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Te Urewera

Nathan Acks• Monday, September 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

This short “essay” was written in response to a video a friend posted on my Facebook timeline about New Zealand granting the Te Urewera national park legal personhood – an idea that another (lawyer) friend took some exception to in the comments.

The Prime Directive

Nathan Acks• Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Hyperbolic headlines aside, I’m not 100% sure that any other species has entered into a phase of development that we could recognize as a precursor to the emergence of complex (“human-like”) societies.

The 2016 Colorado Democratic Caucuses

Nathan Acks• Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6:47 AM

Interesting the number of comments I’m seeing that boil down to “the Colorado Democratic caucuses were a shit-show”. This wasn’t my experience at all, but perhaps I’m being overly generous with my location? Or perhaps other folks had it a lot worse?

The 2016 Colorado Democratic Caucuses

Nathan Acks• Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 12:15 AM

I’ve always been registered independent, but recently changed to Democrat to caucus for Bernie Sanders. Tonight was my first caucus.

Not Actually Representative

Nathan Acks• Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 10:17 AM


Couching Liberal Goals in Conservative Language

Nathan Acks• Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Some random and possibly ill-considered public policy “recommendations” inspired by recent reading…

On Identity

Nathan Acks• Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Some quick, random thoughts about the nature of identity…

Mining Time

Nathan Acks• Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I’m starting to suspect that the proper way to think about the the economics of production is not in terms of the exchange of one’s labor for wages, but rather the exchange of one’s time.

Goblin Valley

Nathan Acks• Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I don’t think that implicitly acknowledging that some destruction is required for life and/or the greater good (“needful”), while other destruction serves nothing but self-aggrandizement (“wanton”) is the same as giving Exxon carte blanche to build a pipeline across my backyard.

Goblin Valley

Nathan Acks• Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

So, I’ve been thinking a bit about the destruction wrought by three Scout Masters in Goblin Valley.