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EclectEcon
I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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I wrote this over 25 years ago. So much of it is timeless (the copy and paste below is unedited from the original). I hope the sense of freedom to choose and like whatever you like comes through. ANNOUNCING THE FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE PHILISTINE LIBERATION ORGANZATION Three different locations are being considered to serve you better: 1.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
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Since joining various theatre groups in London, Ontario, six years ago, I have become accustomed to LOTS more hugging than I experience in other parts of my life. Everybody hugs everybody all the time. Well... nearly everybody hugs nearly everybody nearly all the time. In my adult lifetime, I can think of two times when I may have started to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
I'll probably never get another academic job after posting this information ( ;) ), but my last two "refereed" publications were in so-called "predatory" journals. Interestingly, I never felt preyed upon in any way. My co-author(s) and I agreed to the publications willingly. The first one in the list below was actually a more-than-decent paper, we didn't pay anything to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at EclectEcon
Or is Justin Trudeau ignorant or maybe just afraid that if he mentions the word "Jews" he will be attacked by many Muslims and lose their votes? See this. He failed to mention the Jews last year on International Holocaust Memorial Day. It was an error, the government insisted. An embarrassing oversight. Lesson learned! Only … it wasn’t learned. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at EclectEcon
I have said this before, but I think the work that Deirdre McCloskey has done for the past 50 years or so merits the profession's top award, the Nobel Prize in Economics. McCloskey is a renaissance person, incorporating a rich understanding of history, literature, culture, sociology, the arts, philosophy, mathematics, and economics into her work. Further, she has done a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at EclectEcon
Via Marilyn: Just in case your church pastor got a little too preachy against Donald Trump during the last service or went a little overboard telling people how important your offering was and you want to flip them the bird, it’s good to know you’re safe to do that, at least in Georgia. The State Supreme Court reversed a conviction... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at EclectEcon
There are national days for lots of things. Some serious, some frivolous; some sad, some fun. But I've searched a bit, and I cannot find any proclamation or declaration for National Community Theatre Day There should be one. By far, the largest community of actors and theatre workers in the world comprises local amateur and semi-professional theatre people. I know... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at EclectEcon
Are there any major (or non-major, for that matter) generic or big-name pharmaceutical or supplement manufacturers who are donating vitamin supplements for Puerto Rican relief. The people on that island, from what I read, will be suffering from food and water shortages for quite some time. Relief organizations are doing what they can to provide water, water purification systems, generators,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at EclectEcon
A number of my friends have noted a marked reduction in my activity on Facebook recently. For about ten days, I have posted nothing there, made one minor comment, and rarely if ever clicked on "like" or added any emoticon to any posts by others. I have, however, continued to read many of the posts and links from my friends... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at EclectEcon
I am gradually losing interest in the NFL, and from what I recall having read, I might not be alone. TV ratings for the National Football League (NFL) are down. I still watch the NFL some, but I don't watch it nearly so much as I did twenty or thirty years ago. My watching of NFL games has slowly, gradually... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at EclectEcon
Most of my friends know that I've been a small-time baseball stats geek for decades. It all started when I read a Bill James Baseball Abstract in the mid 1980s and then became somewhat active on the usenet newsgroup rec.sport.baseball, which was full of lively, brilliant, and very informative discussions. One thing I learned and have used from those early... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at EclectEcon
Recently I received a list of numerous household cleaning/repair tasks that WD-40 can be used for. That message reminded me of how the first time I used WD-40, it smelled exactly like the waxy cloths we used in 1961 to wipe down and clean the stainless steel walk-up window counters at McDonalds. And after reading the list (but see below).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at EclectEcon
