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George Soros diversifies his portfolio of evil

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Posted by    Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 12:05pm

Apparently George Soros foot the bill of the Frank La Rue’s ‘research’ for the UN that concluded that the Internet is a “human right” subject to the same creeping legislation and special interests as every other ‘right.’

Advocates of net neutrality, a position championed by the billionaire Soros and by the U.N.,...

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Kling on Journos

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 1:20pm

Arnold Kling struck a great chord in a recent post on EconLog:

From the perspective of a macroeconomic textbook, journalists write as if the aggregate supply curve is nearly vertical with respect to monetary policy and nearly horizontal for fiscal policy.

1. You would be rich if you had a dollar for every...

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Black Wednesday, or why I am not a utilitarian

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Posted by    Monday, October 24, 2011 at 2:30pm

Today in London: 

Conservative rebels pushing for an in-or-out referendum on Europe are riding the tide...

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If you have good blood pressure,

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Posted by    Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 2:15pm

I recommend reading this discussion between Eliot Spitzer and a protester from Occupy Wall Street. It is actually pretty interesting and shows that Spitzer hasn’t forgotten how to speak like a politician:

MM: You think representative democracy is the best system we’ve got?
ES: Yes! I say that without any hesitation. Because it...

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CA Finalizes Cap and Trade

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Posted by    Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 1:15pm

California’s streak of bad governance is coming to a climax with the finalization of their cap and trade legislation:

California’s plan to cap greenhouse gas emissions and put a price on carbon is set to take effect on Jan. 1 after...

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An Odd Case in Governance

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Posted by    Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:30pm

Over at Marginal Revolution, Alex Tabarrok has a really fascinating post on the Mexican Mafia:

The Mexican Mafia is a fairly small prison gang (perhaps 150-300 made members) and it has significant operational control only within prisons in Southern California yet the Mexican Mafia is extremely powerful. In fact, the MM taxes...

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Debate on Education Policy Reinforces Party Stereotypes

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Posted by    Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 1:30pm

I participated in a debate last night at Cornell sponsored by Students for Education Reform to encourage an exchange of ideas on education policy. I was on the libertarian panel, which was wedged between the College Democrats and Republicans. It was a fairly heated debate:

Libertarians believe the federal government should play...

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All the fat cats on… K Street.

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 2:23pm

Amidst news about Wall Street bonuses and fat-cat corruption, I’m sure it will go uncovered that Washington has finally eclipsed Silicon Valley as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area:

“Lobbyists play a prominent role in the Washington economy. In 2010 there were 12,964 registered lobbyists, with most working in or around the nation’s capital,...

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Algerian Massacre

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 3:45pm

Today marks fifty years since a massacre swept the streets — not in the maghreb region of north Africa, but in the streets of Paris: 

A number of events were held on Monday to remember the violent deaths...

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Mother Goose Lives; Frenchmen Cry

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Posted by    Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 3:30pm

In seven months, foie gras is going to be banned by California. The impetus for the bill was, of course, animal rights activists who claim that the fattened goose or duck liver promotes cruelty to animals. Naturally, chefs are fighting back and planning types of resistance:

“This is a rather embarrassing temper...

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Occupy … Cornell?

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Posted by    Friday, October 14, 2011 at 3:10pm

Today a bunch of college Dems have created an “Occupy Cornell” event. I don’t know what the objective of this is, but it looks like a pretty pathetic state of affairs in “solidarity.”

Here’s the transcript of the “occupation” if your eyes are in need of a good roll. Here’s my favorite...

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A good heuristic

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Posted by    Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 11:41am

to judge bad ideas is to look at how many Princeton philosophy and Columbia professors support it….

Case in point: 

Columbia’s Bwog reports that a staggering 200+ Columbia faculty members have signed a petition declaring their support for Occupy Wall St.

Which falls on the heels...

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A hefty serving of snark

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Posted by    Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:55pm

As some of you may recall, Meghan McCain started a twitter war with Prof. Jacobson after she misread both the content and the author of a post earlier this year.

As a consequence, I’ve avoided taking jabs at McCain the younger from fear that she might misread them again. (Worse, maybe this...

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The College Bubble Party

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Posted by    Monday, October 3, 2011 at 2:06pm

The “Occupy Wall Street” craze has spread to major U.S. cities. From what I can tell, the backbone of this movement are college-aged students like myself who blame corporations for their misfortunes, particularly college affordability and it’s consequences on employment.

They should be angry at the government for their high student loans and I...

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Even when politicians are “real”

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Posted by    Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2:30pm

they’re fake. Case in point: Michelle’s photo-op at Target store was staged 

Right outside of D.C. in Alexandria, VA, FLOTUS decided to grab a few things for 30-40 minutes with her assistant at the local Target. She was dressed in a floral button down, black pants, a Nike baseball cap, and shades. But...

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That awkward moment

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Posted by    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:25am

when the rule named after you isn’t what you want:

Warren Buffett backs out of Obama’s Buffett Rule on CNBC. 

 
 
 

Rumor has it

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Posted by    Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11:20am

Chavez is on his deathbed. (But, of course, the state is in denial.)

I don’t care much at all for Francis Fukuyama, but h...

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