Electronics stores, terrorist policy, being an expert on everything, the bankruptcy of brands, how to read a recommendation, the uselessness of help forums, Applebee’s and LA weather.
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Smog in LA and elsewhere, door locks and security, how physical security compares to computer security, the differences of skill among tradespeople, what we think of tipping.
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Sorry we took such a long break. Tom was moving. Roger was at CES. And we had to think about outsourcing. Also why stagnation without inflation is not all bad.
Roger’s got a bum foot. Do unions get a bum rap? How important is money?
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We review the election, how choosing your news outlets can have bad effects, how math became a partisan issue.
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Roger fixes his audio, Government does some things well, PSAs done right and wrong, How film and TV predicts the future, also Disney bought Lucasfilm.
Roger parties does a horrible job of promoting an awesome comic. We recall MathNet, what you watch when you’re young, do standards of violence and sexuality in entertainment go in cycles? All that and more. Is a slow recovery better than boom and bust?
Why people feel powerless. Are we better off in tribes than we are now? Was Hobbes right? What would be the best way to be governed? Does one system work for everyone? What replaces nation-states? Migratory patterns of humans. What should immigration policy be like?
Roger and Tom review the US presidential debate and Tom shares his thoughts on the first half of Republic, Lost by Lawrence Lessig.