This is EclectEcon's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following EclectEcon's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
EclectEcon
I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
Recent Activity
Earlier today I put up two posts about the prez of UWO, Amit Chakma, and how he had taken double pay in lieu of taking an administrative leave [here and here]. The pressure was strong and this afternoon, he announced he would return $440K and wouldn't exercise that option in his new contract. Further there will be an independent investigation... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at EclectEcon
I just posted a item urging The University of Western Ontario to fire it's prez, Amit Chakma, and to get back to striving for excellence instead of incompetence. Clearly the Board of Governors must go as well. Here is why: They renewed his contract for another five years despite a record of incompetence. From the London Free Press: When Chakma... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at EclectEcon
Amit Chakma is the reigning Prez of The University of Western Ontario (which he induced people to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to rename as "Western"). He is clearly not the person who should be leading a major post-secondary education institution. I really doubt that he has done anything illegal. However, his so-called "leadership" has been incompetent, as has... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at EclectEcon
The title of this post seems like an oxymoron. Here is why (from Bryan Caplan): If 18% of biologists believed in creationism, that would be a big deal. Why? Because creationism is nonsense. Similarly, if 18% of social scientists believe in Marxism, that too is a big deal. Why? Because Marxism is nonsense. Furthermore, if 18% of a discipline fully... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at EclectEcon
It seems to me that April Fool's Day is little more than a socially sanctioned day during which people seem to think it is okay to tell you lies and then say "April Fool". Some of the lies are creative, interesting, and maybe even amusing, but April Fool's Day is also a time when people play games of "gotcha". I... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at EclectEcon
According to Professor Wade at Occidental College, if you studied economics, you are likely to be a bad person. Dr. Wade writes that if you have taken classes on Economics, you “are less likely to share, less generous to the needy, and more likely to cheat, lie, and steal.” She largely bases her belief on a study from 2010. In... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
Image
This graphic highlights the enormous shift in immigration patterns into the US from pre-WWII to post-WWII. If you go to the source (here), the graph becomes interactive, showing actual numbers by country and by decade as you mover cursor over the graph. Note that these are total numbers. As a percentage of the total population, immigratin is considerably less than... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
Jack reminded us the other day how poignant the introduction to Tale of Two Cities is: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
Image
Last week I came across this recipe for Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. It is low-carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian-friendly. We made them yesterday morning, and they were certainly better than "not bad". And for a guy who detested cauliflower until just a few years ago, that's high praise. Here is the recipe (annotated, of course) with photos of our progress: Cauliflower... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
Don Boudreaux has a wonderful piece at Cafe Hayek, inaptly titled, "Applause for Fossil Fuels". His piece, while praising the rapid increases in the quality of life provided for so many people because of fossil fuels, goes beyond that. Here is a good-sized chunk: I energetically applaud entrepreneurial experimentation with other energy sources – just as I applaud entrepreneurial experimentation... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at EclectEcon
I have written before about the economics of envy. In non-economics jargon, for envious people if someone else has more stuff, the envious people feel worse off, even if they have more stuff too.... especially if someone else has a lot more stuff.* As Todd Zywicki recently wrote in a comment on Facebook, Didn't envy used to be considered a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at EclectEcon
From the Spectator: A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign minister, denounced the subjugation of women in Saudi Arabia. As the theocratic kingdom prevents women from travelling, conducting official business or marrying without the permission of male guardians, and as girls can be forced into child marriages where they are effectively raped by old men, she was telling... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
The Prez of The University of Western Ontario worked through his "administrative leave" and so he collected double salary last year. No foolin'. This is the guy whose main claim to fame (so far as I can tell) has been to change the name of the university from "The University of Western Ontario" to "Western University". From CBC: The university... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at EclectEcon
From the Elder of Ziyon. The American Library Association recently partnered with the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates. Some of the books promoted at this book fair are examples of extreme anti-semitism. The anti-Semitic books for sale at the fair were listed along­side main­stream books in var­i­ous cat­e­gories. For exam­ple, The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at EclectEcon
From Western's ITS: RISK: VERY HIGH ALERT: Five Western faculties or business units are reporting new ransom-ware infections. This unnamed threat appears to be either an audio wave file attachment, an infected MP4 (movie file) or an email appearing to provide a user's resume. If you receive a resume unexpectedly (out of the blue) with an attachment, or with attached... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at EclectEcon
I will definitely be making an effort to see/hear this. I expect it will be jam-packed. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at EclectEcon
Ever since I started writing this blog over a decade ago, I have argued that when "freedom of expression" and "freedom of religion" clash, I want us to choose freedom of expression. I much prefer competition in the marketplace of ideas to stifling the expression of ideas. But, sadly, this competition is being blocked and thwarted by too many people... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at EclectEcon
"The Human Body is a treasure trove of mysteries, one that still confounds doctors and scientists about the details of its working. It's not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle. Here are fifty-one facts about your body, some of which will leave you stunned...or... [via Jack]." I want to know (sort of, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at EclectEcon
Lest you think from my various pro-Israel posts that I am an uncritical supporter of Israel, I'm not. In addition to questioning the continued expansion of settlements into the West Bank, I find some of the things mentioned in this article as disturbing as I would find them in any country. The rest of the world was shocked, but the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at EclectEcon
Charles Krauthammer has an excellent column in the Washington Post explaining the situation in the Middle East. It is brief, and hence misses many nuances I am sure, but it summarizes a lot of my own views about Israel. If you grant that Israel has a right to exist (I do, but I am quite certain some of my friends... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at EclectEcon
Over 30 years ago, when I first started reading and participating in newsgroups on the web (rec.humor, rec.sport.baseball, etc.), I was cautious at first. One reason was that I saw some quoted email to the effect that, Isn't it wonderful that we can carry on our affair now using email and our spouses won't know about it. That message had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at EclectEcon
Remember the massive US gubmnt lawsuit against Microsoft over a decade ago? One of the major issues in that case was that Microsoft's web browser, Internet Explorer, was included with Windows and that inclusion foreclosed the browser market to others, especially Netscape. What a travesty that suit was. The policy makers/enforcers didn't foresee the specific potential entrants and so they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at EclectEcon
Image
A few days ago, my weight was down to within 2/10 of a pound of reaching my goal weight. That's right, I was 0.2 lbs away from my goal! So what did I do? Eat a truckload of pizza. Not only that, but I ordered more than enough for our family so that I have enough for huge breakfasts the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at EclectEcon
Image
From EarthSky: On March 20 – same date as the 2015 March equinox – the moon turns new only 14 hours after reaching lunar perigee – moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. Thus this moon is a supermoon – at the new phase – not visible in our sky, but having a larger-than-average effect on Earth’s oceans. Plus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at EclectEcon
A couple of days ago, I posted this picture to my Facebook feed: I really enjoyed two albums by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention: the two-album set Freak Out, and Over-Night Sensation, with the classics "Montana", Camarillo Brillo, and Dynamo Hum". After I posted that picture, Rebekah post a link to this Youtube feed of Frank Zappa as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at EclectEcon