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Updated: 2018-01-22T05:52:00-05:00

 



"Will Tax Reform Spur States to Embrace School Choice?"

2018-01-22T05:52:00-05:00

That would be so cool. One of the unforeseen consequences of the Republican tax reform bill will be to increase pressure on state and local unions to soften their half-century opposition to school choice. To be sure, this would be...     Related Stories"Higher Education Is Drowning in BS""The Doctor and the Impatients: Navy Rear Admiral Jackson Enters the Media Hellhole""Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts Must Let California Slash its Public-Sector Pensions"  That would be so cool. One of the unforeseen consequences of the Republican tax reform bill will be to increase pressure on state and local unions to soften their half-century opposition to school choice. To be sure, this would be a remarkable reversal for public labor. But the emerging incentive is a powerful one: The modest subsidy of public school alternatives is now the only way to both rescue government public pension plans — the cumulative underfunding of which has been estimated as high as $6 trillion — and thus keep promised benefits reasonably intact.      Related Stories"Higher Education Is Drowning in BS""The Doctor and the Impatients: Navy Rear Admiral Jackson Enters the Media Hellhole""Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts Must Let California Slash its Public-Sector Pensions"  [...]



"The Doctor and the Impatients: Navy Rear Admiral Jackson Enters the Media Hellhole"

2018-01-22T05:43:00-05:00

Made me laugh. Very much related: "The Media Still Hasn’t Figured Out Why They’re Losing Credibility. Here’s A Reminder" and "Trump’s Greatest Achievement May Be the Worsening Agony of the NY Times Op-Ed Writers".     Related Stories"Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts Must Let California Slash its Public-Sector Pensions""Are hipsters leaving San Francisco, too?""To Understand Trump Talk, You Must Speak Outer Borough"  Made me laugh. Very much related: "The Media Still Hasn’t Figured Out Why They’re Losing Credibility. Here’s A Reminder" and "Trump’s Greatest Achievement May Be the Worsening Agony of the NY Times Op-Ed Writers".      Related Stories"Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts Must Let California Slash its Public-Sector Pensions""Are hipsters leaving San Francisco, too?""To Understand Trump Talk, You Must Speak Outer Borough"  [...]



"A New Paean to Progressivism Overlooks Why Americans Lost Trust in Government"

2018-01-22T05:40:00-05:00

In this piece George Will has a terrific paragraph I'd like to make Liberals read every day: Goldfield’s grasp of contemporary America can be gauged by his regret that the income tax, under which the top 10 percent of earners...     Related Stories"Zillow ranks Raleigh the second-hottest US housing market in 2018""Seattle 3 Year Time-lapse Video from the Space Needle"Two on Seattle's soda tax  In this piece George Will has a terrific paragraph I'd like to make Liberals read every day: Goldfield’s grasp of contemporary America can be gauged by his regret that the income tax, under which the top 10 percent of earners pay more than 70 percent of the tax and the bottom 50 percent pay 3 percent, is not “genuinely progressive.” He idealizes government as an “umpire,” a disinterested arbiter ensuring fair play. Has no liberal stumbled upon public-choice theory, which demystifies politics, puncturing sentimentality about politicians and government officials being more nobly and unselfishly motivated than lesser mortals? Has no liberal noticed that no government is ever neutral in society’s allocation of wealth and opportunity? And that the bigger government becomes, the more it is manipulated by those who are sufficiently confident, articulate, and sophisticated to understand government’s complexities, and wealthy enough to hire skillful agents to navigate those complexities on their behalf? This is why big government is invariably regressive, transferring wealth upward. See also this 33 minute video: "Public Choice Theory: Why Government Often Fails".      Related Stories"Zillow ranks Raleigh the second-hottest US housing market in 2018""Seattle 3 Year Time-lapse Video from the Space Needle"Two on Seattle's soda tax  [...]



