The Great Carbon Footprint Competition!

carbon_dude Here Ye! Here Ye! It is with great pleasure that hereby announces the commencement of: THE GREAT CARBON FOOTPRINT COMPETITION 2008 Aim To determine which Planet Mars reader has the greatest Carbon Footprint as determined by one of our greatest corporations. How to win Prizes will be awarded to the BIGGEST Carbon Footprint. First prize: Carbon Dude Global: The largest absolute Carbon Footprint. Second prize: Carbon Dude National: The largest absolute Carbon Footprint as per country. Third prize: Carbon Dude Global, Encouragement Award: The second largest absolute Carbon Footprint. The judge’s decision (Planet Mars) will be final. How to enter the competition

  1. Please follow THIS LINK and determine what your Carbon Footprint is.
  2. Emit-and-Submit your Carbon Footprint results as a comment on this post.
  3. Results will be purely determined by the calculator on the link.
  4. The competition ends on the 30th of June 2008.
  5. Progressive Carbon Footprint entries in the comments section of this post are welcome.
  6. Team spirit is vital! We’re in this together. Therefore participants are encouraged to offer suggestions on how to maximize one’s Carbon Footprint.
  7. “Think Local Act Global!”

“It’s your planet – it’s your Footprint!”

“Save our civilization – One person at a time”

“Unleash the Carbon Dude Within You!”


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The Myth of Natural Monopoly.

Thomas Di Lorenzo explores the history of the concept of ‘natural’ monopolies, and its use to justify state interventionism in the economy.

It is a myth that natural monopoly theory was developed first by
economists, and then used by legislators to “justify” franchise monop-
olies. The truth is that the monopolies were created decades before the
theory was formalized by intervention-minded economists, who then
used the theory as an ex post rationale for government intervention.


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What did Ancient Rome look like?

The University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities has recreated a virtual simulacra of Rome around June 21, 320 A.D.
A ten year project with the help of a number of research bodies around the world, the most accurate representation has been created with both the scholar and the student in mind. Go and enjoy a trip along the by-ways of one of the greatest cities in the world.
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