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November 2007

November 30, 2007

Twenty years after a memorable night comes the happy news that Bo still knows.

"[Three] Stray Questions For: P. J. O'Rourke".

Whatever I end up writing next probably will have to do with children. I’ve researched the subject extensively, if not on purpose. That is, I have three kids ranging in age from 10 to 3 and a half. Since I’ve always specialized in chaos and human folly, it seems a shame to let three wonderful little examples of such go to waste.

The MeFites answer the question, "How can I help students improve their writing via comments on written assignments?"

My answer: use Joseph Williams's Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. (If you want to save a few cents, the earlier editions are as good , or better, as as, or better than, the current ninth edition.) (Thanks to commenter Ken Hirsch for the correction.)

George Will picks on John Edwards, twice: "Peru and Other Menaces" and "Setting the Bar for Corruption".

It's not hard to do.

November 29, 2007

Saudi prince buys, for his private use, an Airbus A380--nearly 6000 square feet and with a list price, before refitting, of more than $300 million.

No surprise about the economics of the movies

No surprise to economists: consultants find that the money in the movie industry tends to wind up in the hands of the least reproducible inputs.

YesButNoButYes continues its superb public service work by looking at what's happened to the actors who played the Other Seinfeld Characters (you know, Babu, Jackie Chiles, the Soup Nazi . . .).

Good news: researchers may have found a cure for infection by the superbug Clostridium difficile.

Bad news: not since leeches has a potential cure been this gross.

November 28, 2007

Mid-life crisis? As for most questions, Opus has the answer.

Hassett on the Bush tax cuts

AEI economist Kevin Hassett calls out the Democratic presidential candidates about the Bush tax cuts:

Clinton and her Democratic competitors have a big problem. The facts don't support their negative characterization of the Bush tax cuts. Indeed, everything Bush's opponents said would happen after taxes were reduced didn't happen. 

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