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Double-decker bus home created for Cambridgeshire family

Double-decker bus home created for Cambridgeshire family

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:15:07 GMT

A man from Cambridgeshire is planning to move his family into a bus.

'Sadistic' Cambridge child abuser Garth Gatland convicted

'Sadistic' Cambridge child abuser Garth Gatland convicted

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:22:48 GMT

He made a young girl stand naked at a window a subjected her to waterboarding, police said.

Peterborough hot car dog death owner speaks about his 'carelessness'

Peterborough hot car dog death owner speaks about his 'carelessness'

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:01:37 GMT

A man whose three dogs "slowly cooked" to death in a hot car speaks about the devastating impact his actions have had.

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180 Years Ago Today

On May 10, 1837, 180 years ago today, the banks of New York City did something extraordinary: they suspended specie payments. This phrase does not ring many bells for twenty-first-century ears, but in the nineteenth century, the suspension of specie payments was the equivalent of a financial nuclear option. It meant that the banks in […]

Insurance and adverse selection: orthodoxy

Discrimination is the taboo of our times.  We often feel that it is unfair for a person’s treatment to be determined by personal characteristics which have often been used in oppressive ways, and which are not perfectly predictive and which we do not choose.  This sentiment is vaguely specified and inconsistently applied, but it is also […]

Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not

My recent book, Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not, addresses one of the big questions in economics and economic history: why did the modern economy emerge when and where it did? Specifically, why did the modern economy emerge in northwestern Europe at some point in the […]

Social Death at Work

Originally posted on Sandyhershcovis.org Lately I’ve become interested in workplace ostracism as a form of workplace aggression. Most research lumps ostracism with other forms of mistreatment (incivility, bullying, etc.), but a recent chapter by Sandra Robinson and Kira Schabram (in press), has convinced me that it is in fact quite different, and possibly much more painful […]

“You’re Fired!”: Why Government Cannot Be Run Like a Business

In Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case for Professional Government, I emphasize the importance of professional government and the civil service system. This week’s firing of F.B.I. director James Comey puts my theme into stark relief. The intimidation effect of the firing challenges the career officials at the F.B.I. to stay the course of the investigation. The […]

The origins of life, the universe, and everything

Have you ever wondered where the world comes from? What about evil? Or ever thought about whether we have free will and what this means? You must have! Such questions have preoccupied all generations since rational thought began. One’s religious beliefs and the scientific and philosophical views of one’s time shape how one addresses them. […]