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    Daily Digest 4/22 – Economic Pluralism And Science, Mosquito Menace Will Only Get Worse

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    Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:45 PM


Economic Pluralism And Science (Wilson Sy)

There was no lack of pluralism of theories and opinions, including different corrective measures, whether explicitly stated or merely implied. What did governments or policy makers do with this pluralism of suggestions? They did nothing, because nothing could be done with a mess of contradictory, unproven and untested ideas. Pluralism has led to a paralysis from too many choices, and ignoring them was the most practical action. Pluralism had no impact on the prevailing economic paradigm.

FI Special: The British General Election And A First Round French Presidential Election Forecast (James W.)

The underlying polling data provides little to no comfort to supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and would indicate that the Conservative lead in the polls is durable and not a mirage. However, there are a number of factors that could contain any potentially huge increase in the Conservative majority. The first is low turnout by soft Tory voters who may feel that there is little point of turning up at the ballot box since Labour has no realistic chance of winning the election. This would be amplified if they voted Remain during the Brexit referendum as Theresa May has embraced the Brexit cause since coming to power.

America’s Health Care Costs Are Crushing the Economy (Tiffany D.)

Last week, my article took a closer look at the debt burden that Americans are struggling under that will soon have a significant impact on their spending habits despite the fact that we have a Federal Reserve crowing about how we’ve approximately reached full employment and that wage growth is sitting at 2.7% on an annualized basis.

17 Reasons Why You Should Own Gold (GE Christenson)

Gold will rise to $10,000, or far more, depending upon government and central bank devaluation policies. Expect $10,000 in years, not decades.

A Guide to the French Vote (and How It Relates to ‘Brexit’ and Trump) (jdargis)

The elections are across France and in its overseas territories; there are 45.7 million registered voters. The vast majority of voting is by paper ballot, counted by hand: There is no electronic voting and very few voting machines. Campaign spending is limited, and equal media exposure is enforced.

What’s the Maker of Post-it Notes Doing in the Ankle Monitor Business? Struggling (jdargis)

What’s unusual about this chapter in Massachussetts law enforcement history is not the heavy reliance on ankle monitors, which are in wide use around the world, or even that there were some glitches in the technology. What’s especially notable is that the devices themselves were made by 3M Co. Yes, that 3M. The Post-it Notes and Scotch tape company, a Fortune 100 mainstay with a market value of $115 billion, is also one of the world’s largest makers of GPS ankle monitors, a field it entered in 2010.

Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse (jdargis)

That Dallas’s unusual weather favored the growth of mosquitoes might seem like random bad luck. But Haley doesn’t think of it as an accident. He considers it a warning. Climate change is turning abnormal weather into a common occurrence: Last year was the warmest year on record, the third in a row, and there were more heat waves, freezes and storms in the United States that caused $1 billion or more in damage just in 2016 than in the years 1980 to 1984 combined. Anything that improves conditions for mosquitoes tips the scales for the diseases they carry as well: the West Nile virus that flattened Dallas, the dengue that returned to Florida in 2009 after 63 years and the newest arrival, Zika, which gained a toehold in the United States last year and is expected to surge this summer. “These aberrant years are becoming more common,” Haley told me. “Climate change is clearly altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for these diseases.”

U.S. Farmers, Who Once Fed the World, Are Overtaken by New Powers (MJB)

On a pancake-flat stretch of land not far from the Mississippi River, Illinois farmer Jerry Gaffner thumbs through weather forecasts and crop reports on his tablet computer, searching for clues about when to market his soybean crop.

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