Category Archives: Development

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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Corruption Perceptions Index, the presence of non-zero corruption in Canadian corruption, and questions of why mountains would be made of such molehills

Many people have previously heard of the Corruption Perceptions Index. It is produced annually by Transparency International. Canada ranks 9th on the index, after 1) Denmark, 1) New Zealand, 3) Finland, 4) Sweden, 5) Switzerland, 6) Norway, 7) Singapore, 8) … Continue reading

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When “I told you so” is the last thing you want to be warranted in saying

A site from Russian hackers is live streaming thousands of hacked video surveillance devices, live online. These hacked video surveillance devices are in Canada. More here.   Video surveillance, if any, should be closed circuit and extractbale for reviewing only … Continue reading

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Foot-in-mouth disease as a cause of economic stagnation?

Technological progress is too focused on proliferation of methods to put other people’s feet in their respective mouths (foot-in-mouth disease) and not focused enough on constructive things. What’s “constructive”? I dunno, not mastering the art of how to stick other people’s feet in … Continue reading

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Quartz Africa points to a fetishization of innovation and entrepreneurship

In practice, what this seems to mean is effort to get inexperienced and poorly educated youth to start businesses, as opposed to supporting their skills and business development within nascent business run by those with more experience. For practical purposes, … Continue reading

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One of a million ways to not get stuck at 90% completion on a project

One of a million ways to not get stuck at 90% completion on a project, at NYT.

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Words with lifting

Promoting meritocracy is critical for strengthening the quality of public administration, which in turn will reduce corruption and incompetence, both of which are costly for growth and prosperity.

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