Congress tries a hostile takeover of Obama Motors!
Credibly promising to be irresponsible...since 2004!
As authorities nationwide warn motorists of the dangers of driving while texting, Florida Keys law enforcement officers add a new caution: Don't try to shave your privates, either.
Yes, the economy lost more jobs last month, and yes the unemployment rate is still 9.7%, but in some sense this is what qualifies as "good news" these days. Job losses were predicted to be higher and the unemployment rate was predicted to rise, so this qualifies as a "better than expected" jobs report.
African Poverty is Falling...Much Faster than You Think!
Striking a little too close to home....
Man electrocuted urinating on live 2400V power line.
Potentially very cool new NBER working paper by Cúrdia and Reiss (ungated version here) argues that once you allow the exogenous shocks in DSGE models to be correlated, fluctuations in the mark up become less important in explaining business cycles.
Huge Aftershocks in Chile
People, legal newsline has broken this story wide open. I just can't believe it, but there it is in black and white.
This editorial is remarkably confused, even for the New York Times, which is way out front on muddling.
Another big police chase on I-40 this morning in Raleigh.
The venue where I gave my talk today in Wheeling (thanks, Erik R! You are the BEST!) turns out to have been home to an actual famous speech, almost exactly 60 years ago.
I know, I know it's hard to believe. But I think it's true.
Interesting story in Times.... German family was granted amnesty in the US to escape state schools.
How interesting. Restaurant refuses to serve customer because customer does not tip.
Externalities from Recycling Laws: Evidence from Crime Rates
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Angry Alex, on the Nolan Chart:
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I really didn't think he'd stick it out, but Stephon Marbury is tearing up the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association), with as much passion as David Stern is showing tearing up his CBA (collective bargaining agreement).
OMG, OMFG! Glenn Beck actually did the Nolan Chart on the air.
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My man Bob Lee gives his account of the "meeting" we had with Erskine Bowles.
"You have the charisma of a damp rag, and the appearance of a low-grade bank clark."
At first, it appeared that Rickrolling was going to be harder.
Giving a talk in Denver on Friday. Working on polishing my presentation, but it will probably turn out like this:
Tomorrow night, Thursday, at 10:30 pm EST, the clock will go below 3,000!
Oklahoma now has our very own "laughter coach"; an individual named Tyler Slater.
Labels: H. L. Menken was right
Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli are said to have used “ambiguous designs” to test the creativity of art students by asking the student to describe what they saw. Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach used symmetric ink blots to reveal subjects’ unguarded thoughts.
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For some blue-state conservatives who honed their political skills by continuously debating liberal peers, mingling with attendees presented unique challenges. Jesse Eiseman and Tyler Trumbach, who came from Columbia University to attend the conference, interrupted a spirited debate over the fall of the Roman Empire to complain to The Daily Beast about the anti-intellectual bent of fellow conservatives at CPAC. 'They have an opinion, but they don't give evidence to back it up, they don't use logic,' Trumbach said. Eiseman added, 'In a lot of ways I feel closer to left-wing intellectuals...I love the populists, I agree with them on many things, but I am scared of what happens when people stop thinking.' The two quickly took to hiding their name badges showing their college in order to avoid ridicule after speakers trashed academic elites onstage. 'There are a lot of anti-Ivy Leaguers around,' Eiseman said....For all the differences between them, however, most attendees said they felt little tension with their fellow conservatives on a personal level.
Holy half-wit, Batman! This person has zero concept of opportunity cost.
People, meet Freda Rosenfeld, the "breast whisperer".
This is so great in so many ways. Thank you Mr. Reuters!
The Texas billionaire’s pregnant bride: An evolutionary interpretation of
Wow, talk about bad timing. People could the entire Euro sovereign debt crisis be the universe's way of sticking up for its most favored sons and daughters (economists)?
The accuser in the case, Crystal Mangum, was arrested in Durham last night:
Anonyman writes that the CORRECT answer for investment, and monetary policy, in my Fox Business fiasco, would have been something like this. So, let me address the gold / silver / fiat money question.
