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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 09:30
It's hard to follow the logic of the author here.  A summary, offered by MK, to get us through:

Highlights: - Organic food is now a $35B business and farmers' markets have grown 76%. 

Therefore, they obviously need $52M in federal cash. With numbers like that they need help.

Vilsack says more organic farmers are needed to revitalize the rural economy.  And the rural economy must be in deep manure, because in February Obama tripled the subsidy to local/organic/pious/yogic food to $291M. Who can live on that? 

Plus, people love it! Some (rich, white) people anyway: "“It’s a really nice bump for us because we’ve been getting chump change for research,” said Mark Kastel, co-founder of the Cornucopia Institute, an organic research and advocacy group. 

Still, Mr. Kastel said that given the growth in the organic business, with about $35 billion in sales in the United States last year, he wished "there was more money to study organic practices."
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "just farm baby, local-voracious"
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 13:22
Some refreshing straight talk about the "axis of death" from the war nerd:


"They’re misogynistic swine, but they’re also really the most overrated, over-hyped bunch of hams this side of WWE. And when more people realize that, IS will lose their best weapon, their terror-propaganda. Without that, they show up as what they are: a mid-size Sunni militia with a knack for child-rape and no skills against anyone who doesn’t fall for their death-metal hype."

The whole article is well worth reading.

Relatedly, Gary Kasparov opines that Putin is more of a threat to the US than is ISIS. I agree, with the addendum that Putin isn't any real kind of threat either.

Hat tip to @noahpinion
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "boogie chillun, thats the facts jacks, w..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 08:00
1.  Take this job and....

2.  Send him to Dettor's prison!

3.  I'm going to guess that Diana is happy, too, Mike.

4.  These two crazy kids, on the other hand, are cute.  I bet he talks about feelings.  Okay, he can't hear, but you see what I mean.

5.  Okay, as long as it's not fracking...."Streamers" are what they call the flaming birds as they sail toward the ground.

moremoremore!



6.  "The Bear," Russia's ambassador to the world.  Well, that and flaming fireballs.

7.  This is just third world corruption, plain and simple.   But then the drug wars have made the U.S. a third world country.

8.  Kraken!

9.  Everything about this, including the picture, is terrifying.   We will protect American interests by preventing Americans from selling property or moving around?  I think she has in mind "Scary Debbie's Interests," and just thinks that that is the SAME as "America's Interests"

10.  This could be a spoof, or literal, or a self-aware person having fun with the media.  No matter what, well-played.

11,  Everything must get bent. But it may not be as easy as it has been portrayed....

12.  Daffodil festival in Nantucket, in April.  A (not) surprising prevalence of red Solo cups.

13.  Why are you littering?

14.  A "new start," indeed.

15.  Pilotless plane.  A better target, a better way to fly missions?

16.  If this is all you know about guns, you probably should not have guns.

17.  Death panelist.  An actual Obama-care death panelist.

18.  Not sure how the LMM would react to this.  But it would be pretty loud, I'm guessing.
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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 14:52



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Date: Friday, 26 Sep 2014 09:00
When sex is outlawed, only outlaws will have sex.

And Clemson wants to outlaw sex. 

Why do states allow their universities to be taken over by these sorts of administrators?  Because most people don't want to go into administration.  Do you?

Then you had better get ready to fill out your survey.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "academic politics, sex"
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 14:03
"Now I used to think
That I was cool
Running around
On fossil fuel,
Until I saw
What I was doing
Was driving down
The road to ruin."

~James Taylor
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "Fire and rain, never pick a fight with a..."
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 10:30

Nod to Angry Alex
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 09:00

The Biocultural Origins of Human Capital Formation 

 Oded Galor & Marc Klemp
NBER Working Paper, September 2014

Abstract: This research explores the biocultural origins of human capital formation. It presents the first evidence that moderate fecundity and thus predisposition towards investment in child quality was conducive for long-run reproductive success within the human species. Using an extensive genealogical record for nearly half a million individuals in Quebec from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, the study explores the effect of fecundity on the number of descendants of early inhabitants in the subsequent four generations. The research exploits variation in the random component of the time interval between the date of first marriage and the first birth to establish that while higher fecundity is associated with a larger number of children, an intermediate level maximizes long-run reproductive success. Moreover, the observed hump-shaped effect of fecundity on long-run reproductive success reflects the negative effect of higher fecundity on the quality of each child. The finding further indicates that the optimal level of fecundity was below the population median, lending credence to the hypothesis that during the Malthusian epoch, the forces of natural selection favored individuals with lower fecundity and thus larger predisposition towards child quality, contributing to human capital formation, the onset of the demographic transition and the evolution of societies from an epoch of stagnation to sustained economic growth.

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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 12:57
This is what I ought to be doing:  saving people by firing little blue balls of blazing energy, and knocking them down like ten-pins with my jacket.

Or so says my good friend Prof. Anomaly.  Fight!

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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 23:23

Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "political theatre"
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 09:30
1.  In the long run, all forecasts are dead.

2.  "I protest you!"  "No, I protest YOU!"  Or something like that.

