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“Beer and Bacon Battered Deep Fried Doritos”
  13 Jan 2013     6:51 am

You can sign me up.

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“How we’d really deal with an Armageddon-sized asteroid”
  13 Jan 2013     6:20 am

“Hint: We probably wouldn’t nuke it“.

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“Seven Tenets of Liberalism”
  12 Jan 2013     6:38 am

Left as an exercise for the reader:
Conservatives in politics and in the media and on the web are generally nuanced and back their positions with serious arguments.  Liberals in politics and in the media seem to settle for emotional appeals and namecalling.  The liberals I know aren’t like that, but the public voices of liberalism are.  Why the difference?  Why does simplistic namecalling work on the left, managing to attract the votes of moderates as well as those of true believers?

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“My Dog: the Paradox”
  12 Jan 2013     5:55 am

Excellent. (Link via Mike Munger.)

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“The 50 Coolest New Businesses In America”
  6 Jan 2013     6:41 am

I’m not sure whether it’s good news or bad news that half of them are food-and-drink related.

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“This is the Real Meaning of ‘Bipartisanship’”
  6 Jan 2013     6:25 am

Economist Michael Rizzo:
Yes, so no tax internet shopping harms some local retailers. The solution? Harm the internet retailers too. That’s government in one lesson. Hobble everyone.

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“2012’s Definitive List Of Unusual Baby Names Will Destroy Your Soul”
  5 Jan 2013     6:28 am

Sad or funny, you decide.
GIRLS
Ace - It’s bad enough when people name a boy Ace. Ace the boy has long bangs and the world’s most punchable face. Ace the girl is stuck with a name that screams out to the world, “Daddy wanted a boy, and he wanted that boy to be a fighter pilot.”
. . .
Thinn - Don’t be fatt!
. . . 
BOYS
Aero - Again, you can feel the strain. “I want my son to be bold, and strong, and a leader! I got it: I’ll name him THRUST.” You aren’t doing a …

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“The Great Schism in the Environmental Movement”
  5 Jan 2013     6:17 am

Article argues that at least some Greens are becoming a lot more reasonable. Good news, if true.

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“The Gold Standard”
  30 Dec 2012     6:39 am

Joe Posnanski:
These are the 32 players who were elected first ballot with at least 86 percent of the vote.*

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Two more reasons–among many–why the U.S. shouldn’t imitate France
  30 Dec 2012     6:28 am

“The French Really Are Les Misérables“.
In France, 48% of the people considered themselves either living in poverty or on the way to living in poverty.
“In Paris, Effortless Chic Lives On“. “Chic”?! Nah.

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“Are Apple and Google in Race for North Carolina’s ‘Black Gold’?”
  29 Dec 2012     6:37 am

Manure. Pig manure, that is.

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“Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Hollywood Are Ruining Women”
  29 Dec 2012     6:15 am

Camille Paglia goes off.
It’s staggering that 22-year-old Taylor Swift earned $57 million and Katy Perry $45 million. How is it possible that such monumental fortunes could be accumulated by performers whose songs have barely escaped the hackneyed teenybopper genre?

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“Atari Teenage Riot: The Inside Story Of Pong And The Video Game Industry’s Big Bang”
  23 Dec 2012     6:42 am

When I mention Pong to my undergraduates, they have no idea. When I mention it to my MBAs, they laugh.

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“The Collapse of Startups in Job Creation”
  23 Dec 2012     6:21 am

Tim Kane for the Hudson Institute. Discouraging. Three samples:
“Since 1977, newly born companies usually create a net 3 million jobs per year,
but the most recently released data report as falling to 2.34 million in the year 2010. The
Commerce Department will not release annual 2011 or 2012 data until after the election,
but we can see that quarterly figures for startup job creation have continued to weaken.”
“The average rate for entrepreneurial job creation under the previous three presidents was 11.3, 11.2, and 10.8 [in new U.S. companies per capita] respectively, but under …

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“The 10 Things In Economics That Everybody Should Know”
  22 Dec 2012     6:40 am

This list gets about 2.5 out of 10 correct. A better list:
1. People want far more at zero prices than they can possibly produce: goods and services have been, are, and almost surely always will be scarce.
2. People respond to incentives.
3. The cost of doing something is the value of the next best alternative foregone. (On the list.)
4 Sunk costs are sunk. (Or, sunk costs should be ignored in making decisions.)
5. Voluntary trade is mutually beneficial. (On the list.)
6. Market s are least-cost allocatiion mechanisms.
7. Future cash flows are worth less than …

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“The Hunt for Genghis Khan’s Tomb”
  22 Dec 2012     6:18 am

Maybe they’ve finally found him.

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“These Are The 13 Rules Of Gunfighting Everyone Should Know”
  16 Dec 2012     6:47 am

Here’s one:
The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

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Diversity: do as I say, not as I do
  16 Dec 2012     6:16 am

Diversity, as practiced by Ivy League faculty and staff.
Diversity, as practiced by the editorial board of the Washington Post. (These two links viaInstapundit.)
Diversity, as practiced by Silicon Valley.

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“Reforming California: Easier said than done”
  15 Dec 2012     6:41 am

You can say that again.
For the last couple of years, some of the state’s most influential business titans and elder statesmen have taken time off to grapple with the mess in Sacramento.
Former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Condoleezza Rice, Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt, Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad and other heavyweights have all attended an effort known as the Think Long Committee for California, which is focused on squaring away the years of mismanagement from Sacramento and conflicting mandates from citizen initiatives.
They haven’t gotten very far.

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“Study reveals secrets to Sir Alex Ferguson’s success”
  15 Dec 2012     6:10 am

Sir Alex gets a Harvard Business School case study.
Bonus: one of the all-time great goals by a Man U. player.

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