Monday, August 06, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!




1.  They've got dead horses, don't they?

2. I don't know. Those Swedes are a little crazy.

3. I must admit: Ketchup packets bug me. Seems like a lot of packaging for very little ketchup, and much of it gets left in the packet. I understand there must be no cheaper way to deliver it, and monitor overuse (ketchup is more expensive than plastic), but ketchup packets bug me. They may not be around much longer.

4. Do WalMart "Supercenters" improve food security? Spoiler alert: For the most part, yes.

5. Trump lied. People yawned.

6.  Manhattan DA to stop prosecuting pot cases, at least for personal possession of small amounts.

7. The real problem is conservative McCarthyism, according to CGK's John Hardin. He is not wrong.

8. That forkin' blockchain...

9.  Mmmmm.....bbq. Best practices. Aluminum foil.

10. Russ Roberts and outrage. (He's against it)

11.  Editing a human.

12.  Is "free" consistent with "freedom"?

13. You probably don't understand the "blockchain." That's okay. Most people don't.

14.  Maduro is one of the very best illustrations of Hayek's "Why the Worst Get on Top." But even this schlomozzle is willing to admit their idiotic approach to socialism has "failed."

15.  It is odd that we have screening for airplanes, and not for water plants, electricity substations, and major highway tunnels. But maybe we won't have so much screening for airlines, at smaller airports at least.

14. Ontario ends UBI experiment, two years early.

15.  Timmy's in the well! Go get help, Lassie. Or at least dig out from the pillows.

16. The end of tipping?

17.  Things may seem bad. But as long as there are ice cream trucks, there is hope. And, there ARE ice cream trucks.

18. Vitruvius.

19.  Predicting fiscal crises.

20.  Measuring output, and prices, and productivity.

21. In the early 1990s I was often told, in condescending tones, that "Europeans are different.  We will have no trouble with opening our borders, because we are multicultural, unlike you reactionary Americans." Well, some Europeans are different. But not many.

22.  Books on speech.

23. Software eats the world. But some claims are, at best, exaggerated.




Grand Lagniappe:  Okay, Millenial Friends. This has totally happened to you, admit it.







Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  Only in Texas. Smokin' hot tortilla chips. No, really, smokin'. Twice. Or four times.

2.  Vomit fraud, by Uber drivers. It's easy to send a photo, of course. But it wasn't that passenger.  One guy was "lucky" enough to get defrauded twice in one day. Uber decided no one is that full.... 

3.  Our favorite headlines.  That's the Rhode Island version.  Then

4. On immigration, and the first stone....

5.  On the airline seat comfort question, I think the evil airline CEOs have a point.  The default is a relatively roomy, but expensive seat. If you want a DISCOUNT, then you want the smaller seat.  But then you can't complain that the seat is smaller. That's why it's cheaper!  If you don't want the smaller seat, pay the standard price.

6.  Hess's "Triangle of Spite." And more about the Hess Triangle.

7. Ocasio-Cortez, whatever she is, is NOT a socialist.  Our president, on the other hand...

8.  The "hot water challenge." Really? What is wrong with you people?

9.  This is NSFW. It's actually not safe for anything, and you shouldn't watch it. But some of the bad puns are pretty good. Still, you'll never get that  6  minutes back. Don't blame me. But it's a guy using the worst pickup lines in history, badly. What could be wrong with that? For context, that's all in response to this sort of thing.

10.  Ms. McArdle enters the lion's den, and says a lot of things that make sense. She will be publicly shamed for this, of course. The comments will be worth reading, if you like unintentional self-parody by half-wits.

11. Interesting commentary on the nature of competition. Neo-classical conception is that everyone is a price-taker. The "main line" economics answer (thanks, Peter Boettke) is that there are viable alternatives available to consumers. The point is that price-setters can still be disciplined by "competition," if regulators will allow it.

12.  It is far more likely, ridiculously more likely, that your child will be hurt in your house or in your car, than standing alone in a park or walking on a street. But so many people virtue signal ("I care") about nonsense.  We think nothing of the child being in our house, or car. Because the chances of danger are not THAT high there. The point is that the chance of your child being snatched by a stranger are much LESS than that. Kids should be free range.



13.  Your dog is MORE human than you think. Or, maybe less.

14. Understanding trade deficits.  And some more.

15. "Ghosting" employers. You can understand why young people might do this, because they feel they are not being respected or valued by employers. But it hastens the "gig economy."

16.  It's one measure of a society to look at how many of its citizens are caged up like animals. But its even worse when nearly 3/4 of the people put in cages have not even been convicted of a crime.

17.  The English Premier League is capitalist. The NBA is socialist.

18. The Koch brothers have principles. You may not agree with them, or not all of them. But this is a strange way to write about the attempt to shame CGK by saying he is not Trump ENOUGH.

