On Gettysburg, God, And Obama

There are five copies of the Address written by Lincoln; two were draft copies in preparation for the speech, and three were penned by Lincoln at the request of three men who intended they be used for fundraising for the troops. The first draft of the speech is called the Nicolay Copy, and was started by Lincoln in Washington before being finished at Gettysburg. The second draft, now called the Hay Copy, was written in Gettysburg…both of these are housed at the Library of Congress. Neither of these drafts include the phrase “under God”, indicating that Lincoln added it off the cuff.

Monday Musings: November 18, 2013

There is a reason, of course, why so many commercial sites are so bad, and that reason is monetization. This is a fancy way of saying things are screwed up, digitally-speaking, because the firms are trying to squeeze money out of their sites rather than operating them to specs that support their stated goal.

Breaking News Or Broken News?

Modern American economics, dominated by conservative thought for almost 40 years now, rewards the use of capital markets as wealth engines rather than facilitators. And we the people reward home owners for consumer spending funded by home equity. In isolation, those concepts are not terrible dangerous. In real world application, those concepts give incentives for risk-taking which has only one natural consequence. Thus, we call those incentives perverse, and in the world of information, we have similar incentives.