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EclectEcon
I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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Last summer I met a number of people in the park playing Pokemon Go. After a short time, I started playing it, too, and I must confess to being slightly addicted/obsessed with the game. So here is my latest snow stomp art. This is for all the friends I have made and all the friends I have interacted with because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at EclectEcon
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The wind blew away most of the snow before I had a chance to work with it, but Happy New Year, 2017! (note the fine brickwork on clock tower) Links to most of my previous snow-stomp art (in reverse chronological order): Happy New Year, 2017 (this post) O Tannenbaum Nativity Scene Special Weather Statement Think Tropics Qubix Valentine, 2016 Paisley'd... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at EclectEcon
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Another hero in the battles against Nazi anti-semitism. The Washington Post article about her is much more thorough than the Wikipaedia entry. From WaPo, “It was a beautiful spring morning, and it was a street I had known since I had been born, and all of a sudden you see little kids picked up by their pigtails or by a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at EclectEcon
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I had to wait for the snow to stop and the wind to die down a bit. The surface was a crusty, icy cover over a bunch of snow. Links to most of my previous snow-stomp art (in reverse chronological order): O Tannenbaum (this post) Nativity Scene Special Weather Statement Think Tropics Qubix Valentine, 2016 Paisley'd Circles Happy New Year,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at EclectEcon
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.... despite the fact that I post very little about economic policy here anymore. I won't provide the link because I don't think the "honour" is worth all that much, but I like the graphic that was sent to me about it: Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at EclectEcon
This should alarm or at least concern you. It should also help explain some of Israel's actions over the past 70 years. From this morning's Daily Alert: Ayatollah Khamenei: Israel Won't Exist in 25 Years The Zionist regime will not exist in 25 years provided that Palestinians and other Muslims continue their struggle against the Zionists, Leader of the Islamic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at EclectEcon
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There's a reason I don't do representational art: As I wrote to some of my friends, It looks as if the snails and turtles came to visit baby Jesus, Mary has her tongue sticking out and is a bit of a dickhead, Joseph has his penis hanging out, and Jesus is a log in a box. Not a bad camel... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at EclectEcon
The Elder of Ziyon has a blog post about a social get-together between Israelis on the West Bank and Palestinians who live near the settlement. The post quotes heavily from the Washington Post about the nature of peaceful exchanges between the people. It sounded nice, hopeful, though guarded in some ways. An excerpt: Everyone was very polite. A Palestinian farmer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at EclectEcon
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https://iemweb.biz.uiowa.edu/graphs/graph_PRES16_WTA.cfm Like it or not, when people put their money where their mouths are, they predict reasonably well and certainly better than polls, on average. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at EclectEcon
That's the point made by Don Boudreaux here, with his quotation and discussion of McCloskey's book on the bourgeoisie. Lives spent trying to figure out what customers want and how to get the item to them in a nonruinous way and how to improve service and quality at lower cost, one could argue, lead [sic] the bourgeoisie to ethical attitudes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at EclectEcon
The upcoming series between Trono and Cleveland should be tight, close, and exciting. Cleveland had a better record during the regular season (94-67 for Cleveland vs 89-73 for Toronto). But the overall performance stats look very close. Using the two statistics I like to rely on for quick summaries, OPS [team on-base average plus slugging pecentage] and pitchers' OOPS [Opponents'... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at EclectEcon
This post is actually about studying statistics. It is not about polls or the misuse of data or anything remotely political. No foolin'. My older son, David Ricardo Palmer, is currently taking an online statistics course. When I learned about it, I suggested that maybe I could do some of the work alongside and along with him because I'd like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at EclectEcon
You know what frosts my cookies? That some Trump-like clown like Ross Perot kept George H. W. Bush from winning re-election, and yet a sensible third-party option like Gary Johnson can't even appear in the debates and public fora because the major parties rewrote the rules after the inroads made by Perot and Nader. No, I won't defend every position... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at EclectEcon
The current US election presents voters with two major candidates, neither of whom is even slightly desirable as a President of the US. And so voters are faced with a difficult choice between two evils. In some respects, this choice might be viewed by some as Morton's Fork, but really the voters are caught between the horns of dilemma. If... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at EclectEcon
I am disgusted by Trump's abuse of power and position... actually, I always have been. And the recent revelations of his abuse of women, not to mention his abuse of suppliers and others with whom he had financial dealings, just confirms my dis-ease with having that man as president of the US. But given his history, his bullying tactics in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at EclectEcon
Recently I was sent an audition notice that reads (in part), Seeking AFRICAN CANADIAN, CAUCASIAN AND HISPANIC Grandparents or Senior Couples (ages 70 to 90) for a Telecommunication TV commercial. .... Looking for Seniors who are clueless about technology. (emphasis added)... To apply [please send, inter alia,]... a short description or story of how clueless they are with technology. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at EclectEcon
I am appalled by the extent to which so many political leaders of Canada and the US seem to be pandering to vested interests in North America, arguing in favour of protectionism. As the late great Canadian economist Harry Johnson once said, "Trade barriers don't protect jobs; they protect inefficient business owners who can't deal with the competition." And now... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at EclectEcon
There is a commonly accepted view that middle-class incomes have stagnated in Canada. This view is wrong. Here's why. The inflation-adjusted median income of Canadian families before taxes was 7.0 percent lower in 2011 than it was in 1976. It’s easy to conclude from such a statistic that, over the past several decades, middle-class Canadians have indeed not gained economically.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at EclectEcon
This brief post by Don Boudreaux captures why I reject the economic theories that are used to justify big gubmnt: The economic theory: the state intervenes in the economy in order to prevent free-riding – in order to internalize externalities – in order to better ensure that all private parties pay the full marginal costs of their activities, and that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at EclectEcon
This brief post by Don Boudreaux captures why I reject the economic theories that are used to justify big gubmnt: The economic theory: the state intervenes in the economy in order to prevent free-riding – in order to internalize externalities – in order to better ensure that all private parties pay the full marginal costs of their activities, and that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at EclectEcon
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Just a block from where we live is a massive sculpture of a heron. The sculpture hangs from the side of the Renaissance I building out over the sidewalk on Ridout Street at the corner of King Street Here is a plaque on the building telling about the sculpture. I went there this afternoon to take a photo of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at EclectEcon
Many people in the middle east (and elsewhere, unfortunately) have refused to acknowledge the existence of the country of Israel ever since its creation in 1947. This attitude has been so strong that their gubmnts insist maps made of the middle east list only Palestine and not show Israel. Oops... some mapmakers in Algeria seemed to have forgotten the prohibition... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at EclectEcon
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I was awakened at 5am this morning by a burning sensation on my wrist. I felt my wrist and my Pebble watch was burning hot. I took the watch off as fast as I could, but it left burn marks and blisters on my wrist: I had had the watch for about two months and was really enjoying it. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at EclectEcon
From an article in last year's JAMA [Jl of the Amer Med Assoc]: (via Jack) Results.... Compared with placebo, cannabinoids were associated with a greater average number of patients showing a complete nausea and vomiting response ..., reduction in pain ..., a greater average reduction in numerical rating scale pain assessment ..., and average reduction in the Ashworth spasticity scale...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at EclectEcon