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Why Child Care Is So Expensive - The Atlantic
There is a deep disconnect in the way the U.S. conceives of its obligation to children. Most Americans accept—even demand—the public subsidy of education from the moment kids turn 5 and enter kindergarten to the day they graduate from a state university or community college. But from birth to the fifth birthday, children are on their own—or, more precisely, their parents are. This arrangement is plainly weird: Parents must bear the highest burdens of child-rearing when they are younger, typically poorer, and less established in their career.
children  economics  politics  policy 
yesterday by sandykoe
Who should I vote for? General election 2019: Compare the party manifestos - BBC News
Compare where the parties stand on key issues - from Brexit and the NHS to education and the environment.
bbc  news  government  parliament  politics  democracy  referendum  election  manifesto  policy  debate  brexit  europe 
yesterday by asaltydog
My Turn: State policies need to support market demand for clean energy | Concord Monitor
The opportunity to build a clean energy economy that will spark economic development and jobs across New Hampshire while reducing pollution and protecting our environment is so clearly within our grasp – if only state policies could be fully implemented that support the growing market demand for clean energy.
concordmonitor  letter  cleanenergy  policy 
2 days ago by eversourcenh
A Framework for Regulating Competition on the Internet – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Cases like the European Commission Google Shopping case are excellent examples of how a lack of clear standards lead to sub-optimal outcomes that don’t actually change anything; at the same time, the European Commission’s investigation of Apple’s App Store will surely benefit from increased flexibility in defining relative markets.

Ideally, there would be stricter adherence to better rules, instead of finger-crossing that Brussels gets it right. That, though, likely requires new laws. Indeed, while that seems like a slog, it should, in my estimation, be the focus of those interested in a future where we direct tech’s innovation towards making a larger pie for everyone, as opposed to cutting off slices because it makes us feel better, even if only temporarily.
tech  government  politics  policy 
2 days ago by sandykoe
Social Media Is Warping Democracy - The Atlantic

For example, in “Federalist No. 10,” James Madison wrote about his fear of the power of “faction,” by which he meant strong partisanship or group interest that “inflamed [men] with mutual animosity” and made them forget about the common good. He thought that the vastness of the United States might offer some protection from the ravages of factionalism, because it would be hard for anyone to spread outrage over such a large distance. Madison presumed that factious or divisive leaders “may kindle a flame within their particular States, but will be unable to spread a general conflagration through the other States.” The Constitution included mechanisms to slow things down, let passions cool, and encourage reflection and deliberation.

Social media pushes people of all ages toward a focus on the scandal, joke, or conflict of the day, but the effect may be particularly profound for younger generations, who have had less opportunity to acquire older ideas and information before plugging themselves into the social-media stream.

citizens are now more connected to one another, in ways that increase public performance and foster moral grandstanding, on platforms that have been designed to make outrage contagious, all while focusing people’s minds on immediate conflicts and untested ideas, untethered from traditions, knowledge, and values that previously exerted a stabilizing effect. This, we believe, is why many Americans—and citizens of many other countries, too—experience democracy as a place where everything is going haywire.
social-network  psychology  history  constitution  usa  research  policy  society  instability 
2 days ago by aries1988
The AI Revolution will not be Monopoilized - Speaker Deck
Solid slide deck about how the "AI arms race" metaphor is inappropriate.
AI  policy  geopolitics  monopoly  market 
3 days ago by thewavingcat
General Election 2019 | General Election 2019 | Loughborough University
Discover what’s making the headlines in our real-time news audit of the 2019 General Election. We're lifting the lid on what media coverage the political parties, their policies and MPs are securing each week.
politics  economics  trends  election  debate  demography  social  policy  realtime  news  events  statistics  analysis  research  loughborough  university  leicestershire  brexit  europe 
3 days ago by asaltydog

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