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Dave
Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Take a gander at "What Time Is It? Here’s What the 2016 Election Tells Us About Obama, Trump, and What Comes Next". It's an interview with political scientist Stephen Skowronek about his theory of why we have Trump. It’s from... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at voluntaryXchange
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Just labeling some of last year’s photos, and I came across this from August 22, 2016: This is by far the earliest we’ve ever had a visible dusting of next winter’s snow on the mountains. FWIW: I’m not sure of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
I taught at Alabama from 11989-1991, and left voluntarily. I have zero doubts that the main campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa should be on the top ten list for undergraduates seeking sugar daddies to support them. To... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Excellent visualization of the scale of exports and imports around the world. If you ever wondered why Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and south Asia are poor, now you know. Via Cafe Hayek. Technorati Tags: international,trade,flows,exports,imports Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Excellent visualization of the scale of exports and imports around the world. If you ever wondered why Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and south Asia are poor, now you know. Via Cafe Hayek. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Excellent visualization of the scale of exports and imports around the world. If you ever wondered why Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and south Asia are poor, now you know. Via Cafe Hayek. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Actual gears have been discovered in insect anatomy. When the insects jump, they accelerate with 500 to 700 g for a millisecond. They push with two legs, and the gears keep the legs aligned. At that rate of acceleration, the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Here’s a computer detective story. I’m not much of a football fan, but I did watch Clemson beat Alabama last night. And they covered the personal interest story that the Clemson coach, Dabo Swinney, was a walk-on wide receiver at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Nat Hentoff, the eclectic … and … hmmm … thinking liberal columnist has died. Drudge Report linked to an excellent 1999 piece that sorta’ explains what I mean by that. My gosh, he might even have been a classic liberal.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
How could I forget the other thing this guy did? The vXwife ordered necklaces made of Christmas lights for the vXgirl. There were set to arrive the Tuesday before Christmas. They didn’t. On Thursday, she called UPS. And they said... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Most people know the shortest day of the year is around the 21st of December. But many people do not know that sunrise keeps getting later for over two weeks after that (sunsets start inching later starting in early December).... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
From Daily Overview: This is the space shuttle Endeavor, breaking above the clouds after launch. Technorati Tags: space,shuttle,endeavor,launch Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Rich States, Poor States* is a popular economic analysis in Utah. In large part, this is because Utah ranks very high in their analysis (# 1 in economic outlook for most of the last 10 years). It’s difficult to deny... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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Tis the season … to not eat all the leftovers in the fridge because that’s just a weird thing that parents do. From the September 5, 2014 issue of Zits, which you can find at cartoonistgroup.com. Technorati Tags: zits,parents,don't,care Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Cliff Asness is a hedge fund manager (basically, an investment advisor for people with a lot of money to put in one place). I don’t think too highly of investment advisors: people think they get paid for beating the market,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
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We went to see Rogue One the other night (highly recommended). One vXteen went with us. The other vXteen went skating with no one in particular (just not us). This is from the June 26 (I believe it was 2016)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
I’m riffing on the title of my “Why Is Macro So Hard” series of posts. Many people, myself included, don’t get the appeal of Trump.* But here’s more from The Washington Post interview with Kathy Cramer [emphasis is original]: …... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Giving away condoms in Africa is associated with higher incidence of HIV/AIDS: … The result is a position that is subjectively sincere, earnest and well-meaning — and objectively racist. … demonstrating, once again, that with the possible exception of handguns... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Cold Spring Shops attributes this to George Stigler: Automobiles go faster because they have brakes. Much more broadly applicable. Think about it. Technorati Tags: stigler,peltzman,effect,cars,automobiles,brakes Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Oooh, now this is interesting (emphasis is original): … You mentioned many of your subjects liked Obama because they saw him as an agent of change. Looking at this past election, it was stunning to see how many counties flipped... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
So I’m in the ranch store looking at winter outdoorwear, about 7 pm, just before Christmas.† And I overhear half a conversation: there’s one other guy in the section on his cell phone. You can fill in the blanks. “I’m... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
Stephen Karlson: … The action takes place in California, which, in the way of third world hell-holes everywhere, is carefully guarded gated communities surrounded by misery. With revolution simmering. This is from a review of a fiction book, but still,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at voluntaryXchange
This isn’t so much a pro-fracking video, as a video about whether a particular anti-fracking video activist is being truthful.* There’s some interesting economics in here, particularly about the rates of workplace absence. These are higher in industries like entertainment and education than they are in oil and gas. Honestly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
This is a big viewing committment for what amounts to not too much economics. But there is some there, so if you like this, just keep the economics in mind. Anyway, they’re building a castle in France. From scratch. Using medieval tools and techniques. The goal is to figure out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
I’ve been tumbling downhill in a bigger than normal snowball since late October. But now the semester is winding down. A few weeks ago I came across a word I’d heard before but never bothered to explore: sacerdotalism. I kept... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at voluntaryXchange