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Reducing reoffending: After the big house. The Power of Incentives. When Economic Incentives Backfire. Organizations and societies rely on fines and rewards to harness people’s self-interest in the service of the common good.

When Economic Incentives Backfire

The threat of a ticket keeps drivers in line, and the promise of a bonus inspires high performance. But incentives can also backfire, diminishing the very behavior they’re meant to encourage. A generation ago, Richard Titmuss claimed that paying people to donate blood reduced the supply. Economists were skeptical, citing a lack of empirical evidence. But since then, new data and models have prompted a sea change in how economists think about incentives—showing, among other things, that Titmuss was right often enough that businesses should take note. Experimental economists have found that offering to pay women for donating blood decreases the number willing to donate by almost half, and that letting them contribute the payment to charity reverses the effect.

As 2014 brings new state laws, a look at public opinion on the issues. Every new year means adding thousands of new state laws to the books. This year’s wide range includes everything from tanning bed age limits (Illinois), to a new ban on selling shark fins (Delaware). While most new laws represent incremental change, sometimes state laws can also signal broader movement on a public policy issue or indicate a regional or demographic shift in public opinion. These 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy. Salaries of Government Officials – Current Annual Salaries of Top US Government Officials.

Shown below are the current annual salaries for the top elected and appointed US government officials, along with the annual salaries for these officials in 2000 or 2001.

Salaries of Government Officials – Current Annual Salaries of Top US Government Officials

Executive Branch President of the United States 2014: $400,000 2000: $200,000Note: The president's salary was increased from $200,000 to $400,000 in 2001. The president's current salary of $400,000 includes a $50,000 expense allowance.Also See: Presidential Pay, Compensation and BenefitsVice President of the United States 2014: $230,700 2000: $181,400Legislative Branch - US Congress. 22 Gorgeous Maps That Define The United States Of America. Media_consolidation.jpg 935×700 pixels. Dictator Death Tolls: Who Killed the Most?, RealClearWorld - The Compass Blog. Scale of Universe - Interactive Scale of the Universe Tool. 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World.

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life.

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head. If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit.

You should also check out ChartsBin.com. 1. 2. 3. Education For Death - The Making Of The Nazi (1943) Walt Disney. 1,000 High School Students Sing US National Anthem on 18 Floors of Hotel. Deep Web Research 2012. Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators ( is a keynote presentation that I have been delivering over the last several years, and much of my information comes from the extensive research that I have completed over the years into the "invisible" or what I like to call the "deep" web.

Deep Web Research 2012

The Deep Web covers somewhere in the vicinity of 1 trillion plus pages of information located through the world wide web in various files and formats that the current search engines on the Internet either cannot find or have difficulty accessing. The current search engines find hundreds of billions of pages at the present time of this writing. In the last several years, some of the more comprehensive search engines have written algorithms to search the deeper portions of the world wide web by attempting to find files such as .pdf, .doc, .xls, ppt, .ps. and others.

This Deep Web Research 2012 report and guide is divided into the following sections: USGS/EROS › -Home. CIA FOIA - Overview. GeoData Gateway. Geospatial Data Download. Multisystem Search. USGS/EROS › -Home. International patron-client relationships: A conceptual framework. Vinegar Tips. _contract_award_2013.pdf. Realization of Prophetic Visions. Realization of Prophetic Visions By Philip Mark Ames "I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in body I do not know, or outside of the body I do not know; God knows) was caught away to the third heaven.

Realization of Prophetic Visions

And I know this man (whether in body or apart from the body I do not know; God knows) that was snatched away into paradise, and he heard unspoken sayings which it is not lawful for man to speak. " Discover over 70,000+ databases and specially search engines. The 58 RACES of the ALIEN RACES BOOK (AZAZEL8867) Conde Nast Entertainment. How to Make a Giant Robot Mech In partnership with YouTube, the Stan Winston School, and Legacy Effects, WIRED built a giant robot mech, which debuted at San Diego Comic Con 2013.

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Conde Nast Entertainment. Opinion. Design - Creating What's Next. Threat Level. Business - People and Technologies That Matter. Entertainment. Science - News for Your Neurons. Gadget Lab. Wired.com.