19.  Alcohol and caffeine made civilization.

20. One thing that Ayn Rand and Immanuel Kant agreed on was this: your moral principle must generalize. This one doesn't .

21. I don't know that Harry Truman checked out Mozart while he did Tae Bo. But his story does remind us that there's room to grow.

22. Syndrome E



Grand Lagniappe:  This seems okay. But what if the "earth moves" because...well....you know. What then? (UPDATE: My "friend" Megan McArdle of the Wapo commented that I was too old to be jumping on the bed. It's good to have friends, isn't it?)




Monday, July 23, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  What sort of person does this? It's not like running a red light. There was no chance of this working out well.

2.  There has to be more to this story.  The "she's from Ukraine, they do things differently there" defense seems weak to me. A bit different viewpoint here. I do have to say that anyone who has been around a toddler for more than about an hour has considered hanging as a solution.....

3.  Trump is wrong about the EU. But he is not entirely wrong about NATO.

4.  There is little to no evidence that voluntary pre-K programs do any good. All the positive results come from non-random assignment, meaning that educated and motivated parents are likely the cause, NOT the pre-K program. A randomized trial finds no effect. The problem: the main difference is educational environment in the home the kids are NOT staying home at.  Pre-K has to help some children, it's just hard to find a way to measure that accurately.

5.  The policy of restricting or taxing plastic bags does essentially zero good. It is however (1) inconvenient and (2) pleasing to people who like to suffer inconvenience as a way of showing their love for the earth in pointless, and therefore religiously useful, ways.

6.  A problem with the "road" to liberty.  You might want to be a directionalist, like I am.

7. Iga is having a ninja shortage.

8.  At least the Manchurian Candidate PRETENDED he cared about the U.S.  This guy, not so much.

9.  MoovMo.

10.   Russia gets another pass.

11.  "Places of Persistence: Slavery and the Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States."

12.  Putting the "crow" into necrophilia.


13.  It's just cultural appropriation to impose your own, multicultural standards on the great works of the past. Some humility, younglings....

14.  This is not the Onion. This guy actually thinks that trolling people on the web is the key to success in mass elections.  No, really, he does.

15. Slavery did not make the U.S. rich. It made some people rich, and a lot of others poor.

16. The loss of a common culture. I don't think Deneen is entirely right, but he is certainly NOT entirely wrong.

17.  Not sure this is real. But it may be.

18. The tide of free speech....has it turned, on college campuses?

19.  All campaign strategies are local....

20.  My piece for the "The Hill," on UBI.

21. I'm sorry, ma'am. You've been deleted. Wow.

22. Cutest thing you'll see today: This little girl saw an abandoned broken water heater at the curb, waiting to be taken away. She thought it was a robot. And the cuteness ensued.

23. Why haven't higher wages (at the top end) reduced work hours? An interesting commentary on price effects and income effects of labor "supply." Or, are you willing to pay $1,000 an hour to go sailing? Even if you are really rich?

24. Why?  A drive-by bicycle shooting.

25. The road to socialism: Venezuela.

26. Black Jeopardy on SNL. One of them (the best, I think). Then anotherA third. Like all good comedy, it's partly mocking something directly. But it's also got some things that make your skin crawl and think about why that's not actually funny.

27.  Trans men on being men, compared to being women.

28. Talent

This, from V. Postrel.   What's more inclusive than extreme, semi-religious food taboos in the workplace?  The grand lagniappe, from Randy Simmons, in reaction to VP's article:









Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!

Sorry to have been away. But I've been away. First in Erlangen and Munich, Germany. Then in Edmonton, in Northern Alberta.  Both really fun.  Back in Raleigh now....

To the links.... 

1.  Amazing application of pure fairness. The town would benefit from using an auction instead. And the individuals who "win" the lottery would benefit from allowing a secondary market. So, an interesting example for class.  The graveyard lottery, in Germany.

2. Why are wages not rising? Of course, in some areas, they are.

3.  George Will writes a column on baseball. And I like it. Perhaps neither of those things is surprising.  But it is a REALLY good column.

4.  Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces enabling the origin of agriculture

5.   Right to try.

6.  Nipples.

7.  The WaPo is upset with the Oklahoma incident because two citizens responded and killed the shooter. Apparently the faster action that likely saved lives is LESS important than the fact that having armed citizens made the situation "more complicated for police." As if our objective is primarily to make life simple for police. Citizens are pretty much on their own. As we already know....

8.  Dude had a bad day.  Why in the world was he insisting they pull over? Anyway, it didn't go well.

9.  I'm going to guess that this sort of thing is quite common. We only know about it because of the police body cams.  If police want to be respected, they'll need to be respectable.  But it's hard, because the state provides conditions where the worst will always get on top.

