opinion Nancy Kaffer Detroit Free Press Published 9:53 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 Don't breathe a sigh of relief yet. A millage necessary to insure the continued operation of the SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation) passed by a squeaky-thin margin of 23 votes in Macomb County Tuesday night; the millage renewal passed by comfortable margins in Wayne and Oakland counties. But those 23 votes aren't a lock. A recount is all but guaranteed, and friends, I would not place any bets on how that's going to shake out. More: SMART millage passes by 23 votes in Macomb County; passes in OaklandMore: Why you should vote yes for SMART millage on Tuesday's ballot It has become painfully obvious that transit in metro Detroit isn't going to get better any time soon. But it is a surprise to learn that regional transit could get markedly worse. We spend a lot of time talking about how to improve regional transit in metro Detroit, how to fill the holes … [Read more...] about Macomb County SMART service hinges on recount: What will Hackel do?
When I presented on the prospects for trade to the meeting of the Atlantic Council in Washington DC last summer, the mood of the assorted diplomats was gloomy. The Trump tariffs hadn’t happened yet but the administration was gearing up for them. Meanwhile, fears about the consequences of Brexit exercised the minds of not only the Europeans, but the US-based multinationals. Read more: Trudeau wants Canada-UK trade deal to "flip over" the day after Brexit All feared that trade could collapse, and worried about a repeat of the 1930s, where comparative protectionism was associated with a fast engulfing depression, leading to tens of millions out of work around the world with few means of support – and of course eventually to war. But so far, it hasn’t quite turned out like that. Most economists use the Dutch Central Planning Bureau’s data for world trade. The Bureau’s latest report says that “2017 turned out to be a remarkably good year for world trade … [Read more...] about Technology and smart ledgers are the key to averting a global trade crisis
Rob Price, provided by Published 1:31 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 REUTERS/Toby Melville Theresa May is planning to join the US in taking military action in Syria without a vote in Parliament, according to a new report from the BBC. The broadcaster, citing "well-placed sources," reports that May believes there is an "urgent" need for a response. It comes after a suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria believed to have been carried out by the Assad government. Trump has reacted angrily, warning Russia to "get ready" because a missile strike is imminent. "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" Business Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Mark Zuckerberg Is Grilled on Diversity at Facebook Fortune Equal Pay Will Boost the Overall Economy … [Read more...] about Theresa May reportedly plans to join US military action in Syria without a Parliamentary vote
There may be some merit to the suggestion that Republican lawmakers should go ahead and legalize the recreational use of marijuana to keep the question off the ballot in November. Pot legalization has proven to be a voter turnout driver in other places where it’s appeared on the ballot, and voters motivated by the issue tend to be more liberal and thus more inclined to cast the rest of their votes for Democrats. Early indications already suggest the possibility of a heavier than normal Democratic turnout. Liberal voters angered by President Donald Trump have been tilting special elections to Democrats across the country. The pot measure is likely to pass anyway, according to polls. Republicans may buy some favor with the electorate, while keeping single issue voters at home, by pre-emptively enacting the proposal. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve made such a move. In 2006, Republican lawmakers struck a deal with Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm to raise the … [Read more...] about Finley: GOP should pre-empt pot vote
Back in the day, people talked enthusiastically about how Ethereum smart contracts could be used to reverse engineer large sections of the legal system; lawyers might soon be out of a job, they said (sniff).Blockchain-backed dispute resolution has reached a more practical phase now and we see its power focused on places where basically no lawyer would go. An example of this might be a dispute over a relatively small amount of money paid in some online context and involving two parties in different parts of the world.Ethereum based Kleros borrows from the way the ancient Greeks resolved disputes in a democratic manner, and adds game theoretical incentives via a blockchain token. For anyone who is unclear, smart contracts are executable programs run on top of an immutable distributed database whose inputs and outputs are maintained consistently by a consensus protocol.Ancient Greek society used an allotment machine called the Kleroterion (from which Kleros takes its name) to allocate … [Read more...] about Kleros: Ethereum smart contracts meet ancient Greek legal democracy