Monthly Archives: May 2013

Normalizing slower growth in China?

How will they ever manage, getting used to annual growth of just 7%, as implied by this article at the China Daily? It would be interesting to know official estimates for growth trajectories over the longer time frame as well.

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Training bees to locate land mines in Croatia

A Croatian farmer trains bees to locate land mines. Can this be applied to various types of land mines and combined with other methods for cheaper and/or more effective land mine clearing?

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Better off selling paper?

I got thinking this morning about how the following type of situation may impact development opportunities, particularly when business to business interactions are relevant. I saw that there was an offer of “Urgent” work for a French to English translation. … Continue reading

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Carbon taxes (taxing at source or point of consumption)

Given the last post, I may as well jot down some thoughts on the matter. Following the perspective apparent by Harper, that Canada has the option of pursuing a “screw the world for immediate Canadian gains” perspective … let’s imagine … Continue reading

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Tar sands (back of napkin total impact on CO2 in atmosphere)

Not quite back of the envelope, but some quick calculations. According to the most convenient sources I could locate online, we have some random facts about CO2: Carbon dioxide emissions per barrel of oil: 317kg (other source) Density of CO2 … Continue reading

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16 million Canadian public dollars for ads in America to push Keystone?

Is this really how we want our government spending our money? If face time between Harper and other foreign leaders can’t do the job, then how do they think we should let them get away with spending 16 million taxpayer … Continue reading

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Creating opportunity at 100% annual interest?

Sometimes cash or other capital and/or financial resources are so lacking that a loan at even 100% per annum can help many people climb over the hill, as suggested by the Mexican case of Banco Compartamos, reported in The Economist. I … Continue reading

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Palimpsest

I think I am developing a fuller appreciation of the significance of the word “palimpsest.” In the likelihood that you’ve never heard of this word before, I highly recommend looking it up and trying to be more aware of when … Continue reading

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None of my business but …

For those who leave an impoverished home far behind, but keep family close when it comes time to cutting the pie: help them pursue economic freedom by investing in their human capacity and/or a small business, giving them power to … Continue reading

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peopleS

The power of a hyperlink. peopleS by Nathan Weatherdon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Regarding the use of S, as in the case of peopleS: Any use whatsoever of an end-of-word capital S in the title or name of a … Continue reading

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