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.