• Archive for April, 2008

    A model of the global economy…

    by  • April 25, 2008 • The Global Picture • 2 Comments

    Suppose six castaways are stranded on a deserted island, five Asians and one American. Further, suppose that the castaways decide to divide the work load among them in the following manner: (for the purpose of simplicity, the only desire the castaways work to satisfy is hunger) one Asian is put in charge of hunting, an [...]

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    Pigs as insecticide

    by  • April 25, 2008 • Science • 0 Comments

    http://engineering.curiouscatblog.net/2008/04/20/pigs-instead-of-pesticides/ Apples drop from trees due to infestation. Pigs eat apples, preventing reproduction. You think monoculture farming might be really, really stupid? Like, clearly this is pretty much how the apple trees evolved to do this – drop the fruit when there’s a problem, and something will eat it. Fence off the apples, keep out [...]

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    Pan Yue on Eco-Socialism

    by  • April 24, 2008 • The Global Picture • 1 Comment

    PY: Actually, the Green Party does not represent eco-socialism. I study eco-socialism, but that is not to say I am in full support of it. It is too idealistic and lacks ways of solving actual problems, particularly for developing countries. However, it does provide political reference for China’s scientific view of development, and gives socialist [...]

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    The eight stages of genocide

    by  • April 23, 2008 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    1. Classification: At this stage, social groups are classified into “us versus them.” 2. Symbolization: At this stage, the classifications are symbolized. Groups are given names and other symbols (yellow stars, for example) and are required to wear them either by cultural tradition or laws. In Rwanda, Belgium began to issue identity cards (ID’s) around [...]

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    fixing Libertarianism – the Land Auction

    by  • April 23, 2008 • The Global Picture • 1 Comment

    The State, in its typical form, is nothing more than a protection racket for landowners. And that goes right back into the age of kings and barrons. UPDATE: I’m rederiving Geolibertarianism. Albeit with a much more elegant foundation than land taxes. (spits after word taxes.) The problem with Libertarianism is that it assumes that the [...]

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