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How to tell if your children's teacher is any good with some simple maths.
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http://www.economist.com/node/21560536 "As “debtors in possession”—entities that have filed for bankruptcy yet retain their assets—bust dioceses have an obligation to enlarge their assets to satisfy their creditors. On the contrary, “we have seen a consistent tactic of Catholic bishops to shrink the size of their assets, which is not only wrong morally but in violation of state and federal law,” says Ken Brown of Pachulski Stang, a California law firm that has represented creditors in eight of the ten Catholic bankruptcy cases.

In a particularly striking example, the diocese of San Diego listed the value of a whole city block in downtown San Diego at $40,000, the price at which it had been acquired in the 1940s, rather than trying to estimate the current market value, as required. Worse, it altered the forms in which assets had to be listed. The judge in the case, Louise Adler, was so vexed by this and other shenanigans on the part of the diocese that she ordered a special investigation into church finances which was led by Todd Neilson, a former FBI agent and renowned forensic accountant. The diocese ended up settling its sexual-abuse cases for almost $200m. If it had not done so, the bankruptcy would have been thrown out of court and the bishop and chancellor of the diocese and its lawyers might have faced contempt charges."
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A bug in Deep Blue caused it to pick a random move against Kasparov, moving a rook for no apparent purpose. "Kasparov concluded that the counterintuitive play must be a sign of superior intelligence. He had never considered that it was simply a bug."
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"The year is 2065...The ultraviolet (UV) radiation falling on mid-latitude cities like Washington, D.C., is strong enough to cause sunburn in just five minutes." I wondered what had happened to the ozone hole I heard so much about as a kid. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldWithoutOzone/page1.php Next up: what ever happened to acid rain?
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"Overwhelmingly government transfer programs help children who are innocent of any mistakes made by their parents" http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/08/bill_dickens_re.html
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Looks like overall taxes in Australia are near a 20-year low.
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I didn't realise that, by law, all councils in NSW have to charge the same property tax rate. Interesting. I wonder what the arguments in favor of that are? It seems like the kind of thing that would be better off in the hands of the (elected) councils who could vary it for the local needs.
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It's not? It looked like it was from that page. What's the difference?
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Since December 1997 or so, the house prices in Australia has grown much faster than construction costs. The Economics Group of the Housing Industry Association says that restrictions on land supply have been responsible for this rapid increase in land prices.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia says that (obviously) "undersupply creates inflationary pressure in the land market".

92% of all negative gearing goes toward the purchase of existing buildings, so the stated goal of the program, creating an incentive to increase the supply of new building stock, has failed. The Henry Tax Review, The Reserve Bank, and the Senate Housing Affordability report have all said it should be abolished.

Australian stamp duties are 2x the OECD average. Australian states receive 12% of their total revenue from the stamp duty. (~$12 billion.)
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    Math/Computer Science, 1993 - 1997
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Oral Contraceptives Ought to be Prescribed in Yearly Quantities
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Giving women prescriptions annually rather than monthly has considerable benefits and very little risk.