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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Interesting piece on whether pets love us, and if so what sort of love do they express? Discussed through the lens of the forms the Greeks thought about: storge, eros, and philia (the regular feeding part is in the last... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at voluntaryXchange
I’ve been crowing to this class for years about how China’s real GDP growth rates are a fantasy. I’m not saying that China isn’t growing a lot or fast. And I have definitely said China’s growth is great for humanity.Just... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at voluntaryXchange
You should be hearing about macroeconomic news like this. All. The. Time. It’s a testament to the low key awfulness of the legacy media and politicians that you don’t. Anyway, the UN reported that India lifted 271 million people out... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
National journalists are making it up as they go along with their coverage of Hurricane Barry. … Unsolicited advice to the good people of New Orleans … It’s a bad idea for people in New Orleans to listen to Al... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at voluntaryXchange
We’re being encouraged to use metal straws to save the oceans. This is because plastic straws have externalities: people throw them away. I know of zero estimates of the total external costs of plastic straws worldwide. Instead, what we mostly... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
You can now be against internet port by claiming that it uses too much energy (no pun intended). Worldwide porn viewing: … Generated carbon emissions of the same magnitude as that of the residential sector in France. The report is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Ummm … this can’t be right (but it is): With Lagarde at the ECB and Powell at the Fed, lawyers, not economists, will be running the world's two most important central banks. I hope it ends well. Cross-posted from SUU... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Two visualizations of correct sizes on a Mercator projection: I have started using some maps in this class and its Handbook, so a visualization like this is a good thing to refer to once in a while. From Visualcapitalist via... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Americans get a lot of misinformation about Venezuela. Here’s Tyler Cowen, author of prominent principles textbook, mega-blogger, in Bloomberg: Republicans are labeling the country “socialist,” using Venezuelan problems as a weapon against more left-leaning Democrats. Commentators on the left, in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Interesting. Prices of antiques are way down. As an example: But there is a specific problem with the antique bureau — a fall-front writing desk with drawers beneath — as furniture in today’s world. “They’re almost useless now,” said Clifford... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
For the first time in over 20 years there are no kids in our house (don’t worry, the vXgirl plans to be back in late August). Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
The “expensive” healthcare in the U.S. has big box pharmacies with lower prices. The “cheaper” healthcare in Europe has small, local, pharmacies, with higher prices. Oh, and it has rent-seekers out to defend the status quo. I wonder whether or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Last year I posted an 11 part series on the tax reform passed by the Republicans. I thought I had covered all the important parts. Not so. “Democratic socialists”, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want to raise the marginal tax rate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Regarding the possibility of anthropogenic global warming, here is Steve from Cold Spring Shops discussing why he worries a little: … For the same reason Charles Krauthammer once offered, namely that using the atmosphere as a sink for all manner... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
In describing the Haida, John Valleant used the word moiety. Generically, it means a half. Specifically in this case, it meant the anthropological usage: Either of two kinship groups based on unilateral descent that together make up a tribe or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
This worked when nothing else would.† I did this by accident. I held down Volume Up and Power for 15 seconds. Nothing will happen. Then I held down Volume Down and Power for 15 seconds. For me, it was quite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Our home is down to the two of us, and the vX_teen_girl. I found this article by Elizabeth Weil entitled “Raising a Teenage Daughter” about their three person household insightful. The hook of this article is that while the mother... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Macro is hard because journalists (and many of the rest of us) overweight conscious action by individuals — decisions. If we overweight something, we must underweight something else — and that’s emergence: the idea that some things happen through the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
IQ has been trending upwards in developed countries for several decades. This is known as the Flynn Effect. BUT, IQ rates have plateaued or started dropping in some countries over the last couple of decades. The best example of this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
This news is 4 months old. At the time, it seemed unimportant to post it since it seemed like Maduro would be gone soon. Not so. Back in February he had an interview team from Univision expelled from the country.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Last time I checked, the major weakness of decision making based on data was … making up the data you don’t know, and then not doing sensitivity analysis of those assumptions: Wait … what? Don’t I know and love a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
The top journal in political science published a study in 2012 showing that political conservatism is associated with psychotic traits.† Oops. Those results have been retracted. It turns out they are completely backwards: political liberalism is associated with those psychotic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Mildly ticked off at the coverage of the detection of methane by a lander on the surface of Mars. (Yes, this is cool, because methane can be a byproduct of living organisms.) But, the reporters everywhere I’ve looked seem to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
In case you haven’t noticed, Los Angeles government’s priorities are so misplaced that they have third world health problems. They had a typhus outbreak in the summer of 2018. Typhus is spread by fleas. Typhus is rarely deadly, unlike the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
The problem I was having was that when I clicked Publish in Open Live Writer, another piece of software (an HTML editor) would open on my PC. Very weird, except that I made a registry edit the other day, so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at voluntaryXchange