‘Clunkers,’ a classic government folly – The Boston Globe

September 2, 2010

When all is said and done, Cash for Clunkers was a deplorable exercise in budgetary wastefulness, asset destruction, environmental irrelevance, and economic idiocy. Other than that, it was a screaming success.

Powerful indictment.

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Department of Awful Statistics: Small Schools Edition – Business – The Atlantic

September 2, 2010

Victory: math!

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Bre Pettis | I Make Things – Bre Pettis Blog – The Cult of Done Manifesto

August 31, 2010

I swear this poster has meaning. But you have to visit the link. HT soleio.

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Marginal Revolution: LA Times Ranks Teachers

August 20, 2010

We cannot simultaneously claim, however, that teachers are vitally important for the future of our children and also that their effectiveness should not be measured.  As systems like this become more common students will benefit enormously and so will teachers.


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Dos Equis by Kaws

August 18, 2010

Cool vid.

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Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good

August 16, 2010

A natural flavor is not necessarily more healthful or purer than an artificial one. When almond flavor — benzaldehyde — is derived from natural sources, such as peach and apricot pits, it contains traces of hydrogen cyanide, a deadly poison. Benzaldehyde derived by mixing oil of clove and amyl acetate does not contain any cyanide. Nevertheless, it is legally considered an artificial flavor and sells at a much lower price. Natural and artificial flavors are now manufactured at the same chemical plants, places that few people would associate with Mother Nature.

More than you ever wanted to know about the flavor industry.

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Game Theorist: The costs of protection

August 14, 2010

there is this episode of This American Life. If you are a parent — over-protective or not — you will be surely driven to despair about the first story of a child who grew up effectively in restraints. Not physical ones but extreme boundaries

Couldn’t agree more. maybe these links should be aggregated. For those few of you following at home, is today too noisy?

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