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9 thoughts on “SUGGEST TOPICS

  1. This has a link to a listicle, but it might be more fun to talk about how to measure something as broad and nebulous as “safety”, or about the implications of one of their main findings:
    Despite having many elements, city safety is indivisible. The different kinds of security covered by the index require distinct interventions, often by different agencies or actors, such as health systems for medical care and police for public order. Amid this diversity, though, statistical analysis of the SCI2019 results shows that performance in each of the pillars correlates very closely with that in every other. In short, cities tend to do well, middling or poorly across every security pillar rather than having good results in one and lagging in others. This is consistent with expert commentary that, rather than representing clearly distinct fields, different kinds of safety are thoroughly intertwined and mutually supportive.
    Service planning and provision must take this into account. Technological investments for infrastructure, for example, can bring health benefits, while enhanced cyber-security will protect the ability of the city to provide every kind of security, not just protection of digital systems.

  2. Would you sail around the world?

    A few ground rules.

    1. There would be no negative financial impact.
    2. You’d have 2 years including 3 months of training.
    3. The boat would have 4 bedrooms 2 baths, AC, internet, washing machine, etc.
    4. You can pick the age you want to go. 55 when the kids are out of the house and it’s just you and your spouse. 42 when the kids re 12 and 9. 28 before kids, etc.

  3. Please disregard Sep 3 submission, already discussed.

    This article on regulating technology interested me but it leaves out what I find to be the key question- the cost of enforcing regulation against bad actors, especially bad actors in countries with weak governments. We have laws about cell phone calls, for example, but only reputable companies obey them. Perhaps cyber security law will wind up being enforced by a new branch of the military or the NSA will become part of a global cyber security organization.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/please-regulate-us/597613/

  4. There is a popular and persistent image of college admissions in which diversity-obsessed universities are using affirmative action to deny spaces to academically talented affluent students while admitting low-income students with lower ability in their place. Boeckenstedt says the opposite is closer to the truth. If you’re an enrollment manager, he explains, the easiest category of students for you to admit are below-average students from high-income families. Because their parents can afford tutoring, they are very likely to have decent test scores, which means they won’t hurt your U.S. News ranking.

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