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Of course, I will not share my thoughts at Thanksgiving … but here goes (start at 1:14 if you don’t like stories. One reason I love folk music is the stories): Please do NOT interpret this to suggest that I think this is an open and shut issue, or that there are not legitimate questions […]

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In this interesting article on whether “we” want more equality or something else, the author includes a discussion of an idea that is very common: People might be troubled by what they see as unjust causes of economic inequality, a perfectly reasonable concern given how much your income and wealth are determined by accidents of […]

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Indian Casinos

It looks like the family payouts that tribe members get from casinos do a world of good for the children, and the most so for the poorest among them. Great. But where in the study do we ask the question, “where do most casino revenues come from?” In other words, could the net effect on […]

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Regulate the EPA

This obviously “suits” my preferred narrative. What a shame. By the way, the worst polluter in the U.S. is the Department of Defense, but maybe if we adjust for scale the results would be different. The EPA is not “bad.” No more no less than any other org. Tales as such should not be used […]

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My amazing colleague, Stan Engerman, famous for his work Time on the Cross, just shared with me a short retrospective now that 40 years has passed since the publication of that book. Here are some tidbits from that work. Stan actually does get invited to dinner parties despite this, demonstrating that I have much to learn about […]

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Among the most common ideas I see put forth in regard to the Baltimore rioting is that “the city” has suffered from decades of neglect and that the people of Baltimore have systematically had their environment poisoned (e.g. lead paint and dirty soils), their housing crumbled (e.g. large swaths of vacated and abandoned buildings) and […]

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I hate to use the word anti-science or pro-science, I think for obvious reasons, but nonethless I use it. Here are some random findings: The consensus on public health requirements to put fluoride in your water The consensus on salt consumption The consensus on eating fat The consensus on milk consumption We could of course […]

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Just finished the thoroughly enjoyable A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann. It is over 40 years old but has aged well. It’s more than just a math book: Then there is Roman engineering: the Roman roads, aqueducts, the Colosseum. Warfare, alas, has always been beneficial to engineering. Yet there are unmistakable trends in the engineering of […]

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Here is required reading for all of my Intro econ students, from my great colleague Stan Engerman:   The Spread of Pro- and Anti-Capitalist Beliefs

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Here is some from Slate Star, and note the observations about the Voxers: Racism is a uniquely divisive issue. Minorities hear it and think of Klansmen trying to kill them. White people hear it and think of witch-hunters trying to get them fired. A single death in a random Midwestern town has turned half the […]

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