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EclectEcon
I have "delusions of adequacy."
Interests: economics, policy, theatre, music, hiking, geocaching
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Following the failed policies of the 1930s, Trump and now Biden are both indicating there will be more restrictions on U.S. imports, especially from China. Policies like these will greatly harm both th e U.S. and the world economies. Regardless of any other argument, we saw in the 1930s that when one country starts a trade "war" by raising tariffs,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2024 at EclectEcon
A couple of years ago I published a small volume of three mystery dinner theatre plays. In the summer of 2022, the Marathon (Florida) Community Theatre put on three performances of "Shrink-Wrapped Murder". I was delighted that someone who had bought the book actually liked one of the plays and, what's more, paid me some royalties (I spent much more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2023 at EclectEcon
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The campus at The University of Regina is a large collection of buildings constructed around a central ellipse and all connected (presumably so that people can get from building-to-building without having to go outside and freezing to death in the winter). One result of this design is that there are some very long corridors. The longest hallway, by far, is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2023 at EclectEcon
Through a series of fortuitous events, I am once again teaching at The University of Regina. But this time for only the summer term (no more winters in Saskatchewan for me!). After my previous experiences (and as I rethink my experiences over the past 84 years of teaching), I have decided, once again, to revise and update my open letter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2023 at EclectEcon
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It's spring! We should be flying kites, not drawing them with snowstomp art! My previous snow stomp art: Kite (this post) Act III Into the Rabbit Hole God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen Tribute #3 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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2023 at EclectEcon
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After a beautiful snowfall and a glorious couple of weekends, Nancy and I decided to do today's snowstomp art together: My previous snow stomp art: Act III (this post) Into the Rabbit Hole God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen Tribute #3 Tribute #2 Tribute Vanishing Point Ukraine (in Cyrillic) Calla Lilies A Birthday Cake for Laura and Elise Tecumseh Ringing in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2023 at EclectEcon
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It's the year of the rabbit. My previous snow stomp art: Into the Rabbit Hole (this post) God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen Tribute #3 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2023 at EclectEcon
As some of you know, for the 2022 holiday season, I'm planning to take a huge break from the past traditions that Carolle and I had. I've put up lights on the balconies, but that's about it. Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday), I'll be house-sitting a very large 'cottage' near Lake Erie for two weeks. Alone. My plan is to go away,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2022 at EclectEcon
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After a very late night of strategic planning (i.e. finishing far too much scotch) with relatives and friends, I woke up to see the delightful snow on the ground. Since Encore... the Concert Band is playing a concert of 'seasonal' music this afternoon, I decided that the initial piece of snow art for the 2022-23 season should relate to that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2022 at EclectEcon
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Let me ask yet again, what is it about the famous Milton Friedman quip about monetary policy that today's central bankers don't seem to get? According to Friedman, monetary policy had (has?) an effect but only with a long and variable lag. Were all of today's central bankers trained by rational expectations cowboys to believe that all markets always clear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2022 at EclectEcon
DOUBT is a play about two nuns who suspect the priest at their school is sexually abusing one of the boys. The priest is such a well-polished offender that he is able to make them doubt their suspicions. Ms. Eclectic used to work with sex offenders. Everything in this play rings true and is consistent with all the things she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at EclectEcon
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 May 23, 2022 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 May 22, 2022 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