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EclectEcon
I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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Gratitude Forgiveness Stubbornness Gratitude Moving on Problem-solving Gratitude Perseverance Acceptance Gratitude Support Toughness Gratitude Adventure Diligence Gratitude Loyalty Feistiness Gratitude Feminism Expectations of personal responsibility Gratitude Humour Wit Gratitude Grumpiness Kindness Gratitude Generosity Sports Gratitude [This 'poem' appeared in the Summer, 2022, issue of Fine-Lines, and is posted here with their kind permission.] Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at EclectEcon
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Carolle died at home this morning from a combination of congestive heart failure and renal failure. Last fall, it looked as if her health was improving, but it deteriorated during the winter. Carolle was grateful for everything: every opportunity, every friend, every relative. She always said, “I’ve had a wonderful life!” And that's what she meant: she loved her life.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at EclectEcon
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A late spring snowfall. Two photos. One at 5am when I did the snowstomp art and another at 7am after it got light out. There's more snow on the way, but there's also more warm temperature coming. This was snow-shuffle art, not snow-stomp art. The outline will likely last on the lawn for many days after the snow melts. My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2022 at EclectEcon
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My previous snow stomp art: Tribute #2 Tribute Vanishing Point Ukraine (in Cyrillic) Calla Lilies A Birthday Cake for Laura and Elise Tecumseh Ringing in the New Year (2022) Cruising (for Murder) Lest We Forget Goose Fibonacci's Balloon Waiting for Our Covid-19 Vaccination 2020 -- Spiraling Wear me The Meaning of Life Peter Cottontail Visits the Condo Fight CV19 and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2022 at EclectEcon
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My previous snow stomp art: Tribute Vanishing Point Ukraine (in Cyrillic) Calla Lilies A Birthday Cake for Laura and Elise Tecumseh Ringing in the New Year (2022) Cruising (for Murder) Lest We Forget Goose Fibonacci's Balloon Waiting for Our Covid-19 Vaccination 2020 -- Spiraling Wear me The Meaning of Life Peter Cottontail Visits the Condo Fight CV19 and STAY HOME... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at EclectEcon
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The forecast high for three days from now is +17C [+63F]. I expect much more will vanish by then than just the imagined point off in the distance and down the hill from our lawn. My previous snow stomp art: Vanishing Point Ukraine (in Cyrillic) Calla Lilies A Birthday Cake for Laura and Elise Tecumseh Ringing in the New Year... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2022 at EclectEcon
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My previous snow stomp art: Ukraine (in Cyrillic) Calla Lilies A Birthday Cake for Laura and Elise Tecumseh Ringing in the New Year (2022) Cruising (for Murder) Lest We Forget Goose Fibonacci's Balloon Waiting for Our Covid-19 Vaccination 2020 -- Spiraling Wear me The Meaning of Life Peter Cottontail Visits the Condo Fight CV19 and STAY HOME Skool Daze I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at EclectEcon
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When we lived in Hawaii (35 years ago), we fell in love with calla lilies. As I looked at my original snow art, I thought, "It could use some fixing, and it probably could also use some leaves. I'll do it tomorrow after we get a couple of centimetres of snow tonight. We may have gotten some snow, but we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2022 at EclectEcon
I know this is sacrilegious, but despite the fact that I'm triple-vaxed, I am beginning to have some doubts about whether continuing to push vaccines is an efficient way to deal with Covid. First, there is increasing evidence (which I raised here) that being vaccinated doesn't necessarily protect people from being infected with Omicron. Vaccines probably slowed transmissions of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2022 at EclectEcon
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Our daughter-in-law's birthday was yesterday, and our granddaughter's birthday is today. It seemed appropriate to make a birthday cake snowstomp art for them today. Here are some photos Ms. Eclectic took while I was out making the cake. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2022 at EclectEcon
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The big loser in the War of 1812 was Tecumseh and the First Nation coalition he led, trying to keep settlers from moving into their territories. In the process, the Brits abandoned him in SW Ontario. Here's a series of photos taken by Ms. Eclectic from our condo window as I tried to draw Tecumseh in the snow on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2022 at EclectEcon
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What am I missing? The Ontario Science Table (either a gubmnt agency or close to that) reports the following cases in Ontario according to vaccination status: So per 100,000 in the population, 70.1 fully vaccinated people tested positive for Covid-19, but 101.9 unvaccinated people tested positive. Fully vaccinated people were considerably less likely to test positive for the virus. Meanwhile,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2022 at EclectEcon
Someone else suggested via FB that the Science Table data are deflated per million of total population, whereas the gubmnt data are deflated per 1ooK of people in each vaccination category. If so, what the science table is doing makes no sense at all. Their data are here: https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/ontario-dashboard/ ------ John Palmer, www.EclectEcon.net ------ Economics and old age have much in common: Both dwell on foregone opportunities. Buy my novels: 2605 Susans Story Murder at the Office Christmas Party Shrink-Wrapped Murder I acknowledge that the land I live on was stolen back and forth innumerable times in bloody wars about hunting, trapping, fishing , and breeding rights by early pre-European people and that it was sold by the chief of the Chippewas (last pre-European owners) to the British. I also acknowledge that I know of no evidence of any duress or fraud in that transaction. And I further acknowledge that the land on which most of The University of Western Ontario is situated was previously owned by The London Hunt and Country Club.
