Riots disproportionately harm blacks, and leads to more militarization of police. MLK did not condone riots. His “language of the unheard” quote has been taken out-of-context.

If you use social media, you might have heard this quote in the last few days: ““A riot is the language of the unheard” — MLK” (USA Today editorial). A Medium writer (Justin Ward) rebukes conservatives for criticizing riots. Reality though, is that criticism of riots have not been that narrow. Black leaders have almost unanimously been critical of, and called for an end to riots. This has ranged from Rep. John Lewis (D)…

Neither the left, nor the right wants to talk about police unions.

George Floyd (Provided by Ben Crump Law Firm)

On the evening of May 25th, four police officers from Minneapolis PD, murdered George Floyd. This incident was captured on video, and now seen by the whole world. Unfortunately, acts of police abuse of power, both lethal and non-lethal, are all too common, but very few are ever captured on video, and thus never get the attention all these cases deserve. Is this murder explained by racism of the four officers involved, or are there systemic reasons that explain this?

Consider this example: during a routine traffic stop…

What they thought came from Bernie, actually came from the Fascist Manifesto.

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People who have studied fascism, its history, and especially its origins, know that fascism’s roots are from the syndicalist labor movement. A simple reading of the historical document fascist manifesto, released in 1919 by Benito Mussolini, alone should be enough to discern the left-wing nature of the fascist ideology. Some of the demands contained in the document were:

  • Enactment of eight-hour workday for all workers.
  • National minimum wage.
  • Employee representation in technical functioning of industry.
  • Unions be shown same confidence as management.
  • Lowering of retirement age from 65…

POTUS went on a trade war with China unilaterally, and he will pay the political price if there isn’t a resolution soon.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released last week the first estimate for GDP growth in the third quarter, and it is not a rosy picture: an anemic 1.9 percent (annualized) growth. In response, the forecast for the fourth quarter dropped from 1.5 percent to an even lower 1 percent. This puts the yearly growth rate from Q4 2018 to Q3 2019 at 2 percent. In comparison, this rate was 3.1 percent in the preceding period. The reason for…

Does the world have enough materials to achieve 100% renewable energy?

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Two of the three leading contenders for the nomination of the Democrat party, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have plans to shift the United States to 100% renewable energy. Though UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for zero carbon emissions by 2050 to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels, Bernie Sanders plans to achieve this by 2030, and Elizabeth Warren by 2035. Their climate plans contain such non-climate related novelties as job guarantees, and early-retirement benefits, but what’s conspicuously missing is any…

In the political debate arena, if you oppose a government program, the counter argument sometimes goes along these lines:

“Do you use roads or Social Security? Well then you’re a socialist, and thank the government.”

This is of course facetious, and a straw-man. For starters it’s not like you have a choice in paying payroll taxes. But more importantly, this line of reasoning doesn’t take into account any alternative use of these tax revenues. Fortunately, many forms of private retirement accounts exist, allowing us not just choices in retirement investment, but also allows us to do a direct comparison with…

People profiting off of healthcare is an outrage?

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During the Democratic debate on Wednesday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren was morally outraged about the following:

“…the insurance companies last year alone sucked 23 billion dollars in profits out of the healthcare system — 23 billion dollars!”

So Warren doesn’t like people profiting off of healthcare. However in comparison (page 9), Medicare loses $52 billion to improper payments (government accounting term for fraud), and Medicaid $37 billion to improper payments. This adds up to $87 billion, just for Medicare and Medicaid. That means Medicare and Medicaid loses almost 4 times what health…

What is a right, and how would an economy with equal distribution of resources look like?

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Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that “…all men are created equal… they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights… these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” A lot seems to have changed since then, because Bernie Sanders tells us that not only does one have a right to life and liberty, and pursuit of happiness, but also have:

“The right to a decent job that pays a living wage
The right to quality health care
The right to a complete education
The right to…

Joe Biden, whose political career stretches as far back as the 1960s, recently made some comments about his deal-making abilities with segregationists:

“At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”

To Biden’s credit, this is a logical position — one can work with someone they morally disagree with on many things, to achieve what one sees as good outcomes…

Abortion is only one issue, what about freedom of choice everywhere else?

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In 2017 Congress passed Right to Try Act, which gives patients, and their doctors, the right to try drugs that have passed FDA Phase 1 trials. Two years later one of the patients who benefited from it, Natalie Harp, details her story in an excellent op-ed. She credits the law with saving her life. There are further hundreds of cases where the law has saved lives.

Let’s preface. The moral argument for a woman’s right to choose in matters of abortion is simple, and in my opinion apropos…

Tarun John

Data Scientist | Business Intelligence Developer

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