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Back to the future ... Memories of Soviet Czechoslovakia came flooding back From envelopes of cash to cigarettes: The hidden agenda of China's widespread bribery culture
Kate McClymont wins two Walkley Awards for Don Burke investigation - The Sydney Morning Herald
Daley deprives ASIC of much-needed spin guru
When I decided to record every time my phone or laptop contacted a server on the internet, I knew I'd get a lot of data, but I honestly didn't think it would reveal nearly 300,000 requests in a single week. So many apps and websites are simply impossible to use while also avoiding being tracked.
Brexit shows that idiots and incompetents are in charge in UK Irish Times. PlutoniumKun: “Not quite as good as the heading, but Chris Johns is a mainstream business journalist (British, not Irish), it’s not usual that writers like this use this type of language.”
Tucker Carlson backs Ocasio-Cortez on criticism of Amazon HQ2 incentives: ‘World’s richest man’ Bezos just got $2B from taxpayers The Hill
The intersection between crypto and prediction markets
Climbing Ladders Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. UserFriendly: “Weren’t we just hearing about super star firms that accounted for all of the wage gaps less than a year ago? Or is it just Germany vs the US?”
Both reasoning from behavioral-economic first principles, and my personal experience, people are at their most evil out of fear, not greed. Growth means there is less fear going around.That is from Vitalik Buterin, reviewing Stubborn Attachments on Twitter. And this:
I have a different take on “growth is good for harmony” (52-53). Arrow’s theorem doesn’t become more or less true if a conflict is between, say (+5, +1) vs (+1, +5) or (+2, -2) vs (-2, +2). Rather, the reason why the latter is more disharmonious is loss aversion.And:
Redistributing money to the rich (p88) is risky because the rich are not necessarily aligned with general population. Caring for old people (p91) is valuable not just for the sake of present individuals, but also as a commitment to future old people who are present-day workers.Here is my earlier Conversation with Vitalik Buterin. And here is Garett Jones’s tweet storm on the book
In November 1931 Churchill also published an article entitled ‘Fifty Years Hence’ in Maclean’s Magazine, in which he made some absurd predictions — that we would grow only those parts of chickens we wanted to eat, for example — but also some astonishingly accurate ones. ‘Wireless telephones and television…That is from the new and excellent Andrew Roberts, Churchill: Walking with Destiny. It is true of course that the fifty years prediction was off. Here is the Churchill essay
ABC News, 23 November 2018. Paperwork and taxes are no-one's favourite pastime, but there is evidence they are causing thousands of small businesses owners great distress, and some are not coping. But there is also evidence the tax office could itself be adding to small business stress, with owners feeling hounded by the ATO's constant payment reminders.
PhD students have notorious dropout rates and mental health risks, but is it worth it for a career in the public service? Verona Burgess on how far a doctorate gets you, and where you might end up.
What does commissioning mean in the public service space? The definition is broader than many think — and the aim shouldn’t always be to outsource the work.
When Australia's chief scientist road tested a few good dinner jokes and also shared a few handy ingredients for innovation, boiled down to the number of Wiggles.