Jordan Dupont

  • The pictures that I used are stored on the server and you should just be able to right click and save the image to your computer. If not let me know I’ll send it to you

  • So since I’m a year late here – I agree that free speech is part of what keeps our country great and I would never advocate any infringement of that right. I don’t think all protests are equal and I think it’s fair to comment on the merits of them.but this one specifically will never really go away especially considering the polarized reaction to…[Read more]

  • So it’s the 4th of July – and I’m doing what I’m supposed to … reading about things that make people question my sanity.  Stopping to think about a few things, I made some notes about the changes I’ve experience […]

  • Thank you and I’m happy to do it. Also thank you for reading it.

  • Oh my god the sky is falling. Tax cuts have passed both the house and the senate. People are getting a tax break — and judging by the response of the media you would think the world is ending.  Give me a break. Le […]

  • I’m in the middle of exploring a few new topics, but a few people reached out to me and asked what I think about this #TakeAKnee controversy.  So here it is.
    Workplace protests are common, players have a ri […]

    • Didn’t I see your name on the Declaration of Independence? Lol
      Well said! proud to be your dad!

    • So since I’m a year late here – I agree that free speech is part of what keeps our country great and I would never advocate any infringement of that right. I don’t think all protests are equal and I think it’s fair to comment on the merits of them.but this one specifically will never really go away especially considering the polarized reaction to it. Just out of curiosity – which nation do you think to be the best in the world? Or do you think there is one?

  • It’s possible that the consumers may have gotten the product faster but that sort of heavy hand may negatively affect the market. For example – AT&T took the risk to develop their network to support the iPhone and that type of risk needs to be properly rewarded. The only way to determine what is “proper” is to let the market decide that.…[Read more]

  • I have made a conscious choice to stop chasing the small and somewhat petty news of the day so that I can more deeply explore issues.  This requires a lot of excavation — and I’ve been looking pretty hard at net […]

    • “Carriers had to compete to carry the phone and Apple had to compete to convince them how great it was for their networks. Imagine a world where this kind of partnership would be seen as “stifling competition” or “abusing power”. Was it really that much of an offense? The market worked absolutely flawlessly in that scenario without ANY interference from government and it spawned the glorious smartphone revolution we have today. I bet most of you that are actually reading this are doing so on one. (If you even made it this far).”

      True, but it took years for the iPhone to reach other carriers, partly because Apple and AT&T realized they had a good thing going and decided to extend the exclusivity. If they were not allowed to do this, consumers would have gotten product faster. Granted, part of the iPhone’s success could be that there was less choice for consumers– somewhat like Tesla releasing the luxury Model S first to work the bugs out with rich enthusiasts before releasing the perfect Model 3 to the masses.

      • It’s possible that the consumers may have gotten the product faster but that sort of heavy hand may negatively affect the market. For example – AT&T took the risk to develop their network to support the iPhone and that type of risk needs to be properly rewarded. The only way to determine what is “proper” is to let the market decide that. Government shouldn’t involve itself in any such outcome for reasons that I listed above. Had they done so we may have a very different market on our hands with fewer incentives for other networks to “catch up” to the improvements the iPhone thrust on AT&T.

        Thanks for the comment

    • Thank you and I’m happy to do it. Also thank you for reading it.

  • So it looks like once a month is the maximum I’m able to post recently — and with this political culture we have today, that just won’t do. Hopefully I’ll get back to once a week. Let’s jump right in and talk abou […]

  • James Comey was recently fired by President Trump in a rather odd way and this, like every other Trump piece of writing, sent theories flying around. Now we can look at the real stuff.
    Trump’s firing of James C […]

  • Thanks! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written some things. Been very busy at work.

  • As I knew I would be — I’ve been fervently working on some projects outside of this site. I’ll get back to this with much more frequency in the next 2 weeks or less.  In the mean time, there are a few recent […]

  • Thanks, Kristi! Yes I think people make the mistake of correlating people’s level out outrage with the legitimacy of their argument. You’re right – people are losing their minds over things that they can’t really explain to you. Last I checked, if something is causing you great grief it should be pretty easy to explain.

  • Recently I’ve had a few people ask me to write a little bit telling you how I think … which I thought odd considering how much I write for this site.  I realized they want a better idea of my worldview and how […]

    • Thanks, Kristi! Yes I think people make the mistake of correlating people’s level out outrage with the legitimacy of their argument. You’re right – people are losing their minds over things that they can’t really explain to you. Last I checked, if something is causing you great grief it should be pretty easy to explain.

  • A few notes on some of the procedure of the house and senate and how it is affecting our political landscape today.
    As a quick review – the legislature is broken up into two houses – House of Representatives and […]

    • The pictures that I used are stored on the server and you should just be able to right click and save the image to your computer. If not let me know I’ll send it to you

  • Quick replies before I end one of the longer days of my life … lol

    If you think the MSM has any journalistic integrity right now then I couldn’t disagree more. My main point is that these organizations ALL have an axe to grind and that we need to do a better job sifting through this information. Most of it is garbage. I even need to correct…[Read more]

  •    I’ve been quite busy with my jobs that actually make money, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been paying attention. Quite the contrary. Let’s get this monster blog going.

