Hi! This blog is testament to the fact that the voices in my head are truly out of my control! Rather than going crazy about it, i've decided to channel them constructively!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
small note on DataMeet projects
finding people with less skills but more time. Because the work to be
done that I'm seeing, requires time. And I've seen groups of highly
skilled people simply fail with the job on hand (nobody mentions
failure but the fact is we end up with no real outcome) because
everyone is looking for some automating hack that will fix everything
and highly skilled people think that the job needed to be done is not
worth their time and that somebody else (who doesn't exist) should do
it. Don't mean to discourage but just sharing something I have
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Interesting links from February and March 2017
I'm also seeing that Patreon.com has played a role of a great enabler for many independent media sources. It's an awesome example of how just a simple change in crowdfunding method (from funding for project to funding the persons doing the projects and from limited-time period to constant) has had such a massive impact.
Fwd: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?
It's not always comfortable to discuss openly, but whenever we shut down the conversation, we're headed in the wrong direction.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Farmer loans waiver : How about an Unfair Interest waiver?
With Farmer Loans Waived Off, UP Govt Has Its Oh Darling Ye Hai India Moment
Reading this, an idea came to mind:
Why not waive off just the INTEREST on the loan?
Or, cap it off at a certain rate of simple (not compound) interest
like, say, 5% and bail out the remaining?
Let the farmer stay liable with fairness restored and liability
limited; "take care" of the unfair component only.
In the long run this would create an incentive for govt to CRACK DOWN
on unfair lenders.
Actually it could start doing so immediately, what with the
established precedent of enacting laws retrospectively going as far
back as the 60s. Or, even if not denying them the bailout, a
government can throw bureaucratic spanners in to ensure that the
lenders recovering this unfair component take ages to get it, same way
as is happening in subsidy schemes.
All this would give more power to RESPONSIBLE lending and recovering
and also responsible and safe borrowing; and severly discourage the
high-interest lenders. It would avoid the current adverse effect of
encouraging unsustainable borrowing by farmers. The farmers who do pay
off their loans.. will not be left looking like fools; only the
lenders who charged high interest will.
Addendum : Putting the data hat on, I'd also like to see a break-up of this mighty loans figure and see how much of it is the principal owed and how much is the interest built up?
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