Many countries have a Court of Audit, a body charged with performing financial audits on the government. Or put simply a Court of Audit has to check whether public expenditure is used in a sensible way. Because of this role, this body should be independent from the government. Continue reading Court of Audit
In modern societies the government accounts for between thirty and sixty percent of GDP, hence public spending is an important factor in how the economy is organized. Though the government funds many activities, e.g. road construction, often such jobs are contracted out to private businesses. Purchasing goods and services from the private sector by the state is known as public procurement. Continue reading Public procurement
Mark Post is the one whose team made the first test-tube burger and in this video he discusses why we should consider cultured meat.
Dutch urologist Gert Dohle argues that the quality of sperm is declining as result of certain substances (especially Bisphenol A) found in wide range of plastic products as well pesticides. According to Dohle does chemicals have a negative impact on the development of male fetuses. Continue reading Decreasing quality of sperm due to polution
Anna Smajdor has written an article in which she argues that artificial wombs, or ectogenesis as she calls it, are a moral imperative. Her argument is that pregnancy creates a fundamental inequality between men and women. Continue reading Smajdor on Ectogenesis
The JAK members bank offers an alternative model for banking.
After having explained how commercial banks can create “money” our of thin air and why current monetary policies are ineffective in restraining credit creation, the authors now turn to the issue of fiscal policy in chapter 6. Continue reading A review of “Where the money comes from” 3
Recently I came across the lead crime hypothesis. According to this hypothesis, proposed by Rick Nevin, crime rates are related to the exposure to lead. More precisely Nevin argues that the crime bulge seen in multiple Western countries could be related by the use of leaded gasoline. Continue reading Public enemy #1?
Fraser Cain explains in plain language what Lagrange points and why these are of great interest for space colonization.
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