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Debates Debates Anthony Townsend is an urban planner and forecaster whose writing, public speaking, activism and consulting focus on urbanisation, ubiquitous computing and technology-led innovation and economic development. He holds posts as Research Director at the Institute for the Future, an independent research organisation based in California's Silicon Valley, and Senior Research Fellow at New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation. He was co-founder of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the community broadband movement, and was named one of Planetizen's "Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology" and "Top 100 Thinkers" tracking the Internet of Things by Postscapes. His first book, "Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia", is published by W.W. Norton & Co.

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by C.R. | LONDON MOST economists agree that fossil-fuel subsidies are a bad idea. They promote a misallocation of resources in the economy, namely, the over-consumption of fossil fuels. They can be a burden on the public finances. What's more, this waste increases global carbon emissions. Free exchange
Latest blog posts by N.B. BEFORE 2011 John Michael McDonagh was known as the less successful brother of Martin McDonagh, an award-winning playwright and the writer-director of “In Bruges”. But in 2011 John Michael made his own debut as a writer-director with “The Guard”, and his knowing, ribald crime-comedy broke box-office records. It stands as the most lucrative independent Irish film ever made. His follow-up, “Calvary” is similar in some key respects. Again, Brendan Gleeson stars as an incorruptible, unconventional, know-it-all authority figure in a coastal Irish village, and again, the post-Tarantino script is studded with sex, drugs and stinging put-downs. Latest blog posts
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