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History

August 26, 2014

Two from Professor Gordon

Fine posts.

"History lesson".

But this California history shows once again that in times of boom, people were too busy to fall into the hole of zero-sum hatreds. Its the old story. Prosperous people or people who take seriously the prospect of prosperity are nicer and more tolerant.

"Three or four-hundred years?"

The story ends with the predictable "give us more money." More money has been going to employee pension funding -- and even then there is a reported unfunded pension fund gap. We get the gap, high prices, floods, and questionable service. There is never enough money when there is a politically influential and unionized workforce.

July 07, 2014

A small feast

"Small" only in the sense of being relatively short. In "Deirdre McCloskey and Economists’ Ideas about Ideas" Don Boudreaux, Joel Mokyr, and John Dye discuss McCloskey's recent work. Of interest, I think, to anyone who is interested in economics, history, or public policy. 

July 05, 2014

"How Qatar Got So Rich So Fast [PHOTOS]"

Few places, I'll wager, have seen as much physical change in a few decades

June 23, 2014

"The fable of the burning river, 45 years later"

False, but a little bit accurate.

The problem with the story of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire is that so much of what we think we know about this story just is not so. 

May 29, 2014

"What Became of 16 Scandal Veterans, from Donna Rice to Sydney Leathers"

Fanne Foxe, Elizabeth Ray, Donna Rice, Paula Jones, Rielle Hunter, and others. Good times, good times. 

May 19, 2014

"Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself"

P. J. O'Rourke doing what he does so well.

Anyway, things went along pretty well for almost 400 years. (Pretty well by Russian standards—a free peasant was known as a smerd, meaning “stinker.”) 

May 15, 2014

"Battle of Myeongnyang"

This wasn't covered in my college history course: in 1597 thirteen Joseon (Korean) ships defeated 133 Japanese ships. The Japanese supposedly lost 31 ships while the Koreans lost none. 

May 12, 2014

"How the Media Again Failed on the Duke Lacrosse Story"

Unsurprising but still inexcusable

May 11, 2014

"Hava Nagila: The Movie"

My wife and I really enjoyed this

The documentary introduced me to the lovely Hebrew word davka

May 03, 2014

"Genghis Khan's Secret Weapon Was Rain"

Historians were, apparently, wrong again:

The traditional view has been that the Mongols were desperately fleeing harsh conditions in their craggy, mountainous homeland. The Lamont-Doherty team, however, found just the opposite: Between 1211 and 1225—a period that neatly coincides with the rise of Genghis Khan and the Mongol empire—central Mongolia enjoyed a spell of sustained benign weather unlike anything the region has experienced during at least the past 1,100 years and probably much longer.

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