Confessions of a researchaholic

July 20, 2021

CEO pay fairness

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:29 am
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I think if you define fairness by “fair market value”, then C.E.O.s are paid fairly. I think if you define fairness by how you think society should value people, then I think C.E.O.s are paid too much. – Dara Khosrowshahi, the C.E.O. of Uber, in an interview.

If every new hire is paid an above average market value (as likely in the senior executive job market), that will lead to an exponentially higher growth of compensation than otherwise (e.g., the minimum wage job market).

July 8, 2021

Home demolition

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:51 am
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Astonishing photos from AP of Israel leveling family home of an alleged Palestinian attacker.
Justice and human-rights issues aside, wouldn’t it be more economical to repossess the home and such?

July 7, 2021

Cannot afford to help 扶不起的阿斗

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 9:48 am
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A corrupt, incompetent national government lost to a popular local militia as the foreign supporter leaves; Afghanistan in 2021, China in 1949, etc.

January 18, 2021

Fairness

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 4:03 pm
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to get the jab before vulnerable people in poorer states.

If we continue this line of reasoning, is it fair for younger, healthy people in richer nations to receive more heath care, social welfare, etc., than vulnerable people in poorer states?
How should we define fairness across different groups of people?
Is such fairness achievable or desirable?

Money, discipline, and life

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 3:48 pm
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Without enough disciplines, money, talent, or other resources cannot solve our problems, if not create more.

November 3, 2020

Election night doodling

Filed under: Imaginary — liyiwei @ 10:11 pm
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“The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.” – Will Rogers

April 12, 2020

Scaffolding knowledge

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:10 am
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Every information is a piece of an entire knowledge, so instead of treating what we learn as separate fragments, it is more effective to memorize and understand them as a whole.
This is possible because knowledge often repeats in different forms, such as through history or books.


In effect, Funes not only remembered every leaf on every tree of every wood, but even every one of the times he had perceived or imagined it.
To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details, almost contiguous details.
– Funes the Memorious

April 3, 2020

The pandemic world war

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 11:21 am
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When this is all over,
The disease will dissipate,
The economy will recover,
But the world order will be very different.



December 11, 2018

Carlos Ghosn

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 12:41 pm
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Mediocre people, when they have the right chance, can still hurt better people in unexpected ways. I am glad that I learned this lesson early enough so the damage I received is quite limited.
I am less sure about him though.



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