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Dave
Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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“Wake Me Up” by Avicii came up a few minutes ago on a playlist I put together a little over a year ago, and hadn’t listened to since. I’ve been working through it in my office for a couple of... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at voluntaryXchange
For the day income taxes are due, The Washington Post ran an interview with two tax scholars about why the U.S. personal income tax system is so complex. Check it out: you may be surprised at their two main answers.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
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Last year, a few students commented towards the end of the semester that leaning about logical fallacies had helped them a lot as economists. I agree: these things are all over public discussion of macroeconomic issues. Logical fallacies are everywhere,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
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I’m speculating here, and in a somewhat nasty way: I suspect that personality tests would show that governments are full of “control freaks”. Control issues are how therapists describe behavior in which people think things perform better because they specifically... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
This had never come up for me before last week. It seems straightforward. I always put hyperlinks in my worksheets to move big distances within them, but also to other worksheets. But you can’t link straight to a chart that’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Today, when I used the arrow keys they didn’t work. Well, they worked, but they did something odd: my selected cell would not move but its position on the screen would change. Why is that? Using arrow keys to move... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Macroeconomics is hard because we define some things tribally first, then do the economics second … and wonder why it doesn’t make sense. I was discussing this just this morning in response to a student’s question about whether or not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Volkswagen rigged their pollution tests to sell cars that were not as clean as they claimed. So those cars polluted more than people thought they would. As a form of redress, Volkswagen bought back those cars if their owners asked.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
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Here’s a Frank and Ernest from just before Clinton took office. This will make a good one for a macro class. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Utah has signed into law the first bill making it explicitly legal to let your kids range freely. Personally, part of our reason for moving to the intermountain west was to allow our kids to have the sort of childhood... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
I laughed when I heard just the audio. Then I laughed harder when I watched it with the video. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
I have not seen anyone else say this, so I will. Some people are toxic. A lot of management and organizational behavior is about not letting those toxic people get to the top of the heap. Yes, mistakes happen, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
I did not know that SNL had spoofed Obama’s executive order for DACA. Obama more or less admitted he didn’t have the authority to order DACA. But the courts didn’t call him on it (you know … for the kids).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
One bit of scientific speculation that I’m fond of is that North America was settled not just by people coming east from Asia, but also west from Europe. The evidence for this is items dredged from areas that are now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Sorry … OLW and Typepad still refusing to play nicely with each other from the PC I wrote this on. ******************************* I rarely watch the news on TV. I almost never watch the local news because it comes from Salt... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
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Here’s a horrifying map: This is a declassified image from the CIA. It shows the USSR divided into economic regions in 1953, with the percentage of national GNP produced in each region. The horror is typical Edward Tufte stuff: why... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
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Given the inglorious end to apartheid, it isn’t surprising that parts of it are forgotten or surpressed. Forty or so years back, the creation of predominantly black “homelands” was in the news.† From the CIA’s achives, here’s a map of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
That’s not a view I’ve heard before, but it make sense: If you cast an eye back over history you’ll see that what most societies have actually come up with is the social equivalent of a cartel: if you want... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Ummm … 1) remember when the internet was supposed to remember everything, and 2) remember when software didn’t work and you’d fix it (before apps came along, which still fail sometimes, but which no one fixes)? Number 2 first: I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Timothy Taylor quotes:† Pascal Lamy, the former head of the World Trade Organization, likes to quote China’s sixth Buddhist patriarch: When the wise man points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger. My dogs have never been wise... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
From the JPL: Not too long, and pretty cool. Via bookofjoe and The Washington Post. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
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Back in 2013, Curiosity looked up and shot a transit of Mars’ moon Phobos: You can really see that Phobos, which is probably a gravitationally captured pile of asteroid rubble, is not very big. With a radius of roughly 7... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
In class I refer to the U.S. healthcare system as a Frankenstein monster: every time something doesn’t work properly, we add something new that usually doesn’t work properly either. Dawn Smit, writing at The EclectiSite has put together a nice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at voluntaryXchange
Maybe you don’t use multi-level lists. This is Word’s name for something that’s in an outline format: you know, maybe a roman numeral for sections, then a capital letter for subsections that are indented, and so on. Do note that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at voluntaryXchange