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February 2012

February 27, 2012

And speaking of baloney . . .

Eric Falkenstein nicely sorts out a recent pronunciamento from J. Bradford DeLong.

Many mediocre minds are impressed by famous colleagues, graduate degrees, Harvard, or equations. Those people aren't worth impressing. While such signals are correlated with good ideas, they are neither necessary nor sufficient for a good idea. When someone emphasizes these signals, however, that should lower their credibility among thoughtful people because it suggests bad faith, a preference towards pretentious irrelevancies.

Ring the bell; school is out.

"$331.76/Month 4-Bedroom Village Apartment Will Make You Cry"

Why? Read:

Did we mention the four-bedroom and open living room apartment he rents has "11-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, piles of hardcover books, and views of chimneys and water towers," and is, the Times is not wrong here "a 1,200-square-foot monument to the Greenwich Village of our fantasies?"

When does Occupy Wall Street take on rent control? I won't hold my breath.

"A Few Firms Have Outsized Influence in D.C."

Who'd guessed?

Amazing what marketing can do

Profile of the inventor of "5-Hour Energy," which is supposedly doing $1 billion per year in sales with a net margin of 30%.

All for a lousy tasting wallop of caffeine. 

"Why Urban, Educated Parents Are Turning to DIY Education"

My dad used to say, "If you want something done right, do it yourself."

(Well, apparently not some urban, educated parents: "Liberals, Don't Homeschool Your Kids". Sheesh.)

February 26, 2012

A problem, honestly, I didn't know we had: the "Bob Famine"

We need a emergency federal investigation into this: "The Bob Famine: Athletes Aren't Named 'Bob' Anymore And There's Nothing We Can Do About It".

"Solving the Federal Land Problem"

Excellent idea.

February 25, 2012

"FCC adopts new rules against 'robocalls'"

Boy, I sure hope this works. And they ought to include the calls of politicians and political parties, too. (But I won't hold my breath.)

"Tough talk"

"Pay cut, hectic schedule can make broadcasting career a challenging transition for ex-players, coaches."

Hey, I'd be willing to try it. And I'll work cheap. 


February 24, 2012

"How Do You Explain Gene Weingarten?"

Interesting profile of the Washington Post's great columnist.

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