From the Onion: Suicide Prevention on Frozen Dinners
Stouffers To Include Suicide Prevention Tips On Single Serve Microwavable Meals
I do like the Kashi tip, at the end.
Credibly promising to be irresponsible...since 2004!
From a friend who has been married three times....
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This is messed up.
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A number of states are considering suing to enjoin, or otherwise block enforcement, of the health care reform bill. The basis of the legal claims are constitutional. Let me review the issues briefly.
Here at KPC, we have been a bit hard on Prez BHO. Not as hard as we were on GWB, who we pretty much agreed was the worst. president. ever.
Apparently the "strong arm tactics" of the conservative whackos have unhinged some of our friend in the media.
The big news in Norman is that Tommy Mason-Griffin Esq. a 5' 9" freshman basketball player who was named 3rd team all big 12 is quitting school to go pro.
And the question is: When in the world did Gary Coleman get elected to Congress?
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Thomas Hobbes: "...men have no pleasure (but on the contrary a great deal of grief) in keeping company where there is no power able to overawe them all. For every man looketh that his companion should value him at the same rate he sets upon himself, and upon all signs of contempt or undervaluing naturally endeavours, as far as he dares (which amongst them that have no common power to keep them in quiet is far enough to make them destroy each other), to extort a greater value from his contemners, by damage; and from others, by the example.
An attempted killer amendment? By that master of tactics from the great state of OK?
Thanks for your suggestions via email and the comments about what my mystery book about Native Americans might be. While looking up the suggestions on Amazon, I ran across what I believe to be the book in question (give me a break, I read it in 1978 or so!).
People, you know I love India. It is, in my opinion, the funniest country in the world. (Here are some more gems)
1. Answer to Job, Carl Jung
I don't favor the bill that was passed and endorse Mungowitz's and Holtz-Eakin's concerns voiced in the previous post about the cost of the bill, but wow, I have to give it up for Nancy P.! She was relentless and got the job done. She is much better at her job than I gave her credit for being.
I have a number of colleagues who think that anyone who worries about the increased cost of health care under the new bill is either an idiot, or an ideologue.
100 days of chairmanship left.
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Smile Intensity in Photographs Predicts Longevity
"Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the Bundestag on March
Interesting. Network analysis in the study of markets for sex-for-sale.
Several people were reminded of good Churchill stories, by the previous post.
A little more, after before, about the Kentucky Senate primary, and the role of Duke v. UK.
As all of you know, I am ALL about the greening of my life. So, as part of my renewed dedication to making easy things difficult, and reducing my productivity by wasting my time on useless pro-environment symbolism, I thought about taking the bus from my house to the airport. It's a trip I make often, and I wanted to know if the huge public subsidy to the bus system actually provides anything we can use.
(Title by John Hood; article, too!)
Do Good Recruits Make Good Cops? Problems Predicting and Measuring Academy
I found an old drawing in my desk drawer. The "artist" is Keith Krehbiel, famed political scientist at Stanford.
Kentucky senate races turn on ... Duke love?
The organizational structure of international drug smuggling
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"'We should be creating the biggest tent possible around the economic conservative issue,' said Ryan Hecker, the organizer behind the Contract From America. 'I think social issues may matter to particular individuals, but at the end of the day, the movement should be agnostic about it. This is a movement that rose largely because of the Republican Party failing to deliver on being representative of the economic conservative ideology. To include social issues would be beside the point.'" [NYT]
No, NG is not dead.
My pal Bob Lee writes a retrospective on the N&O and coverage of Duke Lacrosse.
Wow. This guy is quite a piece of work. Nice article.
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Longtime KPC friend JS writes:
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Chicago just passed a stupid law.
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A few years ago, sufjan Stevens promised 50 albums for the 50 states but quit after Michigan and Illinois. Now with the publication of his latest book, it appears that Paul collier has taken up a similar challenge. He's got B and P covered so let's help him out people! How about "Dithering Democracies"? Or "Failed Fatwas"?
How Much Did Banks Pay to Become Too-Big-To-Fail and to Become Systemically
What I like about these stories is not that they are so strange (though they are), but rather that they are so sweet.
Remarkable. You can't make this stuff up....
I have been told several times an anecdote about Marx despairing of ever seeing a revolution in Germany. He supposedly recalled an incident where German workers failed to attend a demonstration because they had trouble with their tickets.
A letter from a reader:
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Virginia is only for STRAIGHT lovers, it appears.
"The only questions are (a) when and (b) who will be left holding the bag."
On the scabrous PSJR site, the questions was raised, "Greatest Comparativist Ever? Living or Dead?"
Mark Linkous, AKA Sparklehorse is dead by his own hand. Here is the story from Pitchfork, and here is another from Rolling Stone.
The New York Times, apparently now the "Pay Lady of News," is busy whoring out to the "don't worry, be happy!" crowd.
Bondage dungeon in Devon.
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He says we shouldn't worry about the deficit because of all the valuable assets we are acquiring by spending the money!
"For centuries, historians, political theorists, anthropologists, and the public at large have tended to think about empires in such cyclical and gradual terms... Yet it is possible that this whole conceptual framework is, in fact, flawed... Great powers and empires are, I would suggest, complex systems, made up of a very large number of interacting components ... somewhere between order and disorder -- on 'the edge of chaos'...A very small trigger can set off a 'phase transition' from a benign equilibrium to a crisis...Not long after such crises happen, historians arrive on the scene. They are the scholars who specialize in the study of 'fat tail' events -- the low-frequency, high-impact moments that inhabit the tails of probability distributions, such as wars, revolutions, financial crashes, and imperial collapses. But historians often misunderstand complexity in decoding these events. They are trained to explain calamity in terms of long-term causes, often dating back decades. This is what Nassim Taleb rightly condemned in The Black Swan as 'the narrative fallacy': the construction of psychologically satisfying stories on the principle of post hoc, ergo propter hoc...Perhaps the most famous story of imperial decline is that of ancient Rome...But what if fourth-century Rome was simply functioning normally as a complex adaptive system, with political strife, barbarian migration, and imperial rivalry all just integral features of late antiquity? Through this lens, Rome's fall was sudden and dramatic -- just as one would expect when such a system goes critical...What is most striking about this history is the speed of the Roman Empire's collapse. In just five decades, the population of Rome itself fell by three-quarters.
So a bunch of goofballs in Europe put their money in a phony bank in Iceland, and lost a lot of Euros.
People are going nuts over how dangerous Toyotas are.
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.