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Apropos of nothing in particular...

Ignorance is excusable. Willful ignorance is not.

Asimov was spot on when he said:

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
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Who is Asimov, and what's he ever done for the dolphins?
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How the Economy really works

I've had a number of discussions of an economic nature with people recently. These are prompted by recent elections, Eurozone issues (Greece, and so on), shenanigans around National Deficit/debt and general political policies.

What is clear from these discussions is most people don't really have much of a clue about Economics beyond running their own household budget, and their arguments are almost entirely based on extrapolating and scaling-up household finances to a National level.

This is fundamentally incorrect. Government economics is substantially different to household finances.

But most people believe they are broadly similar.

It's this ignorance that leads to people believing (and quoting) asinine statements like "the trouble with socialism is that, sooner or later, you run out of other people's money".

The real trouble is, unless you have studied or researched Economics, how you believe it works is almost certainly wrong. And the general public ignorance on the subject is reinforced because politicians (of all colours) and their pet news outlets, make statements about the economy which are deceptive or even untrue, but which play to the general public's incorrect perceptions and lack of understanding of the subject. Whether this is ignorance or deliberate manipulation is debatable.

A colleague sent me a link to this useful video which helps explain in a fairly short, digestible, and apolitical summary just what National Deficit is, and how monetary systems and Government spending really works.

Of course, there are those too steeped in political agendas to be rational, and who won't even try to understand this fully, or who will attempt to spin this to suit their agenda. These willfully-ignorant folks may be tempted to post hateful or politically motivated comments. Please understand that I will delete them!

Otherwise discussion is encouraged.

The video is US centric, but is valid for all sovereign currencies. It touches on, but doesn't fully explain, the Eurozone problems and other Economic issues, but it's a good starting point for further investigation.

(Thanks to +Martin Powell​​​​ for the original link)
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I think the rise of the robots is overstated, but I agree that it is an issue and we need to deal with it in ways that don't villify those that cannot get jobs as we currently do.

I also think it is an opportunity to improve our lives if we can work less and maintain the same standard of living, or maybe better.

In the past, increasing automation has led to increased leisure time for workers, although that trend stopped around the 1980s, and recently there has been a small decline, but maybe we are due a correction.

http://www.vox.com/2015/7/27/9038829/automation-myth

I think the basic guaranteed income is a very interesting idea, and in places where they did small-scale trials it in the past it has worked very well.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MINCOME
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omitara

What is not clear is how the wider economy would be affected by such a system if rolled out across the country.

Switzerland and Utrecht, in The Netherlands, are reported to be interested in guaranteed income schemes, so I guess we may see.
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So, are G+ also blacklisting https://stopfasttrack.com/ ?
 
Anti-#TPP Website Being Blacklisted - http://yro.slashdot.org/story/15/06/06/163238/anti-tpp-website-being-blacklisted shame on @twitter, @facebook et al.
so.dan writes: The CTO of Fight for the Future — the non-profit activism group behind Battle for the Net, Blackout Congress, and Stop Fast Track — Jeff Lyon, is seeking advice regarding a problem with facing the website they created — stopfasttrack.com — to fight the secret T...
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I think this is very interesting. It's unfortunate that we have to fight to keep these secret agreements from coming to fruitition. It's also sad that some people will play the dirty games that we do. Even though I am a supporter I would be afraid to put my phone # on this site. 
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A poll if anyone is interested.
 
Go Ahead, Tell 'em it's not dead yet.

via +Steve Kunzer 
Google+ is, at the time of writing, still a thing, but its future is far from assured. Unless there's a huge wave of interest, Google+ may not be long for this world. Or perhaps I'm just being pessimistic, and actually people are still interested in Google's social network. There's only one way to find out……
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I'm beginning to see G+ as a great filter, exposing published crazy news about nuclear power revivals, 540 million active G+ users, and driverless cars on the streets of Huddersfield.
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So Greenpeace are banned from placing an advert stating the truth (that most experts agree that fracking won't reduce energy bills) because it's an inconvenient truth for the Government (or, rather, it's inconvenient for the ministers who happen to be funded by, or plan to get highly-paid "consulting" jobs in the oil and gas industry).
Greenpeace UK has dismissed as ‘baseless, biased, and bonkers’ a decision by the advertising watchdog to ban an anti-fracking ad on the basis that David Cameron would disagree with it.
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Maybe we don't need to hit that 80% electric cars target?
http://ecosalon.com/25-percent-of-cars-cause-90-percent-of-air-pollution-study-finds/
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The new G+ Collections looks like an interesting approach to curating content aimed at different audiences.

However, what it may mean is that more posts will be less visible than before.

Whilst this is A Good Thing (TM) for users, the industry echo chamber that likes to pretend to be "Journalists" will use it as another piece of evidence in their idiotic "Ghost town" narrative.
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Heh. No worries +M Sinclair Stevens​​. I don't necessarily want to unsubscribe from their collections.
As an eg.. The person who I'm thinking of is my Facebook (or how I imagine FB to be) kind of feed. Lots of random and sometimes interesting reshares. But they post about 20 times a day. They've started to create some arty Gif collections, I actually like the collections. But now those collections have taken priority over their normal posts. The only way that could be fixed would be if they categorised all their posts into collections that I could pick and choose. 
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Tomorrow is caturday :D
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A visit to the 2012 Olympic Park.
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Unfortunately the mic on my Nexus 5 is fooked owing to it having been dropped one time to many.
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You spoke. We listened. 
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Not even a hint of corruption here, eh?

No wonder the NHS finances are a problem.
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Corruption?? In the public sector? Perish the thought!!
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A lovely little pub. Reasonable beer, friendly staff, and real fires on colder days, but the food and atmosphere isn't as good as it was a few years ago.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
I know this is just a KFC but we have just had awesome service from Monia.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Easily the best coffee in Reading and, perhaps, in the area. Nowhere else have I seen staff that take such care over the making of a coffee, and the results are amazing. They also make a lot of their own food, including fantastic brownies, blondies (made with white chocolate) and utterly amazing granola bars.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We were alerted to this little gem of a tavern by another guest in the hotel we were staying in. It's slightly shabby, but very atmospheric decor and aspect (it's in a basement, down a narrow set of stairs between two shops) may seem a little intimidating, but the welcome was warm and genuine. They serve excellent local beers and basic, but high-quality local food and, of course, absinthe. The clientèle are a mixture of what appear to be regular locals and travellers and visitors, but the place doesn't have an ounce of pretension about it. Highly recommended!
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Food: Very GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Great and constantly updating range of real ales which normally include some local ones. Updated Dec 2013: Back again for a family meal. The Castle never disappoints. Great food, fantastic beer and attentive staff. This place still deserves the 5 stars originally awarded.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Average food at fairly standard prices for this sort of fare, but the service was pretty dreadful with the staff ignoring us at one point and we had to go and ask for the menu. The "unlimited" fries went inedibly hard as they cooled down and it was hard to imagine the circumstance where anyone would actually eat a full dishful yet alone ask for more. Decor was OK but everyone in our party felt the theming was very odd, being a mixture between American Rock culture and Middle Eastern.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
In most ways this is a typical Starbucks. What makes this stand out from the crowd and makes me choose this branch over any of the other coffee shops in Chippenham is the staff. A more friendly, honestly cheerful, and helpful bunch you will be hard pushed to find anywhere else. These guys and girls knew my name 2yrs ago, we'll before the latest "tell us your name" policy was introduced. Visiting this branch isn't just about getting a coffee and a muffin; its more like catching up with old friends.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago