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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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I had no idea the northeast was so heavily Catholic: Of course, this is claimed affiliation of members. My guess is that probably 20% of them actually know anything about the faith they claim as their own. P.S. I wonder... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
This is kind of cool. A serious research video about about how real men would move and fight in real 15th century armor. Yikes. They’re actually pretty mobile. And they’re very well-protected, and have some interesting offensive techniques to actually... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Been out of town for 8 days, and didn’t set up any automatic posts before I left. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
From Weird Al Yankovic: Perhaps we could all learn something from this? I suffer from a few of my problem areas mentioned. Technorati Tags: word,crimes,weird,al,yankovic Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
The ESA put a lander on a comet late last fall … and it died within a couple of days. The lander, called Philae, was solar powered. It bounced quite a bit on landing, and its handlers assumed it had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Alberto Lucas Lopez via io9 via Lifehacker via Nothing new here, but it’s pretty to examine. Technorati Tags: map,language,speakers Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Economics, as a social science, covers a lot of ground. I’m going to be chauvinist here, and remark that we do a pretty good job at that: that’s why economics is the biggest social science, the oldest, and the one whose experts get paid the most. OK. I’m done now.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Ben Southwood of UPDATED PRIORS makes an argument similar to one I’ve made in class before.* Let me riff a bit on it: Suppose there are 2 employers and 4 potential workers. Employer A Does pay 2 people a wage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Via bookofjoe, a beautiful way to spend 2 minutes: Technorati Tags: raindrops Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
New research out shows that the value of randomly giving poor people access to Medicaid is worth less to them than the cost of the Medicaid services paid for. One way of viewing this is that Medicaid is a waste... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
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From Mark Perry at Carpe Diem: An expense is an expense: a minimum wage increase just gets taken out at the top of the income statement and a tax gets taken out … well … sometimes at the top of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Kevin D. Williamson: Real people simply want things that are different from what the planners want them to want, a predicament that can be solved only through violence and the threat of violence. From a piece about Senator Sanders conflating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Don Boudreaux, writing at Café Hayek, has a good question for people who support increases in the minimum wage: … If enforcement of minimum-wage policies were carried out in practice by policing low-skilled workers rather than employers – if these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Fascinating and wonderful: “In Flight” by Mark Vanhoeneker, from the May 14, 2015 issue of The New York Times. Technorati Tags: pilot,jet,widebody,commercial,747,airplane,flight Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
After writing the last post, I recalled something related that I’d read in The New York Times last fall, so I went back and searched it out. It’s scary because it doubles down on the idea that polls are telling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Pollsters are wondering why their election polls are so bad; they’ve badly forecast elections in the UK, Israel, and Poland just this spring. Perhaps a better question is why people in the legacy media are prejudiced against the methods of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
The ESA has released a bunch of photos taken by the Rosetta satellite and Philae lander of the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. There are 150 of them, with only a handful of artist mock-ups, and scientist selfies. Check this one out: This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
While people watching the other day* a friend remarked that a woman walking down the street had a tattoo all around one arm and all around one leg. We both knew that the former is called a sleeve. What’s the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Everybody knows the Prime Directive from Star Trek: don’t interfere and screw things up. It’s basically Hippocrates applied to planetary civilizations, right? Why can’t we have something like that for voluntary exchanges? You know the type: all our dams and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
(Updated on June 3 to replace the linked image with an actual one). A collection of quotes from 1871 to 1915 complaining that people are in too much of a hurry. Here’s the first image, there are more in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
What makes modern civilization what it is (you know, long lives spent mostly on leisure while in good health) mostly derives from inventions made over the last 2 centuries. Most people think humans have always been inventing stuff, and literally that’s true. But what’s changed is the rate of innovation.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
This guy is running for president. He thinks there’s something wrong with a society in which there are children who need help but there are many kinds of deodorant. For my part, I worry about a society in which there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at voluntaryXchange
Here’s another video, without much worth watching, that it should be OK to just listen to. Duke’s Mike Munger gets into the philosophical details of what it means for exchange to be voluntary. This is at the core of what we study in economics: why the voluntary exchanges between people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Duke’s Mike Munger gets into the philosophical details of what it means for exchange to be voluntary. This is at the core of what we study in economics: why the voluntary exchanges between people lead to better outcomes than the involuntary exchanges made by governments. But there’s gray areas too.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Tufte's Curated Economics Videos
Perhaps I’ll assign this as homework sometime: Via Greg Mankiw’s Blog. Technorati Tags: pizza,money,scraps Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at voluntaryXchange