On the evening of May 7, 2008, a twenty-three-year-old woman named Rachel Hoffman got into her silver Volvo sedan, put on calming jam-band music, and headed north to a public park in Tallahassee, Florida. A recent graduate of Florida State, she was dressed to blend into a crowd—bluejeans, green-and-white patterned T-shirt, black Reef flip-flops. On the passenger seat beside her was a handbag that contained thirteen thousand dollars in marked bills.
Under the Juneau ordinance, public places will include streets, sidewalks, trails, parking lots, schools, businesses, parks and "the common areas of public or private buildings and facilities."
Rob Duke's insight:
Going to need an initiative to spell out that when the voters approved cannabis, they didn't mean that their representatives could "pencil out" all reasonable areas for use. Either way, I don't see cops being keen on writing someone a ticket for going out on a motel balcony to smoke....
THE poorest people in Leicester by a wide margin are the Somalis who live in the St Matthews housing estate. Refugees from civil war, who often passed through Sweden...
Rob Duke's insight:
Yeah, true for most of the country, but in California there's been a weird exception (Prop. 98) that means funding comes from the state and is mostly equal throughout the state dependent on a particular school's daily census (pupils attending that day). Despite this, California's schools are still unequal.
Maybe it's more than tax structure that holds kids back in America....?
In social dilemmas punishment costs resources, not just from the one who is punished but often also from the punisher and society. Reciprocity on the other side is known to lead to cooperation without the costs of punishment. The questions at hand are whether punishment brings advantages besides its costs, and how its negative side-effects can be reduced to a minimum in an environment populated by agents adopting a form of reciprocity. Various punishment mechanisms have been studied in the economic literature such as unrestricted punishment, legitimate punishment, cooperative punishment, and the hired gun mechanism. In this study all these mechanisms are implemented in a simulation where agents can share resources and may decide to punish other agents when the other agents do not share. Through evolutionary learning agents adapt their sharing/punishing policy. When the availability of resources was restricted, punishment mechanisms in general performed better than no-punishment, although unrestricted punishment was performing worse. When resource availability was high, performance was better in no-punishment conditions with indirect reciprocity. Unrestricted punishment was always the worst performing mechanism. Summarized, this paper shows that, in certain environments, some punishment mechanisms can improve the efficiency of cooperation even if the cooperating system is already based on indirect reciprocity.
Handy chart of deciding if you are, or are not, a "slut". Here's a handy guide for figuring out if you're a "slut". It could be put to use also by people who habitually think of others as "sluts" (tip: just convert the first person to third person to move through the chart). Here are some of...
While not admitting wrongdoing, Standard & Poor’s Financial Services agreed to pay almost $1.4 billion to settle allegations by the Justice Department that credit ratings for high-risk mortgage securities mislead investors before the 2008 financial crisis. Judy Woodruff discusses implications of the penalty with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Lynn Stout of Cornell University. Continue reading →
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