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Bitcoin Is Only Good For Crooks, Say Four Nobel Prize-Winning Economists

quoting Thomas J. Sargentvia Inquisitr
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bitcoin is a scam that’s only good for criminals. That’s what Four Nobel Prize winners in economics said about the top cryptocurrency by market cap. Nobel laureates James Heckman (2000), Thomas Sargent (2011), Angus Deaton (2015), and Oliver Hart (2016) expressed collective skepticism when asked about bitcoin at a UBS panel discussion this week.

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How Amazon Built Profit Growth In The Cloud

quoting Jamil Jaffervia Bloomberg
Friday, April 27, 2018

Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Shira Ovide, Bloomberg Intelligence's Anurag Rana, and Jamil Jaffer, founder of National Security Institute at George Mason Law, discuss Inc.'s stake in cloud technology. They speak on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas." 


EPA, The Nature Of Regulation, And Democracy

by John H. Cochrane featuring Richard A. Epsteinvia Grumpy Economist
Saturday, April 28, 2018

My Hoover colleague Richard Epstein posted a revealing essay on the nature of environmental regulation last week, with environmental regulation as a particular example. The contrast with "Environmental Laws Under Siege: Here is why we have them" in New York Times and the New Yorker's Scott Pruitt's Dirty Politics is instructive.

Analysis and Commentary

The Benefits Of Genetically Modified Organisms

by Therese Liechtenstein , Henry I. Millervia GeoPolitical Intelligence Services
Friday, April 27, 2018

The issue of so-called “genetically modified organisms,” or GMOs, is frequently in the news and the subject of controversy. Perhaps pseudo-controversy is a better term, because much of the criticism is gratuitous and ill-informed.

Analysis and Commentary

Viewpoint: Examining The Science Denial Behind IFOAM—Organics International

by Henry I. Miller, Drew L. Kershenvia Genetic Literacy Project
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The true-believers in organic agriculture, such as the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM—Organics International), are as deluded as those who deny the value of vaccines and, like them, have the potential to inflict tremendous harm.


The Future Of Tech Policy

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The far-reaching social, political, and economic risks posed by Big Tech have finally prompted a more concerted response from policymakers and regulators. As they consider how to manage disruption without stifling innovation, five issues will loom large.

In the News

Fox, Reason, Capitol Hill, And More Outreach Last Week

quoting Henry I. Millervia American Council on Science and Health
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Henry Miller, MD, and Alex Berezow, PhD, note the uncomfortable truth a whole lot of people attending science march did not want to admit before the second science march - it was first about being against Trump, second about being against Pruitt, third about being against Republicans, and finally about being for the science issues Democrats accept more readily than Republicans. So a whole lot of signs, a whole lot of anti-science environmental groups sponsoring stuff, and hardly a mention of agriculture (except organic food), medicine (except the alternatives to medicine) and no mention at all of energy.

Analysis and Commentary

Earth Day: More About Hurling Tomatoes Than Planting Them

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia American Greatness
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Earth Day has changed a lot since its inception in 1970, and not for the better. In the spirit of the time, it started as a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, idealistic experience. Attendees were prototypic tree-huggers.

Analysis and Commentary

The Internet Is The New Wheel Of Fortune

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 23, 2018

I am not prone to anxiety. I inherited from my parents a relatively robust mental constitution. I am rarely introspective and have never sought psychological or psychiatric help. Last week, however, I experienced an uncontrollable panic attack.

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Earth Day: The Impact Of Plants On Mental Health

quoting William Damonvia The Utah Statesman
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Plants play vital roles in the ecosystem. They convert carbon dioxide to oxygen which allows the majority of animal life on the planet to thrive. Thanks to research done by the Royal Botanical Gardens in the United Kingdom, there are approximately 391,000 known species of vascular plants.


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