3.  When ultimate frisbee is outlawed, only outlaws will play ultimate frisbee.

4.  But the pension funds were just SITTING there....

5.  The AVERAGE waist size for men is 40 inches?  I'm not sure that Angus, Ms. Angus, and the LMM together add up to 40 inches.  And I'm a fat man and my waist is 38 inches.  How can the average be 40 inches?  Good lord, people, go for a walk!

moremoremore!



6.  Is it sexual assault if the man is too drunk to withhold consent, and the drunk woman jumps him?  Yes, it appears. Amelapay makes a good point:  The idea that men always want sex, and women never do, is pretty insulting to the idea of women as autonomous human agents.

7.  ACA was really a tax increase.

8.  Snail WIPED OUT by climate change!  But it "got better."  In fact, it thinks it will go for a walk.

9.  Climate marchers leave giant trail of trash in their wake

10.  Pabst-ovich!

11.  Bicyclists are just better people than the rest of us, and therefore should not have to obey the rules.  Saw one idiot on Brooklyn Bridge trying to ride his bike through Saturday tourist throng, yelling, "it's a bike lane!"  Something about the outside of a bike that inflates the ego of the inside of a man.

12.  I bet she was texting, too.  Darn multi-taskers....

13.  Descent into Barberism....

14.  A Coke, and a smile?


Headline:  "Armpit Hair Fire Causes Car Accident."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 13:18
OK people, here's the story of a "glass half empty" kind of guy. Your mission, as always, is to discern whether he's from Florida or Ohio.


A 60-year-old .... man is charged with calling 911 eight times in two hours to complain that he had food but no refrigerator.


Would a picture help?




Here's the source code.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "ain't got no t-bone, I don't fault the p..."
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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 12:58
I wear a colander on my head because........

freedom!?!?!??






Shawna Hammond says she did it to make a statement. Under Oklahoma laws, your driver's license picture cannot have shadows and your face cannot be obscured. The colander met the requirements.
Hammond is an atheist, but she told the department of motor vehicles that she is a "pastafarian." She says she believes no one should be forced into religious beliefs.

"For me the colander represents freedom, our freedom of religion and to whatever religion we prefer or even lack of religion," she said.

More here.

People, if crap like this can happen, why do we even have an official State Religion at all??

Hat tip to E.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "get free of the middleman, let freedom r..."
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 15:01
Here's the event:


Police called over Hot Pockets dispute


Your task is to decide in which of the two great states mentioned in the title, this epic adventure occurred (no googling)!

Answer is here.


The article is so unsatisfying to me. What was the nature of the dispute? Was one individual trying to force another to eat a hot pocket? Was it a two girls, one hot pocket situation? Was someone trying to shoplift a hot pocket?

I need more info, please.


Hat tip to DC
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "Florida or Ohio, pocket pool, pour hot w..."
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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 14:16
All over the interwebs, people are up in arms about Scottish independence, including a particularly hot take from LeBron this morning:

I wonder what all these people think of American independence?

Irish independence?

Indian independence?

Here is a good rule of thumb. England is a sphincter country. If you get a chance, run, don't walk, away.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "authoritarianism is a hell of an ism, gi..."
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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 09:00
1.  And his dog is named "Dog," I bet.

2.  Either the Millenials are weird, or I am.  Don't think we should rule out "B."

3.  Dread Pirate sunk by CAPTCHA.  Garrrrrrr......

4.  When does body hair become body art?  My answer would have been "Ewww!  Never!"  And as usual, I would have been wrong.

5.  Standardized tests can fix this?  Meaning, this?

6.  "What were you THINKING?....This is EXASPERATING!"

 7.  A guide:  "How to be Bill Murray."

8.  A brush with selfies....

9.  It takes a mentor.  As in, "Hey Mikie, He's so fine, talks to B**** All the Time!"

10.  Painfully cute.  And "you have to be demented to get married, anyway!"

11.  Why would you want a car?  You could have a full-time limo on demand, for $1m.

12.  I'm going to guess:  alcohol was involved.

13.  "Police saw a dreadlock sticking out of the dryer door."

14.  A small class is one that most students are not in.

15.  Sounds like a really, really bad reality show:  Grover Norquist goes to Burning Man.

16.  I am a bad person.  My evidence is that I find this amusing.   Or, at a minimum, interesting.  Is he serious, or trying to build (as he says) an on-line persona?  Case in point:  Is he trying to be clever?  Original?  Or can he really not spell "Cereberus"?  If Cereburus is his unique on-line persona...then here that is.

17.  The single oddest thing I have learned about animals since....since...well, since this. The very last fact is...wow.

18.  So, it is a 100-foot-long brat, or 200?  There is some confusion. Article title says 100.  But the bread is 200.  I want to know, now.

19.  Apparently, being an idiot is exhausting.

20.  Repel borders!

21.  Another year, another remarkably botched hurricane prediction.  No named storms.  The prediction was 8 to 13 named storms.  Unless there are more.  Or fewer.  Makes economists look like good forecasters.

22.  Asian Black Burger.  It may be good.  It does not look good.  Just looks too burnt. Although I have to suggest that if this panda would eat "Black Burgers" instead of bamboo, it might be easier on her teeth.

