March 18th, 2012

Mic

Elections & Intrade

A bit old(ish) news, but still relevant, especially to the monthly topic:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/19/us-usa-campaign-futures-idUSTRE7BI0ZC20111219

"A small Chicago futures exchange aims to be the first regulated U.S. market to offer legal betting on the outcome of a U.S. presidential election."

So what do you think of trading in the future market regarding elections? Do you think this would somehow influence the actual election in any significant way? The end of the concept of democracy as people start betting for or against candidates in order to earn money, rather than out of political conviction and principles? Or just another nice side effect of the glorious capitalism?

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Quaero togam pacem.

Time for Paternity Leave, say Dads

This is your regular, if not so frequent, installment of hypothetical political situations that need a single decision, taken from the NationStates online game, where you're the benevolent (or malevolent) ruler of your own country. Last time, almost half a year ago, the issue was terrorism and the possible ways of responding to it. Back then, Prof. Hanover won a landslide victory in the poll, arguing in favor of understanding the root source for terrorism and using the soft power option.

But now the issue is quite different. Paternity leave. Do bear with me!

The issue
A coalition of working parents have put forward a petition that [Insert Counrry Name]'s maternity leave laws be extended to allow new fathers time off.

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