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Things one middle-aged economist finds interesting



Published: 2016-09-27T05:45:00-04:00

 



"Free college isn’t the solution: How the push for 'college for all' sets up students to fail"

2016-09-27T05:45:00-04:00

So true. The problem with the “free college” idea is, however, not merely financial. It also reinforces the myth that college is appropriate or even possible for all students. That myth already has destructive consequences for both the quality of...



"Here’s how homeschooling is changing in America"

2016-09-27T05:45:00-04:00

Three useful things to know: . . . 1.5 million children were homeschooled in the United States in 2007. This is up significantly from 1.1 million children in 2003 and 850,000 children in 1999. . . . . . ....



"The Last Refuge of Scoundrels"

2016-09-27T05:44:00-04:00

Glenn Reynolds: But this is more proof that in a Hillary administration, all criticism will be dismissed as sexism, just as under Obama it is all dismissed as racism.



"Man v rat: could the long war soon be over?"

2016-09-27T05:32:00-04:00

"It sounds crazy: a band of animal lovers and firemen in the mountains of Arizona, led by a Buddhist girl scout, making a pink milkshake for rats that may eventually improve the lives of millions of people."



"Rebel spirit? Tattoos are the mark of a conformist desperate to fit in"

2016-09-27T05:07:00-04:00

Columnist for the U.K. Telegraph argues for a proposition that I've long suspected is usually true.



Awful, awful stuff--Part 1

2016-09-26T05:52:00-04:00

"Let’s Make a Bad Deal--Review of 'The Iran Wars,' by Jay Solomon". Prediction: when the terrible results of this monumentally deceptive, mashugana policy arrive, the usual suspects will blame W. and/or Reagan.



Awful, awful stuff--Part 2

2016-09-26T05:45:00-04:00

"A Sour Surprise for Public Pensions: Two Sets of Books" and "The pension gap: It was a deal that wasn’t supposed to cost taxpayers an extra dime. Now the state’s annual tab is in the billions, and the cost keeps...



Awful, awful stuff--Part 3

2016-09-26T05:31:00-04:00

"Murderous Chicago: The city that doesn't work." What have 85 years of uninterrupted Democratic rule and unremitting progressive dogma gotten Chicago? Murderous gang wars with no armistice in sight.



"The Election’s Core Issue Since Clinton Declared Candidacy in 1808"

2016-09-26T05:24:00-04:00

I'd forgotten about Ms. Hillary's encounter with Bosnian sniper fire. There are just so many deliberate, outright lies to keep track of. See also "Hillary Clinton, who tells dreadful lies".



"Dr. Lisa Bardack’s Faustian Bargain"

2016-09-26T05:23:00-04:00

This is as complete a discussion as I've seen of the unanswered questions about Hillary's health.



"Time to Phase Out the Strategic Petroleum Reserve"

2016-09-26T05:18:00-04:00

Absolutely! This is an especially good point: In the EU, responsibility for meeting stockpiling obligations was largely delegated to oil companies. There is no reason why the same approach could not be followed in the United States. Indeed, oil companies...



California has come to this

2016-09-26T05:00:00-04:00

Headline last week in the Washington Post: "California governor backs rules on cow, landfill emissions". And what, pray tell, does the delicate headline writer at the Post mean by "cow . . . emissions"? Cow farts. The great state of...



"The NFL made a rule change aimed at safety and the Patriots are already using it to their advantage"

2016-09-25T05:47:00-04:00

Belichick being smart again. He reminds me of the line used about Bill Gates: "He has five brains and each one of them is smarter than yours."



"The Lexicon of Charlie Weis"

2016-09-25T05:09:00-04:00

Notre Dame declined to give their side, but if Weis's story of how they treated his son is correct, Notre Dame should be deeply ashamed.



"How Does It Feel?"

2016-09-24T05:52:00-04:00

A cool little story about Bob Dylan's early acetates, Rolling Stone, and the heretofore unknown to me "Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect".



"Why men’s and women’s shirts button on opposite sides"

2016-09-24T05:11:00-04:00

An interesting try, but even if one of the theories advanced explains why they did, they don't explain why they do now.



"I Can't Turn You Loose"

2016-09-23T05:52:00-04:00

Otis Redding. Come for Otis, stay for the wonderful backing band.



"All 314 Bruce Springsteen Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best"

2016-09-23T05:30:00-04:00

"Saint in the City" should be much higher, but this is a good ranking.



"Here are the 13 best 'Star Trek' original episodes, ranked"

2016-09-23T05:04:00-04:00

I just rewatched #3, "The Trouble With Tribbles," a couple of weeks ago. When Scotty unleashes the killer last line and that glorious fanfare comes up, I felt just as good as I did 49 years ago.



"Why you feel busy all the time (when you're actually not)"

2016-09-22T05:52:00-04:00

"What’s going on? Part of the answer is simple economics." Close. I'd say the answer is almost entirely economics. (The other part being a cultural shift that encourages and indulges complaint more than it used to do. But that, too,...



"This is the burger you have to try in your state, according to Foursquare"

2016-09-22T05:43:00-04:00

North Carolina's entry is Hops Burger Bar in Greensboro.



"What was the single deadliest hour in human history?"

2016-09-22T05:25:00-04:00

830,000 dead would seem to qualify.



"A CEO and former Googler shares the 5 traits every hiring manager looks for in young job candidates"

2016-09-22T05:06:00-04:00

No surprise: #1 is "The ability to communicate clearly".



"What A Time To Be Alive"

2016-09-21T05:50:00-04:00

An excellent reminder. John D. Rockefeller was the richest man the world had ever seen. But for most of his adult life he didn’t have electric lights, air conditioning, or sunglasses. And he never had penicillin, sunscreen, or Advil. This...



"Microsoft will 'solve' cancer within 10 years by 'reprogramming' diseased cells"

2016-09-21T05:46:00-04:00

Bring it on! Microsoft has vowed to “solve the problem of cancer” within a decade by using ground-breaking computer science to crack the code of diseased cells so they can be reprogrammed back to a healthy state.



"The Librarian's Bequest"

2016-09-21T05:29:00-04:00

"Alumnus and longtime library employee left largely unrestricted bequest to U of New Hampshire. It is spending $100,000 on the library and $1 million on a video scoreboard for the football stadium." It mystifies me why anybody who isn't an...



"This Handy Chart Tells You How Many Miles You Can Drive on Empty"

2016-09-21T05:16:00-04:00

Now they just need to add more cars.



"Desperate Pension Funds Mull Buyouts"

2016-09-20T05:50:00-04:00

"Some of the nation’s most overburdened state and local governments are considering an unprecedented strategy for defusing their public sector pension time bombs: Offering workers lump-sum payments worth somewhat less than their pension guarantees in the hopes that enough will...