COVID-19 fiscal stimulus packages

Value of COVID-19 fiscal stimulus packages in G20 countries as of July 2020, as a share of GDP

Across countries, economic-stimulus responses to the COVID-19 crisis outsize
those to the 2008 nancial crisis.

Figure 1: IMF estimate of the size of the fiscal measures implemented in response to Covid-19

Country policy responses to Covid-19, As of 12 August 2020*

The fiscal response to the economic fallout from the coronavirus

Altruism and Selfishness

The selfish gene behind altruism | Shed Science
The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins

Empathy and Altruism: Are They Selfish?

A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place – Egoistic Altruism

Altruism Is Selfish, And That’s Ok | Max Krasnow | TEDxCambridgeSalon

Altruism and selfishness, May 2002, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25(2):239-50; discussion 251-96

Selfishness as second-order altruism, Omar Tonsi Eldakar and David Sloan Wilson, PNAS May 13, 2008


Part 1 – Greed – A fatal desire (1/2) | DW Documentary
Part 2 – Greed – A fatal desire (2/2) | DW Documentary Documentary
“Can money and power ever make us happy? How much is enough? Our constant desire for more is part of our human nature. But is greed getting the better of us? Find out in GREED – A FATAL DESIRE. From Buddhists and bankers to Eskimos and psychologists, we explore the phenomenon of greed with people from all walks of life. How can it be defined? What makes us greedy? And what are the repercussions? People like to have a lot of stuff because it gives them the feeling of living forever,” says American social psychologist Sheldon Solomon. He thinks we have to come to terms with our own mortality before we can break the cycle. Are there other ways to feel happy and content? Can we simply stop being greedy by changing the way we think?”

Why do hurt people hurt people?

Why Hurt People Hurt People

Why do hurt people hurt people?

Hurt People Hurt People

Hurt People Hurt People

Gamification :-)

The Super Mario Effect – Tricking Your Brain into Learning More | Mark Rober | TEDxPenn
“Focusing on the princess and not the pits, to stick with a task and learn more”

Positive Psychology

The three secrets of resilient people | Lucy Hone | TEDxChristchurch
“aweful things happen to everyone
hunt the goodness, see the positives
helping or harming”

Limiting Beliefs

Limiting Beliefs

How To Identify Your Limiting Beliefs And Get Rid Of Them Once And For All

Limiting Beliefs: What Are They And How Can You Overcome Them?

4 Steps to Release “Limiting Beliefs” Learned From Childhood

What is learned helplessness?


The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem – Nathaniel Branden

What matters most is how you see yourself. an abstract from the above link:

Self-concept is destiny. If you have a high opinion of yourself, you’re more likely to get positive emotional feedback from others which will reinforce your strong self-image; if you have a low opinion of yourself, you’re more likely to get negative feedback from others, “proving” that you were right all along.

Healthy self-esteem correlates with:
ability to manage change
willingness to admit and correct mistakes
Poor self-esteem correlates with:
blindness to reality
fear of the new and unfamiliar
inappropriate conformity or inappropriate rebelliousness
over-compliant or over-controlling behavior
fear of, or hostility to, other people
“The union of two abysses does not produce a height.”
“Poor self-esteem places us in an adversarial relationship to our well-being”
Self-efficacy is the conviction that we are able to think, to judge, to know, and to correct our errors. It is trust in our mental processes and abilities. It is not the conviction that we can never make an error. It is trust in our processes, not necessarily in the outcomes.
“Self-esteem is not a substitute for the knowledge and skills one needs to operate successfully in the world. But it does increase the likelihood that one will obtain those skills.”
Physical manifestations of self-esteem:
eyes that are alert, bright, and lively
shoulders that are relaxed, yet erect
hands that tend to be relaxed and graceful
arms that tend to hang in an easy, natural way
a posture that tends to be unstrained, erect, well-balanced
a walk that tends to be purposeful
a voice that tends to be modulated with an intensity appropriate to the situation and with clear pronunciation “


The Six Pillars of Self Esteem, Dr. Nathaniel Branden

Self Esteem Mini-Course by Marisa Peer

Learning to Love Yourself | Amanda Jetté Knox | TEDxYouth@Nepean

Docker containers in Production

I wanted to compile some resources about docker usage in production environments.

Interesting facts — Companies and the use of Docker

Customer Success
Carnival, Citizens Bank, Liberty Mutual, Lindsay Corporation, and Nationwide won the 2019 Docker customer awards for innovation and transformation

What do teams at Square, Airbnb, and Spotify have in common?

Are Docker containers really secure?

These Are Not The Containers You’re Looking For

The 2019 Microservices Ecosystem

Should You Run Your Database in Docker?
“Someone mentioned not running databases in containers, but I don’t understand why it would be bad…”

8 Components You Need to Run Containers in Production

  1. Engine
  2. Orchestration
  3. Network
  4. Storage
  5. Monitoring
  6. Logging
  7. Service Mesh
  8. Container Deployment Pipeline

The Most Widely Used Images Are NGINX, Redis, and Postgres

Subjective Validation, Barnum Effect, Forer Effect

The Barnum Effect – Why People Believe In Astrology And Psychics

Barnum effect

The Barnum effect, also called the Forer effect, is a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them, that are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people.[1] This effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some paranormal beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, aura reading, and some types of personality tests.”

The Barnum Effect
“The Barnum effect is named after P.T. Barnum, the showman who declared “there零 a sucker born every minute.” He found many ways to separate “suckers”, as he called gullible people, from their money.

The Barnum effect in psychology refers to the gullibility of people when reading descriptions of themselves. By personality, we mean the ways in which people are different and unique. However, it is possible to give everyone the same description and people nevertheless rate the description as very very accurate”

Forer (or Barnum) Effect

chatbot as a therapist?

Meet the chatbots doing your job: Therapy Today, June 2018 Volume 29 Issue 5

Think through situations with step-by-step guidance from Woebot using methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The chatbot therapist will see you now

“Sometimes we get all tangled up inside our heads, unable to move on. Wysa is great at helping you get unstuck. Co-designed by therapists, coaches, users and AI folk, Wysa lets you set the pace, helps when it can, and never judges. It is free and anonymous – so give it a try!”

Meet Tess: the mental health chatbot that thinks like a therapist

Eliza, the Computer Therapist
“The original ELIZA first appeared in the 60’s. She seems almost human. This example of artificial intelligence works best, however, if you limit your conversation to talking about yourself and your feelings. Full sentences will give better results.”

“Mitsuku, a four-time winner of the Loebner Prize Turing Test, is the world’s best conversational chatbot. As featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Guardian, Wired, and more.”

Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York