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Interview with a Youtuber: Tyler McVicker (VNN)

Tyler McVicker is the founder and solo producer of the Youtube channel Valve News Network (VNN). He currently also is a fulltime college student doing his major in Journalism. I had the opportunity to sit down with him, and talk for over an hour about himself, the channel and Valve.

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Mining digs deeper and deeper into our energy consumption.

In the recent months of crypto-currency development, one key aspect has been on the rise: the energy consumption during the mining and transaction process, so much so that there was an energy consumption index made for Bitcoin. The number of miners and their energy usage was on the rise as crypto-currencies moved from obscure payment method to Goldman Sachs creating services around them. This in addition to many others concerns brings up a lot of questions regarding contemporary attitudes to the environment. Infrastructure of block-chain can be used in innovative ways for new approaches to modern problems but can the problem itself offer a solution to rising energy consumption?

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Fish in Troubled Waters

The European parliament has voted to prohibit ‘electric pulse fishing’, a fishing practice which uses electric pulses to scare flatfish such as the flounder into leaving their sub-seabed hideouts in favour of a waiting fishing net. The European parliament previously allowed up to 5 percent of a country’s fishing fleet to switch to electric pulse fishing, to test the waters. The European parliament now considers the experiment finished and wants to illegalize electric pulse fishing once more.  Meanwhile, the Dutch have switched. The French have not. Why and how has this come to be?

 

Trump's alleged Christmas present

Trump’s alleged Christmas present

If things are going according to plan for the Trump administration, which seems to be a rarity since the president’s inauguration in January, American citizens are to receive tax cut around Christmas. The alleged massive tax cut is primarily intended to benefit Americans with middle and low income, according to Trump. When we take a look at the concept of the different versions of this ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ however, one may ask the question who actually benefits.

Basic income: actually a bad idea

Recently, talking about a basic income has become, so to speak, fashionable. The Dutch Bureau for Economic Analysis has calculated the effects of such a basic income, but argued that it would be a bad idea. Without the equations, but with qualitative arguments, I shall try here to explain why a basic income does not bring the benefits we hope to see from it and why the results of the experiments that so far took place are not reliable.