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With the early variants of Covid-19, all the evidence suggested that vaccines helped slow the transmission of the virus. People who were vaccinated were less likely to test positive for the virus, and case counts were dropping. Here are the data for Ontario up through early December. But then things changed in early December 2021, and by Christmas, a larger... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at EclectEcon
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It snowed all night and so I went out to ring in the new year this morning. I've done better, but I still like it. My previous snow stomp art: Ringing in the New Year (2022) Cruising (for Murder) Lest We Forget Goose Fibonacci's Balloon Waiting for Our Covid-19 Vaccination 2020 -- Spiraling Wear me The Meaning of Life Peter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2022 at EclectEcon
Last summer there were days with fewer than 300 new COVID infections per day in Ontario. Today's data showed there were over ten thousand new infections reported, based on yesterday's tests, an all time high for the pandemic. But the report had several additional disconcerting other items as well: the positivity rate was nearly 27% for all the tests done... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2021 at EclectEcon
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This was pretty good. It'll be better the next time I make it. The recipe is based on the recipe on the label of this sauce, combined with some valuable input from a friend. Ingredients: Half a jar of Tikka Masala Curry sauce 1/4 large onion, chopped 3 tblspns butter 1 tspn chopped ginger 1 tspn chopped garlic 1 lb... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at EclectEcon
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The snow finally stopped last evening, and I decided to go out then to do my latest snow-stomp art, a cruise ship. As winter arrives, many people would love to be on a cruise ship, especially in a warm-water environment (Covid-19 permitting). Also, this Saturday, I'm appearing in a mystery dinner theatre show called "Cruising for Murder". Ms. Eclectic took... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2021 at EclectEcon
Why hasn't a promotion been developed where a major fast food chain gives every blood/plasma donor a coupon good for a burger when they leave the blood donor clinic? "Just bring this coupon to one of our franchises, and to thank you for donating blood, we'll give you a burger." The promotion would be great for the blood donor operations,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2021 at EclectEcon
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It snowed last night! And so I went out to do some snow-stomp art. We rarely have snow that stays on the ground for even a few minutes this early in the season, and so I've never had the opportunity to pay tribute on November 11th this way. My previous snow stomp art: Lest We Forget Goose Fibonacci's Balloon Waiting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2021 at EclectEcon
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My short story "Ronny and the Night Clerk" has just been published in issue 89 of the literary magazine, 34th Parallel. The story is loosely based on two characters from my novel, 2605. The magazine is not inexpensive: over $21 plus shipping for a print-on-demand hard copy of the 52-page issue (the electronic edition is less). The novel itself is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2021 at EclectEcon
From this source (called Astral-Codex, written by Scott Alexander), which is a very long read but worth the effort, it looks as if stricter lockdowns probably would have been helpful early on if people had known they would work. It also looks as if continuing blunt lockdowns probably do not pass a reasonable cost-benefit test. Testing, tracing, and voluntary decisions... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at EclectEcon
It's almost like Covid-porn for me. I look at things on this site for far too long every day: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-cases Israel has among the lowest number of cases, deaths, hospitalizations, etc., but according to the news, people there are concerned. This might be why: The transmission rate, presumably of the new variants, in Israel is astronomical. And it's pretty high... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2021 at EclectEcon
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The pattern on some bedsheets Previous Lockdown Photos can be seen here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at EclectEcon
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The (slightly oxidized) mechanism under our dining room table that allows us to open and close the table to add or remove leaves. Taken from the top looking down after removing a leaf. Previous Lockdown Photos can be seen here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at EclectEcon