Seventh Day Adventism in your Cornflakes

The widespread adoption of Cornflakes as a breakfast cereal spread quickly from the US to the UK post war. But how many know that it was originally a vegetarian cure for invalids based around Biblical belief from the all American Seventh Day Adventist Church founded in 1854? An old article in ‘The Smithsonian’ shows how… Read more

Cash or Blockchain?

There is an interesting article in MIT Technology Review which says that “More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built.” That does not surprise me. If the blockchain can be built then so indeed can it be unbuilt or subverted…. Read more

Oh to be in New Zealand

Th FT of 21st January had an item by the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ‘New Zealand hopes to lead the world with wellness-based policies’, which was perhaps, ostensibly pretty pedestrian-based stuff. But it has notable insight. Starting with: Ours was the first country where all women won the right to vote back in… Read more

Counter-cyclical Job Guarantee or Universal Basic Income as An Economic Stabliser?

A very interesting recent post from Ivan Horrocks leads me to think a Job Guarantee is clearly possible, but it seems to me to be particularly suited for school leavers. For those worried about the country’s lack of work ethic, who, anecdotally at least, so often seem themselves to be in financial services or property… Read more

Nasty party government

Bloomberg has a piece headed ‘The Colossal Price of Theresa May’s Immigration Obsession‘. It suggests: [The]control of British borders is probably the most indelible of May’s red lines in the Brexit negotiations. Even though she voted remain, she was always the fiercest champion of the Conservative Party’s promise to cut yearly net migration to the… Read more