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Category Archive for 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

Monday Research Roundup

Here is yet another paper computing “optimal” top marginal income tax rates. As I’ve said a zillion times, the term “optimal” implies a goal. And that goal is obviously not universally shared. Let me ask rhetorically, is the goal of a tax system to maximize revenues to the government? Now this paper actually comes up […]

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Flotsam

Wonkblog: It’s going to take a lot more money to fill the NIH funding gap. Wintercow: hold your breath, but if government is going to be spending money, the NIH is probably a pretty good place to do it. And yes, some of the grant approval process is messed up and the agency is as […]

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One of My Favorite Posts

From Coyote today, which in my experience not only applies to blog posts, but to more formal settings like particular lectures or even entire courses. But I don’t want to be removed from polite company, so I’ll say only a little here. Here is the title: Your Arguments Are Totally Idiotic, Which I Know Even […]

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Seen on Trail

Look what happens when you get anywhere near a mama Peregrine Falcon’s nest: And while we’re on the topic, you really must spend the three minutes to watch this:

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Ask yourself, when you see an individual or collective entity fail to overcome a challenge, what your reaction is. I suspect a good many folks ask questions like, “what went wrong?” or “what obstacles got in the way?” I suggest that this is not a fruitful way to proceed. A far richer method of inquiry […]

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World Cup Comedown

It seems to me that we’re all a little zany about the performance of the US at this World Cup. I’d call it close to being below par, which is certainly a far cry from how many others seem to be reacting. The team won 1 game out of the 4 it played, which means […]

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Unsolicited Parenting Advice

Since all of you at least had parents, and many of you may be parents yourselves, or plan to be them, please indulge me the following bit of advice that I am sure you’ve heard a million times: Just because “everyone else” (or ANYONE else for that matter) is doing something says NOTHING about whether […]

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My grandparents and their parents clawed their way to New York approximately 100 years ago. The girls, too, worked. The men were stone cutters and worked in the garment district. We came from the bottom of the boot, literally and figuratively, in Italy – from Bari, Calabria, Naples and Sicily.   I’ve studied the history […]

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Better Than Blogging

Bovinity in the Blue Ridge. This one from Mt. Mitchell, NC. Posting will continue to be very sparse. For those of you looking for a couple of good reads, I recommend Tim Egan;s Big Burn and Greg Zuckerman’s The Frackers. The “problem” with very tall mountains is that when you are on them, you can’t see them … the hike […]

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