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I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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Neville's Island by Tim Firth is a dark, biting comedy, full of sarcasm with tonnes of weirdness thrown in. It will make you laugh in some parts, cringe in others, and in still others make you scratch your head as you contemplate the near-total cock-up in the lives of these four men. When four middle aged men on a team... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at EclectEcon
Turkey doesn't want it called a "genocide", and so Obama reneged on a campaign promise. From Yahoo news, Yerevan says that the Armenian massacres are today recognised as genocide by 22 countries, including France and Russia, as well as the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. US President Barack Obama had pledged in his campaign that he "will recognise... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at EclectEcon
The US has certainly been drifting toward a less supportive position, for sure. Carolyn Glick pulls no punches here. After going through the tired motions of pledging support for Israel, "when it matters," [US ambassador to the UN] Power refused to rule out the possibility that the US would support anti-Israel resolutions in the UN Security Council to limit Israeli... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
Just a little while ago, I posted an item about a low-carb, high-fat diet that includes drinking hot buttered coffee. I thought I'd try it. Granted, my coffee is Tassimo Nabob Gashouse Bold, and not some specialty low-mold stuff that costs $19/lb, but nevertheless I'm not keen. The taste is ok, but the coating of grease in my mouth is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
How about buttered coffee? Sounds good to me, but even before reading this article, I had developed a taste for having my coffee with whipping cream (unwhipped) in it. It's a lengthy article, and so here are a couple of snippets: [Asprey] completely dismantled the food pyramid—the 1992 chart that advised people to eat a carbohydrate-rich diet and very few... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
There's a math problem raging on Facebook that depends on the order of operations. Too many smart people have memorized the mnemonic BEDMAS and misapply it. From Wikipaedia, These mnemonics may be misleading when written this way, especially if the user is not aware that multiplication and division are of equal precedence, as are addition and subtraction. Using any of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at EclectEcon
The inestimable Steve Horwitz writes on his FB page, Ronald Bailey's prediction 15 years ago about what Earth Day will be like in 30 years continues to be on target. The world has never been cleaner and healthier, yet we are, according to the professional purveyors of doom, always on the edge of catastrophe. Or at least so says this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at EclectEcon
Steve Horwitz posted this on Facebook. It is a wonderful suggestion: [W]hen our environmentalist friends DO make predictions that can be falsified, they are often very wrong. I still maintain that Reason or some other libertarian organization should give an annual Paul Ehrlich Award to scholars whose predictions have turned out to be spectacularly wrong. (Ehrlich is ineligible as he'd... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at EclectEcon
I have always taught my economics students that there is no such thing as a shortage; there is only a shortage at a certain price. If there is a shortage of something at a low price, the excess quantity demanded will drive prices up. These higher prices will induce an increase in the quantity supplied and a reduction in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at EclectEcon
This afternoon at 2pm, Encore: the Concert Band will join with the Amabile Men's Chorus in a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". It's a fun piece to listen to; and it's a tricky, challenging piece to play (for me, anyway). I've been enthralled by recordings and by live performances of it. It's a treat to be a part of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at EclectEcon
This is NOT from The Onion: A [police] spokesman confirmed that officers had searched Banda’s home, though he denied it was a raid. He also said the initial anti-drug program was put on entirely by the school — the police had no involvement. At that event Banda’s son apparently contradicted some of the claims made about marijuana. The school then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at EclectEcon
As I mentioned earlier, I'm delighted that the Pope declared the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians to be a genocide. The evidence certainly suggests that it was. Was it also a Jihad? Jeff Jacoby suggests it had some pretty strong similarities to modern-day jihads. Speaking at the Vatican during a Sunday Mass to mark the centenary of the slaughter, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at EclectEcon
Over a decade ago, my older son (aka David Ricardo Palmer) and I constructed this arch. It was displayed that spring at both the Bright's Grove and the Blyth art galleries. Our artists' statement is a reflection of the existentialism inherent in the Myth of Sisyphus. L' Arc des Perdants Anonymes (The Arch of the Anonymous Losers): A Celebration of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at EclectEcon
I just received the following email. I'm tickled by some of these attempts to part me from my money: We are from China, we are very interested in your grape wine. If you can provide, we sincerely hope establish a longterm friendly cooperation partner relationship with each other via our first cooperation. 1. Red grape wine 40000 bottles. 2. White... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at EclectEcon
Eric mentioned in the comments to this post that the Yankees have had a female radio announcer for over a decade. We get many of the Yankee telecasts here in London, Ontario, but not their radiocasts. Eric then sent me this link, providing the biographies of the Yankee broadcasters. An award winning journalist, Suzyn Waldman joins John Sterling in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at EclectEcon
I don't agree with everything he says, but the Pope is right about the Armenian genocide. From Wikipaedia: The Armenian Genocide[7] (Armenian: Հայոց Ցեղասպանություն Hayots Tseghaspanutyun),[note 3] also known as the Armenian Holocaust,[8] the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally by Armenians, as Medz Yeghern (Armenian: Մեծ Եղեռն, "Great Crime"),[9]was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects inside their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at EclectEcon
Why are there no women in the broadcast booths for Major League Baseball? There are many who could do the job, and do it better than some of the talking heads that are there now. [See this]. Back when I did radio play-by-play for the AA London Tigers, I worked with many different people as co-announcers. Despite my strongly worded... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at EclectEcon
Obama is to meet Castro today. I'm guessing Obama will fawn over him and not treat him at all the way he treated Harper or Netanyahu, et al. I'm delighted that the US and Cuba are trying to re-establish more nearly normal relations. It's about time. Let's hope part of the normalization will include a massive challenge to the US... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at EclectEcon
In a recent posting, I argued that OPS [On-base-percentage Plus Slugging-average] is an excellent comparatively easy and comparatively good statistic to use for assessing the performance of batters in baseball. For the same reasons, I think OOPS [Opponents' OPS] is a comparatively easy and comparatively good statistic for assessing baseball pitchers. The statistic is readily available via the MLB website,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at EclectEcon
Ever since I read about the possibility of multiverses, I have been intrigued. Since then, I had imagined that the multiverses would exist because of the possibility that there are really 11 dimensions in the universe, but this article [via Jack] presents a different possibility: there are multiverses out there all within our given 3- or 4-dimensional universe but we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at EclectEcon
No, this post is not about the weather. It is to announce that finally, after many ups and downs, I have reached my goal weight. Over 5 years ago I weighed nearly 205 lbs. I knew I was overweight and out of shape. I set my goal at 160 (I had weighed only 155 just 8 years previously). I told... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at EclectEcon
Over the past four years, the movement of oil by rail in the US has grown dramatically. This graphic shows the phenomenal growth. It's a GIF, so watch it for a few seconds to see the growth. So killing the Keystone Pipeline really, really helped the railways that carry oil shipments. It will be interesting to see what happens with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at EclectEcon
I don't know why I was reminded of this recipe that I posted nearly a decade ago, but I think it merits a repost: I saw this recipe on the internet way back before Al Gore invented it (the internet). Bachelor Salad Ingredients: one wedge of iceberg lettuce, one bottle of your favourite salad dressing Hold lettuce wedge over sink.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at EclectEcon
Midsummer Night's Dream, produced by Funeral Pyre Theatre, opens with a preview performance this evening and continues the rest of the week at The Arts Project. A lot of very fine young actors have worked diligently to perfect their craft for this production. The performances dates and times are: Tuesday, April 7th 8pm Wednesday, April 8th 8pm Thursday, April 9th... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at EclectEcon