In my morning e-mail today comes this headline: Joel Seligman, Danny Wegman React to Economic Development Funding Two things about such an announcement stand out. First, the article is summarizing comments made by our college President and Danny Wegman (yes, of Wegman’s fame), who are co-chairs of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, in […]
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Posted in Flotsam and Jetsam on Dec 7th, 2013
You may have found yourself confronted with the idea that “America” is illegitimate because really it was a bunch of landed, rich, elite, white dudes trying to craft a regime to protect their own property and interests. Now, that may be a good argument insofar as it goes toward identifying the political legitimacy of the […]
There are lots of articles out there criticizing economics and asking questions about whether it is a science. I think these are good questions. When I do a google search on “Is Economics a Science?” I get 482,000 results. However, when I do the same search for Political “Science” which is certainly no more scientific […]
1. “My policy was perfectly fine. I was not tricked. I am willing to bet I am at least as smart as David Firestone. I am positive I am smarter than Barrack Obama. And yet my policy was cancelled.” Read more from Coyote. 2. The deficit “shrinks” to the largest in forever how long prior […]
(1) Hmmm, jobs are less likely to be created when unemployment “benefits” are extended. (2) Hmmm, when you are given retirement health benefits, you save less during your working life. (3) Jeff Sachs breathes new life into the “geography is the reason nations are poor” story (in the panoply of reasons). (4) Why I Hate […]
If it is 12 years since the 9-11 attacks and the Freedom Tower is still not completed, how do we think we are going to build out a new energy infrastructure that is larger than the current one in place, and in which the current infrastructure took over a half century to build in a […]
Here we go at the WaPo again: Female doctors earn $50,000 less than male doctors You’d think that what follows is research from a peer-reviewed paper that controls for all of the factors that belong in earnings functions, using simple Mincer equations or more complicated methodology, and that this $50,000 difference is what remains after […]
I see these things all over the place. It’s language only an “E”nvironmentalist could love: Taken right from the wet sponge playbook.
For those of you needing entertainment, I refer you to the latest edition of the wet sponge. We’re all just sharing opinions, that’s exactly the purpose of a university, right? Not the quest for knowledge? Not seeking truth? Not trying to live better? I refuse to go point by point, see the title of the […]
(1) Was Paul Ehrlich right and Julian Simon wrong? No. At the risk of sounding like a bias confirmer, I do not believe that the actual claim Simon made has ever been represented fairly, and sadly he is no longer here to explain clearly what that claim is. First of all, the raw data here […]