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February 19, 2015

"Norway Has Figured Out How To Solve The Problem Of Music Piracy"

More evidence that draconian IP laws are beat by a better business model.

"Alex Stupak’s Midnight Snack"

My younger daughter is a fan of tacos al pastor.

But then, said Stupak, “you get some review from some Web site trying to produce clickbait saying, ‘Well this is close to the real deal of al pastor tacos.’ Really? You’re from Long Island, dude. I’m pretty sure I’m a fucking expert.”

"The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai"

Very interesting, but it sounds easier said than done.

"The Temporary Tattoo That Tests Blood Sugar"

This sounds like a good development.

February 18, 2015

"Greece's Exit From the Euro Would Be a Socialist Disaster"

Louis Woodhill:

Assuming that the ECB were to handle the situation properly, Tsipras' implied threat to take Greece out of the euro is perfectly analogous to a bank robber holding a gun to his own head and threatening to shoot unless the tellers hand over the money. Yes, there would be a bit of a mess to clean up after the thief pulled the trigger, but the robber would get the worst of it, by far.

(But can the ECB "handle the situation propertly"? I'm hopeful but skeptical.)

"Here Are the Most Expensive L.A. Homes of the Year"

It's pretty and all, but at $8K per square foot, you can have it.

"Election Envy: The Europeans and the Jews"

I'm not sure that anti-Semitism has a lot to do with St. Isadore of Seville and Gregory of Tours, but Mr. Goldman knows a lot more about it than I do, so I'll take his word for it.

"Unemployment insurance and unemployment"

John Cochrane blogs about the recent important paper by Marcus Hagedorn, Iourii Manovskii and Kurt Mitman, "The Impact of Unemployment Benefit Extensions on Employment: The 2014 Employment Miracle".

"The Case for Scott Walker"

I don't trust politicians at this stage, but given the huge amount of crap Governor Walker has taken from Liberals, he does look interesting for 2016.

See also "Scott Walker and the art of winning".

February 17, 2015

"My neighborhood revolution, one letter at a time"

Outstanding. Pass it along to your favorite do-gooding Liberal with the suggestion that instead of plumping for more big government, he or she should spend some time teaching a little kid to read. Or even better, an adult.

The number of illiterate people in our country is criminal. The number of people who are aware of the literacy rate and choose to do nothing is even more criminal. Convincing people to read in a society where the primary use for books is decorations and drink coasters will be extremely difficult; however, I think we can do it if we work together collectively and just take it one word, one sentence, one paragraph and one book at a time.

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