"Higher Education Is Drowning in BS"

2018-01-22T05:40:00-05:00

The gentleman sounds really ticked off. BS is universities hijacked by the relentless pursuit of money and prestige, including chasing rankings that they know are deeply flawed, at the expense of genuine educational excellence (to be distinguished from the vacuous...     Related Stories"How to go to college (again)""Research reveals ‘shocking’ weakness of lab courses""Meta-analysis of faculty's teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of teaching ratings and student learning are not related"  The gentleman sounds really ticked off. BS is universities hijacked by the relentless pursuit of money and prestige, including chasing rankings that they know are deeply flawed, at the expense of genuine educational excellence (to be distinguished from the vacuous "excellence" peddled by recruitment and "advancement" offices in every run-of-the-mill university). BS is the ideologically infused jargon deployed by various fields to stake out in-group self-importance and insulate them from accountability to those not fluent in such solipsistic language games.      Related Stories"How to go to college (again)""Research reveals ‘shocking’ weakness of lab courses""Meta-analysis of faculty's teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of teaching ratings and student learning are not related"  [...]



"Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts Must Let California Slash its Public-Sector Pensions"

2018-01-22T05:36:00-05:00

And if that happens--a big if, I think--what will all those true blue-staters think? (I know, I know: they will be blame Prop. 13.)     Related Stories"Are hipsters leaving San Francisco, too?""To Understand Trump Talk, You Must Speak Outer Borough""A New Paean to Progressivism Overlooks Why Americans Lost Trust in Government"  And if that happens--a big if, I think--what will all those true blue-staters think? (I know, I know: they will be blame Prop. 13.)      Related Stories"Are hipsters leaving San Francisco, too?""To Understand Trump Talk, You Must Speak Outer Borough""A New Paean to Progressivism Overlooks Why Americans Lost Trust in Government"  [...]



Follow-up to Deaton and Cartwright

2018-01-22T05:29:00-05:00

Andrew Gelman agrees that randomized trials are often overrated. (I hadn't known there was a little literature mocking overreliance on randomized trials. See, for examples, "Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of...     Related Stories"The Six Stages of a Failed Psychological Theory""Trio of dead stars upholds a key part of Einstein’s theory of gravity""In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future"  Andrew Gelman agrees that randomized trials are often overrated. (I hadn't  known there was a little literature mocking overreliance on randomized trials. See, for examples, "Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials" and "Does usage of a parachute in contrast to free fall prevent major trauma?: a prospective randomised-controlled trial in rag dolls".)      Related Stories"The Six Stages of a Failed Psychological Theory""Trio of dead stars upholds a key part of Einstein’s theory of gravity""In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future"  [...]



"We just witnessed the greatest 24 months in sports championship history"

2018-01-21T05:49:00-05:00

Come to think of it, it has been quite entertaining. And that doesn't even include this: "Okay, Here Is The Last Minneapolis Miracle Video You'll Need".     Related Stories"Vikings breakout quarterback Case Keenum learned the team's offense 2 years faster than normal by taking thousands of reps on VR""Lionel Messi Amazing Long Range Freekick Goal v Real Socidedad""PSG's Gorgeous One-Touch Move Was The Best Goal Of The Weekend"  Come to think of it, it has been quite entertaining. And that doesn't even include this: "Okay, Here Is The Last Minneapolis Miracle Video You'll Need".      Related Stories"Vikings breakout quarterback Case Keenum learned the team's offense 2 years faster than normal by taking thousands of reps on VR""Lionel Messi Amazing Long Range Freekick Goal v Real Socidedad""PSG's Gorgeous One-Touch Move Was The Best Goal Of The Weekend"  [...]



"Are hipsters leaving San Francisco, too?"

2018-01-21T05:03:00-05:00

Oh, noooooooo. The end is nigh.     Related Stories"To Understand Trump Talk, You Must Speak Outer Borough""A New Paean to Progressivism Overlooks Why Americans Lost Trust in Government""Zillow ranks Raleigh the second-hottest US housing market in 2018"  Oh, noooooooo. The end is nigh.      Related Stories"To Understand Trump Talk, You Must Speak Outer Borough""A New Paean to Progressivism Overlooks Why Americans Lost Trust in Government""Zillow ranks Raleigh the second-hottest US housing market in 2018"  [...]



"Vikings breakout quarterback Case Keenum learned the team's offense 2 years faster than normal by taking thousands of reps on VR"

2018-01-21T05:01:00-05:00

We'll see how he does today.     Related Stories"Lionel Messi Amazing Long Range Freekick Goal v Real Socidedad""PSG's Gorgeous One-Touch Move Was The Best Goal Of The Weekend""How Atlanta became the capital of college football"  We'll see how he does today.      Related Stories"Lionel Messi Amazing Long Range Freekick Goal v Real Socidedad""PSG's Gorgeous One-Touch Move Was The Best Goal Of The Weekend""How Atlanta became the capital of college football"  [...]



