Baby Boomers – The Worst Generation

I strongly agree that the baby boomer generation will not be looked on well by history as this generation:

-Took massive debt to pay for entitlements that will eventually have to be paid for by their grandchildren.

-Elected politicians based not on competence but on relatives (Bush, Clinton), or on easily disproved false pretenses (Trump).

-Encouraged and allowed the growth of special interest industries that damaged the country (patent lawyers, AMA increasing healthcare costs, etc). This destroyed free markets.

-Fought massively expensive foreign wars with their kids and grandkids without end goals and strictly limited troops rules of engagement with misguided morality.

-Destroyed legitimate political debate in favor of simply screaming that your side is right and endlessly saying “what about Hillary” or “what about Trump” instead of engaging on issues.

Trump and California See Same Homeless Problem, but Not the Same Solutions – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/us/politics/trump-california-homeless.html

I don’t agree with Trump often, but this is a very serious problem. I would like to see some sort of mandatory relocation and rehabilitation program.

Mystery Solved: Private-Equity-Backed Firms Are Behind Ad Blitz on ‘Surprise Billing’ – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/13/upshot/surprise-billing-laws-ad-spending-doctor-patient-unity.html
Doctors have the most powerful trade union in the country, the AMA. They strictly limit their own competition by limiting university seats. Each doctor makes 5-10x more because of this and they are the true cause of the growing high health care costs in our country. Insurance companies are happy to be the bad guy, because they are simply a 10 percent layer on top of whatever the size doctors billings are. We must open up healthcare to competitors again if we want lower prices and better service.

Why grandmasters like Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana lose weight playing chess

https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/27593253/why-grandmasters-magnus-carlsen-fabiano-caruana-lose-weight-playing-chess

Fascinating. Makes sense. I did my best programming while running 6 miles a day at an 8 minute pace, which is my best.

Owning Your Own Home is Even More Stupid Than Owning Servers

Almost everyone in tech now agrees that running your own servers is a bad idea. If the internet in your office goes down, or if a server crashes, or software upgrade is done wrong your website crashes. It is far easier and cheaper to simply host it on AWS or 1and1 or any of the hundreds of other providers who will guarantee uptime and take care of all of these issues for you.

Why then is owning your own home the American Dream? I have been a homeowner for a year and it is a gigantic pain compared to renting. As a renter, every issue was taken care of for me. Now as a homeowner, I have had to deal with a leaking pool, ants colonizing my living room, an AC unit not working properly, and other stuff… And that’s just in the last month. When I moved in I had to spend thousands redoing the ventilation along with a long list of other work.

I hate being a homeowner and would rather have a fairly priced rental market. Laws in America though force people towards owning… The mortgage interest deduction, the incredibly painful regulations that prevent building of good, cheap new housing, etc.

I wish there was an AWS for home renting or some form of ownership where I didn’t have to do hours every day maintaining a house.
Tokyo is a fantastic city, I spent two weeks there and loved it. It is extremely clean and safe, loads of good restaurants and entertainment, and good outdoor spaces. If I could speak the language and work there, I would move in a second.

California is in no danger of being overpopulated… Single family homes are a brain dead way to live. Every homeowner has to spend hours a day maintaining his house… We stopped running our own internet servers after the first ten years of the web. Why can’t we do the same with housing? Convert everything to medium (4 story buildings) or high (10+ story) density housing. You would completely get rid of suburban sprawl and everyone rich and poor could live within a mile of the ocean or mountains, walk or ride a five minute train to work, and solve climate change at the same time.

The real solution is to greatly loosen building regulation and make getting permits much faster and easier statewide. Then entrepreneurs will double or triple the housing supply and drop the costs of renting or buying a home by 80%. You could see rents go from $2500 per month in LA to $1000 a month or less.

California Approves Statewide Rent Control to Ease Housing Crisis – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/business/economy/california-rent-control.html

This is really bad policy… Treating the symptom while making the root problem worse.

The core issue is there is not enough good housing for everyone in California.

The real solution is to greatly loosen building regulation and make getting permits much faster and easier statewide. Then entrepreneurs will double or triple the housing supply and drop the costs of renting or buying a home by 80%. You could see rents go from $2500 per month in LA to $1000 a month or less.

Eyewitnesses describe brutal beatings by Hong Kong police – Los Angeles Times

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-09-02/hong-kong-police-violence-protesters-eyewitnesses
We need to help evacuate Hong Kong and offer asylum and citizenships in the USA, Japan, Canada, etc to anyone who wants to flee totalitarianism.