10. Some people assume that wealth may substitute for genetic fitness, meaning that rich morons will be over-represented in the population. But Mr. Darwin has ways of taking care of that. (The guy didn't die. But he did learn some wisdom, I hope).

11. Starfish v. Spider education systems.

12. Guilds? There is no guarantee that the "firm" in its traditional form is optimal in the non-traditional future....

13. Not only is "Dead Salmon" a color, the producer is unironically (I think) doubling down on it as being "magical."

14.  "How White People Handle Diversity Training." This may not be entirely true, but I bet it's also not entirely false.

15. Since it is not easy to climb up out of poverty, it almost HAS to be true that a dogged belief that one CAN climb up out of poverty is a prerequisite.

16. That word "foe" you keep using. President Trump, I don't think it means what you think it means.

17. Realistic Marketing: Bird Scooter edition.

18.  I have colleagues at Duke who sincerely believe that Cuba's labor system is non-exploitative, and that Cuba's health care system is the best in the world. These claims are both absurd.

19.  A better way to run schools...

20.  Okay, goodONya and all, mates. But does "naked gay farmer" really evoke "mental health" as an association, in the minds of most people? On the other hand, they are likely right that it makes people pay attention.

The Grand Lagniappe, Copa Mundial edition: 538 takes another one in the shorts. The average goals scored per game this Cup tournament was about 2.65.  The standard deviation was about 1.2 goals (actually, it was less than that, but let's say.)  That means that 538 made an almost 3 sigma error, assuming even then that "very few goals" is equal to "average number of goals."  Why do we even have a government, if people are allowed to make such bad predictions?











Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Bluewater and the LMM


So. The YYM drove over to the beach compound for the night. We went for dinner, because that's what you do. Went to Bluewater, a tourist place but with a very nice view of the IntWat. I wore my "Dad clothes."

The LMM took a photo, but I can't post it, on which more anon. Will try, though. As soon as we sat down, the LMM decided that she would like to be the center of attention, as befits a Queen exiled to wed a commoner like me. So she kicked both her sweater and her purse into the ocean.

(Two things: 1. Why did she have a sweater? It's 95 and direct, bright sun where we are sitting. If you have to ask that, you don't know the LMM. She always needs a sweater. 2. Okay, she didn't kick it into the ocean. She kicked it into the IntWat. Nonetheless, there it was ten feet below the rail where we were peering over at it, floating, a purse/sweater clump of flotsam in nasty saltwater. Not Jetsam. Flotsam. Words have meanings....)

The LMM appeared to believe that if she just yelled LOUDLY enough at the purse/sweater clump, it would magically do what she wanted. To be fair, this works at our house, but then she is dealing with me, or the dogs, and we are all afraid of her, and have some capacity for independent movement. If she yells at home, then action is taken and things get done.

"I dropped my purse! I dropped my purse!" And pointing. Everything in the large restaurant stopped, and I think some people up on the highway bridge likely looked out their windows. The LMM is not large, but she has considerable vocal puissance.

I jumped heavily over the rail, and landed heavily down on the dock. Unsurprislingly, another fellow, aroused by the yelling, also jumped over the rail, and got there faster. (He was not as heavy). He fetched the flotsam, and delivered it to the LMM, dripping (the flotsam was dripping, not the guy, and not the LMM).

All the tables (well, the people AT the tables) around us started telling each other of times that they had had something similar happen. And giving advice about how to save the iPhone (rice. Always with the rice). Anyway, before long a little kid at the next table tipped over a big glass of iced tea, and won the "new center of attention award" away from the LMM. But for a few minutes, she was the "It Girl" of the Bluewater.

I'll try to post the pictures, if the rice works. We used the LMM's phone to take the pictures..... (With thanks to Donna Gingerella for the entertainment portion of the dinner, and a show).

Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  Interesting question: given that the "public" (that is, developers and construction companies) side is well-funded by tax dollars used for advertising and "education" programs about mass transit, is it illegitimate for private groups to try to balance the scale?  Even if it is the Kochs?  So-called mass transit tends to benefit wealthy neighborhoods whose residents want to go to sports events or go shopping.  If we really cared about mass transit, we'd end the stupid parking restrictions on new housing.  There is no "right" to free parking in densely populated urban areas. Just end the parking requirement, and the demand for mass transit will no longer be artificially suppressed by public policy.

2.  Rats devalue currency. I'm sure George Selgin has some Fed metaphor for us, but in this case its literally true.

3,  Wife sends husband back to jail.  She was right to do so, but still.

4.  Roger Stone is concerned that he might be indicted, because that would "suggest culpability."  Yes, yes, it would.  I understand the charges could be frivolous, and have to have innocent until proven guilty. But it would indeed be a bad sign if he is indicted.  I wonder if it's just a tactic to charge him with something, get him to plead guilty for immunity, and so on.

