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Living the good life near Zion National Park.
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Cold Spring Shops points back to some old posts (Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber, and Fabio Rojas at Marginal Revolution) about the similarities of the protection rackets run by mafias and the … protection rackets runs by governments. Diego Gambetta... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at voluntaryXchange
I am not sure this will always work, but it is very clever and doable for most people: I don’t know about you, but I have all 3 required parts at all times, so this is worth a try next... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Oops … I misplaced this draft … better post it before it spoils. My best example of this actually comes from an article in The Atlantic about in interviewer misinterpreting the statements of psychologist Jordan Peterson: … What struck me,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Why are garbage bag sizes measured in gallons? Does anyone go to the store and think … gee … I put 10 gallons of garbage in that can last week, so I’d better buy the 13 gallon bags? Or is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at voluntaryXchange
Darin Milmeister: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), there was approximately 850 gigawatts of uranium and fossil-fuel installed electricity capacity in the U.S. as of 2016. Also, according to the EIA, as of January 2019, total capital costs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
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This connects geographic positions of equal temperature. This gives you a great sense of something few people realize: western coasts are more densely inhabited than eastern ones at the same latitude. Just look at how warm coastal Norway and Alaska... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
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Here’s what’s happen to real GDP over the last 2/3 of a century: Do note that this chart was produced by serious people/economists, not journalists or graphic artists. So, you should note immediately that the axes are on a log... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Most of this is behind a firewall, but Erik Wemple of the Washington Post, has been running a series of articles about how the media handled the allegations in the Steele dossier, and their responses to the inspector general’s report.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
We got a PS4 for Christmas. When we set it up, it would not detect our Wifi. I live in the rural west. The tradeoff is bigger house for less restaurants. In a big house, the reach of your Wifi... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Buzzfeed is live blogging the arrival of fake news on Twitter and Instagram about the Iranian attacks. You can’t be clearer than this title “People Are Spreading False And Unverified Information About Iran's Missile Attack On US Bases In Iraq.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
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From BoredPanda: These are not photoshopped. They were planned and taken by Elias Chasiotis in Qatar on the morning of December 26, 2019 just before the annular eclipse went total. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
“Ghana Lures Americans, Some to Stay” from the Washington Post has been making the rounds of the internet. Last year Ghana declared a “Year of Return”, inviting African-Americans to emmigrate. The coverage in the article is upbeat. ************************ I had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
The vXyoungman and me talk a lot about "dog culture". We suspect there's much more going on than we guess. And then this came along: Holy crap, this is incredible: A dog playing Jenga. Turn-taking, fine motor control, apparent understanding... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
The headline this past weekend was that three fires in Australia have merged into one the size of Manhattan. This is wrong on more than one level.† Here’s Business Insider: A wildfire the size of Manhattan is currently burning through... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
I had a basic question about the physical properties of glass. Go ahead, type it into into Google (Bing was ever so slightly better): glass I am on page 13 and have yet to find a link to a Wikipedia... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Kevin Williamson, from “Trump Isn’t a Nazi, He’s a Failure”: … The Democrats are so committed to their exotic fairy tale — Trump is a monster, Trump is a Nazi, Trump is a white nationalist, etc. — that they have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
Saw the new one last weekend. I was pleased to see older character actor Richard E. Grant in a major role. I hope this one thing doubles his career earnings. Maybe this is because I’m still sad that I read... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at voluntaryXchange
I hate getting fed, but Pocket through Firefox will come up with a few things I like on most days. I try not to succumb. Today I enjoyed a navel-gazing essay from The Cut entitled “I Met My Husband When... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
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This came up on Mltshp.com. The claim is that it is not photoshopped, and it seems plausible since there’s no monetary aspect to it. Of course, in 5 years, conspiracy nuts will be claiming that we all live in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
The teens are almost over. What American city will our memories associate most with this decade? Yeah … you’ll have to scroll down if you want the quick answer. ********************** I posted 14 years ago that prior to the internet,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
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I like this one, probably because I know the size of the block I grew up on: 600 x 340 feet. I wouldn’t have called it a city block though. I grew up in an established (built in the 1920’s)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
The LDS Church collects contributions from members (which is fine). And it invests some of those contributions, and earns income from them (which is also fine). And any church can accumulate a nest egg for some period of time to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
BTW: I loved this episode, and I still think the music is great. BTW2: The blonde woman recorded an album entitled Painting Pictures in the late 60’s that supposedly was good. It contains some reworkings of songs from this episode.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
Is gynecology a field about monitoring and treating the organs that a person does have, or about the organs that a person does not have? And, the reason that we have a gender known by the short form “trans” is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at voluntaryXchange
How did the Egyptians build the big pyramids? Want facts? Read “How to Build a Pyramid” at the Analog Antiquarian. Lots of good details in there. ************************* A lot of people attach great significance to they pyramids. A little mechanics... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at voluntaryXchange