Whose Fault?

One thing that’s getting increasingly annoying is the everything that’s wrong with Obama is really Bush’s fault meme. The link goes to a 17 January op-ed by – who else? – Paul Krugman. Heh. “Who else,” as though there aren’t tons of similar claims made all the time. The last one, in fact, goes to…

Blurb

Mr. Tweedy is moving his blog. Rather, he’s merging it with another one he’s had in the background for some time, but which I’ve never bothered to link. Now that they’re in one convenient location, I’ve removed JET from my blogroll and replaced it with CranialMeltdown. We’ll see if this heralds a new age of…

Lingusitic Funny Money

As any hip economist will tell you, Economics isn’t really about following the money. In fact it’s about a particular method of thinking about rational and efficient allocation of scarce resources. Where there’s no scarcity, there’s no Economics. Since money stands in for “utility in general,” then sure, Economics will usually be talking about money…

I don’t want him on my Quiz Bowl team

From the 24 May 2010 edition of the New Yorker, here’s Barack Obama quoted on the meaning of judicial activism: …an activist judge was somebody who ignored the will of Congress, ignored democratic processes and tried to impose judicial solutions on problems instead of letting the process work itself though politically. This man has a…

Learning Lessons

There may be new things under the sun, but there’s nothing new on EconTalk. This week’s is one of those where host Russ Roberts doesn’t have a guest, and so we get to brush up on our review of how he believes that government regulation caused the financial crisis by creating perverse incentives. It’s not…

Clear Cycling

So, sometimes you need a cycle function. You know, something that takes a list like [a, b, c] and gives you back an a the first time you call it, then a b, and then a c, and then an a again, and so on indefinitely. Don’t ask – it’s just useful. I’ve frequently needed…

Making Disciples

Driving a co-worker to work this week, I have to listen to a spiel about the Dalai Lama – who visited recently, and whom she refers to as “His Holiness.” The lecture comes because I’m asking what the oft-mentioned rivalry between the two Buddhist centers in town is, and apparently it’s that one is Catholic…

How not to Fight a Language War

Here’s a quote from Abstract Heresies that is so dope I thought I’d steal and repost it: Lisp doesn’t do anything the other languages cannot, but it does what the other ones do not. Yes, right! That’s the key number one missing ingredient in, I think, about 99% of pointless language wars. He’s making this…

Which Jurisdiction Where Please?

It appears that Baltazar Garzon has been suspended for (what else?) knowingly overstepping his jurisdiction. In case you’ve forgotten the name, this is the same judge who put Pinochet on trial for political killings in the wake of the 1973 Chilean coup. But that’s not what the current problem is. His suspension comes from having…