28 October 2014

Anything but water

These threats are unlikely to kill you
  1. The "clean coal era begins" with a carbon capture and sequestration project in Canada. I see this as a greenwashing excuse to keep buring coal, and I doubt that it will (1) ever capture enough to retard the onset of climate change or (2) work "forever" as required

  2. Americans worry about Ebola and ISIS due to their failure to grasp basic statistics? The real threats are guns (3), traffic accidents (2), and heart disease (1). Related: The UK Independence Party takes advantage (and promotes) innumeracy so that frightened citizens vote against a flood of muslims stealing welfare (lies x3)

  3. Judges for sale in the US? Why not? Corporations are people and money is free speech (reminds me of this Grisham book, based on fact)

  4. Crony capitalists in Tunisia got monopoly profits and paid lower taxes. That corruption suggests a solution for Tunisia's future as well as a way of defeating terrorists:
    The Arab world’s informal economy includes vast numbers of potential Islamic State recruits—and where they go, so goes the region. It is widely known that the Arab Spring was sparked by the self-immolation in 2011 of Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old Tunisian street merchant. But few have asked why Bouazizi felt driven to kill himself—or why, within 60 days, at least 63 more men and women in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Egypt also set themselves on fire, sending millions into the streets, toppling four regimes and leading us to today’s turmoil in the Arab world.
    These suicides, we found, weren’t pleas for political or religious rights or for higher wage subsidies, as some have argued. Bouazizi and the others who burned themselves were extralegal entrepreneurs: builders, contractors, caterers, small vendors and the like. In their dying statements, none referred to religion or politics. Most of those who survived their burns and agreed to be interviewed spoke to us of “economic exclusion.” Their great objective was “ras el mel” (Arabic for “capital”), and their despair and indignation sprang from the arbitrary expropriation of what little capital they had. Bouazizi’s plight as a small entrepreneur could stand in for the frustrations that millions of Arabs still face.
  5. How do you build a successful startup? "(1) Learn a lot about things that matter and then (2) work on problems that interest you (3) with people you like and respect." (0) Read this insightful essay
H/T to RM

1 comment:

  1. re 2: If we traded statistics for calculus in high school math curriculum, imagine how beautiful the world would be.


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