Morning in Arizona

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On Political Reality

I am seeing a lot of headlines today like “Furious Progressives Slam Democrats For Caving On Shutdown.”  When Republicans were in the minority, their partisans used to accuse the R’s of the same failure / weakness.  The reality is that there is only a limited amount that the minority party can do.  Democrats back in [...]

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A Good Point Seldom Made about "Experts"

I think via Tyler Cowen, this abstract: How can political actors identify which putative expert is truly expert, given that any putative expert may be wrong about a given policy question; given that experts may therefore disagree with one another; and given that other members of the polity, being non-expert, can neither reliably adjudicate inter-expert [...]

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Who’d Have Thought? Scarce Resources Are Still Scarce Even (Especially) When They Are Free

Via Mark Perry, this chart from socialized Canadian medicine: In his article Mark also has a letter to a woman telling her the wait for an appointment would be 4.5 years.  

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Any Sufficiently Advanced Skill Is Indistinguishable From Magic

I was on a plane with my daughter flying back the other day from Florida where I had run my marathon.  She was just doodling around on her Mac notebook, just using the track pad to do some drawing.  This was the result: Little doodle I did on the plane to capture my sunset view [...]

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A Tale of Government Priorities: Where Marijuana Is More Dangerous than Plastic Explosives

A few months back I got a call from a Forest Service District Ranger (that is their front line manager who runs everything for the FS in a defined geographic area).  The Ranger was upset because the FS had gotten a report from one visitor that they thought they had seen one of our employees [...]

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Thoughts on Challenging the Climate Orthodoxy

I have over several months been answering questions about my climate positions — I think for a woman’s school project but I honestly can’t remember any more.  Anyway, I answered a question for her today and though I did not spend a ton of time on it, I thought I would share. She asked: Why [...]

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Transparent and Visible Cross-Subsidy: Unethical; Invisible Legally-Mandated Cross-Subsidy at the Behest of a Special Interest: A-OK

From Engadget, apparently the EU has banned retailers for adding a surcharge on credit card purchases.  Since it is an absolute fact that credit card sales cost retailers at least 3% more (due to merchant processing fees) than cash sales, I likely would have written about this story something like “EU knuckles under special interest [...]

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Dolphin Intelligence — Simply Amazing

This has been shared around a lot but I was very impressed with dolphins following strategies of deferred gratification that some humans I know would be challenged by. At the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi, Kelly the dolphin has built up quite a reputation. All the dolphins at the institute are trained to [...]

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My First and Last Marathon: After-Action Report

I achieved my goal and completed my first (and last) marathon on Sunday, roughly in the time I expected.  I wasn’t going to actually discuss the time (to people who ask my time I usually answer “daytime”), but upon reflection I think it would be good to do so to encourage others who might be [...]

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Marathon Update — 2 Steps Forward, One Step Back

So, five days to my first and last marathon.  Some progress (and setbacks): Got the cortisone shots in my arthritic knees.  They feel about as good as I could hope Had my plantar fasciitis come back in my right foot.  I ran 16 miles on it at its worst so I can do it but [...]

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