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Weiye Loh

Singapore M.D.: You CAN put a price on everything... - 0 views

  • The study aims to calculate the costs incurred as a consequence of crime, which includes "monetary loss in traditional terms" and "monetising the loss of life and trauma suffered by victims".

    Costs of crime prevention and enforcement will also be tallied. The study seeks to find out costs borne by private entities - such as security expenditure and insurance - as well as costs borne by public bodies such as proactive police patrols in anticipation of crime.The police also intend to calculate the costs incurred in response to crime - investigating cases, apprehending suspects as well as the costs expended by the State in prosecuting, convicting and incarcerating suspects.
  • While costs of crime prevention - such as installing alarm systems - and the State's response to crime could be measured, sociologist Paulin Straughan felt it might be "impossible" to measure the social costs of a spate of violence on a community. Social isolation and mistrust from these crimes would impact social capital on a community which would be difficult to estimate, she argued.

    However, the former Nominated Member of Parliament felt calculating the cost of crime would serve as "a reality check" for any society.
  • "We live in a world that is driven by economics," Associate Professor Straughan said. "We can't understand or appreciate unless it is documented in dollars and cents. So, this is one way of documenting it (crime) in dollars and cents to show you that every burglary cost you this (amount) … and highlight the importance of crime prevention."
    As with healthcare and other valuable services, police work costs money; but as the cost is not borne by the user, the true cost is hidden and abuse occurs. Does this study by the SPF signal a desire on the part of the government to shift the cost of security from the public to the direct consumers? I certainly hope so. Now there will be people who will tell you that you cannot put a price on security (and health) - the truth is, you can: they just don't want to pay for it.
Weiye Loh

L.A. to Can Its Red-Light Cameras? | The Utopianist - Think Bigger - 0 views

  • the city has a network of cameras perched up on traffic lights, just waiting for you to break the law so it can snap a photo of you and send you a $400 ticket. It’s not hard to see how many L.A. drivers have come to resent the lights as a symbol of Big Brother, an invasive and cynical way for the city to collect easy cash. That’s why the Los Angeles Police Commission recently decided to kill the program, that is unless the City Council vetoes it.
    how much freedom we are willing to give up for safety. For Americans, the answer is usually "Not much." Especially when the people being punished are us, as opposed to far-off terrorists. If the LAPD's numbers are correct and red-light collisions are down 62% at lights with cameras, is it worth to end the program because we don't like getting tickets? Or are these legitimate privacy concerns? What do you think?
Weiye Loh

Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog: Germany's Burned Bridge - 0 views

  • The politics of Merkelism are based on two principles. The first is that, if the people want it, it must be right. The second is that whatever is useful to the people must also be useful to the chancellor.
  • I have quickly calculated the implications for carbon dioxide emissions of the German decision, based on a projection of the 2020 electricity mix from RWI as reported by the Financial Times.  These estimates are shown in the graph to the left.
  • Using these numbers and the simplified carbon dioxide intensities from The Climate Fix I calculate the carbon dioxide emissions from Germany electricity generation, assuming constant demand, will increase by 8% from 2011 to 2020. The Breakthrough Institute also runs some numbers.  See Reuters as well.
    In The Climate Fix I lauded Germany's forward-looking energy policies, in which they had decided to use the technologies of today as a resource from which to build a bridge to tomorrow's energy technology (German readers, please see this translated essay as well). Germany's government has now burned that bridge by announcing the phase-out of nuclear power by 2022.
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