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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court upheld much of Trump’s ban on immigration/travel based on location. For practical purposes, they left an out you can drive a truck through, by allowing potential immigrants to leverage any relationships they can... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
I last liked grammar in 6th grade. After that, I thought it was dumb, and I got fairly adversarial about it. I had to be told quite a few times in the later parts of high school and then in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
Two things. One personal, one in the news. 1) The vXboy is going to college, and had to read through several pages of legalese about living in the dorms. He’s perplexed about … why. As a father, how do I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I’m worried about where progressives are going. We are months into this gotta’ dis Trump at every opportunity thing. It isn’t working. Don’t get me wrong. I still think Trump sucks. But what I see is a hugely ineffective White... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
This is actually an addendum to a topic that’s already part of the canon (here’s an example, and it’s been in the principles lecture on this topic for years). So, here’s Deadspin’s headline from another example: Florida's Go-To Stadium Economist... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Tyler was much balder with that title on Marginal Revolution than in his original on Bloomberg View. Perhaps the most common policy argument I see is that the government ought to channel more resources to lower-income Americans, and finance this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
One of my favorite actresses passed away suddenly last night. I always perked up when she had a role: The Night of, Parks and Rec, Kit Kittredge, Dick Tracy, Lonesome Dove (so sad), and of course Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
A pilot took a video from the cockpit as they flew from Zurich to Sao Paolo: FlightLapse #01 - MilkyWay from SkyProduction on Vimeo. Via bookofjoe. Technorati Tags: milky,way,stars,cockpit,pilot,flight,video Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Noahopinion has a good piece on NIMBY’s, and how their view of the economics may be flawed. He’s riffing off a particular NIMBY, who doesn’t want new dwelling built, but here goes. He sees two flaws that economists need to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Rob Sheffield: The Beatles invented most of what rock stars do…They invented breaking up. They invented drugs. They invented long hair, going to India, having a guru, round glasses, solo careers, beards, press conferences, divisive girlfriends, writing your own songs,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Peter Suderman on paying for healthcare: … Improved affordability and accessibility is an outcome, not a system. EconLog’s corrolary to that would be to never reason from a price change. Via Cold Spring Shops. Technorati Tags: healthcare,obamacare,suderman,quote,outcome,reason,price,change Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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 May 21, 2017 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 May 21, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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
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