Strong opinions, weakly held

Selected links

How to tune your Mac and learn DTrace at the same time. DTrace is a tracing framework that instruments the heck out of all of the processes running on a system and lets you access that information in realtime.

Caterina Fake writes about how founders establish the cultural DNA for companies. Great essay.

America is underpopulated. Under the most facile analysis, it may seem as though immigrants are taking shares of a pie of limited size from people who are already here, but the facts show that immigration is a net positive for economic growth and doesn’t negatively pressure incomes in the US.

Everybody knows that the US killed Anwar al-Awlaki in a drone attack. Today I learned that a more recent drone attack killed his 16 year old son, born in Colorado. The fundamental duty of the US government is to protect US citizens. Killing them in drone attacks is a dereliction of that duty.


  1. I agree that the GOP are being fools on immigration. But “persons per square mile” is a tremendously ignorant way to gauge potential population growth.

    There is only so much water out West, and I think we are already using more than is responsible long-term. I do not think we can support our current population and also move agriculture away from factory farming to a more sustainable model.

  2. I don’t agree with that. I think the virtuous path for fixing our industrial food crisis is for us to basically make people aware of how food is being produced, thereby triggering a change in what consumers will accept and in how government regulates food production. Then capitalism will take care of us. The average American ate 215 pounds of meat per year in 2008. If we ate half that, it would alleviate a huge amount of the pressure in terms of agricultural production.

    In any case, I’m not for more global population growth, but I am for more people moving to America. There’s plenty of room in states that aren’t suffering from water shortages for more people.

  3. Fifth Amendment – “No person shall be…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law….”

    Seems pretty straightforward to me. Some might argue that the “except in times of war/public danger” clause is a get-out-of-jail-free card for the government killing citizens without due process. I don’t buy it.

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