Monday, August 27, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!

1. The Tembro Sharing Economy Index (TSEI)

2.  Why do intellectuals hate entrepreneurs, but envy profits?

3. The "We must DO something!" people are, as usual, making things worse. This law is going to harm people with legitimate pain, while doing essentially nothing to stop overdoses and new addictions. Note well: new addictions are only rarely using medication prescribed for them.  I understand; your uncle's cousin's sister's friend's dogsitter got addicted that way. In terms of statistics, that is just NOT how addiction generally happens. "Fixing" that problem makes things worse, not better.

4.  A. Salter calls foul on Lubbock A-J. And rightly so.

5.  Profits.

6.  Man with no arms and no legs commits double murder. Now is armed and on the run. A Florida story.

7.  The art auction of the century. Or perhaps of late August.

8.  An economics joke.

9.  Political Libertarianism, by JT Levy

10.  Climate change and Aussie politics.

11. FDA: We got this. Milk is animal juice, not plant or nut juice. Because...well, because we say so.

12.  Dude. If you hate women this much, you shouldn't live in Katy....

13.  If you think people on the left, or the religious right, care about poor people and orphans....well, not so much. Pawns in a bigger game. (UPDATED IN RESPONSE TO COMMENT)

14.  Mere civility.

15.  JFK's Harvard application essay. Why blame the guy? He understood what he wanted and how Harvard would help him get there.

16. It's been fifty years since Prague Spring.  I just that "Trump Winter is Coming" is an unfounded fear....

17.  This is the best thing I've seen from Bad Lip Reading. Inspired.

18.  Florida Man. Not just some cash, but some donuts, and "off the secret menu."

19.  This is hilarious. Also sad. Note the date: May 2017. Outwitted and outmaneuvered at every turn. Yup, that's exactly wot hoppint.

20. The 1980s were the high point of terrible animation put to song. Magnificent.

21. Nice piece by D-Drez. We have SOMETHING to thank Mr. Trump for. Plus, Paul Krugman now occasionally remembers that he was once an economist

 The Grand Lagniappe: A baby aardvark. Looks like an alien/reptile rabbit/cute baby all in one.

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.