It’s funny how many things we take for granted today which would have seemed like black magic to people of a couple hundred years ago. I just unlocked my car door with the key fob — which almost everyone today does without thinking every day — and it occurred to me that simple action would have been incomprehensible to those people. It would have seemed like amazing magic at best and would have gotten us burned as sorcerers at worst. I find myself wondering (again) what things will be common and routine in a hundred years which are beyond my ability to even imagine.
It disgusts me that state governments steal so much money from people — mostly those who can’t afford the loss — by dangling before them the promise of $750 million in the Powerball lottery. A lottery is nothing but a tax on those who don’t understand probability statistics. If private parties want to operate gambling systems and if ignorant individuals want to throw their money at them, it’s not my business to stop them. But I’m disgusted that governments piously pretend it’s shameful and exploitive for private interests to run lotteries, but it’s fine and dandy as long as the coercive monopoly called the state gets the profit instead. This is wrong on many levels.
The Alabama Legislature is in the middle of an effort to repeal federal Common Core standards. Six other states have already rescinded the standards and five others never fully adopted Common Core. Honestly, it’s hard for me to see why it’s a big deal. The idea that there is one size that fits every school across the country strikes me as odd. I’m far more interested in families deciding for themselves what children ought to learn. My personal standards would be far tougher than any legislature or school board would pass anyway.