23.  A lesbian woman and a woman with a freakishly outsized behind conduct a battle to see who knows more words for "bottom" following a video in which a man compares his manly parts to an anaconda.  Not for the faint of heart.  Neither is this.  Ellen does her best to respond.

24.  We kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.  So I guess this dinosaur-hippo would have made it past the velvet ropes.

25.  The pup would prefer NOT to leave, thank you.

26.  All about that bass.  When I saw this in print, I actually that it was about fishing.   Why is it okay for women to be so obsessed about bottoms, but if *I* look at one it's all bad?

27.  If this can happen, why do we even have a state in the first place?  Indignities piled on top of offenses against nature.

Headline:  Mysterious Men Dropping From Helicopters...









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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 13:22
People, this is EXACTLY how Mungowitz tends the pin when you golf with him.

EXACTLY.

Every time.

Sure it seems cute, but believe me, it gets pretty old by the 5th hole.


Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "golf fixes everything, neck beards are t..."
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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 13:11
Let me start out by saying I can't imagine how much it would suck to work your butt off, go through grad school, get an advanced degree, and then end up teaching as an adjunct for $2000 / class with no benefits, no job security, and if the situation persists for more than a couple of years, little hope of getting a tenure track position.

But basic economics gives us a reason why the pay is so low and the benefits so miserly:

THE SUPPLY OF ADJUNCTS IS LARGE RELATIVE TO THE DEMAND FOR ADJUNCTS

The real culprits here are indeed universities. Not the ones that hire adjuncts at low pay, rather the ones who continue to recruit students and turn out MAs and PhDs into a market with little demand for them.

Even though universities are seemingly hiring more adjuncts than ever, adjunct wages are not rising because the supply is expanding just as much.

If schools couldn't fill their teaching schedules at these low prices, then they would have to raise the offered wage.

The problem of adjunct abuse will only be resolved by reducing the excess supply of advanced degree holders.

People, if you expect to get an academic job out of grad school, investigate the job placement records of the programs you are considering. When you pick an advisor, investigate the job placement record of that faculty member.

Don't settle for anecdotes. Get the real, full, data. And be realistic. If they "always place their top students" realize that it might not be you (and that the definition of "top student" may simply be the one who got a job).

When you think about how to spend your time during your graduate program, think about what activities will make you more attractive to academic employers (hint, it's probably not your transcript).

In my field of economics, that means get some teaching experience and try to get at least one publication before you hit the job market. The less prestigious your school, the more important this self-certification of quality becomes.
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 16:20
I'm sure that you don't have to be an aggressive authoritarian leftist to be Prez at Berkeley.  But apparently it does help.

Ken gives details, and counterarguments.

Ken had me at:

Pardon my incivility, Chancellor Dirks, but I don't give a shit whether you wish to honor an ideal; I care whether you will comply with the law. If you don't, you should be compelled to do so at the point of a lawsuit. You will find litigation rather uncivil.

Whee! 

Nod to Angry Alex...
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "the rule of law is a mighty thin reed"
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 12:07
1.  Pole-ing firm.

2.  Predictions from people who don't know much about a phenomenon that no one understands.  My guess is that this is no better than The Farmers' Almanac.  Except for the sea-level rise predictions.  Those are at least objective (except the amount of the rise).

3.  Investors take long position in nuclear.

4.  For the health-conscious tail-gater.  Wait, Jell-O?  Never mind.  For the UNconscious tail-gater.   Jell-O shots!  Whooooooooooooo!

5.  All about speed humps and shaving.  But it's about traffic, not dating.
moremoremoremore....




6.  I bet all 43 of them were unmatched.  So THAT is where the socks go...

7.  This is a terrifying woman.  I actually think her desire to cover her face should be subsidized.  I'd contribute.

8.  In Soviet Russia, Sponge Bob watches YOU!

9.  Folks voted FOR police militarization before they voted against it.  And in fact, they STILL haven't voted against it.

10.  If you have to pay more money than the amount you will make, you are not actually making money.  It's an accounting identity.

11.  An ex-UberX driver, on why he's "ex."

12.  The unicorn state and "Net Neutrality."

13.  The Munger Test, in script form.

14.  These links are often odd.  But this may be the singlest oddest thing I have seen on the internet.

15.  Doctors can fix that.

16.  Art of Manliness:  1948 Back to College Guide.

17.  Walking on water....

18.  Surely this picture was doctored, or the angle is strange, or something.  Cause Neel looks like a Conehead.

19.  That ain't workin'.  That's the way you do it.

20.  This is fantastic, in every sense of that word.  But the best part is that this guy is trying to make profits by selling books.  Wheeeee!

21.  Who says econ is not a predictive science?  John Cochrane successfully predicts the existence of copatient.com....

22.  Oh...we thought you said JACOB Hacker wanted to look at it.  Our bad... 

23.  Football is a game.  A CON game.

24. To Protect and To Serve.  Actually just To Protect.  Really, just forget it and obey my commands.

25.  A prayer, a Thayer, and a player

Headlines:

Radioactive Wild Boar Roaming the Forests of Germany.  There's not much more to the story.
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