5.  Who are you going to believe? That outraged woman or some lying verbatim audio recording?

6.  If this is true, it is remarkable. And bad.

7. Rubies are red, sapphires are blue, but the Times just said, they're actually really the same mineral.

8. Prices, products, and wage stagnation. (tl;dr:  wages didn't stagnate) 

9. The case for free trade is unilateral. The case for free trade is unilateral. The case..... No, really, it's unilateral.  We should cut trade barriers even if our trading partners don't. If they want to tax their citizens, they get to do that. It says so in "The Big Boy Book of Governments."

10.  American see "media bias" everywhere. And they are not pleased.

11.  This is an actual refereed journal article. No, really. The dead cat is listed as a coauthor.

12.  Jubilee!  Or, pot jubilee, at least.  (In Hebrew tradition, Jubilee was a debt forgiveness year. Interesting incentive problems....)

13. There's a decent chance that within the next year Trump will start appearing in public wearing a uniform designed by some famous designer.  A military uniform.  If we keep doing stuff like this.

14. America is an idea. But it is not ONLY an idea.... And the part that is not an idea is fragile.

15.  Law schools need a new governance model.

16. The arguments for a "grand bargain" on immigration are not getting better.

17.  The Texas Health Department....standing for truth in pickles

Grand Lagniappe:  C'mon. Is it REALLY a surprise? I think we all knew....  Every once in a while, the cat gets a signal from the mother ship: "YOU ARE IN THE WRONG ROOM!  RUN!"  And off it goes, with an insane look on its "face." Alien.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links

1.  News flash: People with below average income have below average income.  Seriously, these folks are shocked that poor people can't afford middle class stuff.  Does "middle class" just have no meaning?

2.  A list of summer reading lists.

3.  Why Canada should pay for blood plasma.

4.  It's raining octopus. That can't be right.

5.   J-Sess, the most evil AG in American history, actually quotes the Bible to support breaking up families.  If only there were some religion where the hero had been forced to hide from authorities were out to kill all the male children, and then had to live illegally under persecution. Maybe then we could understand people better. Or maybe if J-Sess had actually read Romans 13, all the way to verse 10, instead of just using the Cliff's Notes.

6. Netflix has a new "5 second rule." No eyeballin', there.

7.  Florida Man!

8.  Canada: You suck. Trinity Western decision is a blot on your copybook.

9.  Snake swallows woman whole.  I'm not convinced this is real. But it certainly is horrible.

10. Supermoon, in NYC.

11.  The "Data Science" course segment the EYM taught in Colombia.

12. The "Matthew Effect." Particularly prevalent, apparently, when a relatively unknown person, often a woman, is cited by a more famous person, often a man.  Later work cites the famous person who didn't actually do anything.

13.  Heterodox Academy. Full disclosure: I signed up.

14.  Not all sharing is done through markets. But much of it is now done through some software platform....

15.  Father Long's Sacred Nugget.

16.  This is a thing. Why?

Grand Lagniappe: Happy Father's Day to ME!






Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Supermoon

In NYC, the EYM took us to visit "Supermoon."  It's....well, it's this.

After we ordered (the pastries were, I grudgingly admit, fantastic, really something special) and while we were waiting for our order. There was a commotion.

A 40 year old woman and an extremely overdressed and overly made-up young woman (looked 15, could have been 22) came in and started demanding to speak to the manager. They wanted "...a box, for photographs. She's a blogger!" pointing to the younger woman.  I had never heard "S/he's a blogger!" used as an argument for "give me free stuff!" before, so I felt I was missing out.

They kept loudly demanding a free box of pastries and the chance to do some photos, because (and I'm totally serious) "She's a blogger!" This was said at least ten times, in an increasingly loud voice.

Eventually the manager came out, made the crazed women give back all the display items they had decided to just steal, and gave them a box with some pastries. The older woman took a bunch of photos of the young woman pretending to take bites, affecting surprise and / or delight, and so on. Then they finally left, after throwing away all the untouched pastries and the box they came in.

I got the EYM to take my picture, in front of the Supermoon boxes. And, I want the whole world to know:  "I'm a blogger! Give me free stuff!"


Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!


1. Lincicome talks to Goldberg.

2. State tax reform has had variable success, and failure.

3.  A good video. Not a great video, won't change your life. But some interesting info.

4.  Nick. On Tom.

5.  I've come to believe that most statements that start "Millenials LOVE....." or "Millenials HATE....." are usually pretty dumb, regardless of how the blank is filled in. But it is fair to ask: SHOULD Millenials love the market?

6.  Domestic disturbance in Germany. Man yelling at parrot, who won't shut up. But parrot doesn't say any words, though it can bark like a dog.  So it was more like man yelling at dog that wouldn't stop barking, though of course the dog was a parrot.

