Monthly Archives: October 2012

Does the Election Matter?

I often hear folks say:  “don’t vote, nothing changes.’  If not these exact word, something close.

The constitution with three branches of federal power, separate states; and limits on the power of all of them produces that perception I think.  The system is not well designed to enable radical change.  It is inherently conservative:  that is it aims for change to be dampened and not quick usually.

One election doesn’t have a huge consequence for our daily lives.  It takes a series of elections to have any effect.  Republicans have elected Reagan and Bush:  both pro-life.  Despite that abortion remains under pressure to be prohibited, but has not been in the 40 years since Roe V. Wade.  While that change (Roe V. Wade) seemed pretty fast it really came from maybe a 15 year period process on the issue, as many state made choice legal.

My point is that one election doesn’t have an effect, and that stability is likely a good thing.  Overtime though elections do have consequences, some more than others.  I urge everyone to make a considered vote.

Youtube Environmental and Urban Economics Lectures

 

Rather than attempting to write a bad environmental and urban economics textbook, I have chosen to record a series of five minute youtube videos.  Now that I understand how to do this home production, they are all posted here.

Youtube Environmental and Urban Economics Lectures
Matthew Kahn
Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Campaigns Plan Around Sandy – The Wall Street Journal

I thought you would be interested in the following story from The Wall Street Journal.

Campaigns Plan Around Sandy

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Ronald Reagan’s National Security Adviser, George H. W. Bush’s Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, All Endorse President Obama

Ronald Reagan's National Security Adviser, George H. W. Bush's Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, George W. Bush's Secretary of State, All Endorse President Obama.

Identity

 

Not sure why I just taught everyone to flawlessly impersonate me to pretty much anyone I know. Just remember to constantly bring up how cool it is that birds are dinosaurs and you'll be set.

Identity
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Back From Yet Another Globetrotting Adventure, Indiana Jones Checks His Mail And Discovers That His Bid For Tenure Has Been Denied.

 

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Back From Yet Another Globetrotting Adventure, Indiana Jones Checks His Mail And Discovers That His Bid For Tenure Has Been Denied.

I will no longer predict anything*

 

Earthquake experts around the world say they are appalled by an Italian court’s decision to convict six scientists on manslaughter charges for failing to predict the deadly quake that devastated the city of L’Aquila. They warned the ruling could severely harm future scientific research.

The court in L’Aquila sentenced the scientists and a government official Monday to six years in prison, ruling that they didn’t accurately communicate the risk of the earthquake in 2009 that killed more than 300 people.

The trial centered on a meeting a week before the 6.3-magnitude quake struck. At the meeting, the experts determined that it was “unlikely” but not impossible that a major quake would take place, despite concern among the city’s residents over recent seismic activity.

Prosecutors said the defendants provided “inaccurate, incomplete and contradictory information about the dangers” facing L’Aquila.

The court agreed, convicting the six scientists from the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and a member of the Civil Protection Agency. It also ordered the Italian authorities to pay 7.8 million euros ($10 million) in damages.

via www.cnn.com

*In case you missed the point, the title is supposed to illustrate the problem with holding scientists responsible for inherent uncertainties in prediction.

I will no longer predict anything*
Tim Haab
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:19:43 GMT

Calling All Germs – The Wall Street Journal

I thought you would be interested in the following story from The Wall Street Journal.

Calling All Germs

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Part of The Hole Germans Are Being Asked to Fill In

 

Greek Olympic venues.  I am sure that baseball field gets a lot of use.  And that state-of-the-art man-made kayaking course and associated stadium sure seem to be contributing a lot to GDP.

The whole world patted Greece on the back for completing this boondoggle when in fact we were just enabling an alcoholic, congratulating Greece for, in effect, driving home safely after drinking a fifth of tequila.

Part of The Hole Germans Are Being Asked to Fill In
admin
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:00:55 GMT

Renaissance in U.S. Oil Production

 

U.S. oil production is undergoing a renaissance, driven by the same technologies — hydraulic fracturing chief among them — that upended the gas industry.


Renaissance in U.S. Oil Production
WSJ Staff
Wed, 24 Oct 2012 02:30:41 GMT