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April 17, 2014

Tom Sargent's list of 12 valuable lessons economics teaches

From a 2007 Berkeley graduation speech. (Link via Utopia--You Are Standing On It.)

"Why Northerners Are Born Earlier In The Year Than Southerners"

The article doesn't really explain the "why," but the data are interesting enough

"Untold Tales of the 1%"

"The Top 1% of Recording Artist Superstars Capture 77% of All Revenues From Internet-Based Sales; the Remaining 99% Divide the Remaining 23% of Revenues".

Who's up for taxing the hell out of those filthy rich musicians?


Yes, Quebecois, you can get--supposedly--poutine in the U.S.

I'm not really sure, however, the KFC version would be up to par

April 16, 2014

"Social Security stops trying to collect on old debts by seizing tax refunds"

Just three days after the Washington Post revealed the heinous practice, the Social Security Administration announced "it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers’ debts to the government that are more than 10 years old."

Commentary by Ed Morrissey and by Megan McArdle

I'd say it's another example of Justice Brandeis's fine axiom, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."

"America's Most Expensive Hotel Room Costs $45,000 A Night — And It's Non-Negotiable"

Supposedly it cost $50 million to build. So even at $45,000/night, I don't see how it works out as a sound investment. 

"23 Global Warming & Climate Change Stories All Americans Should Read Before Earth Day"

Excellent list

"Study reveals a major mechanism driving kidney cancer progression"

Yet another example of just how evil cancer is:

The shortage of oxygen, or hypoxia, created when rapidly multiplying kidney cancer cells outgrow their local blood supply can accelerate tumor growth by causing a nuclear protein called SPOP — which normally suppresses tumor growth — to move out of the nucleus to the cytoplasm, where it has the opposite effect, promoting rapid proliferation.

April 15, 2014

Economics "Yo momma" jokes

Two years old, but still good.

Yo mamma so dumb she thought marginal analysis was about butter.

"Want A 70 Percent Tax Cut? A Libertarian Government Could Deliver It"

The author well knows--as do the readers--that this is, currently, but a dream

But a journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step. 


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