10 March 2010

Speed blogging


  • Mencken: "The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic." Hear hear (...that, command and control folks?)

  • The federal deficit grows at the same rate as hard disk capacity (see figure). Coincidence? I think not!

  • "Open Source House is a non-profit organization that aims to provide better, more sustainable housing in low-income countries"

  • Yikebikes are made in Christchurch, NZ. They are personal electric bikes that fold down to the size of a briefcase. Neat!

  • Ocean acidification update: from bad to ugly.

  • Fleck has an excellent post on academics' inability to convey useful information to policy makers. (Trouble is that most academics won't read it, since they don't read blogs!)

Hattip to HZ

2 comments:

Josh said...

Re: The first comment, how again do you propose to enforce your ideas for groundwater monitoring and the simply-put "some water for free, pay for more?"

Perhaps Mencken would have thought a bit differently, had his child lost an arm in a sweatshop?

In a democratic system, government regulation isn't always bad. Sometimes, it's the only place people can go. In the U.S., there is a tradition of government protecting the minority position, the idea being that majority views rarely need protecting, especially in a democracy, and there exists the threat of the tyranny of the majority.

David Zetland said...

@Josh -- g/w is for ag/rural. Some for free is for urban prices. Different tools for different problems :)