Nigel's Musings....

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The Single Most Effective Pro-Choice Lever

Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last few years, you must know that women’s’ rights are under brutal attack across the United States. I am, frankly, very surprised that cities aren’t being burned to the ground. I was very shocked when Texas passed its inhumane and cruel anti-abortion law with hardly any protests…

The Case Against Crypto Payments

Imagine that you decide you want to buy a widget so you walk into the widget store to check out prices. The best one you can afford costs 1 crypto thingy. You decide to go home and think about it. The next day you walk back to the widget store to make your purchase. Oops…

Obligatory Post On Twitter And Elon Musk

It’s all Elon all the time. It seems the tech world can’t get enough of this story and everyone’s got an opinion. My opinion can be summarized simply as ‘neutral’. No predictions – just a wait and see attitude. I know, boring, right? But there’s a reason for it. On the one hand, you have…

Our (US) Energy Policies Bites Us In the A$$

In 2020, the United States was a net exporter of petroleum. In 2022, that is no longer the case. This is because of our rush to green energy and the hysterical outcry against drilling here in the US. Now, consumers are paying the price at the pump. And the government’s response is to reach out…

Putin’s Attack On A Ukraine Power Plant – Is he Calling NATO’s Article 5 Bluff?

Putin’s forces bombed a Ukraine powerplant yesterday. Now, imagine this – the plant goes the way of Chernobyl. If that happens, the radiation cloud would reach into the heart of Europe, killing many many Europeans over time. Surely that’s enough to trigger Nato’s Article 5 Collective Defense clause? You know, the one that effectively states…

750 Billion Dollars And We Can Do Nothing About Putin

We here in the US spend more than 750 BILLION tax dollars per year on our military. And now, when it matters the most, we can do nothing to help 40 million people in the Ukraine subjected to an unwarranted and brutal invasion by Russia. So why the hell should we keep spending that money?…

Mask Mandates – It Was Never About Saving Lives…

The CDC is lifting masking and vaccination requirements for most of the country. Theoretically this guidance applies to 65% or so of the country. But you know that the other 35% is going to ignore the CDC – they’re already doing it otherwise they wouldn’t be in the 35%. Now, anyone that is even slightly…

Shocking! Not! Apple’s 27% Commission For 3rd Party Payments

So, it turns out that, even if you don’t use Apple’s payment mechanism for in-app purchases, they’ll still charge you 27% or so. Somehow folks are shocked by this. I’m really not sure how anyone can be surprised. Apple’s 30% cut is payment for access to its audience; the payment gateway was a bonus and…

SCOTD: A Flat 4% Tax on Elon Musk Would End Homelessness

Stupid Comment Of The Day: Lets count the ways that this comment is just plain stupid: Homelessness is a political issue, not a fiscal issue. The US Federal government takes in more than 2 Trillion per year plus, probably another 1 Trillion by the states. They can solve homelessness any time they want. Collecting more…

The Crazy, Out-of-this-World Bull-Case For SHIBA

The SHIB (Shiba Inu Token) was created as an Ethereum Blockchain alternative to DogeCoin – i.e.: a coin with no immediate real-world use. Over the last year or so, the coin has appreciated by millions of percent, currently trading at 0.00007260. Less than a year ago it was trading at 0.000000000010 or less. You do…

Random Thoughts: Energy Shortages Redux, Windows 11 Shenanigans, A Generation Of Disorganized Minds

Energy Shortages – Bad Bad Gas – No Gas For You! Sigh…just after I wrote a note about Energy Shortages in my most recent Random Thoughts, I ran into this article about Europe’s Energy Crisis this winter. The crux of the article is that there isn’t enough Natural Gas being produced at the same time…

Random Thoughts: Energy Shortages, Vote Recounts, Restaurant Worker Shortages..

Energy Shortages Are Here – And Will Get A Lot Worse The world runs on fossil fuels. And there are tons and tons of pressure being brought to bear to clean that up fast – but that’s happening without a corresponding increase in alternatives coming online. So it’s inevitable that you’ll get an energy crisis…

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