"Lionel Messi Amazing Long Range Freekick Goal v Real Socidedad"

2018-01-20T05:47:00-05:00

One of these times, Leo is going to cause Ray Hudson to stroke out. But not this time. Related: "Lionel Messi - Top 10 GENIUS Free Kick Goals Ever".     Related Stories"PSG's Gorgeous One-Touch Move Was The Best Goal Of The Weekend""How Atlanta became the capital of college football""Alabama's National Championship-Winning Touchdown, As Called On Radio & TV Around The Globe"  One of these times, Leo is going to cause Ray Hudson to stroke out. But not this time. Related: "Lionel Messi - Top 10 GENIUS Free Kick Goals Ever".      Related Stories"PSG's Gorgeous One-Touch Move Was The Best Goal Of The Weekend""How Atlanta became the capital of college football""Alabama's National Championship-Winning Touchdown, As Called On Radio & TV Around The Globe"  [...]



"PSG's Gorgeous One-Touch Move Was The Best Goal Of The Weekend"

2018-01-20T05:04:00-05:00

The opposing team was slooooow. But it's still really pretty.     Related Stories"How Atlanta became the capital of college football""Alabama's National Championship-Winning Touchdown, As Called On Radio & TV Around The Globe""'NFL Films Presents': Bill Belichick and Rick Forzano"  The opposing team was slooooow. But it's still really pretty.      Related Stories"How Atlanta became the capital of college football""Alabama's National Championship-Winning Touchdown, As Called On Radio & TV Around The Globe""'NFL Films Presents': Bill Belichick and Rick Forzano"  [...]






"To Understand Trump Talk, You Must Speak Outer Borough"

2018-01-19T05:33:00-05:00

I'm not convinced that this is all of it. But it might well be part.     Related Stories"A New Paean to Progressivism Overlooks Why Americans Lost Trust in Government""Zillow ranks Raleigh the second-hottest US housing market in 2018""Seattle 3 Year Time-lapse Video from the Space Needle"  I'm not convinced that this is all of it. But it might well be part.      Related Stories"A New Paean to Progressivism Overlooks Why Americans Lost Trust in Government""Zillow ranks Raleigh the second-hottest US housing market in 2018""Seattle 3 Year Time-lapse Video from the Space Needle"  [...]



"Car successfully completes ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ maneuver and ends up in 2nd floor window"

2018-01-19T05:06:00-05:00

This is quite impressive for someone who I presume was not a professional stunt driver.     Related Stories"How thieves can steal your car WITHOUT taking your keys""The 6 main causes of car crashes — and how to avoid them""Tesla assembly lines are getting bogged down with mistakes"  This is quite impressive for someone who I presume was not a professional stunt driver.      Related Stories"How thieves can steal your car WITHOUT taking your keys""The 6 main causes of car crashes — and how to avoid them""Tesla assembly lines are getting bogged down with mistakes"  [...]



"As If You Needed It, Further Proof That Houston Is So Much Bigger Than Most Cities"

2018-01-18T05:47:00-05:00

Not a surprise: the state of my birth is known for big.     Related Stories"Find Out the Man Behind the Deep Voice in the Arby's Commercials . . .""Healthy Life Expectancy Calculator""Research Proves Switching to the Shorter Line Almost Always Backfires"  Not a surprise: the state of my birth is known for big.      Related Stories"Find Out the Man Behind the Deep Voice in the Arby's Commercials . . .""Healthy Life Expectancy Calculator""Research Proves Switching to the Shorter Line Almost Always Backfires"  [...]



"Our Best Veggie-Centric Recipes for All Your Healthy Eating Needs"

2018-01-18T05:28:00-05:00

A bunch of links to possible veggie goodness.     Related Stories"That 'Chocolate Extinction' Story Is Total Nonsense""What the uff is Minnesota-style pizza?""Why seeing a tasty snack can make your mouth water: 'Eating with your eyes' is hardwired in the brain"  A bunch of links to possible veggie goodness.      Related Stories"That 'Chocolate Extinction' Story Is Total Nonsense""What the uff is Minnesota-style pizza?""Why seeing a tasty snack can make your mouth water: 'Eating with your eyes' is hardwired in the brain"  [...]



