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Entries from July 2009

Dead On

July 15th, 2009 · 5 Comments

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Tags: Random Cool Link

A False Gotcha

July 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Quinn  Hyler is very eager for someone to press Sonia Sotomayor about how differences in judging may stem from inherent physiological differences. I hate to disappoint him, but there’s a thoroughly boring answer he could have unearthed himself with about ten seconds of research. The line originates in a speech Sotomayor gave that was exclusively […]

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Tags: Law · Science · Sexual Politics

Who Ogles the Oglers?

July 13th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Perhaps you caught some of the weekend’s silly fuss over a photo that apparently showed Barack Obama scoping out a callipygous Brazillian teen at a youth conference. If so, you probably also noted that the full video of the scene captured in the picture pretty unambiguously shows that the president was doing no such thing—though […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance

Optimizing Casino ATM Charges

July 13th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Tyler Cowen wonders: Should the service fee by high or low?  It could cut either way.  A low service fee encourages withdrawals and thus gambling, which is profitable for the casino.  A high service fee takes in money from the desperate and those with high time preference. It was $4.99.  (Of course that is n […]

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Tags: Economics

Digital Signalling

July 13th, 2009 · 13 Comments

Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, and James Wolcott are all fretting over how we’ll broadcast the wonderful stuff we’re reading and listening to in the age of the Kindle. By my lights, it’s gotten a lot easier to do this where it matters. Sure, the random folks you’re sharing a subway car with won’t see you’re […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Sociology

A Palin Thought Experiment

July 13th, 2009 · 12 Comments

After a bout of initial confusion, at least some Palinistas have come around to the view that the Alaska governor’s resignation is actually a canny maverick move after all—or at any rate, have gotten in enough time practicing in front of the mirror that they’re able to say so straightfaced. But I find I can’t […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media

The Warrantless Wiretap Report

July 10th, 2009 · No Comments

I’ll have plenty to say soon enough, of course, but in the interim, The Washington Independent has lots of solid coverage.

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Tags: Uncategorized

Racism. You Know, for Kids.

July 10th, 2009 · 22 Comments

Mother Jones flags as “Racist Outrage of the Day” a report from a Philadelphia swim club that rescinded a deal to let minority kids from an inner-city summer camp use their pool, apparently in the wake of complaints from members. From the original report: “I heard this lady, she was like, ‘Uh, what are all […]

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Tags: Science · Sociology

The “M” is for “Marketing”

July 9th, 2009 · 37 Comments

Your daily emetic:  Try to make it through this load of pap–a “manifesto” for “Generation M”—without bringing your lunch back up. A tiny sample: Dear Old People Who Run the World, My generation would like to break up with you. Everyday, I see a widening gap in how you and we understand the world — […]

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Tags: Economics · Journalism & the Media

32 Flavors… of FREEDOM

July 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Via Peter Suderman, I find Tyler Cowen indulging his inner David Brooks with a brief taxonomy of libertarians: 1. Cato-influenced (for lack of a better word).  There is an orthodox reading of what “being libertarian” means, defined by the troika of free markets, non-interventionism, and civil liberties.  It is based on individual rights but does […]

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Tags: Libertarian Theory