Friday, March 20, 2015

Why we Need Search Neutrality

From the FTC, we now learn that Google has already been engaging in exactly the same behavior that Net Neutrality was needed to prevent ISP's from STARTING to do -- favoring their own content. Google's "first page" is their own "fast lane" and they blatantly use it to push their own services and demote competitors.

Isn't this the same Google that's been pushing so hard for Net Neutrality? Google is much more dominant in the search space than any ISP is in their domain -- why shouldn't they be regulated as a public utility to ensure equal and neutral access?

Google's position here seems to be "we can't let ISP's start favoring content -- that's our job!" 

Unlike ISP's that still need to lay cable for each customer, search is a natural monopoly with increasing returns to scale. Compare Google's profit margins to Verizon's or consider how many ISP's you'd need to combine to reach Google's 90+% share of search.

Those who think we need the government to guard the entry point to the internet to ensure openness and neutrality should be MORE worried about Google and Search Neutrality than the top 20 ISP's and Net Neutrality.

I find it endlessly amusing at how easy it easy for extremely dominate natural monopolies like Google and NetFlix to get a bunch of clueless chumps to advocate "anti-corporate" regulation to benefit themselves.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Why Little Haiti is Bryan Caplan's Favorite Place in the World

Excellent article by the brave advocate of open borders, Bryan Caplan, on why he loves, loves, loves Florida and specifically the Gold (southeast) Coast. Having lived in the Gold Coast myself, I highly recommend the professor try Little Haiti in NE Miami to hit the sweet spot within the sweet spot amid his sweet spot of expressed preferences. Little Haiti boasts excellent weather and insanely good real estate prices, is blocks from the beach...

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Hateful Fascists at the SPLC

via the SPLC hate groups are "those having beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."

Friday, July 20, 2012

56 Murders Today -- 12 More than Normal

So with the media giddy with excitement about another mass murder at Newtown, I thought I'd focus on the less visible, but much larger massacre that happens every day in the U.S.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kids that are twice more short than their parents

Hopefully that title makes you cringe. If I tell you that Bobby Jr. has two times less height than his dad, what does that mean? 

Let's suppose young Bobby Jr. is three feet tall and Bobby Sr. is six feet. Does that make Junior 2x shorter?  200% shorter? If he grows 2 times more will he be 6' or 9'?

So what am I complaining about today?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Heartiste infects HBO

The blogger Heartiste posts mostly about male "game" -- how men can improve their success with women -- but with a philosophical sophistication that also ties in culture, society, morality and economics. His writing is crisp, incisive and vivid, ranking him with other acid-tipped truth-tellers like Christopher Hitchens or even Tom Paine but with his own particular brand of hedonism bordering on nihilism.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

George Zimmerman is Black

According to information uncovered by Reuters, we now know that George Zimmerman is a black man. His great-grandfather was "Afro-Peruvian" so applying the 1/8th rule used by the U.S. government in it's racial preference programs as well as by our nation's most prestigious universities for their admission and housing policies, Zimmerman counts as black for the purposes of the racial quota squads.

Simply amazing.

From Reuters:
He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather - the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.
So this racial morality play has taken yet another amazing turn. I guess this explains why this out-of-control witch of a prosecutor, Angela Corey, is so keen on nailing Zimmerman even if that means engaging in dishonest and unethical behavior -- she seems to have it out for young minorities like George Zimmerman.