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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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The vXboy, first mentioned in the (fourth overall) and first real post on this blogmentione, moved away to college last Thursday, and has his first class in about an hour. Technorati Tags: vxboy,college,dorm Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
I don’t think they could have been clearer: Climate policy advocates’ apocalyptic vision demands serious analysis, and mushy thinking undermines their case. If carbon emissions pose the greatest threat to humanity, it follows that the costs of nuclear power—waste disposal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
I do not go in much for reality TV. The one show over the last 25 years of this fad that I have watched dutifully is The Last Alaskans. Bob Harte was as close as you could get to being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Symbiosis, as a concept, got its start with lichens. Every biology student learns that a lichen is a bunch of fungus and algae living together in peace and harmony. But, they’ve been unable to culture the damn things in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Doug Fabrizio of RadioWest interviews Ted Koppel (yes, that Ted Koppel). He’s retired from network TV now, and he’s written a book about the threat of terrorist attack on our electical power grid. Think about it: what exactly would you do if there was no power for a year or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Tufte's Curated Economics Podcasts
Doug Fabrizio of RadioWest interviews Ted Koppel (yes, that Ted Koppel). He’s retired from network TV now, and he’s written a book about the threat of terrorist attack on our electical power grid. Think about it: what exactly would you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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The website Pornhub showed a huge decrease in activity in a window surrounding the premier of Game of Thrones. Does this mean that better TV would get people to reduce their porn consumption? Where I live, the LDS church is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
Progressives seem awfully tied up in magical thinking these days. How else to explain the certainty that nonsense like a $15 minimum wage just must be a good idea? Betsy’s Page quotes and writes about literary criticism, and finds much... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
John Cochrane: Fracking developed in the US pretty much because property rights include subsoil minerals, which are retained by the government in most other countries. Wait … you mean the oil boom, which was so essential to Obama’s success, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
That’s a school principal in a remote part of Canada. Count me among those who thing Walmart should get a Nobel Peace Prize for their contributions to improved well-being through lower prices. Read the whole thing. Via Marginal Revolution. Technorati... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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Not to be age-ist, but if the shoe fits: Honestly, I have some sympathy for (fellow former-Buffalonian) Perez, who seems to have been dealt a bad hand in the aging-with-grace category. Not much sympathy for the Democrats though, who seem... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
You’re going to wish you could do this for real: How did he make this? Stoney Emshmiller did the interview of his future self in 1977. Then he kept it for almost 40 years, and edited his older self into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at voluntaryXchange
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 Jun 26, 2017 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 Jun 26, 2017 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 Jun 23, 2017 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 Jun 23, 2017 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 Jun 23, 2017 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
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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 May 21, 2017 at voluntaryXchange