New Statesman – The NS Interview: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

June 19, 2010

Why is your opinion of economists so low?
Being an economist is the least ethical profession, closer to charlatanism than any science.

Interesting.

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Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

June 17, 2010
“Human communities depend upon a diversity of talents, not a single conception of ability.”

Very good.

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Tea Time, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

June 16, 2010

Armey pointed out that [Tea Party Movement] folks tend to read and to think critically about what they read. This observation, which I have also noticed in my limited experience speaking to TPMers, is something that will be very hard for the Left to get its mind around. My guess is that at some point in the next year or two, the fact that the Washington crowd is not as intelligent as it thinks it is and the fact that the TPMers are more intelligent than the Washington crowd thinks they are will become evident in some dramatic way that forces changes in the mainstream media narrative.

I don’t read the mainstream media. And I don’t know much about the Tea Party, but I found this interesting.

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Schneier on Security: Filming the Police

June 16, 2010

The courts, however, disagree. A few weeks ago, an Illinois judge rejected a motion to dismiss an eavesdropping charge against Christopher Drew, who recorded his own arrest for selling one-dollar artwork on the streets of Chicago. Although the misdemeanor charges of not having a peddler’s license and peddling in a prohibited area were dropped, Drew is being prosecuted for illegal recording, a Class I felony punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison.

This is crap. Here for more.

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How to Afford Anything

June 10, 2010

My condo was so nasty that I cried when I moved in. It was awful, but it was a place I came to love as the years rolled on and I renovated it. It also meant I always had cash to burn on anything that really mattered. I also was where I wanted to live, far more important than in what you live.

Alas, Wade convinced me to live in a nicer apartment. From here on out, though I’m going the cheap route.

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Underwriting Errors Outlawed, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

June 10, 2010

Making a loan that subsequently defaults is known as a Type I error. Turning down a loan that will subsequently be repaid is a Type II error. In the past, the Congressional harpies have gone nuts over type II errors, accusing lenders of denying loans to minority borrowers and ruining the American dream. Now, they are going nuts about Type I errors.

Sad face.

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Noam Chomsky on Israel

June 7, 2010

I have to say, I don’t know many of Chomsky’s views, but dislike the domestic policy ones I’ve seen. However, Ben Casnocha is right that this is an example of excellent presence. http://ben.casnocha.com/2010/06/cool-calm-and-collected.html . I also find this convincing concerning Israeli policy.

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