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EclectEcon
I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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A drunken prowler ended up "breaking into" the home Liberal Party leader, Justing Trudeau and wasn't charged. See this, for example. I have a couple of questions. Why wasn't he [the prowler, not Justin Trudeau] charged? Was it because the door wasn't locked and he made a mistake, thinking he was going into a friend's home? [yeah, sure] What alarm... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at EclectEcon
From today's Daily Alert: In Gaza, Cease-Fire Celebrated with Massive Gunfire - Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub Israel and Hamas announced Tuesday that they agreed to an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza war after seven weeks of fighting. In Gaza, massive celebratory gunfire erupted after 7 p.m. Chants normally reserved for Muslim holidays could be heard from mosque loudspeakers. The... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at EclectEcon
Judge Richard A Posner, who is also a prolific writer/economist/philosopher/lawyer/professor, defended libertarian views and freedom in a recent 7th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on gay marriage. From the NYTimes, CHICAGO — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to laws, now defunct, that... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at EclectEcon
Not a bad suggestion. Our neighbour uses a small grill that takes the even smaller propane cylinders. I expect that if/when the electric grill gives out, I'll move in that direction.... assuming I can still do stairs when I'm that age.
There are many FB memes talking about how wonderful mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters are. Despite my apparent addiction to FB, I have yet to see any of these things talking about how wonderful dads, grandfathers, uncles, and brothers are. I always want to post comments, correcting or adding to them, but that would become both tiresome and tiring. Am... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
For several decades when we lived in single-family private dwellings we had natural gas hook-ups installed so we could barbecue year-round with little difficulty. It was terrific. Three years ago, though, we moved into a condo unit where the natural gas lines cannot be installed to the balconies; we have had to give up the idea of continuing our use... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
Scott Sumner asks this question in a postscript to this post at The Money Illusion. Here is the postscript: PS. If you insist on asking parents what they would think of their children doing something, then FOR GOD SAKE DON’T ASK AMERICAN PARENTS. Reason just ran this story: A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
My actor/director/producer friend, Kerry Hishon nominated me for this award. She writes an excellent blog about theatre, mostly, as well as other aspects of her life. It is one of the very few blogs to which I subscribe. Her blog posts inspired me to post my "Theatre Briefs" as blog post entries. Thanks for the nomination, Kerry! I've been writing... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at EclectEcon
The Trono Blue Jays just beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in extra innings. But the game was completed under protest by the Devil Rays. Pickoff attempt by BJs. Runner called safe. BJ pitcher takes the mound, next DR batter gets into batters' box. BJs ask for a review. Runner called out. DRs protest because the window of opportunity to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
A Facebook friend recently posted about his son's having received a letter from the US Selective Service System. His comment: My son received his notification of ownership from the federal government today. This is as bogus as it is sexist. No foolin'. It smacks of slavery and it is definitely sexist. I await continued anti-discrimination challenges. I managed to avoid... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
The 2012 kidnapping and recent murder of James Foley brought to mind this post I made nine years ago: Kidnapping: Deterrence and Expectations Recently a former Canadian resident was kidnapped in Iraq, held for ransom, and murdered before the ransom could be paid. Toronto — Iraqi gunmen have kidnapped and killed a Canadian citizen in Baghdad, a slaying that occurred... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at EclectEcon
Is it just my imagination, or did every team that gave up a starting position player to trade for better pitching go into a slump after the trade? Detroit and Oakland come to mind especially. If so, it's consistent with my earlier observation here where I noted that in May the Trono Blue Jays had the best hitting and the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at EclectEcon
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While the mathjocks among you might recognize this structure as a (fractal) Sierpinski Tetrahedron, note that it was constructed with baseball bats and softballs [ht JH]: JH adds, "the photo comes from a book in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Insitute of Mathematics at the Royal Society, copyright Gwen Fisher."[cf this site] It seems appropriate to post this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at EclectEcon
Over the past six months we have been forced to face even more of the signs of aging. I have had to take a few days to try to come to grips with this reality. It is difficult to accept that I can no longer pretend I am a fifty-year-old who imagines he can do the things a thirty-year-old can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at EclectEcon
I answered all ten questions on this GMAT-type quiz correctly [ht JR]. I wasn't completely thrilled with their explanations of the correct answers, though, particularly when they didn't explain the uses of infinitives and gerunds. Note: the quiz seems to require that you provide your email address to see the correct answers, so you may not want to waste your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at EclectEcon
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When someone in Sweden feels they must take down an Israeli flag to reduce the risk of harm to their family and yet a neighbour there has no qualms about showing a Palestinian flag, it might not be anti-Semitism. But it probably is. Read this, about what happened when a Swedish journalist traveled with an Israeli flag sewn on her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at EclectEcon
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This question was posed by a friend on Facebook. My first reaction was that I own a couple of slide rules, but I don't think I've used either of them in the past couple of years. Then I saw some bottles of after shave. I use them rarely and they are pretty old. I have given away nearly all my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at EclectEcon
Hey, Lindt Chocolates. I dare you to do a remake of this commercial but with Eugenie Bouchard and male TSA agents. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at EclectEcon
For some inane reason, Facebook still uses Bing as its default translater. When someone, in my case typically a former student, writes something in a foreign (by which I mean non-English) language, I am given the option to click on "translate" and Facebook gives me a truly horrid, unintelligible Bing translation. Most of the time I have no idea what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at EclectEcon
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My Facebook friend Raffi posted this picture recently: His answer was "Travel more". Commenters there added things like "Do it" or "Don't marry". I'm struggling to come up with just two words. Here are some options I have considered: Work harder Enjoy life Feel gratitude Listen better Think clearer Empathize more Practice more Forget, forgive Stay fit But I like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at EclectEcon
Some years ago when a friend was seeking the Liberal Party nomination to run for parliament, I joined the Liberal Party so I could work for him. About a year or so ago, given my libertarian tendencies, I unsubscribed from the Liberal Party emails. But two days ago, I received the following email message, which utterly amazes me: John --... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at EclectEcon
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My mother sent me this necktie back in the days when I was doing baseball play-by-play: One out, nobody on. 5 to 4 and bottom of the 5th. Yes, I brought the tie with me to Rogers Centre Hotel, from which Ms Eclectic and I will be watching the Trono Blue Jays play the Orioles tonight and tomorrow night. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at EclectEcon
It isn't all just anti-Israel. It isn't all pro-Hamas. It isn't all Islamofascism. There has been a re-emergence of anti-Semitism in Europe [and elsewhere?] that is undeniable and undeniably wrong. From Slate, A recent Anti-Defamation League survey found that 24 percent of the French population and 21 percent of the German population harbor some anti-Semitic attitudes. A recent study of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at EclectEcon
To deal with a perceived population problem 35 years ago, China institued a one-child policy: parents were allowed to have only one child. Because there seems to have been an inexplicable preference for having sons, people took various measures to make sure their one child was male. The ratio of males to females jumped from about 1.05 before the policy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at EclectEcon
MA sent me this link (also here) of 40 questions to ask journalists reporting on Gaza/Hamas. Here are a few: 18. Russia Today journalist Harry Fear mentioned rocket-launching sites near his hotel. Have you noticed any terrorists or terror bases near your hotel? 19. How do you feel about Fear’s expulsion from Gaza, for tweeting about the rocket launches from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at EclectEcon