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April 24, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1260403

Over at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth: As Thomas Piketty Day at the University of California at Berkeley comes to an end, we eat Hawaiian poke and sausage-stuffed mushrooms catered from the truly excellent Assemble, and watch the sunset over the Golden Gate from the ...


April 24, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1260402

Via Patrick Nielsen Hayden: Chip Delany: "Introduction" to Robert A. Heinlein: Glory Road: "What distresses one about the Heinlein argument in general...

when it is presented in narrative form, is that it so frequently takes the form of a gentlemanly assertion: 'Just ...


April 24, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1260401
Monday April 28, 2014: 12:30-2:00: Blum Hall: Plaza Level Economic Revolution: Song China and England Ronald A. Edwards Department of Economics, Tamkang University

Sponsored by the Berkeley Economic History Laboratory and the ...


April 24, 2014, 10:18 am, 1260328
(Scott Johnson)

When Brandeis University withdrew its invitation to honor Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I spoke with a knowledgeable source on campus who told me that Rwandan President Paul Kagame was scheduled to visit campus on April 23. I reported on the information provided by my source in “Brandeis ...


April 24, 2014, 8:18 am, 1260255
(Scott Johnson)

President Eisenhower was a master of calculated obfuscation. When it came to Nixon, however, Eisenhower’s views could be discerned with some clarity. He didn’t think much of him. In Nixon Agonistes, Garry Wills explains: “Eisenower’s periodic deflations of Nixon did not arise from mere vindictiveness. It ...


April 24, 2014, 12:18 am, 1260043
(Paul Mirengoff)

You might think that the takeover by the radical left of liberal arts instruction at American colleges and universities would be more difficult to accomplish at state institutions than at private ones. After all, state colleges depend on politicians for funding. And conservative to moderate politicians are ...


April 24, 2014, 12:18 am, 1260042
(John Hinderaker)

I think Scott was the first person I heard say that one day, the Supreme Court may rule the Constitution unconstitutional. That didn’t happen yesterday, when the court decided the Schuette case on a 6-2 vote, but it could have. The issue in Schuette was whether it ...


April 23, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1259948
(Paul Mirengoff)

A new poll by the New York Times has Sen. Mark Pryor 10 points ahead of Rep. Tom Cotton, 46-36. Even with that result, the RCP average (which includes three additional polls taken since February) has Pryor ahead by only 2.2 points.

Thus, the Times poll is, ...


April 23, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1259882

Over at the WCEG: Dirk Hanson: Drowning in Light: "William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal ...


April 23, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1259881

April 23, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1259800
(Steven Hayward)

The short video below captures our alleged secretary of state John Kerry in full.  He speaks about the “bipolar” world of the Cold War, but it really isn’t a very good idea for a person of his limited mental capacities to use the word “bipolar.”  More to ...


April 23, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1259799
(John Hinderaker)

I will be on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show this afternoon at 6:20 EST, 5:20 CST, talking about the epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer, which Hugh commented on here. If you are not sure where to find Hugh on your radio dial, you can listen online ...


April 23, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1259798
(John Hinderaker)

In Oregon, little-known Senator Jeff Merkley is running for re-election. His opponent is Dr. Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon. I don’t know much about Dr. Wehby, but she is playing for keeps. Check out this ad; it is pure dynamite:

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If Oregon ...


April 23, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1259797
(Steven Hayward)

I follow the stock market fairly closely, always have Barron’s on the top of my weekend reading pile, and, as a conservative, incline toward Benjamin Graham-style value investing.  But I never give stock market advice, even when friends ask.  That’s a good way to risk a friendship ...


April 23, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1259721

Over at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth: It's Piketty Day here at Berkeley. So let me note that Robert Solow has another good Piketty review:

Robert Solow: 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' by Thomas Piketty, Reviewed: "Inequality... has been worsening...


April 23, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1259722

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April 23, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1259640
(Steven Hayward)

The indefatigable Roy Spencer offers a roundup of Earth Day cartoons yesterday on his site DrRoySpencer.com, reminding us along the way that folks who drove their cars to tree-planting ceremonies undoubtedly released more CO2 than the tree will ever absorb, before inevitably dying someday and releasing ...


April 23, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1259639

Talk to the People

New York City Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia talks about egg, fish, and potato prices, the campaign against tuberculosis, and other topics...


April 23, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1259637

Econ 2: Spring 2014: UC Berkeley: Wednesday April 23, 2014 Office Hours Today POSTPONED to 1-3 PM Because of (a) Oral Exams and (b) Piketty Day...


April 23, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1259638

Over at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth:

@Steen_Jakobsen:

Fed - Realise we have been looking for higher rates in 2 yrs time every year since 2008!


April 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1259541
(Scott Johnson)

Barack Obama’s Auntie Zeituni died earlier this month. Michelle Malkin evaluated the legacy of Auntie Zeituni in a good April 11 column. It’s quite a story, told as only Michelle can tell it.

Today’s New York Times gives us Jason Horowitz’s Timesian take on Obama’s relationship ...


April 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1259540
(John Hinderaker)

I have often said that in order to understand how bad our economy truly is, you have to have children at an age where they and their friends are getting out of school and looking for jobs. After five years of ostensible recovery, the job situation is ...


April 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1259539

Abigail Nussbaum goes someplace that I think her best possible self would not:

Abigail Nussbaum: Asking the Wrong Questions: The 2014 Hugo Awards: Thoughts on the Nominees: "I am nominated...

...in the Best Fan Writer category! I want to congratulate my fellow ...


April 23, 2014, 8:18 am, 1259460
(Scott Johnson)

Tom Steyer disclaims any similarity to the Koch brothers, and we can agree with his claim to this extent: Steyer is a repulsive left-wing liar and hypocrite while the Koch brothers are paragons of virtue. That’s not what Steyer means though.

Unfortunately, the Washington Post — a ...