Monthly Archives: June 2017

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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Blackmail hunting should be an explicit crime. This is not at all the same as journalism or whistleblowing or any other type of non-blackmail activity.

Distinctions between criminal blackmail and journalism Intent: Journalism: Obtain information that would be of interest to the public, and then make money writing things that it is believed the public should know about Blackmail: Obtain information (whether involving embarrassing, criminal, … Continue reading

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The value of a leadership with independent authorities that goes deeper than Mr T

In response to the potential that Trump will basically not make use of diplomatic apparatus, which tends to be much cheaper than bombs in both the short run and long run in most matters of foreign affairs, key figures in … Continue reading

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Some Indians seem to have been persuaded to buy this line

(Among the extremely diverse traditions of the soon-to-be-most-populous nation on the planet) There were some fertility cults in India back in the day (perhaps including of the type that would dance around ceremoniously and then have a group orgy), and … Continue reading

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Any back any stab blackmail culture of 2017

In 2017, people do not want to give their name to a stranger. In 2017, people do not want to tell a stranger even which part of town they live in until relatively assured that you are not an adherent … Continue reading

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Thoughts relating to perspectives on “flexible labour” as pertains to freelancers / contractors / self-employed

What share of independent professionals would turn down a guaranteed 40 hour work week at 80% of the pay per unit output? The benefits of flexible labour supply should not be ignored, and potential lifestyle aspects will appeal to some. … Continue reading

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What does “responsible, no-nonsense journalism; coverage that can’t be bullied” mean?

What does it mean when NPR (public radio in the US) is promoting itself with statements like “responsible, no-nonsense journalism; coverage that can’t be bullied”?  

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It would be an absurdity if it were a crime to “threaten” to seek legal recourse

It is not a crime to want to do something to stop or prevent an illegal activity (unless it is).   Twice, involving Canadians of European heritage, I’ve had approximately the following situation lead to problems where a false representation … Continue reading

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Information that more Canadian citizens need to know

1) You can’t just claim to feel threatened as an excuse to have the police come and drag off a roommate that you initiated a verbal disagreement with and persist in continuing with. 2) Filing a false report is a … 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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