Sixteen Tons

September 23, 2014

Over the period of the last seventy-two hours I have had, perhaps, an aggregate of five hours of sleep. Combination of work, stress, pain, jet lag, and this dmmnable cold/flu I picked up shortly after returning to this country. That’s aggravated by my tendency to have perverse reactions to drugs. Things that bring decongestion and […]

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Baseball, Religion, and George Will

September 22, 2014

Here’s a very interesting interview with George Will on baseball, Wrigley Field, and religion. Mostly not politics.

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Who Should Vote?

September 22, 2014

In the aftermath of the Scottish independence in which 16 and 17 year-olds voted (contrary to assumptions a majority of this group voted against independence) there’s been some discussion over who should be allowed to vote: While it’s true that this potential voting cohort will be profoundly impacted by the decisions made by politicians elected […]

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The Damage

September 22, 2014

I think that this CNN op-ed by David Gergen illustrates just how damaging the clumsy debut of the PPACA’s portal was to the Obama Administration: (CNN) — Someone in the Obama White House clearly has a good book to write one day: “How Not to Do Rollouts.” With one hapless episode after another, the rollout […]

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Why Aren’t Large Retailers Security-Conscious?

September 22, 2014

I didn’t want to let this pass without commenting on it since it touches on several point I’ve mentioned here from time to time. Tyler Cowen asks, in economistese (“What is the market failure in data storage and protection at the retail level?”, why (large) retailers aren’t more security-conscious: There’s been another accident and data […]

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How Not to Change

September 19, 2014

I really need to check in on McSweeney’s more regularly. Here’s an amusing list of ways to make classic movies less sexist. Gone With the Wind sounds about right: Rhett kisses and grabs at Scarlett against her will. Scarlett informs Rhett that though they are married, she still has autonomy over her body and has […]

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Compare and Contrast

September 19, 2014

When I read this I thought of this. It’s good for you! If they’d adapt that wheel to power the electronics they’d really be on to something.

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Necessary

September 19, 2014

For some reason Doug Bandow’s bios do not mention where he grew up. David Goldfield’s CV says that although he was born in Memphis he grew up in Brooklyn. I on the other hand grew up within walking distance of a Civil War battle, not much farther from a slave market, numbered among my schoolmates […]

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Jesuit Educated

September 19, 2014

Mark Judge’s Jesuit high school in Maryland was founded just about twenty years before the Jesuit high school I attended in St. Louis was. He clearly learned somewhat different things from the Jesuits than I did. Not that I didn’t learn the thing he lists as what he learned from the Jesuits. It’s that I […]

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Poor Judgment? Or Political Judgment?

September 19, 2014

For the sake of argument imagine that on any given issue the only consequences that you need to be concerned about are the political consequences. You don’t need to worry about economic consequences in the case of an ill-considered economic policy. You don’t need to worry about adverse reactions from other countries or foreign organization […]

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