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Wu XiNao (image)

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Want to move somewhere so dirty that you can see the accumulated filth on your skin by afternoon?

The following logic may not apply well into the future, but I’ve long been relatively unconcerned about prospects that large numbers of highly educated, connected and/or competent individuals who have immigrated to Canada may respond to improving economic conditions in … Continue reading

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Toronto designated a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts

Toronto designated a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts

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World Economic Forum (the Davos billionaire’s club) advice on what makes a great employee, contrasted with behaviours promoted for “targeted individuals”

The World Economic Forum published a description of what makes great employees, with a focus on personality aspects. This post is a rough draft which compares a) the main points of advice disseminated by the billionaires’ club with b) behaviours … Continue reading

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Indian Supreme court recognises the right of a citizen to be the master of his body and mind

A recent Indian Supreme Court decision overrules two previous decisions (from decades previous), and privacy as a fundamental right is now ruled as having a constitutional basis. The main present relevance is Aadhaar, a biometrics-based ID scheme increasingly required for … Continue reading

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Jack Ma’s advice to African entrepeneurs

“If the government does not have a solution to any problem, it is an opportunity”

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One way that neurotech can be dumb: “Any maybe leaders”, profiling relating to a policy position, and 20-year advance foreign suppression in an open country

The situation: A foreign group calculates a potential loss in the 20-year timeframe if Domestic Policy A becomes supported in government. 10,000 “maybe leaders” under the age of 25 have their social media accounts hacked for the purpose of finding … Continue reading

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Choice of comparator scenarios in policy analysis

Choice of comparisons of anti-poverty approaches (or many policy analyses) are driven by the list of the top most politically probable. For example, you don’t compare 9, 10 and 11% options in modelling the effects of a shock or government … Continue reading

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Belgium conquered Congo and not the other way around because grains are amenable to taxation and cassava is not

Via marginalrevolution.com, a book coming out in August explains how grains, as easily visible while growing, storable, and suitable for allocating rations, were amenable to taxation and hence the building and maintaining of larger political entities. The book is called Against … Continue reading

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Could a “flock of geese” metaphor provide a pathway towards CCP acknowledgement of how external technological advances hugely facilitated its rapid growth?

At this week’s Silk Road Summit, related to a major plan to improve land transportation and port infrastructure which connects economies in Asia, the Chinese president suggested that the world must unite like a ‘flock of geese’. This metaphor may … Continue reading

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