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April 2012

April 27, 2012

"Why Nannies Prefer Rich Moms"

Not for the reason I would have guessed first

Cali: still sad

"Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus".

"California Declares War on Suburbia".

"California’s Bogus War On Food Trucks".


"29 Rules Of Etiquette For Your Next Business Lunch"

Little things can count.

April 26, 2012

"There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity!"

These two are just horrible. Let's stop this mendacity ASAP.

"Senate Votes to Abandon Budget Control Act".

One principal lesson can be drawn from this experience. It happens all the time that Congressional leaders will trumpet a budget agreement that allegedly saves the taxpayers trillions of dollars–not now, of course, but in the “out years.” But the out years never come. Tax increases are rarely deferred to the out years; they take place now, when it counts. But spending cuts? Never today, always tomorrow.

"Obama's Latest Plan to Snooker Seniors".

The electoral significance of these facts would hardly have been lost on the President's political advisors when they learned that Obamacare's MA cuts would be unveiled to the nation's most reliable voters just before the November election. The resultant vision of surly seniors lining up in their millions at the polls to pull the lever for Mitt Romney presumably produced urgent emails and frantic phone calls, followed by a terse directive from the White House to Obama's creatures at CMS to come up with plan to put off the cuts until after the election. In due course, an $8.3 billion "demonstration project" materialized that would "temporarily restore Medicare Advantage funds so that seniors in key markets don't lose their trusted insurance program in the middle of Obama's re-election bid."

"This would be the world's most expensive car . . . If you could buy it"

"The Holy Grail for any car collector and the most valuable car in the world . . . the 300 SLR Roadster driven by Stirling Moss in the 1955 Mille Miglia.

"Prom and proper: High schools across the U.S. crackdown on revealing dresses"

A guideline or two is fine and I approve, but a 14 page booklet could be a bit much

One reason I don't need to travel

"Images of Earth From Above". Interesting. Some are gorgeous. 

April 25, 2012

Two on natural gas

"Natural gas: U.S. energy market’s best bargain?"

"Here's Why Natural Gas Could Go To Zero".

"New US Laser Technology Will Dominate Battlefields Within 10 Years"

". . . newer, more powerful, and smaller lasers will have the ability to bring down missiles, attack from planes, and be deployed to forward bases."

And after we get those, can "sharks with frickin' lasers attached to their heads" be far behind?

"At Virginia Tech, computers help solve a math class problem"

The future of (some) college courses:

The Emporium is the Wal-Mart of higher education, a triumph in economy of scale and a glimpse at a possible future of computer-led learning. Eight thousand students a year take introductory math in a space that once housed a discount department store. Four math instructors, none of them professors, lead seven courses with enrollments of 200 to 2,000. Students walk to class through a shopping mall, past a health club and a tanning salon, as ambient Muzak plays.

Link via my older daughter.

Arnold Kling opines, "I think that the main capability that computers lack is the ability to interact conversationally with students, offering hints and encouragement as they try to learn. Solve that problem, and I believe you can automate education."

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