7.  Is tattooing actually beneficial, at least for the immune system?

8.  In praise of stolid clothing.  And Brooks Brothers.

9. The ideology of business schools.

10.  Remember how the History Channel used to show actual history?  And TLC was actually about learning? Then this happened.

11.  The complete NYU hooding ceremony. If you are interested, the EYM transcends corporeal form and evolves into pure energy at about 1:26:20 and thereafter....

12.  Selective exposure to misinformation: A Guess-Nyhan-Reifler joint.

13. Against libertarianism: A reading list

14. Nancy hanging with Mitch, and J-Mac hanging with Paul W.

15.  MAO'G on Maduro and Venezuela.






Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!







1.  Mummified monkey found in air duct. In Minneapolis museum.  In an AIR DUCT. I have to think that the month between the monkey dying and the monkey being moderately mummified had to be pretty smelly.  But maybe it was an exhaust duct?  Still....ew.

2.  And why would you have a gun in your "belly band" (?) while you roughhouse with your dog?  I qualified for a concealed carry permit. But I don't carry. Guns are dangerous. You are obliged, if you are going to carry a gun, to behave differently.  The poor pup was a lab/pit mix. Quite a sturdy fellow, I bet.

3.  what American history can teach us. David Brady's thoughts....

4.  AI and the end of capitalism.  Always with this end of capitalism stuff.  For Marx, it was industrialization. Far from the end of capitalism, it was the spreader of capitalism.

5.  Where is L-Mo gon git his tea and vegan muffin now?

6.  This is pretty amazing. Why would the black woman have to show her ID, when cops did not ask for the ID of the white woman.  If you have to show ID, then everyone has to show ID.

7.  Ollie.  Oh, Ollie. No, I don't think there is a useful comparison between NRA members and black citizens trying to live in Jim Crow.

8. The Middle East today is as complex, and dangerous, as central Europe in 1914. Or so sayeth LeBron.

9. "Assault weapons," explained.

10.  My good friend John Hood explains something that is hard to explain. Freedom is actually an economic strategy. And a good one.

11.  Wallets and return rates. A simple, not entirely scientific, but interesting experiment.

12.  Odd racial split: should NCAA athletes be paid?

13.  This is not news. French people believe that the collective is more important than individual freedoms.  Duh. The problem is always that "collective values" is just what *You* believe.  If the minority ever becomes the majority they'll be squealing Lockeans in a heartbeat.

14.  Amazingly, this IS news: Law School Faculty at L&CU vote to uphold academic freedom.

15.  Not sure this is correct. But the larger point, that it is PRECISELY people without language skills or economic skills who have become U.S. citizens, is clearly right. Nicholas Munger arrived in Guilford Colony in CT in 1651 (or so) and he had nothing.  But I'm glad he left. County Surrey in southern England was no place for a poor boy to try to live a life.

16. When disrespect by "elites" is a sign of merit, then only those with merit will be disrespected by elites. More simply, the constant gotchas and corrections by the self-important influencers of our established institutions of the left actually make people like Trump MORE .

17. Ben Stein does a FB remake.

18. One way to have more affordable housing would be to allow more housing.

19.  Amar has a good point. But it's not a GREAT point.   Things have to be pretty bad indeed before it's not possible for bumbling or meddling state action to make them much worse. 

20.    just not true.

21. Toys were Us.

22.  Lines from "Princess Bride" that are useful in grading student compositions....

23. 



The Grand Lagniappe:  Adam Dunn, King of the Four True Outcome Players.  The reason this is important is that now MLB is full of Adam Dunn wannabes.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links



The EYM is home from Germany, and soon going to New York to defend his thesis.  So a strong EYM-focus on today's McIfol....

1.  Old people, the internet, and the end of times.  As I argued ten years ago, we (especially older people) depend on the "news" being verified and curated. The transition is hard.

2.  Along those lines:  that whole influence thing?  If it's important, it's fake.  Almost anything on the internet that seems important can be faked, and then why not fake it?  It's a problem.  But it may not be the problem that old peope think it is.

3.  Keep feet off the streets. That's why elites tweet.

4.  Of course, Jim Bakker has been selling fakery to the old and confused for a long time.  Still....really, Jimbo?

5.  Marx would have been 200. And he's still killing the sort of people he claimed to love.

6.  Why are so many conservatives upset about Baby Alfie, when they don't care about poor Alfonsito?

7.  We should denote length of time of Trump admin staff in terms of "Scaramucci"s.  That is, ten days.  As in, "That guy lasted three Scaramuccis. Pretty good, for a Trumpino."  The question: Will Giuliani last even one full Scaramucci?

