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December 19, 2014

Kids today

A modern version of the "Dear Santa" letter.

December 18, 2014

"What The Next Generation Of Economists Is Working On"

Some information on the characteristics of job candidates in econ from the top schools

FYI: Arizone State is looking for an Assistant Professor of Future Thinking and Sustainability.

December 17, 2014

"Giant blow to Millennial college student entitlement dealt by . . . Oberlin professor?"

Well, a visiting professor, but these days we should be grateful for what we can get.

"32 Moments That Prove the World is Not Such a Bad Place"

Some sorely needed encouragement.

And in case you missed it, there's this: "5-Year-Old Cancer Patient Signs 1-Day NBA Contract, Dunks In Preseason Game".

California Faces Death by Pension

"Here's what happens when unions control everything."

Remember this when California comes to the federal government begging for a bailout.

"Pace University's National Champion Monetary Policy Team Predicts The Fed's Next Move"

We'll know later today whether they're right.

December 16, 2014

I score it Michael Fumento 1, a lot of "smart" government and NGO folks, 0

"The great Ebola lie — Outbreak hyped for funding & media attention".

But the media weren’t asking skeptical questions. The next day, reporting on a separate WHO conference, a New York Times headline blared: “New Ebola Cases May Soon Reach 10,000 a Week, Officials Predict.”

The “soon” in that warning from the WHO’s Bruce Aylward was “by the first week in December.”

Well, the WHO has now reported cases for that period. Total: 529. It was no fluke; the average over the last three weeks was 440.

"Approach Race One Person at a Time"

Absolutely true.

And I'd say it generalizes to welfare and charity: assist someone whose name and a bit of whose story you know. Improve the world one person, one day at a time.

"Houston Issues as Many Single-Family Housing Permits as All of California"

From Business Week:

“If you don’t have housing, you can’t do labor,” Chris Thornberg, principal at Beacon Economics, a Los Angeles-based research and consulting firm, told Bloomberg News. “If you can’t do labor, you are missing a major ingredient for economic growth.”

December 15, 2014

"Grievance Deficit Disorder"

I like the coinage very much.

But the endurance of the hoax hate crime as a genre says quite a bit about the times we live in, and how much less threatening they are than ages past. America has become a better place over time, where people are less petty and ignore differences of race and class. But this very improvement has created a “grievance deficit” that produces perverse results in our culture and politics.

Related: "Feminism Can Handle the Truth".

But an identity founded in injury cannot admit success.

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