One talk I remember of last year was a man who had just graduated, crop engineering I think. There are three companies around in the netherlands where he could do that kind of work but these work on state subsidized projects and the government cut funding so all projects were on hold.

If he is unemployed he costs 20.000yr, state funds, why not give him a temp job at one of these companies, and give him the 20..000 through a dummy project.

It takes years for him to get a degree, say 4 to 6 years. The studies itself costs roughly 50.000 (10.000 by him, 40.000 state), he could have gotten a job (4×20 = 80.000) but he studies, so his offer is 90.000, and he doesnt contribute to production (~100/200K)

Once he has his degree it takes at least 2 years to become functionally mature. Sitting at home that is not going to happen, and he still is not producing.

Why do we pay unemployment benefits, why not give him a temp job, so he can get experience, build a resume, build a network, and start producing ? 20.000 project subsidies or 20.000 unemployment. Both is state funds.

We are wasting his and our investment in top notch engineering.

Sometimes the solution seems so obvious.



Keynes and game theory : poldermodel

John Maynard Keynes as far as i comprehended it, defined three main contributing factors to production, nature, labor and capital.

The dutch Poldermodel was a keynesian instrument, that assigned representatives for each factor. Unions for labor, management for capital/investors and government for nature (natural resources, culture, community).

Normally everyone has a stake in all three. You cannot come to groupwise decisions if everyone sits at the table with three hats. The Poldermodel assigns a representative for each factor, put them at the table and each have to try and optimize for their factor, but only decisions that are agreeable to all three are implemented.

Game theory. Games like Age of Empires use the same model (food, wood, gold for nature, labor, capital).

It works as long as each representive plays his role proper. The achilles heel is the government which is elected, it can be liberal, labor and is seldom ‘green’. A liberal government is prone to put on the capital hat and resort to pro-cyclic spending : trying to stimulate a high conjunctural phase even higher. That can creates bubbles, and where management might be local, investors are global and if they are from outside the system, skimming a system has no “penalty” for them. They will attempt to skim the market.

Keynes would prefer the government skim in a high conjunctural phase, dampen excessive growth and store the extra tax funds to supplete spend in a low conjunctural phase in order to maintains a stable spend capacity, turnover and employment.

Sic transit gloria mundi (“thus the world goes to hell”).

2012 Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade

I heard red was the fashion color this summer, for months I hoped one day I’d sail around with a deck full of ladies in red bikini’s. It never happened. Until one day we got hired for the 2012 amsterdam gay pride canal parade and took the Gaywatch crew around the Amsterdam canals on an old barge, with a deck full of ladies in red bathing suits, And if that aint your thing, men in red shorts. And of course our very own Pamela’s.

Anyway I hope the Gaywatch crew won’t object to me posting some pictures and a vid, I for one enjoyed the parade, thanks to both the Gaywatch crew and the spectators, Amsterdam was one massive party.

…and thanks to the dude throwing us the gasoline tank, we had a big sound setup running on a generator that half way ran out of fuel, you saved our day dude.