Category Archives: Economics, social and commercial policy

By social policy, I generally mean transfer and tax policies for individuals and families, as well as various regulations that influence their economic decisions (or scope of functionings and sphere of political possibilities). Trade policy is trade policy, which will involve lots of game theory from political science for the international negotiation side of things. Classical structures from economic theory generally provide a good baseline that can be the basis of discussion of externalities and other market imperfections. Some more technical stuff might creep in here.

Earning some extra cash in 1997 vs. 2017

1997 process to earn some extra cash. Sign up with temp agency for … whatever … some work. Start work within the day or week. Alternatively, print off a few CVs, go for a walk, literally just walk into any … Continue reading

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Would you put the same toll operator in charge of both the roads and who may be visited via their use?

Bell wants the right to block websites in the absence of legal process, putting the onus on startup website operators to take on the largest media corporation in the country to defend their legal and fair use of materials, as … Continue reading

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CIA and NSA funding seeded Google founders first research in that direction

This article outlines an interesting but generally unknown detail at the origins of Google, namely that CIA and NSA funding was at the origins of first research leading towards Google, via university research grants. It also addresses how this made … Continue reading

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How your local cause stalking interest group (e.g., Nazis, anti-Nazis, mysogynists, feminists, socialists, anti-socialists, capitalists, anti-capitalists, etc.) could use off-the-shelf drone hardware to assassinate you using facial recognition

Drones can now be readily outfitted with facial recognition technologies for assassination purposes, as demonstrated by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who believe that the general public and also defense policymakers are insufficiently aware of the risk.   What … Continue reading

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Sticks, for trade and human rights: Why not tariffs?

Tariffs as a means of influencing standards involved in production processes are 1) difficult to define and also difficult to implement, 2) reduce ties and increase probability of any given issue leading towards heightened conflict or even war and 3) … Continue reading

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Guide for “Fair Use” (USA) in non-fiction

For practical purposes, “Fair Use” in Canada is much more empowering than in the US, in part due to a Supreme Court ruling that educational uses (e.g., not for profit) should be interpreted in the most liberal manner possible. For those … Continue reading

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Does marijuana legalization CAUSE reduced overdose deaths? If so, here’s one way how.

Item #3 in a Cato Institute video mentions evidence that overdose rates are declining in states (USA) where marijuana is legal, with little other interpretation evident than this: availability of marijuana reduces the number of people who are introduced to … Continue reading

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100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution

I’m not convinced that regimes under Stalin or Mao would have been particularly less murderous under some form of capitalism (whether state capitalism, monopolistic capitalist, or other), or that any system birthed by revolutions against Czarist Russia or pre-revolutionary China … Continue reading

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Economic costs of sleep deprivation

Quartz follows up on linking to a NY Times article on sleep deprivation with the following basic facts: 7: Minimum hours of sleep you need to not be “sleep deprived.” $680 billion: GDP lost to sleep deprivation each year in … Continue reading

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Sovietesque: Willingness to turn in or slander any one any time for any true/untrue and/or known/unknown reason(s)

Sovietesque: A term which enables to speak of certain realities without having to face the inordinately internal and domestic nature of certain practices of the present day which are fundamentally similar to practices claimed of Soviets presumed by at least … Continue reading

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