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Repeatedly down the years we hear China and Germany claim the moral high ground: "Why doesn't everyone live within their means and export more than they import, like us". When people point out that this is totally moronic, they go quiet for a while. But they don't change what their doing. And then they say it again.
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Germany and China continue to demand the right to export more than they import. How do they do that? Obviously there must be more money coming in than going out. This has to be balanced by money going out that does not have a...
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These sort of problems are avoided if countries (and their subsidiary provinces and local governments) only borrow in their own currency: that they can create out of thin air in an emergency. When governments bet against themselves by borrowing other currencies they set themselves up for a financial crisis. Of course Greece's problem is that they don't have their own currency, a problem they need to fix ASAP.
http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/6/30/european-crisis/its-lose-lose-greece
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The game of Contract Bridge handles all 3rd gender and similar problems effortlessly, and I think it merits universal adoption: There are 2 competitions: Open and Women. In the Open everybody is welcome (and many women prefer to play there). It is appropriate for there to be a Women's stream, because in every endeavour women commonly have disadvantages stemming directly or indirectly from carrying around a lot of baby-making and baby-support capabilities, and from the effort they need to make to get together the time, resources and support to safely produce and raise kids. For competitive sports women are smaller on average and need to carry more fat. But for fairness those with many male physical attributes need to stay in the open competitions, and we need make sure they are welcome there.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33062241
When tennis player Renee Richards won the right to compete as a woman in the 1977 US Open it was a landmark ruling for US transgender rights.
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Love this picture. Let's save the environment. First we kick the people off the land. Then make it perfectly flat and kill off all annoying plant and animal life. Then cover the land with solar cells. Way to go.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33143176
China should be given more credit for its investment in clean electricity, the head of the International Energy Agency says.
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$1.5 billion for new nuclear sounds like a lot but for those like me who think it is the only hope, it is way too small. It is interesting to compare the US with China. In the US lots of folk battle each other with too little funding. In China, as in the former Soviet Union, some ideas get lots of funding, but there is too little competitive pressure and too little exploration of the landscape of possibilities. The US usually wins.
http://www.thirdway.org/report/the-advanced-nuclear-industry
A new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and investors are working to commercialize innovative and advanced nuclear reactors.
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My comment on the "science of homosexuality" article from The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/african-scientists-recognise-that-diverse-sexuality-is-the-norm-43050.
The "spandrel" theory of homosexuality espoused in https://theconversation.com/african-scientists-recognise-that-diverse-sexuality-is-the-norm-43050 makes little sense. The claim that it is similar to sickle-cell anaemia gene...
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The trouble with g+ collections is that things don't easily fall into simple categories.

 I used to doubt the practicality of Nick Szabo's ideas, and then along came bitcoin. These slides are a quick intro.
http://w-uh.com/download/WECSmartContracts.pdf
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This might have some interest beyond Wombat affecionados: http://wombatlang.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/wombat-and-mathematics.html
I was disappointed at the somewhat downbeat tone of Mike Shulman in https://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2015/06/whats_so_hott_about_formalizat.html#c049290. I had thought HoTT/UF was going to solve all our problems. Tryi...
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Nick Szabo makes a partial claim to authorship of the blockchain concept. 
https://twitter.com/NickSzabo4/status/611976955609518080
The situation with regard to Internet and computer security is dire, with governments everywhere determined to undermine them. While many of the people involved in this have good but misguided motives, the winners will surely be the would-be oligarchs. A good and relatively safe starting point to confront this is improving authentication, and blockchain-related ideas seem likely to be an important tool for that. Yes governments are just as interested in faking authentication as in breaking encryption, but that is a harder sell to the regrettably gullible public.
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I like that they tell us what they've controlled for.

"Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."
Eating half a handful of nuts or peanuts every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, a Dutch study suggests.
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Seems that monocytes decide what they're going to do before they leave the bone marrow, based on information they get from the gut. It makes sense that the body tries to analyse what's coming in the gut very early, at the top. And we know that type 2 diabetes can be cured by bypassing the top part of the gut. So it seems obvious that the diabetes problem is related to bad signals emanating from the top of the gut. Just guessing.
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/635367
An unexpected finding by an international team of scientists based at The University of Manchester and National Institutes of Health in America has shed new light on how immune cells are programmed to either repair or protect the body.
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Recently on The Conversation, Baden Eunson argued that the current uses of “hopefully”, “literally” and “begs the question” were prime examp

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There are a few key pieces of grammatical knowledge that can make an immediate difference to the quality of children’s reading and writing.

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Excellent report, Lenka. I would only add that having the “label” on irradiated foods causes anxiety in the radiophobic demographic, which i

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Tom Wigley: Why nuclear power may be the only way to avoid geoengineering
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Next Section Abstract In this interview, climate scientist Tom Wigley says that waiting to take significant action on climate change makes i

How we know so much about asteroids…#ARKYD
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We know more about asteroids, than the Earth beneath our feet.

Modeling Financial Instability
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This paper will be published in a forthcoming book on the crisis edited by Malliaris, Shaw and Shefrin. In what follows, I derive a correcte

"Energy in Australia" book
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Graham Palmer, a regular BNC community member, has published a new book. It is titled "Energy in Australia: Peak Oil, Solar Power, and Asia'

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OPUS 500: A retrospective
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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) (which includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease [CD]) emerged and dramatically increased in the

The Venn Diagram of Christmas Traditions
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I love Christmas. I love everything about it, apart perhaps from the predictable fundamental Christians bleating on about the so called War

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