The unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage.

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"I have a choice of two ways of making $1,000; both are political. The first way is to work for the repeal of an enormous number of different special interest laws - CAB and ICC price-fixing, agricultural subsidies, oil quotas, and so on ad nauseam - each of which costs me from a few cents to a few hundred dollars a year. The second way is by working to pass one more special interest law which will benefit a small special interest of which I am a member and which will cost everyone else a few dollars. Suppose that I have no moral preference for one method over the other. Obviously, I will choose the second; it is enormously easier to pass one law than to repeal a hundred. Of course, the first method not only benefits me, it benefits everyone else - but I get nothing from that. The second method benefits me and a few others and harms everyone else - but that costs me nothing. Even if I am just as willing to make money in a way that benefits others as in a way that harms them, the existence of governmental institutions makes it enormously easier for me to do the latter. The result is that in a society such as ours, in which most people would rather produce than steal, we all spend a large part of our time using the laws to steal from each other."

— David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom (via objectivistnerd)

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Now to blame for global warming is cold winters….they just keep on changing what the cause is…because there is no such thing. If climate change/global warming were real, the reason would stay the same, but if you keep altering the reason, or changing it 180 degrees, then you have no argument. You can’t say, it’s THIS, no wait, now it’s THIS, well it could be THIS, last year it was THIS, but THIS happened so it has to be THIS.


One of applications of “slope” to explain puzzles and paradoxes -
Triangle Dissection Paradox

"Below the two parts moved around - The partilisions are exactly the same, as those used above - From where "come" this hole?"

Explain: In the figure, the slope of the “hypotenuse” in figure 1 and figure 2 are completely different. (Click on image to see full size).

Also, The above two figures are rearrangements of each other, with the corresponding triangles and polyominoes having the same areas. Nevertheless, the bottom figure has an area one unit larger than the top figure (as indicated by the grid square containing the dot).The source of this apparent paradox is that the “hypotenuse” of the overall “triangle” is not a straight line, but consists of two broken segments. As a result, the “hypotenuse” of the top figure is slightly bent in, whereas the “hypotenuse” of the bottom figure is slightly bent out. The difference in the areas of these figures is then exactly the “extra” one unit. Explicitly, the area of triangular “hole” (0, 0), (8, 3), (13, 5) in the top figure is 1/2, as is the area of triangular “excess” (0, 0), (5, 2), (13, 5) in the bottom figure, for a total of one unit difference. Source: Triangle Dissection Paradox on Mathworld.wolfram.

  • Slope:  In mathematics, the slope or gradient of a line is a number that describes both the direction and the steepness of the line. Slope is often denoted by the letter m. Slope is calculated by finding the ratio of the “vertical change” to the “horizontal change” between (any) two distinct points on a line. Sometimes the ratio is expressed as a quotient (“rise over run”), giving the same number for every two distinct points on the same line. The rise of a road between two points is the difference between the altitude of the road at those two points, say y1 and y2, or in other words, the rise is (y2 − y1) = Δy. For relatively short distances - where the earth’s curvature may be neglected, the run is the difference in distance from a fixed point measured along a level, horizontal line, or in other words, the run is (x2 − x1) = Δx. Here the slope of the road between the two points is simply described as the ratio of the altitude change to the horizontal distance between any two points on the line.
  • Also, here are the direction of a line is either increasing, decreasing, horizontal or vertical:

        - A line is increasing if it goes up from left to right. The slope is positive, i.e. m>0.
       -  A line is decreasing if it goes down from left to right. The slope is negative, i.e. m<0.

       -  If a line is horizontal the slope is zero. This is a constant  function.
       -  If a line is vertical the slope is undefined (see below).

    The steepness, incline, or grade of a line is measured by the absolute value of the slope. A slope with a greater absolute value indicates a steeper line - Source: Slope on Wikipedia

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