Category Archives: Development

Decimal-place-free economic analysis of effects of Trump protectionism of imports and exports (and thus jobs)

Via Project Syndicate, from the guy who a decade was arguing against all opposition that globalization was not an inevitable thing that could not be reversed, and that in fact states have powers to make decisions that influence such things. … Continue reading

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Another way to describe the end of independent aerospace capacity among most of the wealthiest and most advanced nations

A unified fighter jet platform. Unified. Means we are toothless if you (USA) decide so on a timeframe of 20 years not 1 or 5. Anyways, all I need to know is the sales pitch. It’s really a “get in … Continue reading

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“Authoritarianism” should not get credit for catchup growth

“Authoritarianism” should not get credit for catchup growth. If that does not make sense to you, read up about the Solow Model and variants thereof. If you do not understand the Solow Model (nearly the simplest possible presentation of how … Continue reading

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Lead Economist in the research department of the African Governance and Development Institute debunks for main anti-immigration arguments for EU

To start with, the fact that these four arguments against immigration can be easily debunked does not therefore imply that the debate is open and shut. The full article is here. 1) Loss of Christian values 2) Undermining liberal democratic … Continue reading

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The USA could build high speed rail between every city over a million, or buy 10,700 F35s per year, with the savings (!) from changing to universal public health care

Canada health care: 11% of GDP. USA health care: 17% of GDP. Canada average results: higher in almost all categories (data.worldbank.org is an easily accessible source on this for a variety of indicators). USA economy: $17.9 trillion. Potential annual savings … Continue reading

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Extremely concise statement on why it is good for the economy to spend taxpayer dollars on basic sciences research that will often not pay off, and when it does is generally a long time from now

According to MJ Boskin, former economic adviser on George HW Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers: Private markets invest too little in basic science,” he writes, “because private investors are unable to appropriate the returns. More at Project Syndicate At one … Continue reading

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Highly effective ways to promote the diffusion of good ideas

For fear that people who you disagree with will steal your ideas, make sure never to share ideas that you think are better.   (A question to be considered separately from questions of IP rights, patent rights, etc., which underlie … Continue reading

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If you don’t support a policy, find a way to sabotage it. Societal saboteurs in action #8743

Laughing at a system with the stupidity to help those who need a bridge to the next opportunity instead of a boot to help them on the way to the ground … as your worse case scenario outcome … … … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi compatibility with 20MHz to 20 GHz restriction

At high frequencies, electromagnetic waves do not pass readily through walls (until you get to super high frequencies, such as gamma ray), but are increasingly “ionizing”, which makes them more cancer-causing than lower frequencies, which leads to a need for … Continue reading

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Good reasons to get better advice: Ever heard of an Apple thing against Linux? Me neither

Better not be interested in Linux, or maybe Apple will come after you. But … wait a minute, that’s not very consistent with their court battles to not in any way whatsoever serve as an investigative arm of the state. … Continue reading

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