Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Change in car safety has been dramatic since 1950. Remember that when wingnuts call for government to get off of their backs.

Marginal Revolution: Progress

Sunday, September 27, 2009

New England Foliage Map

Fall in New England

New England Foliage Map - Yankee Foliage - Your Source for New England Fall Foliage


Profile of what makes a good trader. This could be about any one of the principals of quant trading firms by only changing a few details:
- Discipline
- Understanding of probability
- Willingness to take bets.
- Ability to lose money.

Philadelphia Magazine:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A brilliant healthcare speech

Should be watched in full.

Delivering a brilliant healthcare speech - Credit Writedowns

[Our predecessors] knew that when any government measure, no matter how carefully crafted or beneficial, is subject to scorn; when any efforts to help people in need are attacked as un-American; when facts and reason are thrown overboard and only timidity passes for wisdom, and we can no longer even engage in a civil conversation with each other over the things that truly matter – that at that point we don’t merely lose our capacity to solve big challenges. We lose something essential about ourselves.

That large-heartedness – that concern and regard for the plight of others – is not a partisan feeling. It is not a Republican or a Democratic feeling. It, too, is part of the American character. Our ability to stand in other people’s shoes. A recognition that we are all in this together; that when fortune turns against one of us, others are there to lend a helping hand. A belief that in this country, hard work and responsibility should be rewarded by some measure of security and fair play; and an acknowledgement that sometimes government has to step in to help deliver on that promise

Cheating In The Context Of Marriage And Coase | The Distributed Republic

Cheating In The Context Of Marriage And Coase | The Distributed Republic

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The Evolution of Divorce

"now that the institutional model has lost its hold over the lives of American adults, sex, children, and intimacy can be had outside of ­marriage. All that remains unique to marriage today is the prospect of that high-quality emotional bond -- the soul-mate model. As a result, marriage is now disproportionately appealing to wealthier, better-­educated couples, because less-educated, less-wealthy couples often do not have the emotional, social, and financial resources to enjoy a high-quality soul-mate marriage."

The Evolution of Divorce > Publications > National Affairs

Boston Review — Malpractice

Dean Baker's proposal for healthcare reform.

Boston Review — Malpractice