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Como os não-liberais reagem ao discurso liberal na América Latina?

Today, Mr. Chitester is most excited about a two-hour program he is producing featuring Hernando de Soto. A Peruvian economist, Mr. de Soto has been the target of murder attempts by drug barons and Marxist terrorists who fear his message that the poor in developing nations need true capitalism–property rights, markets and the rule of law. Time magazine recently named him one of the five leading Latin American innovators of the century.

Mr. de Soto warns that capitalism isn’t working for the majority of the world’s people. This is largely because economic elites use their power to restrict competition, limit access to capital and promote their vested interests over those less fortunate. That, in turn, undermines the potential of free markets to spread wealth and opportunity in the same way that has made developed nations so successful. “The poor are not the problem; they are the solution,” Mr. de Soto says. “Give them access to land titles that can be used for collateral, the rule of law, a responsive bureaucracy and streamlined tools of business, and you will see creativity and entrepreneurial self-reliance flourish.”

Além de vestir uma camisa com a estampa de um bandoleiro qualquer, eles, muitas vezes, reagem com certa violência. Como diz um primo meu (aliás, não-liberal, mas sério): “o homem pensa, o animal reage”.

Claudio

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Novidades: Gambit

Já comentei aqui. Então, não me repito (uma rápida busca no Google e você resolve):

Hi all:

Version 0.2007.01.30 of Gambit, Software Tools for Game Theory, is now
available for download.

A primary objective of this release is to update the Gambit codebase for most currently-used versions of gcc. gcc versions 3.4.2 and greater are now believed to successfully compile Gambit, although some versions 4.0.x of gcc appear to be buggy. In addition, this version adds support for wxWidgets 2.8.

Internally, this version includes a new implementation of the quantal
response equilibrium tracing methods. The version for the extensive form (agent QRE) is now reliable for large lambda, and therefore represents the first generally-available method to compute a good approximation to a sequential equilibrium in extensive games.

There exist also the usual round of bug fixes, as well as improved
handling of larger games, both in the graphical interface and the
underlying library.

Finally, this release marks the (re)introduction of a Python interface
to the underlying library which represents and manipulates games. Since the interface is generated using the SWIG tool (http://www.swig.org), extension of this to other languages may be easy.

This version is known to build successfully on all supported platforms. Functionality on some systems running Mac OSX is still in question. Updates for OSX users will hopefully follow soon.

Best to all,

The Gambit Team

Claudio

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A democracia ainda pulsa

É estarrecedor como de tempos em tempos somos brindados com experiências que parecem sacudir com a nossa racionalidade. Ok, possuímos racionalidade limitada, não processamos tanta informação quanto um computador, mas democracia não é sistema que devesse ser tão difícil de entender. Não entendo como a sociedade venezuelana tolera a perda de liberdade política.

Daqui a alguns poucos anos democracia na América Latina deverá ser um capricho de poucos países.

André

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Um a menos

Internet spam legend is jailed
Programmer’s creation sent ‘trillions’ of e-mail ads
January 31, 2007
A computer programmer who developed a program to automatically send unsolicited advertising e-mail was detained yesterday, the Seoul Police Agency’s cyber terror response center announced. The programmer, who created what has become a legendary program for spewing spam, is a 21-year-old male college student, police said.
The police said several trillion advertisements ― trillion as in 12 zeros ― for Internet sex sites and private lenders had been sent to e-mail users from the name “Kim Ha-na” in 2003 and 2004. The use of that fairly common Korean woman’s name embarrassed many namesake women, prompting the Korea Information Security Agency to release a report outlining its efforts to halt the flow.

Menos um spam na minha caixa. Leia tudo.

Claudio

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Se beber, não governe…digo, dirija

Drinking? Daikou service now only a cell call away

Date Posted: 2007-01-24
A new service aimed at eliminating drinking and driving on Okinawa is using cell phones and internet technology.

Asuko Uezuki, who said she “didn’t want my friends or myself to have an accident,” created the new ‘Mongolian’ Okinawa Daikou Information Site. More than 60 daikou companies have signed up to participate in the program, which allows drinkers to either call a central number on their cell phones, or turn to the htto://daikou.mongolian.jp/index.html internet address to call for a daikou unit to drive them home after drinking.

Daikou companies offer the service, where a two-driver team goes to the identified location and drives the drinking person—and his car—home. The service began December 28th, and had 230 patrons access the service in the first week. An objective of the new service is to provide vehicles in a matter of 10-15 minutes.

Uezuki, who knew a teacher who became drunk, then ran over and killed a colleague, designed to program and its software at no charge. She says “people can use it easily, even those who are too lazy to call a daiko in traditional fashion.”

Eis aí uma boa idéia.

Claudio

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Racismo no Brasil? É, existe.

Acostumados a desprezar tudo de relevante neste mundo, vamos deixando as pequenas coisas passarem até que a situação chega num ponto onde não é mais possível perceber qualquer vestígio de liberdade no mundo que nos rodeia.

Acostumada a representar a raça negra, a cantora Margareth Menezes encara uma polêmica envolvendo a música Rasta Man. Duas entidades rastafaris da Bahia, Nova Flor e Aspiral do Reggae, protocolaram uma ação no Ministério Público pedindo para que a canção seja proibida de tocar nas rádios. Segundo o documento, que está na 2ª Promotoria de Justiça da Cidadania e Combate ao Racismo, a obra é “racista, discriminatória e incentivadora do preconceito”.

O centro da polêmica seria o refrão, com versos como “esse cara dança reggae / reggae / meio maluco, mas um homem bom”. A faixa foi composta por Augusto Conceição e Fábio Alcântara. A ação pede ainda que Margareth Menezes se retrate.

Reparem como o tal “centro da polêmica” não tem nenhuma menção à raça do tal sujeito que dança reggae. Mas nada disso interessa: se algo desagrada a um grupo qualquer, é logo tachado de racismo, como se apreciadores e dançarinos de reggae constituíssem uma etnia.

Pensando bem, por que meu espanto se até membros de patidos políticos já se consideram membros de uma raça?

Uma palhaçada.

Só não reproduzi os links (um ou dois) originais do meu xará, mas é realmente notável como a confusão existe.

Parabéns, movimentos “sociais”!

Claudio

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