Something to get excited about.
Nissan is preparing to have a self driving cars for sale by 2020. They made the first commercially available electric car, the Nissan Leaf. Perhaps the Nissan Selfie will be able to solve the Leaf’s major problem by driving itself to a charging station while you’re at work.
A look at why economics is not really a science, but rather an art with scientific aims.
The essential premise is that economics predictive power has not improved over time and therefore it fails the test as a science.
NYTimes: What Is Economics Good For?
Interesting look at behavior related to charitable giving and tax deductions.
As the author states, the tax exemption doesn’t encourage charitable giving. A healthy economy encourages charitable giving.
So why do we need the exemption?
NYTimes: The Charitable Deduction, Continued
Rest assured that the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane is full of energy.
NYTimes: Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell
Despite the reach to connect the environment in the Mid West states to the politics in the Middle East, this article addresses an interesting idea for large scale environmentally sustainable agriculture.
NYTimes: Kansas and Al Qaeda
This article is finger pointing at its best. The problem that result from cheap labor and unsafe factories is always someone else’s fault.
The last sentence lays the blame on consumers. They won’t accept higher prices, the finger pointer says.
If that were true housing wouldn’t be as ridiculously over priced as it is.
This is not a case of consumers forcing impoverished Bangladeshis to work in unsafe factories. This is a case of Big Business distancing itself from any responsibility to and for its workers.
If the garment workers aren’t the retailer’s employees, even though the retailers are paying for their work who should and who will look out for the safety and well being of the employees?
People who think Big Business and ‘The Market’ can be left to do the right tjing are deluding themselves.
Nobody really wants bigger governement, but who else is going to take workplace safety seriously?
Not the fingerpointers.
NYTimes: Linking Factories to the Malls, Middleman Pushes Low Costs
Ridiculous, just ridiculous. This article supposes that Washington is gridlocked because our representatives can’t face the glare of transparency; that they are afraid to compromise because their constituents will see what they are up to. Also, they can’t get anything done with out pork barrel projects and special interest earmarks to lube ’em up.
Speaker of the House John Boehner implemented a ban on earmarks — federal funding for pet projects of lawmakers — when Republicans took the House of Representatives in 2011 as part of a push toward transparency and fiscal responsibility.
Sounds good. Let projects be funded on their merits, not as political favors.
But many have argued that the pork barrel spending served to grease the legislative wheels on Capitol Hill — and blame their absence for contributing to Washington’s legislative stalemate.
In summary, politicians can’t get things done with citizens looking over their shoulder, and they have no incentive to do their jobs (for which they are paid salaries) without a system, which is effectually bribery, to “grease the wheels”.
Campaign finance reform (extreme reform)
Citizen politicians not career politicians.