32 thoughts on “Monday Message Board

  1. Ikonoclast, you don’t annoy me. And I am not easily offended. However, I am parsimonious with words.

  2. @Ikonoclast

    I have battled with BPD all my adult life.

    Sorry to hear that. That cannot be easy. Apologies on my part for having been overly argumentative from time to time.

  3. You, overly argumentative? If I made that judgement, I would certainly be the pot calling the kettle black. 😉

  4. But I have posted a maths puzzle in the sandpit if anyone is interested in finding the solution. I have gotten close to the solution (sort of) with a spreadsheet and doing trials of different values.

  5. @Ernestine Gross
    Your #1

    I don’t like –ism words such as communism, capitalism, neoliberalism, Thatcherism,

    Ah, does your dislike extend to words such as optimism, ecumenism and globalism ?

    Whether yea or nay, here’s one that may be new to you: economism. It’s the title of a new book written by James Kwak and highly recommended by Noah Smith.

    Just google James Kwak Economism for the book and Noahpinion Bloomberg “The Ways That Pop Economics Hurt America” for a review.

  6. According to OxFam, we do live in interesting times of economism and globalism (https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/economy-99 OxFam, An Economy for the 99%: It’s Time to Build a Human Economy That Benefits Everyone, Not Just the Privileged Few)…

    This report together withe the following article is being shared on a number of European forums, but I have not come accross Down Under yet — The Guardian “Automated mining will cost jobs and tax income: it’s time for governments to act”

    From a distance, everything looks normal at Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina and Nammuldi mines in Pilbara, Western Australia. Huge trucks trundle along the mines’ reddish-brown terraced sides laden with high-grade iron ore. Back and forth, almost endlessly.

    Watch for long enough, however, and you’ll see that no-one ever steps out of the cab. No lunch stops. No toilet breaks. No change of shift. That’s because these house-sized trucks are being remotely operated by ‘drivers’ based 1,200 kilometres away in Perth…

    “If you’re moving from mines that employ 5,000 to 10,000 people down to 500 or 1,000, then you’re obviously not going to get the same amount of local jobs,” says Howard Mann, senior adviser on international law at International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and co-author of a recent study on the impact of automation in the mining sector.

    According to the report’s findings, mine automation is set to hit resource-rich countries in the developing world hardest, with national gross domestic product potentially reducing by as much as 4% in some cases.

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