"The surprising discovery of Angkor Wat"

2018-01-18T05:20:00-05:00

"Angkor Wat is the largest religious complex in the world, covering a space of 500 acres . . ."     Related Stories"How would you rank all colonial empires from the most inhumane to the most humane in its treatment of conquered peoples and why?""There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever""All The People In Human History Who Have Had A Net Worth Greater Than $100 Billion"  "Angkor Wat is the largest religious complex in the world, covering a space of 500 acres . . ."      Related Stories"How would you rank all colonial empires from the most inhumane to the most humane in its treatment of conquered peoples and why?""There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever""All The People In Human History Who Have Had A Net Worth Greater Than $100 Billion"  [...]



"Why Does Exercise Start Hurting Two Days After a Workout?"

2018-01-18T05:01:00-05:00

I see that I'm not the only one puzzled by this.     Related Stories"Can Your Hip Replacement Kill You?""In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons""What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?"  I see that I'm not the only one puzzled by this.      Related Stories"Can Your Hip Replacement Kill You?""In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons""What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?"  [...]



"The Six Stages of a Failed Psychological Theory"

2018-01-17T05:51:00-05:00

Compared to psychology, economics is probably pretty good: "Indeed, much of what we 'know' in psychology seems to be false."     Related Stories"Trio of dead stars upholds a key part of Einstein’s theory of gravity""In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future""What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?"  Compared to psychology, economics is probably pretty good: "Indeed, much of what we 'know' in psychology seems to be false."      Related Stories"Trio of dead stars upholds a key part of Einstein’s theory of gravity""In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future""What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?"  [...]



"Can Your Hip Replacement Kill You?"

2018-01-17T05:50:00-05:00

The author has a book he's trying to sell, so this probably needs to be viewed cautiously. But it probably shouldn't be, at least for now, ignored, either.     Related Stories"In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons""What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?""A strange diet is designed to slow aging by mimicking fasting — but you can eat normally most of the time"  The author has a book he's trying to sell, so this probably needs to be viewed cautiously. But it probably shouldn't be, at least for now, ignored, either.      Related Stories"In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons""What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?""A strange diet is designed to slow aging by mimicking fasting — but you can eat normally most of the time"  [...]



"Trio of dead stars upholds a key part of Einstein’s theory of gravity"

2018-01-17T05:23:00-05:00

Those stars may be dead, but they know not to cross Big Al.     Related Stories"In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future""What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?""Why seeing a tasty snack can make your mouth water: 'Eating with your eyes' is hardwired in the brain"  Those stars may be dead, but they know not to cross Big Al.      Related Stories"In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future""What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?""Why seeing a tasty snack can make your mouth water: 'Eating with your eyes' is hardwired in the brain"  [...]



"Seattle 3 Year Time-lapse Video from the Space Needle"

2018-01-17T05:01:00-05:00

Pretty cool if you like seeing buildings going up. (Link via Metafilter.)     Related StoriesTwo on Seattle's soda tax"The Irish Roots of the Diversity Visa Lottery""The Hawaii worker who 'pressed the wrong button' has been reassigned"  Pretty cool if you like seeing buildings going up. (Link via Metafilter.)      Related StoriesTwo on Seattle's soda tax"The Irish Roots of the Diversity Visa Lottery""The Hawaii worker who 'pressed the wrong button' has been reassigned"  [...]



"In Climate Science, Predictions Are Hard, Especially About The Future"

2018-01-16T16:27:55-05:00

A reference to Yogi Berra's wisdom will always stop me.     Related Stories"What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?""Why seeing a tasty snack can make your mouth water: 'Eating with your eyes' is hardwired in the brain""Record Breaking Winter Cold? Don’t Worry, the Climate Explainers Have it Covered"  A reference to Yogi Berra's wisdom will always stop me.      Related Stories"What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?""Why seeing a tasty snack can make your mouth water: 'Eating with your eyes' is hardwired in the brain""Record Breaking Winter Cold? Don’t Worry, the Climate Explainers Have it Covered"  [...]



