Posts byEvrim Öztamur

Rushing for Change, and Newton’s Third Law

Policymaking is a term that’s often used under the governmental or international level, in a political context; but the thing is, it’s not actually limited to just those cases. The definition of policy alone encompasses a much larger variety of cases, it’s any structured means of guiding decisions and actions that is thought to be

One-trick pony, finds its second trick

Personal computers are extremely complex machines. The intricacies of billions of individual circuit components working together and essentially upholding the foundation of the modern world are fascinating in itself, and it has been this way for the past few decades now. What’s newer though is the specialisation of labour that goes on within your computer.

Imbalance of Payments

Sanction all you want, North Korea is an 'open' economy!

It’s not up to debate that 2017 has been a year full of tension and uncertainty in terms of international relations, especially considering how the foreign policy statements of the United States are being revealed to us through Twitter: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk

Sweetest Tax of Them All

Growing up, I always thought that the United States was the most obese country in the world. Whenever someone discussed obesity, not only would the US be mentioned, but it would always spark a comical figure of a very fat guy in a t-shirt with an American flag print. Well, maybe a bit too hypocritical

Not So Basic Income

...yet not too utopic either!

Basic income right now is such a hot topic that it’s pretty much the bitcoins of policymaking. The idea is extremely simple, and that makes it extremely appealing: Governments give money to their citizens simply for being their citizens, and just enough of it that they don’t starve. As simple as that. With all the

Beating the Box Office for Dummies

For what is demanded, there is supply...

One of the first things they teach you in an introductory statistics class is that you shouldn’t take the average of ordinal data. It doesn’t make sense, because unlike 4 °C and 5 °C, the difference between four stars and five stars is neither quantifiable, nor the same for all people. For me, Twelve Angry

Surgeon General’s Bottle of Whiskey

How far should we go so as to protect consumers?

It’s hard not to see the wall of cigarettes at the service counters in supermarkets in the Netherlands. When I first came to Amsterdam, I was pretty surprised at the ‘Duty Free’-styled labelling on the cigarettes: Plain black text on a white box. I hadn’t paid so much attention to these labels in the past,

Fundamentals of the Blockchain

We all heard about that magical fiat currency called bitcoin that exists without a central bank or a physical presence. Its digital existence is not particularly confusing as almost all of our banking has become electronic, especially in the Netherlands where having cash on hand is something that’s almost a rare occurrence. However, not having

Where Have All Our Bees Gone Off To?

I really enjoy eating sugary breakfast cereals every now and then, but I’m more of a fan of muesli if I’m having something filling in the morning. However, one cereal that I do like quite a bit is  the Honey Pops Loops. In the Netherlands, it’s Kellogg’s that’s producing that type of ‘O’-shaped cereal; whereas