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Been reading a book on … apples. Early in the book there is a brief section on the history of good-tasting apples. What the author tells us is that most wild and old-time apples are called “quick spitters” because they taste so bad you spit them out quick. The good fruit, whether originally an accident of […]

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Arnold Kling shares an email get received from the higher-ups at Swarthmore College: The managers of Swarthmore College agree that climate change is the most pressing issue of our time and that Swarthmore College can — and must — play a leadership role in helping to curb the seemingly insatiable appetite for fossil fuel. That’s my […]

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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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You will see in Wednesday’s post that the best argument GM can give for why they get so much in subsidies to produce a Volt is because, “the damn Koreans and Japanese do it more than we do.” Aside from the economics of that, pause for a moment to reflect on how we run our […]

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Our governor here in NY touts (righly, if I might say so) the benefits of the explosion of craft brewing in New York State. We have said time and time again that New York produces some of the best craft beverages anywhere, and this report backs up exactly why we are focusing on growing these […]

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We are now four years past the Occupy Wall St. movement. What is its lasting legacy? You might argue it has manifested itself in this way. I suggest that the movement is ultimately not going to be worthy of even an historical footnote. How much of today’s activism and even commentary on financial matters has to […]

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My former professor from graduate school is coming to U of R tomorrow: Speaker to Address Carbon Emission Reduction “Robert Frank, the H.J. Louis Professor of Management and professor of economics at Cornell, will present “Reducing Carbon Emissions Will Be Easier Than Many People Think” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Morey Hall, Room […]

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On Agendas

Is there any reason to believe that folks who have a “corporate agenda” are any more or less trustworthy, or shills, or misleading, or whatever pejorative you wish to use, than the myriad folks who have an “anti-corporate” agenda? It’s not as if there is not a huge bucketful of money and fame and celebrity […]

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Allow me to ask a sort of stupid (series of?) question: (1) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the safety of vaccines? (2) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the efficacy of vaccines in preventing disease? OK. (3) What does the peer-reviewed science conclude about the safety of GMO foods? (4) What does the […]

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(1) Corporations like Walmart disproportionately benefit from the existence of antipoverty programs like Medicaid and Food Stamps. Why? Because when these are available to people, Walmart does not have to provide people with a wage that, alone, would be enough for these workers to sustain themselves since the government is already providing it. (2) Corporations […]

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