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I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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In the 1960s, most of the people of my generation supported Israel. Israel was the "David" in the midst of "Goliath" neighbours who had vowed to destroy Israel. Most (or at least many) of us were probably influenced by Israel's struggle for existence from 1947 - 1973. We hoped that after 1973, treaties and peace would emerge. But in the... Continue reading
Posted 20 hours ago at EclectEcon
In the late 1980s, in addition to becoming enamoured of the writings of Bill James and of sabremetrics, I also made a point of reading some of the less stats-oriented books about baseball, including Roger Angell's The Summer Game, George Will's Men at Work, and Philip Roth's The Great American Novel. I don't often agree with much that Maureen Dowd... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
Edited from something sent to me by MA. For all economics students (and others, actually), please note that the poster should say "COST" not price. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
Quite frankly, I doubt it. Not for a loonnnnggg time. But you might find this article by my friend and former colleague, Salim Mansur, of interest. Excerpts: The Arabs were not prepared then, as they are not prepared even now, to recognize the Jews – the "other" – as being equal. The Jews also thought they had their own legitimate... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
Bryan Caplan has some wonderful insights into the classic novel about youth and unhappiness, Catcher in the Rye [CITR]. 1. Other than losing his brother Allie, Holden has no external problems. He is a rich kid living in the most amazing city in the world. Rather than appreciating his good fortune or trying to make the most of his bountiful... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
Okay, okay the spelling is different.... George Harrison's Memorial Tree Was Killed By Beetles Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at EclectEcon
From Tarek Fatah: ... While Israel's Operation Protective Edge is making the lead story around the world, few are aware of Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb (Strike of Prophet Muhammad's Sword) underway against the Taliban inside Pakistan. Israel's military operations have killed about 200 and displaced about 17,000 Palestinians from their homes in Gaza. Pakistan's military operations, on the other hand, have... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at EclectEcon
Last week MA sent me this piece which says 1 in 10 pensioners are millionaires. I think the number is much, much higher than that. Keep in mind that the article is referring to the UK, so being a millionaire there involves more than just $1m US or Cdn. One in ten pensionable households can lay claim to a million... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at EclectEcon
During an anti-Israel demonstration in Paris, mobs attacked synogogues chanting in French "Slaughter the Jews." [L]ast Sunday in the French capital during a demonstration against Israel’s Operation Protective Edge [s]ome of the marchers broke off and made a beeline for two centrally located synagogues. The worst incident occurred at the Don Isaac Abravanel Synagogue on Rue de la Roquette (in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at EclectEcon
Several friends have recently posted videos of someone cooking corn on the cob using a microwave. In the videos we see someone cook the corn in its husk in the microwave, cut off the base of the ear, and then grab the ear by the tassle and shake the corn out of the husk. It looks quick, and it looks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at EclectEcon
For all my friends who sympathize with Hamas in Gaza [from Charles Krauthammer]: [Less] than 10 years ago ... worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling diehard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted its settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians. There was not a soldier, not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at EclectEcon
One of my vegan friends on Facebook posted a link to a piece with a similar title, which listed characteristics of cows that many people might find lovable. But I'm an omnivore. My list is different. TEN THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT COWS: milk cream cheese tenderloins prime rib ground beef sirloins stewed shanks jerky leather Related articles Kill What You... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at EclectEcon
Ever since I read much of his work in The National Lampoon in the early 1970s, I have enjoyed the writings of PJ O'Rourke. He rarely disappointed me then, and that continues to be true. So much of what he says in this interview [via Scoop] strikes a chord with me. I especially liked these snippets: What has been your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at EclectEcon
The Province of Quebec has high debt, low economic growth, and a gloomy economic outlook. More gubmnt spending will not turn things around, and a permanent change in the economic climate will (a) take time to create and (b) not be believed until it has persisted for some time. A sad tale of woe. And this summary from Maclean's puts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at EclectEcon
I'm in this trailer for a documentary about Labatt Memorial Park, the oldest continuous use baseball park in existence. [h/t Barry Wells] For more on my sportscasting experiences, see this. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at EclectEcon
What are the odds of your existing ... as you? [from Jack] Dr. Ali Binazir ... looked at the odds of your parents meeting, given how many men and women there are on Earth and how many people of the opposite sex your mother and father would have met in their first 25 years of life. Then he looked at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at EclectEcon
I sit in disbelief that Hamas has launched yet another barrage of over 700 rockets toward Israel. What do they hope to accomplish with this threatening of the civilian population of Israel? Surely they do not hope to wipe out Israel with these ineffectual attacks. It must be that they hope to create more pressure on Israel via world opinion.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at EclectEcon
This cartoon is surely about a socionomology grad from York or Calgary: Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at EclectEcon
In the very early 1950s our family was on a trip through the south. At one point, to cool off, we stopped at a municipal swimming pool in Memphis, Tennessee. I was too young to catch on right away since I had been raised in the north and had no idea what segregation was, but my parents immediately saw that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at EclectEcon
Those four words, people respond to incentives , capture the essence of much of economics. Here is another example that my son (Adam Smith Palmer) and his friend explained to me over the weekend: Air conditioner theft. When the price of copper sky-rocketed, it became pecuniarily rewarding for people to find old copper and recycle it. Not all of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at EclectEcon
Just before the plane taxied to take off from Pearson International Airport, I texted my son* in Houston, "we gotta get some guns and oil beer." He figured I was making some kind of statement about guns in Texas but he had no idea what I was talking about. So he googled "oil beer".... and eventually concluded that I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at EclectEcon
I'm not much of a poet and not much of a wordsmith, either. 5-year-olds demolish me in Scrabble. So I was pleased to be able to dash off a haiku yesterday. My FB friend, Marla, wrote: Dear Invasive Weeds, Die. Burn in Hell. Die again. I hate you. Yes, you. I wrote in response: Use more chemicals. Pharmacologically They are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at EclectEcon
A little over 20 years ago, we moved away from an area near the university. The area had become mostly a student ghetto, but the students were far less of a problem than the snotty local homeowners up the street who were doing all they could to fight the transition of the homes from single-family residences to student housing. Here... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at EclectEcon
[from Wendy]: Hindsight 20/20 by Arrogant Worms One of my favourite groups. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at EclectEcon