Category Archives: Economics and science

This tag is generally used where insights from the natural sciences are used to guide economic tuition. Risky business, I know. I tend to like stuff from physics or evolution in this regard, but never in the social Darwinist sort of sense. My favourites here come when an old economic idea was motivated by a since-disproven theory in the natural sciences, but the corresponding economic idea was not referred to the waste bin as a result.

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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Theory: People who commit crimes committed crimes, not each and every individual who did not stop some particular crime

Trying to convince people that failing to stop a crime is itself some sort of guiltable offense, and thus to prevent them from speaking of the facts of some crime, constitutes blackmail. This angle is common to the “so sorry” … Continue reading

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Recovery from being a mind controlled programming automaton will be like taking a break from sex

That’s what it will be like if/when (exiting the program to brainwash people, etc., or anyways stopping doing that and a return to a more normal life), because then … somehow knowing about people’s motivations and reading some aspects of … Continue reading

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Introductory-level trading scenario, plus some additional comments, to explain the upside and downside risks of trade-war-inducing tariff levels proposed by the US president

Here’s a demand curve. 1 guy willing to pay $2, 1 guy willing to pay $2.25, 1 guy willing to pay $2.50, 1 guy willing to pay $2.75 and one guy willing to pay $3. It’s a line. International supply … Continue reading

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Good news for net neutrality in Canada. Following consistent and ongoing efforts by Open Media to ensure that the general public is well represented on this issue, another effort by internet service providers to transform consumers and content creators into … 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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Do Americans give a shit about the world?

As one of the only countries with high persistent of a relevant political force which denies global warming and promotes policies that would further it … what might one read out of this situation aside from the immediate observation that … 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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