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NL but not to the US. Protectionist Fail.
- Amartya Sen puts some perspective on global warming, i.e., how shall we consider the plight of the poor who do not even have access to energy (or water)?
- I've said for years that US governance is troubled because a hetergeneous (decentralized) culture is being managed by a homogenizing (centralized) system. Francis Fukuyama says something similar in this essay, with WAY more theoretical and historical context. Bad news: "the decay of American politics will probably continue until some external shock comes along to catalyze a true reform coalition and galvanize it into action." Slightly related: US government raises fee for renouncing citizenship by 400+ percent, citing "excess demand" from soon-to-be ex-Americans
- No duh: Australia's carbon emissions rise for the first time in 8 years as its government dumps its carbon tax and renewable program in favor of Big Coal. A terrible blow for efforts to coordinate carbon reductions
- Yes, we should study history... if only to know how unpredictable history turns out to be. (I'd predict that Putin will turn out to be a huge failure -- like Chavez -- for his people. I'm wondering how climate change will affect different countries. I fear a future in which militarized police and feckless spies dominate the US.)
- UNC Chapel Hill adds more statistics to student transcripts, to help readers understand the difference between the easy A and tough A classes. This is a useful step towards a measuring system I'd prefer -- "curve grading" for every class -- that reduces the impact of "professor and major bias" on grades and focuses on relative student performance. Is this system "fair" for students taking art or chemistry? I think yes, because you want students to get degrees in the subjects they master, not degrees in which everyone gets an A and nobody is pushed to achieve