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Happy Pol Pot Remembrance Day

I like to read, when I have time, things like Counterpunch Magazine, you know, to share the vibe with my comrades. Today I came across this: The Khmer Rouge experiment lasted only three years, from 1975 to 1978. Surprisingly, Cambodians have no bad memories of that period. This is quite an amazing discovery for an […]

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Readers who are following the adulation of Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the 21st Century do not need much information about the book.  One major theme of the book is that if the rate of return on “capital” exceeds the overall rate of return in the entire economy, then it follows that the rich and elderly gain in […]

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Lots to chew on in Mark Goldman’s excellent history of Buffalo in City on the Edge. my favorite parts thus far include learning about the many ethnic neighborhoods that attracted Poles, Italians, and Jewish immigrants to work in the mills, factories, etc. There was even a famous Rizzo from Palermo (my dad’s family is from […]

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(1) One of the most influential and long-lasting Supreme Court Decisions was the Wickard v. Filburn decision in 1942 which basically said that anything is interstate commerce. In this case, a farmer in Ohio decided to grow extra wheat for himself, wheat that was never going to leave his farm and be consumed entirely by his family/farm […]

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The EPA Saves Pittsburgh

Via Bradley and Fullmer, here is a chart of “Settleable Dust” in Pittsburgh, PA from 1925-1965: Sorry the quality is not better, it is from a bad scan on a bad scanner. I suppose the canned response to this is that the EPA encouraged global trade in steel from 1925-1965 and that all of the […]

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Surely the stories of dark air over London had something to them. And they did. Air quality in London steadily deteriorated until the beginning of the 20th century. But just as the air dirtied (with no one’s intention by the way) so too did it clean. Here is a a chart via Matt Ridley (I […]

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Merry Christmas Mr. Gorbachev

I am a big fan of harp-guitar players and one of my favorites is Stephen Bennett. Here is one of my favorites from him, entitled Merry Christmas Mr. Gorbachev. It’s a happy sounding song, as it should be. I imagine he wrote it as a reference to the (in)famous Christmas night in 1991 when Soviet […]

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Heads Have Bodies!

Now that I think about it, it does seem rather strange that it took so long for us to figure this out.  The Easter Island heads have bodies! Here are some pics:   The article I link to says this may have been caused by a Tsunami. Hayek of course would not have been surprised. […]

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Good Government, I Mean It!

Folks love to ask me if I think anything the government does now, or has ever done, is good. That’s a silly question for a lot of reasons. Without explaining why I think the question is silly, let me share with you my quick answer: Yes! Public Health Investments. Now, when I say this, I […]

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More from Ralph Raico: Egged on by (Eleanor) Roosevelt, the FBI “began to tap the telephones and open the mail of vocal opponents of FDR’s foreign policy and to monitor anti-intervention rallies.” It “initiated surveillance of several of the president’s prominent congressional critics,” including Senators Burton K. Wheeler and Gerald Nye. The White House and […]

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