More info on Google case, dismissed for lack of standing.....
Robber with box cutter found hiding inside a box.
I have blogged before about television. It's a bad gig. Don't like it, and clearly not good at it.
Some links. No rhyme, no reason, but some links.
From some dude allegedly named Glenn Thrush:
So last night was game one of the Caron Butler error, whoops I mean era, for Dallas.
Lost the STOP GOOGLE! suit. Darn.
We are now awash in pleas to "fix the broken Senate", with particular emphasis on getting rid of the filibuster.
Envy, Altruism, and the International Distribution of Trade Protection
Man, people. Democratic politicians are, how shall I put this politely, PUSSWEILLERS!!
It's been a while. But the Grand Game is back! It turns out that the folks who run England's criminal justice system would prefer to prosecute homeowners who try to defend themselves. It makes some sense, I have to admit. Homeowners can't run, and the state can hold them hostage because the state controls title and transfer of title.
Sorry for so many basketball posts. I guess I have Thunder fever. Here's one more.
And here I will list four reasons why.
What product are you making? "It doesn't matter." Actually, it probably DOES matter.
A short (one question) Valentine's quiz on level of marital understanding for men. Your wife comes downstairs in the morning, pours the tea (which, thank God, you made for her), and stares over the cup at you with a look of pure hate.
The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson from the Wizards.
The Eschaton, The Micro-chip. Quite an article, about the Virginia Legislature.
Brendan Nyhan makes people really, REALLY mad.
Wow, what a scum-bucket. Dr. Greenspan...really?
Here is a picture of the house of a friend in Montana:
A parody of Hitler's reaction to Hitler parodies.
Remember when Gary Hart challenged reporters to follow him, and then was amazed when they did, catching him in "Monkey Business"?
We have two book winners...drawn from a capacious Mungowitz-sized hat!
Over at Econobrowser, the usually excellent Menzie Chinn has posted a couple of graphs that he says are "particularly relevant in thinking about the US fiscal situation". I think they are too, but in the exact opposite way that they are being presented.
At a certain point in a marriage, the woman exhausts her sympathy for the man's injuries.
The mighty House of Saud has no love for Valentine's day. The holiday is banned in the magic kingdom and:
Members of the feared religious police were inspecting shops for, heart-shaped products or gifts wrapped in red, and ordering storeowners to get rid of them, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
Red-colored or heart-shaped items are legal at other times of the year, but as Feb. 14 nears they become contraband in 3rd Century.. The kingdom bans celebration of Western holidays such as Valentine's Day, named after a Christian saint said to have been martyred by the Romans in the
Wow, so the Wahhabi dudes think that the date of Valentines day is a surprise to their citizens? That they wouldn't just buy their evil red items the week before?
Even the AP can call BS on this:
Each year, the religious police mobilize ahead of Feb. 14 and descend on gift and flower shops, confiscating all red items, including flowers.
Many Saudis, who still want to mark the popular Valentine's, do their shopping weeks before the holiday.
See this is why you have to put rational expectations in your model. Otherwise you get these silly "fool people systematically" results that defy common sense. As bad as people think macro is with RE, trust me it was way worse before RE.
PS: Maybe what's really going on is that the Wasabi-Wahhabis just don't want to pay for their Valentine swag, so they "ban and confiscate" on the eve of the holiday.
1. The Federal government is closed for the 4th straight day!
One more day until the FAAAAAABULOUS prize is given away.
The Bishop reminds me in an email that Robert Heinlein, in "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," actually describes our friend's ID experience pretty well:
As loyal KPC readers know, our man Mungowitz was the Libertarian candidate in the most recent NC governor's race. While he clearly succeeded in his goals of (1) getting his message out, (2) getting the LP automatically on the next election's ballot, and (3) getting investigated by the election commission, alas, he did not win.
Estimating Production Efficiency in Men’s NCAA College Basketball: A Bayesian Approach