Waylaid Dialectic

May 23, 2010


Filed under: Random Musings — terence @ 10:45 am
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Christoper Hitchens: the world’s most eloquent pub bore?

When the sartorial lends itself to the satirical from Aidwatch. There are times when looking good makes you look real bad.

Paul Krugman has a graph for people – like NZ’s treasury, and current government – who take it as axiomatic that cutting the top marginal tax rate leads to better economic outcomes.

Professor Krugman also has a nice explanation of why regulation isn’t inevitably subject to the capture of vested interests:

So why does regulation work? If polluters can buy off the system ex post, after a disaster, why don’t they manage to totally corrupt regulation ex ante?… But one thing we tend to forget in this age of Reagan is the importance and virtues of a dedicated bureaucracy: when you have professional government agencies with a job to do, and treat them with respect, that job often gets done.


And finally Owen is running a series of tech tips for development workers. Within minutes of reading episode one the sound on my trusty burrolaptop started working again. Seriously.



  1. I’d guess the resurrection of your laptop sound may be a coincidence … 🙂

    Comment by Owen Barder — May 24, 2010 @ 1:47 am

  2. Can’t rule that out…the real pity is that I didn’t think to set up some sort of RCT before I switched my computer on yesterday morning 🙂

    Comment by terence — May 24, 2010 @ 9:40 am

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