that very few of the gifts will have any enduring value. Memories created at Christmas might endure, but in our hectic world even that is questionable these days.

I actually ask this particular question thousands of times. Whenever I am working on a job, I ask myself multiple times if the work I am creating is of value to the customers.

When I create web sites and blog posts I ask if I am engaged in an activity that is creating something of value.

Most blog posts are just mindless punditry. IMHO, mindless punditry not only is a waste of time. Many people engaged in punditry do little more than create or amplify division. The creation of division is a net negative.

The current project I am working on focuses on the question about how one creates value and how one measures that value.

I decided to put off details about the project until after Christmas. For today, I simply wish to wish to throw these two questions to the wind:

  • How does one create value?
  • and how do we know if the things we are doing are creating value?

Merry Christmas All!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Code Name: Investor's Museum

I confess. The projects I've worked on haven't worked out very well.

Perhaps the ideas are too grand.

So I decided to try a new idea. This is an idea that can fit in a room or that can line a blank wall in a hotel.

The purpose of the idea is to raise awareness of the importance of ownership. I've given the project the working title of an "Investor's Museum."

The goal is to create a museum filled with interesting items. The items in the investor's museum are owned by people in the community and entrusted to the museum.

Imagine a room filled with interesting objects such as paintings, antique furniture, collectibles, historical artifacts and other items of interest. Each item would have a number and a QR code. Taking a picture of the QR code loads a page about the item. The page would have a description of the item, an appraisal value. The page would also include software that allows patrons to bid on the items. The bidding contract restricts the buyer from taking the item out of the museum. The buyer will place a new price on the item.

The investor's museum is a game. The museum creates a market where people can buy and sell art pieces in a controlled setting.

The information about the different items would be displayed on web pages. These pages should become a valuable reference tool for people who buy and sell antiques as the pages would give some clue as to how the price of artworks vary with time.

This particular project can be implemented without substantial cost. To get the program going, one would need a room in a shopping mall or shopping center. There is a great amount of vacated retail space on the market right now.

The items for the museum would come from the thousands of people who have interesting items in their attics and garages that they would be willing to sell for a good price.

The basic program for the web pages and bidding process is easy to write. The software that handles the money would be difficult.

I am not going into the full details of what the project is doing. The basic idea that I want to put forward in this first post is that the investor's museum would be a privately held museum. The items in the museum would be owned by the public at large. Each of the items would have appraisal and pricing information so that people can learn how the prices of antiques and artworks vary with time.

Why I Stopped Blogging. BTW the Tax Reform Bill is Lame

I've been writing blog posts. I've just stopped posting them.

People have become shrill. People don't seem interested in engaging in substantive debate. It is all about attacking enemies and diverting attention for the flaws of one's friends.

Anyway, the Trump administration is pretty much going as I feared. The left has gone berserk. To make things worse. The Trump Administration has not created any substantive legislation.

The GOP passed a tax reform bill, but the bill doesn't take the steps necessary to restore the small business sector of our economy.

It is better than nothing, but not much better.

The GOP's tax plan is a basic effort to flatten a tax. The mathematics of a flat tax is compelling. A flat tax reduces deductions allowing the government to lower the over all tax rate.

Deductions are created by powerful groups. A flat tax reduces the deductions used by powerful groups to maintain their wealth.

The problem with a flat tax is that powerful forces that created the deductions still exist. These groups will slowly weasel their way back into power and will recreate the jagged tax structure.

Tax flattening is only a temporary fix.

The GOP's tax reform is only a temporary fix.

I would love to go into a dissertation about how we could fix taxes and health care in ways that would lead to substantive changes in our society. Such a dissertation would involve a substantive debate about taxation and money. I fear that people in the conservative movement aren't up to such a discussion.

Anyway, I decided last night to work on a less substantive issue which I will announce in the next blog post.