8.  Kids can't be on their own, even on Sesame Street.

9.  I was willing to defend Pence for a long time.  But Arpaio?  Nope. D-Drez has some thoughts.

10.  Trump is winning by gathering all the groups that oppose liberalism. Both the new kind and the classical kind.  That's not actually winning, though, because it is not a program of what to do, only what to oppose.

11. Can smart contracts use blockchain technology?

12.  We don't need tariffs. We could just prohibit Americans from traveling abroad. Maybe we could even build a wall, to keep all that money at home.

13.  Figure 2, Panel A of this paper.  It appears that Donna Gingerella thinks she lives in a very large city, by the way....

14.  I don't know much about London; this may be completely wrong. But the young man calls out political leaders for their "supine cowardice," and that's always good. And he defends Sadiq Khan pretty convincingly, again given what little I know.

15.  This is one of the strangest things I've ever seen. I guess it makes me happy. But....seriously?

16.  Diana Fleischman being amazing in writing about sex robots.   (Her name means "Meat Man." She is aware of this.)

17.  For a standing ovation to mean "standing ovation," it can't be automatic.

18.  If you are a prospective grad student, these are the sorts of questions you should have for the Director of Grad Studies....

19. Drew Millard on Sexy Vegan. And some other stuff. There's a lot going on.  Including the new Robin Hood movie.

20.  Congress gives up. It's what Congress does.

21. Dang. I did not know this about till. Thanks to @bitteranagram. 

22.  It's dumb to claim you are at work when you are obviously not. But for the REASON that you are "obviously" not at work to be time-stamped charges on your University credit card?  Wow.  A "dedicated businessman" is charged with the heinous crime of "galavanting."  Who does he think he is, a professor?


Grand Lagniappe:

Art imitates life and makes a full circle, out beyond farce.  A truly remarkable video moment.  Stormy Daniels herself appears on the SNL cold open.  Good lord. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!

1.  Jones Act, you are not good.

2.  The symbol of British democracy is rotting from within.  A metaphor, or just a fixer-upper?

3.  Economists are bad at Twitter.

4.  People fuss at each other on Twitter, about whether people who go to Hamilton can keep track of the Jazz game during the play.

5.  The price of losing respect for the MSM: People believe their dog can get autism from a vaccine.

6.  Turns out the DC press corps can dish it out, but they can't take it.  This is my "not surprised at all" face.

7.  When will AI exceed human performance, by specific function.

8.  This is...I'm not sure how to explain it, exactly.

9.  Of all the places to be a jerk and physically resist a police officer, I would not think an airplane was a good man. But Florida Man has to be Florida Man.

10.  Max the pup, in Australia, helps save 3 year-old Aurora. A sweet story. But also amazing, since Max is 17, deaf, and almost blind. 

The Grand Lagniappe:  Robin Grier sent me this piece about erotic significance of whale hips. I often mention that whale hips are an atavism. But, it turns out they are useful, just not to their original purpose.  Whales couldn't get busy without being hip, it appears.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!

A return after a two-week travel hiatus.....

1.  The most expensive speeding tickets of all time. Finland, oh, Finland.

2. It is a problem. Sometimes, when people disagree with you, it's not because they are on the "other side." It's because you are wrong.

On the inequality of social capital.

4.  Witness the violence inherent in the system!  "I've filed my paper!" Good luck with that, ma'am.

5.  Medieval moneyball on the battlefield....

6. How we screwed up nuclear power....

7.  The US tax system: complicated but still high compliance

8.  Liberal democracy...

9.  Tariffs were dumb. Efforts to buy off the harms caused to farmers are REALLY dumb.

10.  Devin Nunes should be removed from leadership.

11.  Amal Clooney.

12.  RIP, Art Bell.

13.  The first review I've seen of TOMORROW 3.0.

14.  I really do worry that we are on the verge of a "Cultural Revolution," where passionate feeling replaces reason and discussion.  If it comes down to strong feelings implying truth, then only those with strong feelings will have guns.

15. Eu-antisociality.

16.  A "mandatory course." That'll fix everything, Noah. Actually, the REAL answer is PPE!

17. Urban "renewal" as a means of achieving racist goals in cities.

18.  Florida man....oh, Florida man.

19.  A teacher who couldn't read.

20.   Staring. I'd be willing to stare at Ria, frankly, but not Braco. /UzpfSTU2OTQ3OTM5NjoxMDE1NTU5ODUwNDA0NDM5Nw/ All of which reminds me of "Unflinching Triumph"  Robert Anthony Peters as Cousin Donnie.

21.  A punk rock turtle that can breathe through its genitals. Because of course it can.

22. Syrian government is targeting civil government in areas it doesn't control. Because of course it is.

The Grand Lagniappe: An unexpected result in the "Guillotine v. Spray Paint Can" contest.  And THEN  

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  The universe....in ten minutes.

