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I remember meeting one self-described libertarian who took the view that people who couldn't earn enough money to eat and didn't have any savings should quietly starve to death. While most libertarians say they don't agree with him, few vehemently make the opposite position, that preventing death by starvation is a legitimate use of state power, which rather tends me to believe that they agree with him but don't dare say so. This tends to put me off.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2015 on Hating libertarians at Stumbling and Mumbling
I wish you could find a pronunciation of Vendée that was a bit closer to the French than what you currently use. I do appreciate that the nasal "nd" is very difficult, but even the first syllable of "vending" (as in vending machine) would be a lot closer than how you currently say it.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2015 on 3.33- The Geography of Terror at Revolutions
c. 20 minutes in, "the final version of the convention approved by the convention" should presumably be "the final version of the constitution approved by the convention"
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on 3.31- The Man of Blood Part Deux at Revolutions
My answer would be simple: read London Reconnections.
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2015 on London and Dublin: open to ideas at Human Transit
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Labour has regularly won elections by a big enough margin that losing the Scottish MPs would not reverse the result.
Could the Peshmerga take Mosul?
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2014 on Glad to be wrong at The Power and the Money
Larry, it's not a job people want, but a salary. Most people can't imagine getting paid without working - but try asking "would you rather have a job or win the lottery?" and you'll soon see.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2013 on Are jobs a cost? at Stumbling and Mumbling
Gmail uses STARTTLS where available to deliver email inside SMTP, so even that traffic is encrypted. Certainly Gmail-to-Gmail email is encrypted on the wire.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2012 on Make Your Email Hacker Proof at Coding Horror
In the context of your point 1, there is also an agent/owner issue. The director of the company has much higher upside incentives than downside ones - the worst than can happen on the downside is that he loses his job and his reputation is damaged enough that he can't find a new one. That's not exactly wiping him out, where a company that suffers as a result of this big downside can be badly damaged (e.g. BP) or even completely wiped out (Lehman Brothers). Aligning the incentives better between the owner and the agent is a long-standing problem in modern capitalism, but I don't think you have a solution either.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2010 on Tail risk & incentives at Stumbling and Mumbling
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