Ian Underwood, Author at Granite Grok

Ian Underwood

Schools: First do no harm

Every once in a while, you come across a simple idea, or a simple question, that changes how you think about almost everything.  Paul Goodman once asked a question like that, which is most easily illustrated with a simple curve.

The permanent tourniquet

A tourniquet can be a lifesaver when serious bleeding is occurring.  But when the bleeding has stopped — when the source of the problem has been identified, and fixed — you remove the tourniquet.  Otherwise, you risk developing gangrene in the limb that needs the blood supply that you’ve just cut off.  At least, that’s …

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HB1659: Begging for dignity

The Death with Dignity Act (HB1659)  starts by saying: The state of New Hampshire recognizes that persons have a right, founded in the autonomy of the person, to control the decisions relating to the rendering of their own medical care.  So, right away, it’s lying.  Because this were true, you wouldn’t have to get prescriptions …

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The New Green Deal

I recently saw an article that asked this question:  What if students were able to invest their student loan payments towards retirement, instead of paying off the loans with that money? But a college loan is supposed to be an investment.

The Idiocy-Prevention Tax

The First Law of Holes is:  If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.  Don’t change shovels, or set a new schedule, or try a new digging technique.  Just stop.

Should government schools teach civics?

Now and then, I hear conservatives calling for ‘more civics classes in schools’.  And my first thought is always the same:  How can these people seriously think that government-controlled schools are the right places to be teaching civics?

Stupidity is not hypocrisy

I don’t know why it bugs me so much, but it does bug me when people try to make a big deal about the fact that Elizabeth Warren sent one of her children to private schools, claiming that this somehow makes her a hypocrite.

Giving Rule 67 the respect it deserves

You have to take your fun where you can find it.  Right now, there’s some fun to be had by some members of the House, regarding Rule 67, which is so full of loopholes that it just begs to be mocked.