James M. Connolly

Beware of Being Unique in the EU

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Re: It's Not the Uniqueness, It's Unanimity
Jamescon   9/18/2016 8:53:32 AM
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@Terry. When I read about the EU mindset on "fairness" I had a different thought. It brought me back to what happens today in suburban youth sports. In some places they don't keep score and they give everyone a trophy because "everyone is a winner."

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bkbeverly   9/18/2016 8:22:17 AM
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@Terry,

Thanks Terry. If this forum was on education, I could use the same premise to explain why outstanding teachers in public schools are moved from schools that they transformed into high achieving schools, to schools that are underperforming - the philosophy that equality of opportunity to be successful must also result in equal outcomes. While the EU is showing a sense of of concern 'for the least of these', one should not stigmatize and punish those who are blessed for having entreprenurial and revenue generating skills. If you want Greece to become economically viable again, then give Germany and the private sector some incentive to continue working for the greater good. In seeking to close the european gaps of economic disparity, they are thowing the baby out with the bath water.

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T Sweeney   9/17/2016 3:40:44 PM
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This is a part of anti-trust enforcement and litigation that has bothered me since the Justice Department took on Microsoft 20 years ago: We want companies to compete but the rules (or regulators) also want want them to make room in the market for their same hated competitors. This is a little schizophrenic.

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T Sweeney   9/17/2016 3:23:07 PM
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That's a succint analysis of EU's inadvertent stagnation-inducing mindset, Bryan. It also helps explain the community's amazing lack of technical innovation.

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PredictableChaos   9/16/2016 10:12:16 AM
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rule makers purposely make ambiguous rules

One of my Chinese friends told me that "opportunity for corruption" was sometimes a factor in how Chinese leaders make decisions. More opportunity was viewed as a positive.

Our leaders would never put it in those words, but I'm sure we're not so different from the rest of the world.

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kq4ym   9/16/2016 8:01:10 AM
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I'm not sure that rule makers purposely make ambiguous rules or that attorneys schooled in cleverness will find ways to argue both sides of an issue no matter how common sense the rules may seem. It's probably a no win situation when lawyers make their living arguing.

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PredictableChaos   9/14/2016 4:00:50 PM
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"some animals are more equal than others"

@Bryan, I agree. The EU is making it difficult to understand what the rules are. The case against Apple is an example of this - why would Apple think it owes more taxes to Ireland, if Ireland doesn't think so itself?

Ambiguous rules make it easier for the government to simply choose which companies crossed a new invisible boundary. And which bureaucrat would think to make a name for themselves by bringing AOL to justice? No, it's more about Apple and Google and Facebook. It's more about not being too successful.

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SethBreedlove   9/12/2016 3:03:46 PM
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I would think unique data would be something similiar to the European Injury Data Base.The IDB is a unique data source that contains standardised cross-national data on the external causes and circumstances of injuries treatedin emergency departments.  If this data was only made available to one medical equipment practicioner and not the others that would be an unfair advantage.  Especially if it was the public that paid via taxes for that data. 

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It's Not the Uniqueness, It's Unanimity
bkbeverly   9/12/2016 12:55:28 PM
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As I read this, the concept that leaps out at me is that that this has nothing to do with the data but everything about unanimity of economic outcomes. As long as no one has data resources that represent a market differentiator and would upset the market equilibrium, then  that is OK. But if for some reason, someone does have a better data-mousetrap, that competitive advantage would offset the effort for stable markets and trade. To use the language of physics, they want data that has scalar properties but not vector properties; the data resources can vary by size, but not have any direction. Ultimately, this reflects the EU economic policy that the herd must move together (or not). This works well for the underperformers but disincentivizes the economic achievers. Therein lies at least one of the motivators for Brexit.  This keeps every data custodian under the normal curve.

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