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  • An Econtalk Episode: Munger on Private and Public Rent-Seeking (and Chilean Buses)

    03/18/2018 8:35:55 AM PDT · by Voption · 1 replies
    EconTalk ^ | august 23, 2010 | Russ Robert's/Mike Munger
    Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about private and public rent-seeking. When firms compete for either private profit opportunities or government contracts, there are inevitably firms or people who spend resources but end up earning little or nothing. What are the differences, if any between these two forms of competition? How do they related to competitions that award prizes for discovering new technologies? The conversation begins with a discussion of a recent trip Munger took to Chile where he observed the current state of the Chilean bus system, a topic he has discussed in the...
  • Natural Law In Ancient and Modern Guise

    03/18/2018 8:27:22 AM PDT · by Voption · 1 replies
    The Federalist Society ^ | May, 2010 | Prof Richard Epstein
    The Federalist Society's Georgetown Student Chapter presented its Seventh Annual Lifetime Service Award to Professor Richard A. Epstein on April 1, 2010.His address was titled "Natural Law in Ancient and Modern Guise".
  • College Made Me a Conservative

    03/18/2018 8:08:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 3/18/18 | Jay Stephens
    Have you ever heard the old saying that a conservative is just a liberal who got mugged? Well, I got mugged – to the tune of $60,000 a year. It’s called “tuition.” Like everyone who cons themselves into attending a liberal arts college, I was captivated by the idea of changing the world. I would immerse myself in a diverse pool of academic thought, theory, and action. Well…it didn’t quite work out that way. Over the course of four years, I was transformed from a plucky, free-thinking free spirit into a cranky, get-off-my-lawn conservative. The process started not long after...
  • Crossing the Mackinac Bridge (Michigan) Northbound I-75 Music by Gordon Lightfoot

    03/17/2018 9:03:39 PM PDT · by Voption · 47 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 2012 | The HighywayMan
    Driving north on Interstate 75 across the Mackinac Bridge into Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  • Richard Epstein: "Is the Administrative State Consistent with the Rule of Law?"

    03/17/2018 8:51:14 PM PDT · by Voption · 18 replies
    University of Chicago Law School ^ | June 25, 2013 | Prof. Richard Epstein
    Without question, the most distinctive feature of the modern social democratic state is the rise of administrative agencies, which at the federal level function as a shadowy Fourth Branch of government that fits uneasily into our constitutional scheme of separation of powers, and which at the state level oversee vast swaths of economic activity...Defenders of the current administrative setup claim the elaborate procedural safeguards built into today's administrative law effectively blunt the risk of arbitrary power, whose exercise has always been in tension with the rule of law. In this talk, Professor Epstein will explain why he thinks the massive...
  • Let us go for a cruise!: Driving the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnel Pass, Interstate-70, Colorado.

    03/17/2018 7:43:51 PM PDT · by Voption · 46 replies
    YouTube ^ | August, 2011 | The HighwayMan
    A quick trip across the highest point on the U.S. Interstate Highway System, Interstate-70 in Colorado. The Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel, under the continental divide.
  • "Tell The Truth or At Least Don't Lie" JBPWave; Music by Akira The Don, Words by Dr. Jordan Peterson

    03/17/2018 7:15:08 PM PDT · by Voption · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | February, 2018 | JBPWave
    Peterson's "12 Rules for Life," the album. Cut #8 "Tell the Truth or at Least Don't Lie."
  • California Teacher Placed On Leave After Questioning School Walkout

    03/17/2018 7:37:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | 03/17/2018 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    California high school history teacher Julianne Benzel is on paid suspension after engaging her students in a discussion where she shared her perspective on the politics of organized protests in anticipation of the National School Walkout, which took place on the morning of March 14. “We had a dialogue in class about it in Thursday and Friday. And today I received the call. So I am aghast,” Benzel told CBS Sacramento. Benzel said that she questioned her students as to the appropriateness of schools sanctioning a protest against gun violence and whether the school administration was willing to allow protests...
  • "National Walkout Day" Stirs Controversy [semi-satire]

    03/17/2018 1:48:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | John Semmens
    This week, various schools across the country sponsored "walkouts" in memory of the 17 students and faculty members killed in the Feb 14th massacre carried out by Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In other schools students took it upon themselves to walkout without permission. New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) warned school administrators not to punish students who engaged in unsanctioned walkouts, asserting that "it would be wrong. Threatening to discipline students for participating in the peaceful demonstrations is not only inappropriate, it is unconstitutional. Demonstrations against gun violence are protected by the First...
  • Forcing Students to Apply to College Is a Bad Idea

    03/16/2018 4:38:19 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 9, 2018 | George Leef
    Legislators in New Mexico are pushing a bill that would make students apply to at least one college while they are still juniors in high school. This legislation reflects the powerful belief that college should be the norm for students after they graduate from high school. That belief, however, is mistaken and this bill, should it become law, will have bad effects (not to mention that it takes Nanny State thinking to a new level). As we read in the Albuquerque Journal, the bill in question has bipartisan support and was approved by a committee of the state House of...
  • Nancy MacLean Continues to Embarrass Duke, but Exposes its Double Standards

