Archive for the 'Economics' Category

Sharp LC-48LE551U 48-inch Aquos HD

$500! Simply amazing!


Recycling Is Garbage – New York Times

From 1996. Supposedly generated the most hate mail ever at the NYT.

I drive certain people crazy when it comes to recycling. Recycling is a colossal waste of time and other precious resources.

To many, recycling is some sort of penance for their sins against Mother Earth.

18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970

The predictions were spectacularly wrong.

When environmentalists have such a poor record with the prediction powers of their models how can they wonder why people are skeptical of the supposed effects of global warming?

The Fence Around the Ivory Tower

Steve Sailer in Taki’s Magazine from a little over a year ago:

In 2010, MIT unveiled plans to expand undergrad enrollment by six percent, which would only get it back to where it was in the 1990s.

These sorts of thing catch my attention due to the age of the Ace and Deuce. The Ivies could do wonders for this country if they would expand enrollment. It’s not just the Ivies, it’s also Rice, Stanford, Chicago and Northwestern, and on and on…


Arnold Kling on Rotisserie Baseball Leagues.

Normally I think Arnold is really smart. After that post, not so much.

That may be harsh, but talk of fantasy leagues really gives me tired head.

Open Borders Day Sunday the 16th

Bryan Caplan wants you to celebrate this nonsense: Open Borders Day is Starting, Bryan Caplan.

I’m looking forward to the follow up from Crimsonic.

The Lean In Collection

All I have to say is that almost all social science papers, today anyway, have the same weaknesses:

Nearly all the research she cites has been produced by social scientists who were drawn to their trade to fight what they saw as the insidious and often violent exploitation of women in this country. They have joined like-minded social scientists to design experiments that, for reasons of convenience and expense, are forced to rely on college students, who have learned in their social science classes that the oppression of women is insidious and often violent. The experiments always yield positive results. The findings are fashioned into papers. These are published in journals that, as a guard against bias and a guarantor of methodological soundness, are reviewed by a panel of peers who went into social science to fight the insidious and often violent exploitation of women. The data are clear: The exploitation of women is insidious and often violent. It’s pretty much settled science by now.

From an Andrew Ferguson piece on the new Lean In Collection: Brave New Stereotypes | The Weekly Standard.

Your porn is not Canadian enough

Marginal Revolution.

Chipotle Warns It Might Stop Serving Guacamole If Climate Change Gets Worse

I find this amusing. From ThinkProgress:

Chipotle Inc. is warning investors that extreme weather events “associated with global climate change” might eventually affect the availability of some of its ingredients. If availability is limited, prices will rise — and Chipotle isn’t sure it’s willing to pay.

“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients,” the popular chain, whose Sofritas vegan tofu dish recently went national, said in its annual report released last month. “In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients.”

You can read the article here.

Nothing about a human response to changing climate. Like say, moving the avocado trees… Because if it gets really warm, there is plenty of room for avocado trees in Kansas and Nebraska.

Keystone XL

I don’t get it. I’m going to admit that I haven’t read all the stories in detail, but that doesn’t matter to make my point. Via Maggie’s Farm, I would like to point out this photo from Ace:

Keystone XL

With all that pipeline out there, how do the people that want to build the Keystone XL continue to justify their project financially? I would think that after spending $X over the original marketing/regulatory approvals budget that the project would no longer make sense financially. I get that for the people opposed to this pipeline it is a fundamental religious principle (These people will worry, if the pipeline is ever built that Keystone XL energy may be commingled with their good energy in the same way Hindus and Muslims might worry about lard making its way into some of their food.) But the coldhearted, monocle wearing capitalists behind this project should eventually decide it is no longer worth it.

I’ve got to think the point of no return (financially speaking) was crossed long ago.