Category Archives: United States

Pure snark: He is a doctor who uses a Rotary phone, and wants to put you in a hyperbaric chamber to treat your concussion?

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Why are Supreme Court justices unable to do basic anthropology?

“The court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the states and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians … Continue reading

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Wait, what? Really? This is what an “acclaimed” show does?

PG: One of your most memorable moments is Sally’s sleepover at a friend’s house. She’s watching TV and starts masturbating to an actor on “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” The friend’s mother catches her and sends Sally home to her mother, … Continue reading

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Out running on Guadalupe trail, guess who Sukie and I saw? @sliccardo

Mayor Sam Liccardo, and boy was he cooking…. So now I’ve seen him out “on the streets” twice this week.  Nice that he is not always in the back of an SUV limo.

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Innovation in American economy for the future

Killing the Golden Goose: The Decline of Science in Corporate R&D by Ashish Arora, Sharon Belenzon, and Andrea Patacconi. I briefly discussed this paper with my Osher class at Santa Clara (alumni and retired members of the SCU community).  Many … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching macroeconomics, United States

When economists work for money, do they get dumber?

Let’s read the article from the Washington Post on Alan Krueger’s research paid for by Uber: Uber drivers in many of the company’s major markets are making about $6 an hour more than their traditional — and professional — taxi-driver … Continue reading

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Another top economist (Sachs) disserves his readers

Jeffrey Sachs writes in an opinion piece (The War with Radical Islam by Jeffrey D. Sachs – Project Syndicate) To be clear, Western actions do not provide Islamist terrorism with a scintilla of justification. The reason to point out these … Continue reading

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Bad newspaper writing: NY Times on Texas textbooks

The article headline and first paragraph  tease us: Texas has approved textbooks for use in public school that say negative things about Muslims… Texas’ State Board of Education has approved new history textbooks, but only after defeating six and seeing … Continue reading

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Life experience and ebola

I was struck by this quote: Ms. Monaco and other administration officials said the government has been planning for months for the possibility that the virus might be brought to the United States by someone from Africa. And yet somehow, … Continue reading

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Pretty deep psychology here… worth a read, and some thought

I think back to the tailgate: the man blowing cigar smoke in my face, the man who mockingly yelled, “Thanks for letting us use your name!”, the group who yelled at us to “go the fuck home,” the little waif … Continue reading

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Wussy Duo

Bandcamp alerted me that Wussy Duo has an EP available online. It’s pretty nice. This was a limited hand-made release for Record Store Day 2013. The physical version is now out of print, so we’ve made it available digitally. Words … Continue reading

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Why a corporation isn’t like a person

Imagine if you went to a neighbor and asked to borrow a rake, and the neighbor said “Sure thing, but hey the rake is valuable, so how about paying me $5 a month for it?” and you said “OK that … Continue reading

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Only one possible gut reaction to this: Expletive

At a White House meeting on working families last month, Mr. Obama included Ms. Wojcicki — who has two young children with her husband, the Google co-founder Sergey Brin, from whom she is separated — in a discussion of workplace … Continue reading

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Wait… who is the first-year undergraduate? Dawkins? Or Michael Ruse…

Like every first-year undergraduate in philosophy, Dawkins thinks he can put to rest the causal argument for God’s existence. If God caused the world, then what caused God? Of course the great philosophers, Anselm and Aquinas particularly, are way ahead … Continue reading

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Crime in the Bay Area

They copied my San Jose graphs (here and here) to show that crime has also been declining in San Francisco.  Because after all, I really am the first person ever to use the FBI crime statistics. Every time a city … Continue reading

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More on crime in California

From the FBI uniform crime reporting statistics, the levels and trends of violent and property crime for the five cities in California about 500,000 in population that are in the database.  I was a little bit surprised to see them … Continue reading

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Timely reminder of controversies over money and inflation from Paul Krugman, just in time for my MBA macro class

Some background: On the eve of the Great Recession, many conservative pundits and commentators — and quite a few economists — had a worldview that combined faith in free markets with disdain for government. Such people were briefly rocked back … Continue reading

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Janet Yellen and Bubbles

Ms. Yellen stakes out her position in about as clear a language as you’ll see from a central banker: She believes that it would most likely be a bad idea to raise interest rates to fight financial excesses. Her focus, … Continue reading

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Great story on the abortion issue at places like Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University

A spokesman for Anthem, asked to define “religious affiliation” and what constitutes a “variety” of contraceptive methods – or to provide a legal basis for offering amended plans without regard to the narrow exception under Catholic Charities for covering contraceptives … Continue reading

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Wowie Zowie

On the NPR puzzle show with Will Shortz this morning, the last question (usually the hardest) had as answer “wowie zowie” upon which the NPR host (forget her name) asked, rhetorically, when was the last time anyone heard the expression … Continue reading

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