A currency that is not

A few days ago in his Monetary Policy Statement the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe gave us a new currency, albeit with much protestation that it’s not really a currency. Indeed prior to the Monetary Policy government officials had been quick and vehement in their denial of a new currency. But we eventually got a new currency, called RTGS Dollars, whatever that means….

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Dark Times for Zimbabwe

  The first two months of 2019 have been terrible for Zimbabwe. In January the security forces went on a spree of rape, murder, abductions , illegal detentions and mindless brutality. We lost perhaps our biggest musical icon. February has not given us respite. Dozens of miners are trapped, likely dead, in mine shafts. The government’s response is too little, way too late. And today…

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A Look into the Future: Artificial Intelligence Generates Fake Faces and It’s Creepy

If you go on This Person Does Not Exist you’ll see an image of a stranger, perhaps one you might meet some day, and each time you refresh another stranger comes up. Nothing remarkable, you might conclude. You’d be very wrong. There’s everything remarkable about those pictures: Each and everyone of them is fake, they are not pictures of  “strangers”, rather, they are pictures of…

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What I’m Reading This Week (Non Fiction)

This week I’m reading Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Habit of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It’s a book about…..tidying up, of course. But, seriously, that’s what it is – a book about becoming tidier, more organized and less cluttered. The book is very popular and has even been made into a Netflix show. I’ve meant to read the book for…

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On Growing Weed: Probably Not a Good Idea

After the government recently legalized the growing of weed for medicinal purposes, a lot of people may be considering growing it- even though it comes with a hefty license fee- but this article in The Guardian should give them pause. The article is about the price of weed in Oregon, which has plummeted due to too many growers who produce three times what the state…

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