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I’m not in the mood to rant and rave about this silliness, especially since we here at the Wintercow Brewing Company partake in a very “small scale” version of the same: In Maine and across the country, brewers and farmers have formed handshake agreements: Brewers brew beer, producing barrels or truckloads full of heavy, wet […]

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Among some of the most unproductive questions I am asked regularly include questions of the type, “are you in support of XYZ?” As if XYZ is some monolithic, black and white, easy to understand and represent with the word XYZ, thing. Of course, it is not. So, in the past I’ve been very evasive when […]

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The “left” sees the last 34 years as a revival (was there ever a VIVAL?) of laissez-faire dogmatism. Some folks like myself see it as almost the diametric opposite. Of course, some of this could be “settled” by empirical evidence. The number of pages of regulations? The dollars spent complying with regulations? The number of […]

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Did I say fracking? Sorry, I must be imbibing in too much of Wintercow’s Milk-Pail Ale. I meant … GREEK YOGURT.  So let’s get this straight, tens of millions of gallons of acid whey being dumped (yes dumped) into the environment, without regulations, and allowed to do so before “careful study” of the impacts on […]

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In this week’s episode of the Commons Chronicles, I bring to you … the office copy machine. I don’t make too heavy use of it, but I can assure you that when I do, I make lots of copies – mostly to print exams for my large classes. I typically need 600-1000 sheets of paper to print […]

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Jonathan Chait: We know that Medicaid makes people happier and less poor. We have trouble proving its impact on their physical well-being because proof of the benefits of medicine remain elusive. Unless we want to stop thinking of basic medical care as a life necessity, and we don’t, the case for Medicaid remains unimpeachable. So […]

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Oh, Just Great

So now my university is so awesome, that we celebrate the fact that we are a “spotlighted” institution that supports and advances the Department of Energy’s scientific research programs. Yes, indeed. Using taxpayer funds to promote politically favored research projects. Wasn’t the synfuels program DoE? And Solyndra? And Fisker? And who knows what other projects lurk.  That’s […]

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Let’s do a quick rundown of what we know about wind power. (1) Far from being an emerging technology, it is a centuries old technology, in use even long before the Dutch made them look pretty. But that’ll never prevent folks from telling us we need to flood wind with money to “demonstrate” this emerging […]

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Ford, like Exxon, is enjoying monster profits right now. But of course there are no calls for “excess profits taxes” on them. I hereby propose one. Here is a nice bit from the news story: Ford will pay profit-sharing checks of about $8,300 to its 45,000 hourly workers in the U.S. represented by the United […]

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Remember the debates leading up to the passage of Obamacare? Among the many unicorns sold to us about how ObamaCare would save money was the rapid implementation of “Electronic Medical Records.” This administration, based of course wholly on uncorrupted scientific evidence for everything they do, was heavily influenced by a 2005 RAND study which claimed […]

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