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1. How the elevator transformed America. 2. “Lobster diets consist of 80 percent bait.” 3. In praise of Florida. 4. Bravo to Kevin Drum, he has been on a roll lately. 5. When does slavery tend to arise? 6. What conservatives recommend (books). 7. Matt Yglesias argues for A Second Christmas.

Iranian markets in everything

Iran has been hit so hard that its government, looking for ways to fill a widening hole in its budget, is offering young men the option of buying their way out of an obligatory two years of military service. “We are on the eve of a major crisis,” an Iranian economist, Hossein Raghfar, told the […]

You are welcome.

Nancy Reagan sitting on the lap of Mr T in the White House, December 1983. Source. The post You are welcome. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My Christmas music mix includes…

Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels and Blood Oranges in the Snow albums Vince Guaraldi Trio’s Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack Soul Christmas, Various Artists Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You A Swinging...Show More Summary

Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado

Tim Lynch Yesterday, the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a complaint asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for adults, unconstitutional. The gist of the complaint...Show More Summary

Bandying "Terrorism"

Jim Harper George Clooney has now joined North Korea’s United Nations ambassador Ja Song Nam in bandying charges of “terrorism” against a foe. North Korea’s emissary in New York complained in July that the production of Sony’s film,Show More Summary

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1. Works by Wang Qingsong. 2. Do cardiologists have any short run value? 3. Does graphene have any short run value? 4. Interview with Raj Chetty. 5. Best books of the year list from Maria Popova, Brainpickings.

Links I liked

“We have all allowed ourselves to be co-opted into the idea that our social media activity reflects our abilities and, in fact, our value.” How much economic potential does Cuba have? Skepticism on pre-analysis plans When the zombie apocalypse happens, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

High on the list of things I did not remember about Paddington Bear

Began reading A Bear Called Paddington to my daughter last night. Mrs Brown bent down. “You’re a very small bear,” she said. The bear puffed out its chest. “I’m a very rare sort of bear,” he replied importantly. “There aren’t many … Continue reading ? The post High on the list of things I did not remember about Paddington Bear appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Ayn Rand on Christmas

The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: “Merry Christmas”—not “Weep and Repent.” And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form—by giving presents to one’s friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance. . . . The best […]

Should you lie to your children about Santa?

Should you keep your kids in the dark about Santa not being who he says he is?  Who you say he is?  Will Wilkinson says he will: Well, we’re atheists. I don’t intend to proselytize atheism to my kid, because I’m not interested in getting him to believe anything in particular. What I’m interested in […]

Why is there not more terrorism?

Scott Sumner asks a version of that question: But here’s what I don’t get.  If America really is this weak and cowardly, then why can’t ISIS easily defeat us?  They could phone in threats against movie theaters just as easily as the North Koreans can.  And there must be 100 times as many Hollywood films […]

Thank you!

Thank you, Barbara Oakley, whoever and wherever you are. Today I received an unexpected package from Amazon. Inside was a gift - a Doctor Who fleece throw - and the enclosed note said "A gift from Barbara Oakley." The item wasn't on my wishlist and I don't know anyone named Barbara Oakley. Show More Summary

Licensing Speech in the Big Easy

Ilya Shapiro and Gabriel Latner The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and of the press because the Framers wanted to prevent the creation in America of a license-based censorship. They were deeply opposed to Britain’s systematic...Show More Summary

How Long Is the TPP Going to Take?

K. William Watson We were once told that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be completed by the end of 2013. Then it was early 2014, then late 2014, or probably sometime before 2015, or in early 2015 for sure. At this point, only two...Show More Summary

Mastering ‘Metrics

That is the new book by Joshua D. Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke, from Princeton University Press, and the subtitle is The Path From Cause to Effect.  I have not yet had a chance to peruse this book, but the odds are very high that it is a very strong contribution.  The Amazon link for the […]

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1. Capital controls for Belarus, and worse. 2. The word is that Doug Elmendorf will not be reappointed at CBO.  Doug has done a very good job and he deserves our plaudits.  And Kaiser on the Medicare spending slowdown.  Excellent piece, and if nothing else it shows what a fiscal conservative Elmendorf has been. 3. […]

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