    03/16/2018 4:33:55 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 16, 2018 | George Leef
    Last year, Duke University History Professor Nancy MacLean became one of the country’s best-known academics for her book Democracy in Chains. That is not, however, to say that her book was so praiseworthy that it made her famous. Quite the opposite—Democracy in Chains was excoriated by academic critics for its blatantly dishonest attack on the thinking and indeed the character of the late James M. Buchanan, the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in economics. MacLean sought to depict Buchanan as a closet racist whose intellectual breakthrough of what is now called “public choice” theory was actually meant to help segregationists ward...
  • Gun walkouts in schools don't let students think for themselves

    03/15/2018 3:35:47 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun control is a contentious issue. It is one thing for a teacher to talk to his or her class about the issue, hopefully presenting both sides of the debate. But a rally on school property, featuring student speeches and attendance by school administrators and teachers, is something quite different. My daughter is a junior in high school, and her high school participated in Wednesday’s National School Walkout. On Monday the principal assured parents and students that the event wouldn’t be political, that it would just be a memorial commemorating the 17 people murdered at a Parkland, Florida high school...
  • "Mind over Matter" Stephen Hawking; An Obituary by his friend Dr. Roger Penrose

    03/14/2018 8:19:50 AM PDT · by Voption · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 14, 2018 | Dr. Roger Penrose
    The image of Stephen Hawking – who has died aged 76 – in his motorized wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter. As with the Delphic oracle of ancient Greece, physical impairment seemed compensated by almost supernatural gifts, which allowed his mind to roam the universe freely, upon occasion enigmatically revealing some of its secrets hidden from ordinary mortal view.
  • Dry Tortugas National Park Astronomical time-lapse tour (3:54)

    03/13/2018 7:38:09 PM PDT · by Voption · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | August, 2016 | Harun Mehmedinovic
    On a remote island hours away from Key West lies the largest masonry structure in the Americas: Fort Jefferson. Built with 16 million bricks, but never finished, the fort served as a prison during Civil War. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, upon visiting the island, named it a National Monument, and in 1992 it became part of Dry Tortugas National Park. Besides serving as a safe haven for the most preserved coral reef in the United States, the set of islands that comprise the national park also protect countless marine animals and bird species. However, the true treasure of...
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Rationality, Risk, and Skin in the Game

    03/13/2018 7:25:43 PM PDT · by Voption · 2 replies
    Econ Talk at the Library of Economics & Liberty/Liberty Fund ^ | March 5, 2018 | EconTalk Podcast Prof. Russ Robert's
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Skin in the Game, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in the book. This is the third episode of EconTalk with Taleb related to the general topic of skin in the game and how it affects decision-making and policy in an uncertain world. This episode focuses on rationality, religion, and the challenge of thinking about probability and risk correctly in a dynamic world
  • Parents Are Being Fed Misinformation About The National Gun Control Walkout

    03/13/2018 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 48 replies
    IWF vie the Federalist ^ | March 13, 2018 | Julie Gunlock
    Parents across the country are being urged to let their children participate in the National School Walkout on March 14. Yet, few parents (and kids!) understand the walkout’s true mission. At my children’s elementary school in Northern Virginia, school officials are telling parents the walkout is meant to memorialize the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Yet, according to the National School Walkout website, the real mission of the walkout is to demand Congress pass more restrictive gun laws. The website specifically states: “Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation...
  • Schools Struggle with Religious Intolerance [semi-satire]

    03/13/2018 11:38:25 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Mar 2018 | John Semmens
    Contrasting styles of how to cope with differing religions in schools were demonstrated recently in Massachusetts and Germany. In Massachusetts librarians at Simmons College in Boston issued The Anti-Oppression Library Guide to promote equality and limit religious persecution. The Guide urges students to "refrain from using trigger words like 'Merry Christmas' or 'God bless you' after someone sneezes because these words constitute microaggressions against Muslims. Muslims don't celebrate Christmas. And the notion that God should bless a non-Muslim is offensive to their faith." The Guide warns that "even unintentional or inadvertent use of such trigger words could unleash a violent...
  • This week in leftist fascism...

    03/12/2018 1:43:21 PM PDT · by Voption · 13 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | March 12, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "It is only a week since my last report on leftist fascism and bigotry. Yet, in that short week the number of new examples of violence, intolerance, bigotry, and hate coming from liberal and leftwing activists is almost more than I can keep up with. Below is a small sampling, all from the period from March 6 to March 12 Three themes clearly dominate today’s leftist activist movement of outrage... First, there is the use of violence and mob action to attack things they don’t agree with or dislike, as illustrated in the first two stories...The second theme is that...
  • An even more spectacular movie of Jupiter’s storms!

    03/12/2018 12:27:29 PM PDT · by Voption · 8 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | March 12, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "Cool image time! Yesterday I posted a short gif created by citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt, using twelve Juno images, that showed some cloud changes over time... Today, I discovered that Eichstädt has created an even more spectacular movie, which I have embedded below the fold, based on images taken during Juno’s tenth close fly-by."
  • An Open Letter From A Teacher To Students Planning On Participating In The National Student Walkout

    03/11/2018 5:00:53 AM PDT · by gaggs · 32 replies
    This is a retired teacher’s perspective from San Antonio, Texas on school shootings and talking about the national walkout. There are many school students who have walkouts planned for the National Student Walkout on March 14th, 2018. This is a great letter that is simple and addresses a powerful truth. Pass it on! Dear Students,I know you. I am a retired teacher of 24 years. I have taught you as 7th graders all the way through 12th grade. This is not a tweet or a text. It’s called a letter; lengthy and substantial. Do you really want to make a...