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Category Archive for 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,    Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless    With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,    And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;       To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells    With a sweet kernel; […]

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On Blackpacking

First off, Backpackers in South America (and I assume other regions) are the least diverse group of people that I’ve ever come across. Pretty much everyone is white. Like super white Go check out the musings of a terrific former student, who spent a couple of years trekking around South America.

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My call is going to be William Nordhaus for his work broadly in Environmental Economics and more specifically on the Economics of Climate Change. I would have predicted a share with Wallace Oates had be not passed away in 2015 or William Baumol who sadly passed this year. I think it is time for Environmental […]

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Merry Christmas

… from Pottersville I suppose.

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Good King Wenceslas

Enjoy! My favorite version of this song came from an old Christmas show I heard on a local NPR affiliate about 15 years ago, it was from Brooks Williams. The show was called something like Ornaments and Icing. Can’t find it anymore, and even emailed Brooks and he doesn’t have it recorded either. Still a […]

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I would love to run a series of posts that simply ask readers to guess whether or not the information is from the Onion. Maybe this one is too obvious, but here goes. Suggestions for Eliminating Food “Waste” “Avoid impulse buying by only going to the grocery store for one ingredient at a time. Hire […]

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Roundup

Bank lending and TARP, dog bites man edition: “Together, these results suggest that political considerations influence credit allocation in a politically mature system like the United States without the formal possibility of political interference in lending decisions, and that this influence is larger if the flows between banks and politicians are reciprocal” Watts Bar Unit […]

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Monday Morning Quarterback

I just lost a bunch of bets, so why not one more (talk about irrational!). I do not think Donald Trump will last a full four years as President. How confident? I’d put it at 60%.

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To retire. The goal should really be the goal, right? While there will always be issues to fight for, if your goal is, for example, to “save the whales” we should aim to make sure whales are healthy and happy and numerous. Then the activism is over, no? Don’t get me wrong, this is not […]

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See You All In a While

We’ll be taking a hiatus for a while, not that we haven’t intellectually done so for the past 2+ years.  In the meantime, I report now that (1) the union drive at U of R is likely toast, so thank you to all of you for your interest in that story; and (2) I see […]

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