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Colin Chan

Colin Chan

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  • There is no excuse, no excuse at all, for not exercising one’s right to vote if one is at all concerned about the state of one’s country.

  • You know, these charts would be encouraging if we didn’t already know that climate change, if allowed to progress at current rates, will likely dramatically reverse the direction of these positive trends. It’ll ravage our arable land and lead to ecosystem collapse, causing widespread famine. It’ll release lethal pathogens from melting permafrost, creating new epidemics. It’ll lead to more wars as countries compete for diminishing ecological resources. It’ll arrest the pace of civilizational progress

    You know, these charts would be encouraging if we didn’t already know that climate change, if allowed to progress at current rates, will likely dramatically reverse the direction of these positive trends. It’ll ravage our arable land and lead to ecosystem collapse, causing widespread famine. It’ll release lethal pathogens from melting permafrost, creating new epidemics. It’ll lead to more wars as countries compete for diminishing ecological resources. It’ll arrest the pace of civilizational progress. And since our planet is more interconnected than ever before, these problems will magnify and propagate. Global civilization may well topple like a row of dominoes. In this respect this may well be the peak of a golden age of humanity.

  • One wonders how the Kantian rule of not using sentient beings as means to ends can possibly be implementable in its pure form in modern capitalism. It’s an absolute ethical standard that’s impossible and undesirable to attain (much like Kant’s injunction against lying) but laudable to strive towards. And I guess this is what the article’s point about Sufficientarianism is. A form of “effective enough” altruism that leverages on mass mobilization to achieve ethical outcomes within limits of practicality for the everyday person.

  • From an outsider’s perspective, it seems unlikely that lifetime appointments will or should be abolished. How would you define good behavior? Doesn’t that open up the floor to greater politicization stemming from the entity who is granted the authority to rescind appointments?

    The problem I think stems from the structural affiliation of those with influence in the US with the narrow partisan interests of one or the other party. Although it’s clear which party is more culpable of distorting institutions

    From an outsider’s perspective, it seems unlikely that lifetime appointments will or should be abolished. How would you define good behavior? Doesn’t that open up the floor to greater politicization stemming from the entity who is granted the authority to rescind appointments?

    The problem I think stems from the structural affiliation of those with influence in the US with the narrow partisan interests of one or the other party. Although it’s clear which party is more culpable of distorting institutions for their own narrow political ends. Hint: it’s the one with the turtle.

  • I contest Singapore Airlines’ inclusion in that list. Their economy class really lags behind their competitors, even if their business and first class offerings are top of class.

    I get that companies need to make money but the optics of this kind of income disparity for what is essentially a national carrier are concerning.

  • Wow. This is quite a departure from the usual trend of US airlines increasingly nickel-and-diming their customers. Wonder what the catch will be...

  • My question would be - is this a structural feature of the market? Are low Uber wages commensurate to rider satisfaction from higher numbers of cars on the road? Or could Uber pay their drivers more? Bottom line, is there a universe that grants all these things without having to resort to a voluntary tipping culture, which, frankly, is outsourcing the solution? What needs to give for that to happen?

  • That was what disturbed me about this whole process. That the Supreme Court is divided along stark ideological lines is bad enough, but Kavanaugh’s statements have brought the big elephant in the room into full and inescapable view. Even if he is exonerated, he has already shown himself unfit for the position.

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