Author Archives: Joshua Hedlund

Is The Sledgehammer The Only Way To Cut Spending?

Remember when the federal government “cut” a measly $37 billion in spending in 2011 and Obama hailed it as the “largest annual spending cut in our history”? Apparently even those cuts were full of accounting gimmicks, like counting money for … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About Last Week’s News #31

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Reasons For Optimism 65-68

65. Newegg scored a major victory against a patent troll. This has a positive externality that makes it less likely that other e-commerce stores will come under attack by similar trolls.

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Let’s Talk About Drones

Wow. Drone policy has been in the news for like three days now. As in, the News news. On NPR. In the top of my Google News feed. In this conservative emailing list I accidentally got on. The “mainstream media” … Continue reading

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We Must. We Must. We Must.

Is it too late to comment on Obama’s second inauguration? Well, here goes. Much digital ink has been spilled about the way Obama’s speech revealed the modern progressive vision, etc, etc. I was most touched by the word cloud of … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About Last Week’s News #30

In reverse order of importance:

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So That’s Why the Socialist Scandinavians Are Doing So Well

The Economist brings some news from Scandinavia: Sweden has reduced public spending as a proportion of GDP from 67% in 1993 to 49% today. It could soon have a smaller state than Britain. It has also cut the top marginal … Continue reading

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Global Climate Snapshot: State of the Planet 2012

2012 has come and gone. It’s time to look at the official data and figure out how alarmed we should be about how warm the planet is getting. To help you with that, I have created the unofficial Global Alarm … Continue reading

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