2. Marxism and anti-Semitism?

3.  Amazing that "free range parenting" has to be protected by law.

4.  This "story" is from 2006. Rather quaint, now.

5. Participation in markets can improve food security.

6.  Automation is good. It's not good for everyone. But overall it's good.

7. Not dead dead man failed to note he was not dead in time. So now the decision of the court cannot be reversed.

8. In some ways, this seems normal.  In others....not so much.

9. Oh, the sh*t you'll do, after you're tenured....

10.  Libertarian "Dad jokes."  A bit edgy, actually.  Trigger warning.

11.  Japan has tiny houses.

12.  Facebook as scapegoat du jour....

13.  What time is it when your cat is found after 14 years being lost?  A: Not quite enough time being lost.

14.  The newest libertarian?

15.  Community colleges.

16.  Too much school for cool?

17.  Many responsible gun owners are for responsible gun control. But we are ignored, even shunned, by the extremists on both sides.

18.  There is a problem.  With Facebook. Even from Facebook's perspective, there is a problem.

19. 9 ridiculous things about the Omnibus.

20.  The Super Mario Brothers Movie. 25 years out. I'd never heard of it. A look back, sort of.  Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper. Amazing.

21.  This story has much of what makes America great.  Of course, it does make you wonder why he didn't just go up a mountain, if 2,000 feet is enough to disprove the "hoax." He was near Mt Charleston, which is 12,000 feet, and you can just drive most of the way.


Grand Lagniappe:  When you use the force on your kitten....

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!




1.  Social activism is "good for you." Making me wonder (A) if this is selection, which seems likely, and (B) if being "active" in Christian or pro-life organizations is seen by college admissions drones as being "good." If this is just virtue-signalling to appeal to the ideological biases of a bunch of lefties who couldn't get real jobs, I'm not very impressed.

2.  It was not easy to remain poor in the period 1978-2018. But it was possible, if the state did the things that states do.

3. With apologies to Paul Simon, HRC's "42 ways to blame your other."

4. Gun culture.

5.  Can libertarianism be a governing philosophy?  With three responses....

6.  If you credit the stereotyping, what does the alt-right get "right" about Jews?  Jonny Anomaly says some things .

7.  Mostly Weekly: The End.

8. Pro golfers are big babies.

9. The power to tax is the power to destroy.

10. The "alt-right" and anti-Semitism.

11. So, ya wanna get married? No. Me, neither.  Let's go out for brunch and have avocado toast instead.




Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links







1.  Fascism is not an easy concept to define precisely. But "says things about feminism that make me sad" is NOT "fascism," I'm pretty sure.

2. Darn that fine print. Turns out convicted felons can't serve as county sheriffs. Interesting side note: Buncombe County is the origin of the "that's bunkum!" insult.  If you try to prevent bunkum, you are "debunking."

3.  Too many Legos.

4.  Kim Kardashian has transcended corporeal form and has evolved into pure irony with no trace of self-awareness. Unless it is ironic on purpose, in which case well played, ma'am. "Swipe to download the 'Women's Empowerment Pack'" of "Kimojis" for $2.50.  The Onion should just close down. There is nothing left to say, nothing left to do.

5.  This CLAIMS to be satire. I'm actually not sure.

6. On the national security argument for protectionism.

7. Megan McCardle on what we know, and don't know, about minimum wages.

8. Katherine Mangu-Ward, on the case of "Smug v. Troll".

9.  Reason video: I like it, I love it!  Remy is awesome.

10. American farmers know more about foreign trade than American president, part 2,493.

11.  The conscience of capitalism. And the success of China being due to markets. And the dramatic worldwide decline in extreme poverty.

12.  California is losing population, mostly families with children. You can't afford to live in California, and the amenities of living there are no longer all that nice.

13. Fusion energy.

14.  Is this how China is thinking of Africa, or how China wants Africa to think of China? (And of course it is a gross generalization, because lots of variation within Africa, culturally, separate nations, and otherwise. But still...)

15. Immigration today and the Fugitive Slave Act then....

16.  How capicola became gabagool.  A video on this subject, with Kelly Ripa.  

17.  Libertarian perspectives on voting.

18 Math, math, the crooked path...to data science.

19. Whisky and deep time.

20. 10 things to know about tariffs....

Grand Lagniappe:From @academiaobscura:  Never ever let your publisher write the captions on your illustrations...






Monday, March 05, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  This x-ray is not the kind that you would use at the doctor. It's much more powerful. But this lady didn't want to be separated from her handbag.

2. You know that thing where a cat is asleep, or just sitting, and then apparently gets a message from the space-alien-cat mother ship: "YOU ARE IN THE WRONG ROOM! RUN!" Well, that seems to have happened to this guy, in the Newark airport. When a cat does it, people say "How cute!" That's not how it work out for our human.