    Health Insurance Debacle […]

    • This was very thought provoking.

      – Congressional Republicans were twiddling their thumbs while they were criticizing and impeding the ACA at every turn. How could they?? The laziness and pettiness is seeping from their pores. Of course, the Democrats being pricks and pretty bonkers on a few key topics like terrorism made reconciliation impossible.

      – “first, people tend to make the mistake of assuming that all government regulations are both good and necessary. Second, people assume that by rolling back these regulations that the stated goal of the regulations is not being achieved.” This is gold. I know several in academia feel like the grim reaper is at their door, so I understand the outrage. The outrage on both sides needs to settle before everyone can have a seat at the table.

      – As much as I disagree with Trump’s bull in a china shop approach, and his accidental successes in breaking things– much easier to break things– no one will ever have their budget cut willfully. They’ll employ all their social capital to see it otherwise. I think Trump will go down in history as the oafish clumsy pruner, who had so mastered animal magnetism as to gain control for long enough disrupt the system materially. I just hope the systems can rebuild themselves more carefully this time under the assumptions of capitalism 2.0.

      “This is a gradual transfer of legislative powers from congress to the administrative arm of the executive branch” — I see regulations basically as rules to maximize well being for the most people. Sam Harris’ “enshrine our better selves into law” comes to mind. Consider investors and founders. Investors are providing the money, network, and their guidance to boots on the ground founders. The founders understand all the downstream intricacies more than any investor ever will. Autonomy of the end nodes maximize the effectiveness of the system. For Congress to have to approve all the rules that are based on deep expertise in a myriad of topics… it seems like an impossible ask, doomed to go the way of the centralized economy. There was glut in the system surely, and the system needs to be rebuilt with bipartisan assumptions.

      – I’m in the industry and the FCC stuff is pretty cryptic. What were ISPs allowed to do already, etc. Common practice is to remove personally identifiable information (PIIs) from data, aggregate it, and sell audience segments sliced by traits learned by correlating online behaviors. The private tech companies– Amazon, Facebook, etc. have had a monopoly on the juiciest of datasets for awhile. But ISPs are a particularly onerous bunch– much like robber barons in early oil. A monopoly on infrastructure, and yet cartel-ish by agreeing on regional partitioning of customers. I don’t think they need more power, and Ajit, especially because of his background, seems resolved to give it to them at the expense of the users I feel. So I oppose his decisions, but I also oppose the abuse of the clickbait.

      – A note on your distinction between MSM and whoever else– I think you’ll generally find higher journalistic integrity in the MSM– many of these people have dedicated their lives to the craft of fact finding and storytelling. It’s a science and an art to the best of them, and you won’t find the malice and deliberate obfuscation in MSM to the degree you find it in Fox News and Breitbart. I think those authors are far more likely to be extremists with ideological axes to grind, and it’s far more likely for their extremism to be noticed, primarily because MSM doesn’t tolerate that type of direct bias in their own staffs (plus, lots of ‘alternative’ news sources are opinion pieces as opposed to actual investigations that cost money to produce).
      That said, there’s lousy editors peppered around the industry that do the most damage by running more speculative stories, and juicing up the occasional headline.

      – Our government is being run by a bunch of 10 year olds. We’re surely a laughingstock tragicomedy on display for the world to see. How humbling.

      • Quick replies before I end one of the longer days of my life … lol

        If you think the MSM has any journalistic integrity right now then I couldn’t disagree more. My main point is that these organizations ALL have an axe to grind and that we need to do a better job sifting through this information. Most of it is garbage. I even need to correct myself from time to time.

        My point on the FCC stuff is to highlight two things — the selective backwards outrage and the transfer of power to the executive branch under Obama. The FCC “Voted” on those rules — without congressional consent.

        Which brings me to my last point. You don’t think congress has the necessary expertise in areas like this to decide – but you’re missing the fact that congress has the longest arms of any branch to reach out to experts and craft the necessary policy. It isn’t safer and certainly not more constitutionally sound to give such LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY to the executive administrative state. I’ve actually said this in 2008 in regards to the patriot act as well. At least that was willingly signed over by congress (however wrong it may have been)

  • I would really rather continue this discussion in person. Yet again, you are putting words in my mouth. I do concede that racism exists, but I do not concede it exists to the extent you purport. It’s appropriate (as I’m sure you know) to occupy a yes/no, grey, or long/short position on many issues and especially this one. I have a very simple…[Read more]

  • I won’t accept the descriptions of white people as “oppressors” — and I will also note you see the world differently than I do. I have never said racism doesn’t exist and the tone of these conversations is always difficult for me to understand because it seems that many people (yourself included) look for explanations of people’s views in the…[Read more]

  • I can already see that we won’t get anywhere here – the fact that you say “may or may not have charged a police officer” and “at no point was lethal force necessary” tells me that you willfully ignore evidence presented by the DOJ and you have absolutely no idea what it is like to be a police officer in a heated situation.

    You also state…[Read more]

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