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A lawsuit waiting to happen


This and more in today's PhotoBleat.

Market morality

While researching the "living wage" debate, I came across this old Paul Krugman article, written five years ago. He makes an interesting observation towards the end: Read more »

Quote of the Day

Having things may not make you happy. Getting things may not change you inside.

How is not having things going to make you happy? How is getting rid of things going to change you inside?

The value of PhD's, part II

Susanna Cornett at cut on the bias replies to Jonathan's post on the value of PhDs, describing her rationales for getting one and taking a bit of an exception to what she thinks Jonathan's point was with regards to value:

I have to say, though, that it all sounds quite reasonable to me. Or, as I said to my brother, "in the context he's discussing, it has a lot of utility", when you're talking strictly about obtaining a job like the ones your professor has.

Human capital lacking in Energy infrastructure

(via Asymmetrical Information)

No Watermelons explains that simply "investing in the infrastructure" isn't going to get quick results, because most of the physical and human support infrastructure for energy generation has either been scrapped, gone to other fields, or retired/died. Oops. Read more »

The value of a written constitution

Continuing a train of thought regarding constitutions that I'd written about back in June, I point everyone to Randy Barnett of the Volokh Conspiracy, who writes about why a written constitution is valuable, from a legal perspective: Read more »

Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

I met a traveler from an antique land

Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,

And on the pedestal these words appear:

Cool website and blog

My previous entry about the New Horizons mission to Pluto was inspired by a couple of emails. A private response to an email list posting led me to a cool website and blog. Keep up the good work Kirsten!

Pluto Mission Dead

Before going off on vacation, Congress decided to not fund the New Horizons mission to Pluto. As a space buff I'd like to see the mission fly. A 2006 launch allows the mission to use Jupiter for a gravity assist, shaving years off the travel time. There are a lot of things about Pluto that we do not know and a mission to Pluto would give us an excellent opportunity to learn a great deal about our solar system.

As a man of clear and simple morals I can not support government funding for the mission. Read more »

Baude v. Barnett

Will Baude of Crescat Sententia fame grills law prof and Volokh conspirator Randy Barnett with 20 Questions.

Not quite as exciting as Stalin vs. Hitler, I must say.