3. On not apologising....(note UK spelling)

4.  Why the poor don't vote to soak the rich.

5. For the people upset about the sheriff's deputies who may have stayed outside of Parkland: First, it could have been a hostage situation. It's hard to get info. Police are not obliged to commit suicide, pistol against AR-15. Second, and more importantly, police have no legal obligation to protect. Warren vs. DC, 1981 settled that. You might want to read this.

6.  Walls.

7.  Meatball thief caught red-handed.

8. The Times fired her doppelganger.

9.  Harvard is a really terrible place. Unless you are one of the Dons, you are just hired help. Or worse. Which is news to pretty much no one.

10. Don't touch the snow.

11.  A few years ago I wrote this for the Chronicle of Higher Ed.  Recently Ed Lopez adds this about EconTalk. And he's quite right. Very useful.

12. Crypto-Scammers.

13. Zoning. And von Thunen. By and large, zoning is a bad thing. Not always. But usually.

14. Clarence Thomas may be wrong. But if he is, the Court needs to say so. Say SOMETHING.

15.  Boy...well, see for yourself what the boy did. WHY do boys do things like this? Why did that seem like a good idea?

16. Tommy Pham's career-saving eye surgery.

17. Ecology of parasites is VERY cool. And so is Kelly Wienersmith.

18.  She relentlessly pursued him. Are adult women such mental and moral infants that they can't be held responsible for ANYTHING? Harvey Weinstein is not the same as Bill Clinton, at least regarding l'affaire Lewinsky.

19. Owner: "Who's a good boy? WHO's a good BOY?" Dog: "I'm sorry. No one is a good boy. We are all tainted by original sin. Some of us are good by grace, but only the elect.  Many dogs are called, but few come running."

20. Generations.

21.  Dashboard Confessional and Taylor Swift and other things.

22. Change definition of "adolescent" to 24 and under?  Angus and I are nearly 60. I think that's a better bet....

Grand Lagniappe: Scott Lincicome's own conception of how he looked, before Trump's "tariff twitter" barrage, and after.







Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!




1.  If Germany had Floridians....A knight's costume? Still, "more than rude" gets that Florida element in pretty well...

2.  Pro-tip: if you have skunks in your basement, a smoke bomb should NOT be on your list of solutions. It's not a solution at all, in fact.

3. IVF: Capitalism's final frontier?

4. Streetlights? We don't need no stinkin' streetlights. 'Cause the trees glow.

5.  If you want to debate whether the "get your flu shot!" argument doesn't really serve public health, that's fair enough. But random fabricated stories are subversive not only to public health but to public trust in institutions. Our institutions do quite a bit to destroy our trust on their own, without help from trolls and link-whoring.

6.  A year ago, my friend John Hasnas wrote this. He has gotten righter and righter over time.  Trump is NOT antidemocratic, but is rather the apotheosis of the democratic, populist ideal. No elites, no experts, no truth, except what the majority decides.

7.  This would be ridiculous if it weren't really, really bad. Turkey needs to be a stabilizing force, not a bunch of nut-jobs with a huge, modern army.  And this is even worse. Golly.

8. Figure 4 is amazing. Not sure it's replicable. But....gosh.

9. Our Favorite Headlines:  Former Freemason, 51, found drunk and naked inside a huge pipe organ with a toy gun and remote-controlled police car says he got lost while trying to hand out cheeseburgers to the homeless (or, another reason to love Australia).

10. Drink beer, throw axes.

11. Kevin Williamson is not always right. But when he's right, he's right.

12. Did you know this? Twitter ditched the egg.  Dang. One of the things I loved about Twitter was watching Matt Iglesias mansplain something to an egg with three followers.

13. Wow. The New Yorker made a mistake and published an actual piece of objective journalism. I assume heads will roll....Still, well done.

14.  The town tweeter?

15.  Tribes.

16.  Banks and credit cards have to be neutral, at least on legal products. Ending a "branded" card, which is an endorsement, makes sense. But barring transactions on legal products is just a way of encouraging discrimination on other margins.

17.  It's against the law for guns to go to jihadists. And yet they go. A lot of them. We should be optimistic, though, about our ability to keep guns from going to depressed and angry young men. Because....wait, why?

18. Social media and democracy

19. There are certain facts everyone should know. One is that there has been a DRAMATIC decline in poverty, almost everywhere. Further, it actually IS TRUE EVERYWHERE in countries that use market systems. All remaining poverty is in places where markets are suppressed.

20.  Doomed to repeat it....

21. Florida or Ohio? "Man injured in chainsaw fight..." Nope, you're wrong. Ohio.

Grand Lagniappe! A cultural map of individualism, with considerations of innovation.  From this paper. (Click for an even more selfish view)