And it isn't because of blockades or anything else. It's because of autocratic, hate-filled mismanagement From the Daily Express: UN Report Highlights Hamas Failure in Gaza - Luke Baker A decade after the Islamist group Hamas seized Gaza, the situation is deteriorating "further and faster" than was forecast only a few years ago, the UN said in a new report.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at EclectEcon
It was 50 years ago that the Six-Day War of 1967 was so effectively won by Israel. If that war had never happened, if Syria, Jordan, and Egypt (and the rest of the Arab League had recognized Israel's right to exist), things would be very different. From an op-ed by Bret Stephens in the NYTimes, Israel is not a nation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at EclectEcon
Some provocative questions from The Elder Ziyon. He notes there is a UN Forum to mark 50 years of occupation and then continues, Of course, they mean 50 years of "occupation" by Jews. Because no one was overly concerned about the previous 19 years of "Palestinian territory" being annexed or administered by Jordan or Egypt. Or the 30 years of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at EclectEcon
I mentioned earlier that I will be playing Noam Chomsky in a play at the 2017 London Fringe. The play is called "Noam Chomsky vs. Rush Limbaugh", and is a political comedy loosely based on Chomsky and Limbaugh. Long-time readers of EclectEcon know full well that I am no fan of Chomsky. [For example, see this and this]. I know... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at EclectEcon
Nearly 12 years ago, I was writing on the blog to pooh-pooh the notion of peak oil (see below). Now it looks as if large numbers of forecasters are in fact not worried about peak oil (the notion that we will run out of oil) but instead are writing about peak oil demand. [via JR, my favourite drug dealer] The... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at EclectEcon
The "martyr fund" creates incentives for people to become martyrs in Palestine. One way to become a martyr? become a terrorist.Yes, the martyr fund induces people to become terrorists. From The Hill: [via Jack] ... That night, while Hallel slept, a young Palestinian named Mohammad Tra'ayra ... managed to climb over the fence that encircled Kiryat Arba. Tra’ayra was armed... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at EclectEcon
I recently came across an article in The Telegraph that purports to list (the?) top 30 places for afternoon tea in England. It was admittedly not systematic, based on the opinions of "experts" at The Telegraph; at the same time, my experiences with many places were similar but with some major differences. The article ranked the following London places at... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at EclectEcon
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[If you are seeing this on FB, click through to see the full set of photos] About a month ago, I had let my hair and beard grow a bit to appear as Old Gobbo in a modern adaptation The Merchant of Venice: Knowing that my next role would be as Bart Chumley, a more-than-slightly unsophisticated wild-west rancher, I asked... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at EclectEcon
A stanza from "A Roadside Stand", appearing first in The Atlantic Monthly in 1936, Farmers are to be moved: It is in the news that all these pitiful kin Are to be bought out and mercifully gathered in To live in villages, next to the theatre and the store, Where they won’t have to think for themselves anymore, While greedy... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at EclectEcon
I may have missed a few things but here is a possible back story for the United Airlines scenario: A person who is a doctor books one of the cheapest tickets possible, not realizing that doing so means he opens himself up to the risk of being among those who are most likely to be involuntarily bumped from a flight.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at EclectEcon
The other day Otis sent around this piece bemoaning the fact that undergraduates are unable to engage in critical thinking and that they don't learn a thing about critical thinking at college or university. Some excerpts: ... [A]lthough faculty in the humanities and social sciences claim to be teaching critical thinking, often they’re not. Instead, they’re teaching students to “deconstruct”—to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at EclectEcon
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Two years ago, I saw "Midsummer Night's Dream" in Stratford. I gave it a 3/5 star rating. The acting was superb but the cross-gender casting was annoyingly gimmicky. It made no sense. Fast forward two years to the upcoming performances of "The Merchant of Venice" at The Arts Project in London, produced by Crow Bait Productions. In this adaptation by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at EclectEcon
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One of the very rewarding aspects of teaching is seeing one's students success. Even more rewarding is their thanks when they assert that one played a role in their success. Such is the case with Harold Winter, a student in a course on law and economics that Stan Liebowitz and I team taught at UWO back in about 1980. Harold... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at EclectEcon