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2014 World Cup — Who’s your pick?

by borisbenko. After a number of tense qualifying soccer (football for everyone else) matches, fever reaches high pitch: Brazil World Cup 2014 is about to begin! With opinions varying wildly, everybody seems eager to guess the winner these days; worldwide punditry united, both amateurs and professionals, prominent and no-name experts, including betting shops and even Goldman Sachs analysts…

Why I am for an increase in minimum wage

Wyly economics investment

Historically, I have been pretty anti an increase in minimum wage, in the fact that the free and open market should determine what the fair price of labor should be. In the past years though I have been thinking that there are a few ways to deal with an influx of cheap foreign labour and…

The Chinese colony of Brazil – Part Duex

“What happens is you start getting people saying ‘Wait a minute, we are running a huge trade deficit with China. They are investing $20 billion and grabbing up all our resources. Are we a colony?’” says Derek Scissors of the American Enterprise Institute. While controversial the first settlement of the Brazilian people by the Chinese was in…

Brazilian Hackers Mistakenly Attack NASA As Payback For NSA Spying.

NASA got an interesting surprise when 14 of their websites were taken down by an experienced Brazilian hacker. The cyberattack targeted pages by NASA’s Ames Research Center, including one which contained information about the Kepler Space telescope. Although he was successful in bringing the sites down, the hacker may have accidentally targeted the wrong organization. The intended recipient would appear to be the…

Give the poor cash! African village gets $1000 what do they do?

This is a great study that looks at direct cash transfers for the poor. The crowd that argues that the poor will drink or waste cash have clearly not spent enough time in the field or are only interested in social engineering. There is almost 20 years of studies and evidence that shows that direct…

Brazilian man dies after cow falls through his roof on top of him

In Caratinga, Brazil a man died because a cow falls through his roof… The cow is believed to have escaped from a nearby farm and climbed onto the roof of the couple’s house, which backs onto a steep hill on Wednesday night. The corrugated roof immediately gave way and the one-and-a-half-ton animal fell eight feet onto…

A villain’s guide to football: Welcome to the beautiful game

Great Economist article about fixing soccer matches or increasing cash from a match.  If you need some petty cash you can siphon off the gate receipts—a tactic that some of Brazil’s football kingpins, the cartolas (“top hats”), are rumoured to have employed in the past. http://www.economist.com/news/international/21581724-football-clubs-can-easily-be-used-stealing-machines-here-instruction-manual?fsrc=nlw|hig|7-11-2013|6104736|37241839|NA

96% within 6 months decline in mosquitos carrying dengue

Using genetic modified mosquitos to dramatically reduce the population of mosquitoes carry dengue seems like a good trade off, but I thought we learned our lessen with the various pesticides. I am sure this wont end badly. The launch of the new programme came at the initiative of Jorge Solla, Secretary of Health for the state of…

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