Two on Seattle's soda tax

2018-01-16T05:51:00-05:00

"Seattle's soda tax experiment is doomed to failure". "That New Soda Tax In Seattle Is Working Out About As Well As Chicago’s".     Related Stories"Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund""The Irish Roots of the Diversity Visa Lottery""The Hawaii worker who 'pressed the wrong button' has been reassigned"  "Seattle's soda tax experiment is doomed to failure". "That New Soda Tax In Seattle Is Working Out About As Well As Chicago’s".      Related Stories"Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund""The Irish Roots of the Diversity Visa Lottery""The Hawaii worker who 'pressed the wrong button' has been reassigned"  [...]



"The Irish Roots of the Diversity Visa Lottery"

2018-01-16T05:37:00-05:00

Bootleggers and Baptists strikes again! Related: "How U.S. immigration has changed".     Related Stories"The Hawaii worker who 'pressed the wrong button' has been reassigned""San Francisco Requires Poop Maps To Help Pedestrians Avoid Human Waste""Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund"  Bootleggers and Baptists strikes again! Related: "How U.S. immigration has changed".      Related Stories"The Hawaii worker who 'pressed the wrong button' has been reassigned""San Francisco Requires Poop Maps To Help Pedestrians Avoid Human Waste""Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund"  [...]



"The Hawaii worker who 'pressed the wrong button' has been reassigned"

2018-01-16T11:02:21-05:00

Some folks are angry that the guy hasn't been fired (see, for example, here), but I think more culpable is the person who designed the system's user interface. The worker had been completing a shift change at the time of...     Related Stories"San Francisco Requires Poop Maps To Help Pedestrians Avoid Human Waste""Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund""What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?"  Some folks are angry that the guy hasn't been fired (see, for example, here), but I think more culpable is the person who designed the system's user interface. The worker had been completing a shift change at the time of the alert and, according to the Washington Post, was using a drop-down menu that gave two similar options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” Instead of selecting a system test, the worker sent a real alert. UPDATE. Jason Kottke think so, too: "Bad design in action: the false Hawaiian ballistic missile alert".      Related Stories"San Francisco Requires Poop Maps To Help Pedestrians Avoid Human Waste""Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund""What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?"  [...]



"San Francisco Requires Poop Maps To Help Pedestrians Avoid Human Waste"

2018-01-16T05:13:00-05:00

Offered without comment.     Related Stories"Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund""What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?""How to go to college (again)"  Offered without comment.      Related Stories"Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund""What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?""How to go to college (again)"  [...]



"In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons"

2018-01-16T05:05:00-05:00

Apparently, there's not a heck of a lot you can do except stay away from people who have it.     Related Stories"What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?""A strange diet is designed to slow aging by mimicking fasting — but you can eat normally most of the time""Healthy Life Expectancy Calculator"  Apparently, there's not a heck of a lot you can do except stay away from people who have it.      Related Stories"What Is Amazon’s ‘1492’ Project?""A strange diet is designed to slow aging by mimicking fasting — but you can eat normally most of the time""Healthy Life Expectancy Calculator"  [...]



"Looks like time’s up for New Jersey’s pension fund"

2018-01-15T05:52:00-05:00

Pro tip: when you, for a long time, spend money you don't have, sooner or later things will get very ugly. When Phil Murphy becomes New Jersey’s 56th governor on Tuesday, he’ll face a stark choice: Ship all new tax...     Related Stories"Will Tax Reform Spur States to Embrace School Choice?""The Doctor and the Impatients: Navy Rear Admiral Jackson Enters the Media Hellhole""Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts Must Let California Slash its Public-Sector Pensions"  Pro tip: when you, for a long time, spend money you don't have, sooner or later things will get very ugly. When Phil Murphy becomes New Jersey’s 56th governor on Tuesday, he’ll face a stark choice: Ship all new tax dollars to the state pension fund and freeze all other outlays — or sit back and watch the fund head to collapse. Related: "Collapsing pensions will fuel America’s next financial crisis".      Related Stories"Will Tax Reform Spur States to Embrace School Choice?""The Doctor and the Impatients: Navy Rear Admiral Jackson Enters the Media Hellhole""Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts Must Let California Slash its Public-Sector Pensions"  [...]