Antoine Maalouf

Ottawa, Canada

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Antoine Maalouf
Posted almost 3 years ago
A Single World Currency and a World Central Bank - For or Against?
Having such a system requires many nations to give up some control over there economies to a multinational institution that will cater to the interests of larger nations. It may be a good idea on a regional level where all members are significant trade partners and enjoy a similar level of human and economic development.
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Antoine Maalouf
Posted almost 3 years ago
How do you see the world without nuclear energy ?
Economically: Nuclear energy is low cost way to meet base load electricity. By removing this option nations will need to find alternative and more expensive energy sources to meet the ever growing demands. The extra costs will be passed on to consumers either directly through energy bills or indirectly through the rising prices of the products they buy. Ecologically: The replacement of nuclear energy will more likely be fossil fuel based such as natural gas or coal. This will cause an increase in pollution levels and a deterioration of human health. It is true that nuclear reactors produce radioactive wastes but if stored correctly they have far less impact then fossil fuels. Socially: There will be a positive reaction at first, but this will change once the public starts understanding and feeling the above problems.
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Antoine Maalouf
Posted over 3 years ago
Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod
pirated copies =/= sales. The decision process to whether or not acquire a certain object is very different if the object is offered for free as compared to being sold. How many times have we grabbed free samples of products that we never think of buying? Piracy is the symptom of the failure of the IP industry to adapt to the changing economy. By clinging to archaic business models the record companies are digging there own graves. Customers are willing to pay for good content but the industry is failing to meet this demand The fact that 99% of customer who use itunes or stands in long line ups at record stores are aware that they can get the exact same songs for free but chose to pay for there music proves my point.