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The State Government In Sacramento: Where California Sports Teams Have A Home-Field Advantage

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 1, 2019

I’ve always respected Steve Ballmer.

Not only does he have a head for business (he went from making $50,000 a year as an assistant at Microsoft to becoming one of the richest people in America), but his heart goes out to the less fortunate (his Ballmer Group philanthropy aims to help impoverished children and families escape poverty).

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Agencies Prep For Climate Change Despite Hostility From Trump

quoting Alice Hillvia U.S. News & World Report
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Career officials in federal agencies prepare for the dangers of climate change despite a boss who doesn’t believe it.

Analysis and Commentary

Shoshana Zuboff On Surveillance Capitalism

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 29, 2019

Shoshana Zuboff of Harvard University talks about her book Surveillance Capitalism with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Zuboff argues that the monetization of search engines and social networks by Google, Facebook, and other large tech firms threatens privacy and democracy.

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George Gilder On The Real-Life Prospects — And Limits — Of AI

with Peter M. Robinsonvia Mind Matters News
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Recently, tech philosopher George Gilder, who is organizing COSM 2019 (Bellevue, Washington, October 23–25) on the future of artificial intelligence, sat down with Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution to talk about how AI can help us to a better future, not a worse one.
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In The Worldwide Information War, A Nerd’s Got To Do What A Nerd’s Got To Do

quoting Alex Stamosvia Medium
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, recently invited Alex Stamos, former chief security officer of Facebook, into his San Francisco home to discuss a shared passion — fighting against internet abuse and disinformation.


A FaceApp For The Federal Budget

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Over the last month, social media accounts have been filled with wrinkles and gray hair. With the help of the mobile app FaceApp, people are fast-forwarding the aging process to see what they might look like years from now.

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The Libertarian: The Moon — 50 Years On

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, July 25, 2019

What can Apollo 11 teach us about what government can (and can’t) do.

Analysis and Commentary

Notes From A Nameless Conference

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Martin Gurri at the fifth wave writes a very intresting "notes from a nameless conference." (HT Marginal Revolution). A few choice quotes, but do read the whole thing.

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Let’s Pay Every American To Reduce Emissions

cited George P. Shultzvia Politico
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

As alarm over climate change rises, the idea of a “Green New Deal” is growing in popularity, including among candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. But most of the candidates have been notably skittish about discussing a price on carbon, the climate policy widely advocated by economists as the best way to encourage the investment, innovation, and infrastructure needed for a transition to clean energy.

Everything Is F***d

by John H. Cochrane
Monday, July 22, 2019

The most hilarious course syllabus I've seen in a while, from Professor Sanjay Srivastava at the University of Oregon.


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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

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