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David Friedman on Global Warming

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Posted by    Monday, February 27, 2012 at 1:00pm

David Friedman, the son of that Friedman, is one of my favorite bloggers. He isn’t terribly hard to read and he doesn’t update daily, but – when he writes – it is worth the wait.

Take, for example, his most recent post: 

A while back I read an article attacking Bjorn Lomborg, an...
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A public notice about your private history.

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Posted by    Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:55am

I don’t worry that some of my information can be easily accessed on the web. I think I’m typical of most people in my generation who have grown accustomed to taking privacy into their own hands. My rule of thumb is this: if it’s a free service on the internet, you’re probably...

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Euro Solutions

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Posted by    Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11:28am

The European Union is in deep water but that, thankfully, hasn’t stopped the Europeans from laughing at themselves.

einige Schadenfreude (some Schadenfreude): “Dinner for One” (with subtitles)

There are apparently a series of videos with Merkel and Sarko dubbed over discussing ...

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Even a stopped clock.

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Posted by    Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:25am

Is right twice a day. Jeffrey Sachs, darling of the left, innovator of crazy theoriesmisguided foreign aid efforts, has called out Paul Krugman’s approach to economics: 

“Paul has a powerful bully pulpit in his New York Times column, and he’s been on one theme for three years,” Sachs said. Krugman has...

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Cornell’s Tech Campus Irks Pro-Palestine Group

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 2:30pm

Last month, Cornell celebrated a successful bid for a NYC-based tech campus. The win is a big boost for Cornell’s standing and opportunities for undergraduates. Since the announcement, though, I’ve been waiting for thing to “get political.” Frankly, I’m surprised it took so long….

As part of their successful bid, Cornell will...

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The Facebook IPO and economic literacy.

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Posted by    Friday, February 3, 2012 at 11:32am

The big news this week was Facebook’s initial IPO filing. The paperwork itself makes a good read, apparently “Facebook users upload 250 milli...

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My winter break.

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Posted by    Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11:00am

Happy 2012, everyone! I just started my final semester at Cornell, which promises to be exciting. Before I delve into current events, I thought I would take my first post back to recap my winter break in south east Asia. I spent one week in Hong Kong and another in Singapore....

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Some thoughts on Hitchens

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Posted by    Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 3:53pm

I don’t care for the phrase “public intellectual,” particularly when paired with “political thinker.” It tends to reference the most polemic or controversial people, skeptics of common sense.

For instance, there are lots of great thinkers who have never ascended to notoriety the way Noam Chomsky has, probably because they are tasteful...

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Please, let it be sandbagging.

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 3:46pm

One of my friends circulated a link to a disturbing article from WaPo: When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids.

Basically, an “administrator” with a BS and two MAs flunked this extremely basic 10th grade Florida state math test.

This is the test in question: http://fcat.fldoe.org/pdf/releasepdf/06/FL06_Rel_G10M_TB_Cwf001.pdf. 

After reading his review of the test,...

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Final Exams

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Posted by    Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 2:20pm

I just finished classes on Thursday and now I’m in finals territory. I have two papers and two cumulative exams between this week and next.

I abhor cumulative exams. They are a total time drain and I have yet to feel productive while studying for one. It inevitably turns into a cramming...

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Televised Debates: The good, the bad, the — your time is up.

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Posted by    Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:20am

I take issue with Don Surber’s recent piece, titled “Debates work.”:

The much-maligned mainstream media is doing its job and that is helping Republicans get their message out, while at the same time ridding the party of its losers quickly. Better to have a Rick Perry brain-freeze in a debate in the...

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Incentives and lives matter.

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Posted by    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 4:26pm

Good news out of San Francisco today: 

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that most bone marrow donors can be paid, overturning a decades-old law that made such compensation a crime.

In its ruling Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a technological breakthrough makes donating bone marrow a nearly identical...

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We need the government…

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 2:22pm

…to protect the poor. Or so my friends have argued.

But, time and time again, I see government intervention perverting many means out of poverty. While ineffective foreign aid and protectionism hurt those in the developing world the most, many Americans have had their economic aspirations atrophied by laws all over the country which target small...

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Vernon Smith Interview

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 1:45pm

Reason Magazine has a great interview with Vernon Smith, a pioneer in experimental economics.

reason: You say you’re a libertarian with a lot of reservations. The experiments you have run and the research you’ve done over the years really argue that institutions create good and bad behavior.

Smith: As a libertarian, I’d like to emphasize the property...

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