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… you may get hit in the head.

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A perspective here: During student teaching, whenever my lessons were observed or critiqued, the criticisms leveled were not focused on my command of the material, my presence, or my ability to convey information, nor were they questions about my ability to engage students or plan lessons. The criticisms I received were almost always about some […]

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A very good and underappreciated site is Put a Number on It. Here, from a recent post on inequality, is not something many are familiar with: Transfers comprise social security and the rest of welfare. I gave $5,700 to every person over 65 and spread the rest based on number of children and distance from […]

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On Shame

Perhaps the least appreciated idea in the western world today is the importance of shame. When I get my act together, I hope to begin a series on the topic. In a world populated with opportunism, and in a world where it seems a not insignificant portion of support for government is thinly veiled attempt […]

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Here was the unfriendly note I sent to the students who are openly advocating for damaging my relationship with my employer: P.S none of us are in the business of smashing windows and regardless of our ideological differences, … Also we (Margaret joe and I) expected that you’d be anti Union and gave SEIU heads up and they […]

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In 1960, 0.9% of the American population received disability benefits. In other words, 1 out of every 111 people you encountered received disability. Today, 5.9% of the American population received disability benefit. In other words, 1 out of every 17 people you encounter is receiving disability. Note that Americans are living longer, cars and driving […]

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I think I have stumbled upon a way to teach comparative advantage to those otherwise predisposed not to understand it, or to simply reject it because their tribal affiliations suggest they are supposed to. The beautiful insights from the basic Ricardian setup lead one to conclude that while Wintercow is surely the least intelligent economist […]

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In my inbox today … I badly want to go argue for the “Pro” side: Hi _________: I am a librarian in the Business Division at the Central Library.   We will be hosting a debate on Thursday, February 25th from 5-7pm on the $15 minimum wage issue.  I am looking for one more person to […]

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Here is Coyote’s take on the intellectual environment on college campuses, and the recent “news” at Yale (I copied his entire post below): Via Reason, but the story is all over After giving Holloway his comeuppance, they moved on to Nicholas Christakis, master of Silliman College. What was Christakis’s crime? His wife, an early childhood […]

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The latest on “food deserts” impacting nutritional disparities across class: “Though significant, spatial differences in access are small and explain only a fraction of the variation that we observe in the nutritional content of household purchases.” And try this, “we further find that the nutritional quality of purchases made by households with low levels of income and education […]

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