Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Harmful minimum wage

Thing is, there has been an awful lot more empirical research on the effects of minimum wage increases than this one paper by Card and Kreuger. The overwhelming balance of that research has found harmful employment effects, falling mainly on an especially disadvantaged population: young black males.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Not sure how I missed this controversy . . . which came up while reading a fascinating article on how communities online pretend to have rules and codes of conduct, but actually are dictatorships, of a sort.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Picard singing on the bridge



Feelings over facts, peak denial, etc.

Another day, another ridiculous "we don't really know when life begins" hot take, this time from Slate author Elissa Strauss:
It's pretty gross.


Friday, February 17, 2017


My friends, this started a long time ago.
This is how the muzzling starts: not with a boot on your neck, but with the fear of one that runs so deep that you muzzle yourself.
Maybe it’s the story you decide against doing because it’s liable to provoke a press-bullying president to put the power of his office behind his attempt to destroy your reputation by falsely calling your journalism “fake.”
We no longer have to imagine it. We got a real-life example last week in San Antonio, where a PBS station sat atop the slippery slope toward censorship and then promptly started down it.
I rarely speak my mind on political matters for fear of losing my job. Remember Brendan Eich?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Who else does this describe?

Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).
You could say the same thing about Planned Parenthood and their friends . . .


Thursday, December 29, 2016

A torch

The Times writes, somehow with a straight face
This particular norm is of paramount importance because the court’s institutional legitimacy depends on its perceived separation from the elected branches — a fragile concept in the best of times. By tying the latest appointment directly to the outcome of the election, Mr. McConnell and his allies took a torch to that idea — an outrageous gambit that, to nearly everyone’s shock, has paid off.
I don't know of one person who imagines, after what's gone on in the past decade, that the judicial branch of the government is anything more than another tool for the exercise of power.

And F D R took a torch to that idea a long long time ago.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Want to help back up the internet?

Run Archive Team Warrior! Just requires some bandwidth and Virtual Box. I'm always afraid of forgetting everything, so this is great. Also read A Canticle for Liebowitz and The Name of the Rose while running it for optimal gains.


Achewood comes to a second end!

Alas. But apparently I've missed a story in the blogs?


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