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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Clinton launched a political group called Onward Together this week. Their Twitter is #onwardtogether. Fair enough. Except that #onwardtogether is/was the hashtag of the navy of Nigeria. Now, if you Google that, you’ll find dozens of hits at the top... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Have you seen the new commercials for Jagermeister. Like a lot of stupid advertising for alcohol products, the fact that they’re cold gets a lot of screen time. Anyway, the end of the commercial features a blond “fraulein” noting that:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
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No relevance for my family, but I like both sentiments. Via SR's Twitter feed. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Governments like to order people around. Sometimes that’s OK, but it breeds a tendency not to examine the costs too closely. Tyler Cowen points me to research from a couple of years ago on this. The cool things about the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I have wondered if Trump is the Republican version of Jimmy Carter: an outsider, completely unequipped for D.C. Carter all but confirms this with a column in The Washington Post praising one of Trump’s policy decisions. We now recognize that... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Fighting the last war is a metaphor for doing what used to work even though times have changed. For example, French generals in 1940 expected World War II to be like World War I, so they ended up fighting German... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
FBI Director Comey was fired yesterday. Do you really think they didn’t ask him to resign first? Don’t be dumb: of course they did. Now backtrack: don’t you think the Democrats might have wanted him to resign 6-18 months ago?... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Big news today is the national cancer incidence map published in Cancer. The difference in cancer rates between environmentally cleaner and dirtier counties was 39, out of 100,000, per year. That’s not deaths, that’s diagnoses. Is that a lot? On... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
May 1977: Get Shown the Light was released yesterday (on 11 CDs), with a companion release of part of that group at Cornell 5/8/77 (on 5 vinyl LPs). Both contain the first official release of what deadheads widely regard as... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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Stunning: My readers may not be too up on trains, Christie, or the 1930’s. So here goes: The Orient Express was a train. Murder On the Orient Express is a story about a murder. On a train. The train is... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
With respect to the last post, the Republican House has now passed an update to Obamacare. And America is unhinged about it. First off, it’s not a law yet, and it’s not clear it will be. Second, it’s not a... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I just finished a semester where my advanced macroeconomics classes didn’t really cover Trump’s policies at all. So why didn’t we cover Trump much at all this semester? Honestly, because I had a suspicion that seemed too unusual to voice... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
It’s new, Bluetooth enabled, and doesn’t wear out your records as fast as old turntables. Check it out: The KickStarter for this is fully funded, so this product will be available soon. Personally, I’m not sure I’m that interested. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
It seems unlikely that anyone you will ever know will see this view in person. From The New York Times, via bookofjoe. Technorati Tags: earth,saturn,rings,cassini Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
There was a comedian on the radio coming home the other night. I laughed hard enough to link to the streaming audio:† https://www.prairiehome.org/shows/55655 The part I heard runs from the 1:31:05 to the 1:35:00 times. ************************** What really appealed to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Why was the March for Science mostly a march on Washington? Is it me, or is this more like a march for politics? Because, you know, honestly, D.C. has never been a thick market for scientific research. I’m no fan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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I’m doing letter grades, and I decided I want the letters to all line up, with a + or – appended on the right side, while keeping the column centered.† Normally, Excel does this: I wanted this: I have some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I used to be into working on cars. If you ever wondered how and why headers improve performance, here’s a low-level tutorial. The motivation for this is that there’s a famous graduates display case at my kids’ high school, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Newfoundland: That’s an iceberg. Grounded. Technorati Tags: icerberg,newfoundland Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Not yet for sale, but the future looks pretty cool. Grandchildren are hopefully still several years out for me, but I’ll bet they’ll never know there was a time when we didn’t have this on our phones: This fairly sharp,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I had not heard this story; perhaps it’s apocryphal: The troops in the first Iraq war wore T-shirts saying “who you gonna call? 001.” It’s still the only number. From John Cochrane’s contribution to a gathering on American exceptionalism. FYI:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
From Quora: Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria's pint. Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Interesting. There’s a platform to create internet contact that isn’t linked … to anything … even itself. Not only isn’t it linked, search engines spiders are pointed away from it. It’s a project of Rob Beschizza, who’s an editor at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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Interactive graphics showing the patterns in which we live together are becoming really common. They’re a useful way to think about our world. This is important in macroeconomics, because we choose to live in places near others, and we agglomerate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Why are so many prime age (25 to 54) men not in the labor force? This has gone from 3% to 12% over the last 50 years. One reason may be jail time. How so? First off, labor force participation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at voluntaryXchange