Crypto Needs Less Government Regulation – Not More

September 6, 2019

A recent opinion article by Peter Lin, “Why Regulation Is The Best Thing For Crypto,” presents common arguments on why the state and state-affiliated institutions should administer cryptocurrency. Underlying the arguments is an assumption: the free market cannot provide necessary standards for crypto and the state must step into the void. Also read: Why the Birth of Bitcoin Can Be Traced Back to 1971 The Case Against Greater Crypto Regulation…

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A quiet environment is a sign of success

August 7, 2019

When I was looking at apartments I didn’t notice the incredibly noisy construction right outside our windows. I attribute this oversight to the same phenomena that happens in the video where you count basketball passes – if you have never seen the video stop everything and go watch it. Quiet = money Vox did a video on how quiet has become a sign of quality.  And people sell quiet. Bose has…

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Coffee King’s death spotlights problems of doing biz in India

August 7, 2019

At first, disbelief and a sense of creeping dread. Then as the hours and the night passed, a sinking feeling. And ultimately, as the dreadful news emerged in the morning, shock and distress.If corporate India and everyman alike felt the tragic death of VG Siddhartha last week more viscerally than as just another name in the news, it was partly because nearly everyone could identify with the inner tumult of…

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The Marvel multiverse seems real in just-announced Doctor Strange sequel

July 22, 2019

So, is the Marvel multiverse real or not? That was a question viewers were left with after Spider-Man: Far From Home, wherein Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio teased the existence of a multiverse, only to later be revealed as a con artist. But he may not have been lying about this one. During Marvel Studios’ big Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, they announced a Doctor Strange sequel: Doctor…

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Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work (Ep. 373)

April 16, 2019

In the U.S., median rent has doubled since the 1990’s, outpacing inflation. Politicians and the public think rent control is the solution. Spoiler alert: it’s not. (Photo: Caelie Frampton) As cities become ever-more expensive, politicians and housing advocates keep calling for rent control. Economists think that’s a terrible idea. They say it helps a small (albeit noisy) group of renters, but keeps overall rents artificially high by disincentivizing new construction….

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