Monthly Archives: August 2016

42 mil

By | August 30, 2016

Greg Mankiw has made millions off the $280 textbook Principles of Microeconomics. Specifically, $42 million. I’ve read that textbook. It’s atrocious — full of “rational actors,” questionable statements at odds with reality, and gems like this. The effects of taxes on welfare might at first seem obvious. The government enacts taxes to raise revenue and… Read More »

Oceanic

By | August 30, 2016

Ocean Ramsey freediving with a whale shark. Yes, her name really is “Ocean.” Talk about nominative predestination. Reminds me of my youth, swimming the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers. Back then, I could hold my breath for 2+ minutes while actively swimming. Sometimes I’d swim 15-20 feet to the bottom and grab a rock or… Read More »

Chicago

By | August 28, 2016

The problem with economics — related to 90% of it being bunk — is that you have to check every little statement assiduously for error. Especially if they are from the University of Chicago, for instance. I read the paper, too, but the interview is easier to write about in this forum. So check this… Read More »

Left lost

By | August 28, 2016

Can these people really have such high Idiot Quotients? We suspect “foreign investment” is an attractive explanation to some because it is grounded in a settler-nativism (the idea that those in Canada now are more entitled to homes than those not yet here). I absolutely believe that the people already living somewhere have a 100%… Read More »

Rist

By | August 27, 2016

The left’s conception of racism and racists is as delusional as the right’s ideas of “natural” criminality and some supposed genetic tendency of some ethnicities’ Citrullus preferences. I won’t say the left and the right are equally stupid. No, that’s clearly wrong and a false equivalence. But the left’s stupidity is of the variety that… Read More »

Tooked Crimber

By | August 27, 2016

This piece and others like it is why usually I don’t read Crooked Timber anymore. Yes, sure, believe that the only reason to oppose something directly harmful to you like unrestricted immigration is that you are racist. Makes sense. Or even if they are racist, pretend that is not symptomatic of something else — something,… Read More »

Slow left

By | August 26, 2016

Why Slower Drivers Shouldn’t Hang Out In the Left Lane. Indeed. Should be legal to lob a Hellfire missile at left-lane lollygaggers. So very dangerous and likely to cause accidents. How do you get through driving school or being taught to drive without picking up on this? My drivers ed teacher in high school stressed… Read More »

Need better journalists

By | August 26, 2016

Admittedly, I have some skin in the game because I like PCs and I can’t work on a phone, but this article’s very first statement is just egregiously wrong. Personal computers have been on their deathbed, but HP Inc. proved this week that the PC market still has some life, at least when it comes… Read More »

LF

By | August 25, 2016

Rush Limbaugh warns that federally paid ‘lesbian farmers’ could invade your town. So is there some way I can sign my town up for this? Or who do I vote for to make this happen?

Ortho

By | August 25, 2016

Fun vocabulary-related test here. Here’s my score with the word I didn’t know. I was 60% sure “marchese” was a word and I even had a good inkling of its definition, but you’re penalized for guessing that something is a word and then getting it wrong, so I didn’t risk it. Also, my brain is… Read More »