"Education, Inequality, and Incentives"

Entertaining and informative (about 1 hour video of a talk + about 20 minutes of Q & A).

The F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics welcomed Roland G. Fryer, Jr., the Henry Lee Professor of Economics and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University , for the inaugural Buchanan Speaker Series event on “Education, Inequality, and Incentives.” Professor Fryer discussed his research on education reform and his efforts to find and test practical solutions to the educational achievement gap in the United States.

More from Professor Fryer: "Roland Fryer On Why Good Schools Matter".

More about the impressive Mr. Fryer: "Toward a Unified Theory of Black America" and "Lunch with the FT: Roland Fryer".


"25 Million New Jobs Coming to America, Thanks to Technology"

As always with forecasts, the proper qualification is "maybe". But Richard Cohen, "a senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute," predicts

. . . that as a new “virtualized infrastructure” gets built out over the next 15 years, as many as 25 million jobs will be created. He acknowledges that automation is certain to wipe out a bunch of positions, but he estimates that the net gain will still be around 15 million.

"How stupid and vicious do elites think 'we' are?"

Michael Barone:

How stupid and vicious does he think we are?

Actually, it's not that hard for ordinary people to keep in mind two different ideas that the elites think they'll find confusing — that most terrorists these days are Muslims, and that most Muslims are not terrorists. We keep similar things in mind every day. For example, we notice that most dangerously aggressive drivers are men, but also that most men are not dangerously aggressive drivers.

"Hillary may regret the debate challenge she offered Sanders over ‘artful smear’"


She should have been more careful. Someone actually did find strong evidence that she changed a vote. . . . It was none other than Elizabeth Warren who raised the question in 2004 about Hillary switching positions on a bankruptcy bill that (in oversimplified terms) made it easier for credit card companies to collect debts owed to them by people who got in over their heads.


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It also has some songs from TV and video games.

"Football's epidemic needs a cure"

Even though this is in the cranky-old-man-yells-get-off-my-lawn vein, I totally support it.

On the first play of the college football national championship game Monday night, a Clemson sophomore cornerback named Mackensie Alexander made a nice open-field tackle on Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley. Alexander celebrated the takedown by standing over Ridley for several seconds and yelling at him.

The first play of the game.

Just stop it.

"Video: Hillary Clinton is finally confronted with her classified data non-disclosure agreement"

Jazz Shaw:

I almost feel sorry for Stephanopoulos at this point. It’s like trying to have an argument with Rainman about buying underwear. First you tell her that she signed an agreement saying that the information is classified whether it’s marked or not. She agrees with you, saying that’s exactly how she handled things. Then, literally two sentences later, she says, “there has to be some markings, some indication...” I’ve had arguments with my niece over whether or not she already ate one of the Christmas cookies where she made a more logical defense.