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September 2006

September 29, 2006

Two funny bits:

The Onion: "Florida State University to Phase Out Academic Operations by 2010".

McSweeney's: "Thomas Friedman Explains the Issues of the Day".

Two on cars:

Winding Road, a new, free car magazine. (Link via Kevin Kelly.)

Guy spends 20,000 hours building an exact 1/3 scale replica of a Ferrari 312. (Why, is not answered.)

Ben & Jerry's has narrowed down 40,000 suggestions for a new flavor to five. I think Mojito will win in a runaway.

September 28, 2006

Two from other econobloggers

Two from other econobloggers:

Alex Tabarrok shows clearly why a letter signed by some economists in support of raising the minimum wage is "confused".

Peter Klein states that he was bewildered the first time he heard the phrase, "evidence based management". He asks: what other kind is there? Good question, but one that can be addressed rather easily by visiting a local Barnes & Noble and perusing the "Management" shelf.

Two on science:

Progress on understanding freak ocean waves.

Evidence may have been discovered on the meteor impact that caused the Permian-Triassic "great dying".

Sometimes the headline is all you need: "Duke Updates Ban on Strippers at School Functions".

September 27, 2006

Long article about the "Las Vegas in the Arabian Desert": Dubai. Toward the end there's a warning:

Dubai is an impossible city. Perhaps that's why it's also a model, a laboratory for the relaxed co-existence of East and West, a place where people from all over the world can meet. It's not a melting pot, but it's a place where different people are somehow able to live side by side, a bit like neighbors in an anonymous skyscraper.

That could work, even in the long run -- maybe. But it's also possible that everything will go wrong. There have already been food riots by construction workers. There have been demonstrations in the center of town. Perhaps the only reason the city has been spared a terrorist attack is that, at the moment, every other digger, every other construction crane and every other caterpillar truck belongs to the Bin Laden Group, the largest construction business in the Arab world. Maybe even al-Qaeda needs Dubai to launder money for future operations -- who knows. It's a guessing game. Dubai is dazzling and confusing.

Article about AMD's lawsuit against Intel

Long article about AMD's lawsuit against Intel. Apparently, the key allegation will be predatory pricing.

Whem I run for president, part of my platform will be that all public and private predatory pricing suits should be prohibited.

The other part: that those huge $#@!*#@# SUVs have to have their own roads and parking lots.

Excellent explanations of various logical fallacies. I may have to give them to my undergraduates in hopes that they'll be easier to remember than the standard explanations.

Lad mag Maxim rates "TV's Sexiest News Anchors". Number 1 choice here. Their #1 choice was noted on the blog you're reading more than a year ago, before almost anybody in America had heard of her.

The Door: Still Ahead of the Curve (TM).

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