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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 12:55
Man, Mungowitz knows me so well and trolls me so hard!

He pointed me to this Onionesque piece from the mighty Chronicle of Higher Education, requesting that journals please refrain from publishing papers written by grad students for (wait for it), THE GOOD OF THE GRAD STUDENTS!

I am not making this up. You gotta go read this piece.

Here's how I responded to Mungo when he befouled my Facebook feed with this drivel:

"LOL, sure let's ban the one thing grad students can do to empower themselves and keep them dependent on our recommendations and the rank of the school they attend. It has the side benefit of reducing competition in the publishing market too. Genius!!!!"

The argument, if you can call it that, is that students spend too much time trying to publish and not enough on their dissertation so they end up staying in grad school "too long".

And the only solution that occurs to the petitioner is to ban student publications.

I expect my students to publish AND finish their dissertations in 5 years. Many do. I work with them to make journal articles and the dissertation be complements, not substitutes. This is a common practice in economics and a fairly obvious solution to the alleged problem haunting the author of the Chronicle piece.

I've had some late blooming students who could benefit from a 6th year in terms of bettering their job placement, but since they will get some type of job anyway, I leave that decision up to them. It's a pretty tough call and I try to respect their decisions whatever my own personal take may be.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "higher ed, publish that thing, so proud ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 11:27

Nod to the LMM.

Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "tell me about your drugs, war"
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 10:00
1.  The sharing economy....with a paring knife and some mayo.

2.  This is about 3-4 miles from our house.  Bachelorette parties? 

3.  Another man who regrets using too much cologne.  Perhaps if he left the window down...or if he hadn't driven a bright red car....or if he weren't an idiot.

4.  Rent-seeking may be unavoidable.  But do we really need to promote it?

5.  Odious Rove:  The George Costanza of American Politics.


6.  Pro-Tip:  If you are going to have a big smile for your mug shot, you should have more than ten teeth.  

7.  The Richest Women in America.

8. The Cobra Effect.  A terrific video on incentives.

9.  That's not software, that's an illegal taxi!

10.  Bill Clinton gives a very sensible account of democracy, and media.

11.  Don't read this if you are squeamish.  It's about sashimi, and tapeworms.  Seriously, don't read it.  UPDATE:  Okay, so don't read it b/c it's a hoax.

12.  I'm pretty sure Ann Coulter is going to drown me.

13.  It is remarkable to me that people WATCH the MAP.  But as long as people want to watch it, it will be shown.  It's no stupider than this. And at least MAP is (mostly) unscripted. It was one of the first, and oldest, reality shows. On the other hand, the "scholarships" thing clearly requires that these ladies can't add very well.

14.  So, you have to ask, "How do you like it now?" at every "step"?  Reminds of the old joke about the optometrist on his wedding night.  "Do you like it better this way, or this way?"

15.  Lectures should not be scheduled near rush hour.  And keep 'em short.

16.  Caffeinated undies.

17.  New media prof bans laptops.

18.  Senator Mary L helps with keg stand.  I'm sorry, but this makes me like her a lot MORE, not less.

19.  Ow....that's going to leave a mark, I'm afraid.

20.  What makes women happy?  NOTHING.  Therefore, they must ruin football.

21.  Don't want elk sticking their giant noses into your private parts?  Then don't ban plastic bottles...

22.  What's with the lasers?  What is this supposed to mean?  If I search for "catdog laser" I find this.  Which leads of course to this.  And NOBODY wants that to happen.  (ow)

23.  Shyp.  From Laura Bliss at CityLab/Atlantic

24.  Chilling.

25.  I think that the point here is NOT that the sperm donor was black.  Rather, the sperm donor is NOT the one the customers selected.  Injecting race into the story is an additional factor, but it's not the key factor.

26.  You didn't get to keep your old plan.  You may not get to keep your new plan.

Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "links"
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Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 11:18
Very interesting interview with Milton Friedman.  On wanting to help people, and collectivism.

Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "economic policy"
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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 13:28
Here's two recent ones that really amazed and disgusted me

1. Meth charge dropped after only spaghetti sauce found on spoon

Here's the public defender describing the case: “From what I understand, she was a passenger in a car and had a spoon on her, near her, and I guess the officer, for whatever reason, thought there was some residue,”

I'd give you the cops' version but, "Attempts to obtain the original arrest report from the Gainesville Police were unsuccessful"

Now sure this seems pretty funny, but the woman was in jail for a MONTH AND A HALF! For no other reason that the cop thought she was a meth-head.

2. Before the Law: A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.

This kid was accused of stealing someone's backpack. couldn't make bail, wouldn't plead out. 3 YEARS LATER, the charges were dismissed!

3 YEARS, people.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Angus)" Tags: "I DO fault the police, legal plunder, th..."
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Date: Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 10:30
So, in Hong Kong, there are protests FOR democracy.

While in Colorado there are protests AGAINST it.  Interesting that when the left disagrees with the majority, then it's protest time.

How confusing.

(with thanks to Susan L.)
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "I guess some democrats don't like democr..."
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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.


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.
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "links"
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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 14:52

Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "sharing economy, videos"
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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
Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "got green?"
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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.

Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mungowitz)" Tags: "articles to read"
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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!


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........


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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