I personally despise politics. Unfortunately, politics is a necessary evil in a complex society like ours. And since democracy is pretty much the least-bad system of politics anyone has devised, I feel a certain degree of obligation when it comes to participating — reluctantly — in the democratic process. Problem is, much like Treebeard/Fangorn , I'm not really on anyone's side, because no one is really on my side. I actually happen to believe that all human beings have the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness pretty much however they like. That they shouldn't have to sacrifice their…
Update Note (March 2019) In the two years since writing this, the case for transitioning the United States from one central federal capitol to six or seven autonomous regional federal capitols, each taking the Constitution and interpreting/applying it to suit the residents of Americans living in their area, has only grown stronger. The current President has openly claimed unconstitutional powers through his "Emergency" declaration, and history shows that these kinds of power-grabs function as a prelude to even more extreme actions, unless vigorously opposed. But so long as the Republican party's core supports Trump, nothing fundamental changes in DC, no…
Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:11

Mapping the Break Up of the United States

A question I've been asking myself recently: if the US continues on this apparently unstoppable spiral into total political dysfunction, to the point that we hit our own "Dissolution of the USSR" moment, how might the subsequent map of the (former) Lower 48 shape up? Here is my conception of where things may be/could be headed, informed by a predilection for analytical geography and manipulation of geospatial databases...which are just fancy ways of saying that I like to see how the world works when you start from a spreadsheet, and go graphical from there. (#nerdalert)          …
Monday, 12 December 2016 18:11

Contact

amtgeography at gmail dot com forwards to my private Swiss email account (Kolab). The same handle with myswissmail.ch instead of the gmail address goes to the same place. I'm reclusive, autistic, and mostly focused on projects, so I can't guarantee a timely reply.
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Insight Maker Experiment

This is an experiment using Insight Maker, an awesome, free tool for modeling dynamic systems. Because I'm interested in the idea of looking at society itself as a composite system, I like to do little thought experiments to explore social issues. In this, I model gun violence (just to be outlandish) as a system, where gun buyers scale their purchases to their observation of gun violence in broader society. It is constructed as a bit of a trap: gun buyers make purchases because they see incidents of gun violence on the news, but more guns tends to produce more gun…
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

PHD in Integrated Kitty Studies

Experiments with memes: Cats. Snuggling on an IKEA Poang
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Black Lives Still Matter

I probably shouldn't write anything about the state of Black Lives Matter as it currently stands. For several reasons: 1. My heritage pretty much boils down to WASP. I am a beneficiary of white privilege, and I can only ever (at best) half-understand what it is like to be 'other' in America.* 2. I am absolutely furious about how much violence American society deploys against black people, at home and abroad. 3. The voices we need right now are those of the people who live this violent reality, not coddled and ultimately safe people like myself. *Sure, I have my…
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

2017 and 1933: Watching A Nation Crumble

What a somber 4th of July. It is difficult to enjoy what should be a celebration of freedom when the country is pretty clearly falling apart. As crazy as I know it sounds, the more I read and study and research, the more convinced I am that we're facing an unprecedented crisis. I'm fairly certain I'm not the only American who thinks there is a very real possibility that the USA won't make it through the next decade in one piece. It is difficult to feel proud of something that is in the process of disintegrating. Beyond that, though, this…
Developing a "Federation of Pacific States"It is a strange feeling, writing what amounts to a strategic plan for building a new country. But I can't shake the sense that unless something significant changes in the way the USA does politics, and probably only if the change comes soon, the country is on an inexorable slide towards a set of generally unpleasant outcomes. So I write, in hopes of contributing to the discourse surrounding what is probably the most pressing question in America for the next 4-8 years: How do we fix this incredible mess we've inherited? I want to be…
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Building the Pacific National Party (1.0)

NOTE: This falls into the category of 'ideas I wish I had the time/money to chase down'. While I'd like to spend time making this happen, it ain't gonna happen unless someone with deep pockets happens to want to fund the thing. Or someone with a hell of a lot of ambition and time decides to take this on.A couple weeks ago, I published an article laying out my vision for a new party - a Pacific National Party. capable of, you know, actually doing something to take America back. A non-partisan, centrist movement inspired by Macron's recent victory, that…