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Monday Research

Electricity “deregulation” was more about rent shifting. No surprise there.  What do you think the authors say about efforts to promote distributed generation, (i.e. rooftop solar)? “We argue that a similar dynamic underpins the current political momentum behind distributed generation (primarily rooftop solar PV) which remains costly from a societal viewpoint, but privately economic due to the rent […]

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LETA

Now, I surely do think we as humans can do a much better job in treating the animals we eat (and whose products we eat) better. But treating your food badly is not exactly unusual in the animal kingdom. Try this on: Or this one:

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In this new paper, we learn that mandating child care benefits for women (in Chile) corresponds to lower initial wage offers for them. This paper studies the effect of mandated employer-provided child care on the wages of women hired in large firms in Chile. … The results indicate that the montlhy starting wages of women hired in […]

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Processed

Exactly what is “wrong” with processed foods? At the same time, what is “right” about something that is “hand-crafted?” Now, as a home brewer and a craft beer enthusiast, I am certainly “guilty” of favoring brewers that “hand-craft” their beer and whose ingredients, I am told, are lightly or not “processed” … Note that “processed” […]

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I’ll have more to say later, here is the obit from my school: St. Francis Prep SFP Community Mourns Coach Vince O’Connor Please pray for the repose of the soul of Coach Vince O’Connor who passed away this morning at the age of 85. His wake will be held in the Prep’s auditorium on Tuesday […]

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I think the world would be a nicer place if we all took a moment to have a drink with one another, we all took a moment to share a meal with one another, and of course we all decided to trade with one another. This cartoon hit my desk the […]

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So, it turns out that preventing consumers and merchants from doing business now amounts to “peacefully shutting down multiple malls and stores.” Welcome to postmodern America. We’re doomed.

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The Thanksgiving Gift

Today I reprint a slightly edited piece I put together several years ago. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Four centuries after the celebration of the first Thanksgiving, there is still widespread disagreement about the reason for the Pilgrims’ feast. But whether it was a harvest festival, a strictly religious observance, or a thank you to the […]

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Our family purchased some tea on Wednesday night:       Can someone remind me again why we need to mandate GMO labeling? For those interested, that B logo stands for a Certified B Corporation (again, I don’t know how we’d ever survive without government entities certifying corporations …). Here is the CCOF certification, again, […]

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Rest in peace S. Donald Stookey: In 1952, he placed a plate of glass into an oven to heat it, but the oven malfunctioned. Instead of heating to about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven shot up to more than 1,600 degrees. Stookey expected to find a molten mess. Instead, he found an opaque, milky-white plate. […]

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