If you can't find any stocks, bonds, or real estate you want to put your money into you could try investing in yourself.
"It's an inconvenient truth, but the global warming zealots are to blame for the deadly diesel fiasco"
The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes yet again.
What Office 2016 really represents is the future of how Microsoft will deliver software. Don’t expect major big releases every three years anymore. Much like Windows 10, Office is moving to an era where there are minor improvements on a regular basis, with a focus on sharing and cloud features. If you’re using Office at work, the 2016 release will really tie these together nicely, and at home there’s OneDrive and Office apps for all your devices. By focusing less on improving the already full featured desktop Office apps for 2016, it feels like Microsoft has spent most of its time making sure Office works well everywhere you want to use it. We’re going to see a lot more of that in the future, and I welcome the change of focus.
NYC charter school parent answers the Schools Chancellor, who should darn well know better.
In a radio interview last week, Fariña said: “When you look at the parents who make it their business to enter a lottery, that already predetermines a certain section of the population.”
The teachers union and other critics of charter schools often make this charge to imply that the academic gains made by students have nothing to do with the school — and that charters are shutting out disadvantaged students in the process.
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Ms. Fiorina recently made an ad hominem attack on an associate dean at Yale. Ad hominem attacks always indicate extraordinary weakness. As for apparently false ad homimem attacks, well . . .
Not a surprise to folks who have their eyes open.
See also "An economic view of food deserts in the United States" and "The food desert myth".
UPDATE: first link fixed now. Thanks, Art.
"Texas, with pitiful welfare, has less poverty than California".
(And no, it doesn't depend on ethnic composition.)
John C. Dvorak predicts sponsored posts--"native advertising"--will take over the Web and "In the future everything you read will be unreliable, except for the few marginalized nooks of real information."
(Just so you know: the Door has not, is not now, and will never accept sponsored posts.)
Better get some sunshine or take a pill.
"It’s a challenge to keep track of all the dodges and untruths." But Kimberly Strassel helps.
Also helpful is Jonah Goldberg:
But all this misses the point. I’m not normally an ALL CAPS kind of guy. So please forgive me for this: BUT THE SERVER IS THE SMOKING GUN! It’s all smokey-like, sitting right there in the FBI evidence room.
James Piereson tells the truth:
This is one reason that five of the seven wealthiest counties in the nation are on the outskirts of Washington D.C. and that the average income for the District of Columbia’s top 5 percent of households exceeds $500,000, the highest among major American cities. Washington is among the nation’s most unequal cities as measured by the income gap between the wealthy and everyone else. Those wealthy individuals did not descend upon the nation’s capital in order to redistribute income to the poor but to secure some benefit to their institutions, industries, and, incidentally, to themselves.
They understand a basic principle that has so far eluded progressives: The federal government is an effective engine for dispensing patronage, encouraging rent-seeking, and circulating money to important voting blocs and well-connected constituencies. It is not an effective engine for the redistribution of income.
UPDATE: link fixed now. Thanks, Michael.
"It is a speech so full of truth in an institution permeated with defamation and falsehood and evil that the speech itself represents something like an act of moral heroism."
"Like a biblical prophet, Netanyahu had come to warn, to chastise, and to indict."
Charles C. W. Cooke asks a very good question of the gun-control folks.
Cooke then points out again that neither Obama nor Biden offered any specific policy proposals. They did the same thing that Halperin and Brzezinski do here — vent righteous indignation, then look around for someone to blame for a problem that almost certainly has no legislative remedy. Congresses under control of both parties certainly haven’t found any, and none of the proposals that percolate out in the minutes after a publicized shooting incident turn out to apply when all of the facts finally come out.
And Eugene Volokh presents an interesting analogy: "Guns and alcohol".
"Failed Climate Scientists Call For RICO Investigation To Stop Criticisms, And Non-Scientist Claims Scientists Will Cause Next Genocide"
William M. Briggs posts a fine response to some Global Warming Fascists. It starts this way:
If I ever meet NCAR’s Keven Trenberth (again), I’m going to punch him in the mouth. Same thing if I cross paths with Rutgers’ Alan Robock. Pow! Right in the kisser. I’m too much of a gentleman to pop one across the chops of University of Maryland’s Eugenia Kalnay, but she has it coming.
These cowards, these inferior intellects, these cry babies, these poor losers, these promulgators of a failed science want to sic the full force and might of United States Government on persons like yours truly and the companies or organizations that might fund me. (None do, unfortunately.)
There is a lot of good stuff at Mr. Briggs's site. In particular, there's great reading on Global Warming. See, for examples, these:
(Initial link courtesy of Michael Greenspan.)
Every major financial reform in U.S. history was enacted in the aftermath of a substantial decline in equity prices. Each, in other words, was crafted during a time of public anger that politicians hoped to deflect from themselves to Wall Street. The congressional authors always compose a narrative of the stock market crash that blames unscrupulous financial intermediaries or public companies and insufficient regulation of the markets. Just as inevitably, proponents studiously avoid any suggestion that their own prior regulatory innovations had unintended consequences that contributed to the crash. Meanwhile, firms in the regulated industry concentrate on determining who the winners and losers may be under a new regulatory regime, so they can make sure they end up on the winning side.
This routine ensures that the primary losers from financial reform are investors and small, regulated firms. Costly new rules simultaneously serve the ends of Congress and the major financial institutions. They allow Congress to argue that it filled the regulatory gaps that it claims caused the crisis. Large firms can spread the new costs over a large number of transactions, giving them a structural advantage over their smaller and previously nimbler competitors. All firms will seek to pass on to their customers as many of the regulatory costs as possible.
Hate 'em if you want, but they're just smarter than most teams.
A few interesting items about an excellent movie.
(And the article doesn't even mention how much South Park's Cartman sounds like Benicio del Toro's character. Deliberate or coincidence? You decide.)
Little girl reacts when Dad picks her up after her first day at pre-school.
. . . Is An Asswipe." I don't know the man, of course, but this made me laugh.
Another instance of the Internet answering a question you might not have thought to ask.
Related: "Why so many supermodels are from the Midwest".
Unsurprising, but some states apparently don't have much to brag about musically.
And the policy recommendation was . . .? Less carbon usage.
The questions vary, but the answer from some folks never changes.
Link via Sarah Hoyt blogging at Instapundit.
From McSweeney's. Made me laugh.
My wife enjoys the "Great Courses". This piece is a look at the business of creating and marketing them, including the tidbit that the best screen for choosing professors to record is RateMyProfessors.com.