Category Archives: Solutions

Don’t Hurt Others When You Name Your Baby

A friend recently told me he was glad he could give his son a name that “carried on the family name.”  Because he had a son, his last name would propagate, and by “re-using” a family first name he could … Continue reading

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The Educational Industrial Complex

A new paper by Nobel Economist James Heckman is incredibly interesting if you care about the present and future of lower-income Americans.  He discusses why the War on Poverty failed, the importance of families in skill production, and why later-life … Continue reading

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The Presidential Politics of Ag Subsidies

Presidential Posturing I’ve occasionally said the U.S. Senate consists of 100 people each convinced they should be president.  Consequently, your typical Senator doesn’t want to ever inhibit any future presidential prospects he or she might have. Due to the quirky … Continue reading

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What If You Could Pay for a Job Interview?

Have you ever seen a job posting that you know you’re a perfect fit for?  If you don’t have a contact in the organization, it can be depressing. You know you are a good fit but how can you credibly … Continue reading

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Do We Fear Markets Won’t Work?

Article first published as Do We Fear Markets Won’t Work? on Technorati. “Status quo bias” keeps people from trying good ideas.  It is the human tendency to resist changing a behavior.  Even as a society, we avoid potentially beneficial changes … Continue reading

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What a $300 House Teaches Us About Big Business

Article first published as What a $300 House Teaches Us About Big Business on Technorati. The Economist magazine ran an article this week on an initiative to develop a $300 house to replace the slum dwellings of over 800 million … Continue reading

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Be A Secret Agent with Your iPhone

I just learned about this app for the iPhone called Field Agent.  Using this app, you agree to a mission in your area posted by an anonymous client.  You then go accomplish the mission within 120 minutes and Field Agent … Continue reading

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