Saturday, August 3, 2013

Las Vegas tab dump

In Vegas for a weekend with my sweetie after a long run at work, but, yet, still there are open tabs needing to be passed along. Herewith.

This post almost precisely summarizes our view of climate change and the ineptitude of greenie policy prescriptions to address it. Why is it germane? Because it calls out lefty chrony capitalism, one of our big sore spots.

A list of the top "aspirational cities" in the United States. What are they?

A city at its best, wrote the philosopher RenĂ© Descartes, provides “an inventory of the possible.” The city Descartes had in mind was 17th-century Amsterdam, which for him epitomized those cities where people go to change their circumstances and improve their lives. But such aspirational cities have existed throughout American history as well, starting with Boston in the 17th century, Philadelphia in the 18th, New York in the 19th, Chicago in the early 20th, Detroit in the 1920s and 1930s, followed by midcentury Los Angeles, and San Jose in the 1980s.

Yes, the great rule of aspirational cities is that they change over time, becoming sometimes less entrepreneurial, more expensive, and demographically stagnant. In the meantime, other cities, often once obscure, suddenly become the new magnets of opportunity.

Old media death spiral: The Boston Globe sells for less than a Red Sox outfielder.

More on the astonishing surge in Texas oil production.

Oops, we're heading out. More later.


  1. About that sale of the Globe by the NY Times - I love that the Times is so quick to tell Americans how to run the economy, yet they manage to engineer a 93% loss on the sale of their own investment?

    Tell me again why we should be listening to the Times?

  2. It is always a good idea to know one's enemy! More seriously, one always benefits from knowing the arguments against one's own positions. Indeed, if you do not understand the other side's best arguments, do you truly understand your own opinion? Always read contrary views, and the sharper the better.

  3. You might want to peruse Kent Scheidegger's...critique...of a recent NYT editorial about an execution.

    It helps as much to understand the nature of the opposing opinion when that opinion is utterly incompetent or dishonest as it does to understand its content.

    Eric Hines


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