Quick hits (part II)

1) NC legislative Republicans are happy to see NC cities bear the brunt of the direct fallout from HB2 because they hate cities.  Of course, that’s only because they don’t actually understand that the cities drive the NC economy.

2) Bernie is further behind in total votes than in total delegates.  I think there’s a good argument that matters.

3) Great Rob Schofield piece on how NC government has become the worst hybrid of Ayn Rand and Franklin Graham.

4) I haven’t seen much national coverage of the student protests at Duke University, but dare I say it almost strikes me as a movement looking for a pretext.

5) How Republicans are plotting economic disaster?  Easy– see Louisiana and Kansas and repeat.

6) Brokers are no longer allowed to scam you on your retirement investment.  Hooray!  What’s appalling is that they have been able till now and just how hard they fought against this change.  Drum with a good take.

7) Anybody who ever needs a recommendation from a professor, bookmark this.

8) Good, sad essay on the murderer (a Jihadist) of the author’s father being celebrated in Pakistan.

9) We so need to pay state legislators so much more in so many states.  It really is as simple as this analogy:

In an op-ed published in January, the amendment’s sponsor, Terry McMillan, argued that a volunteer legislature has its limits. We tend to prefer a professional fire department to a squad of volunteers, he said — why don’t we feel the same about the people in our government?

10) Yes, yes, yes we should have automatic tax returns.  Why don’t we?  The venal cynicism of those who hate government and want you to hate paying your taxes combined with all the money at stake in the tax preparation industry.  Ugh.

11) New Yorker cartoon editor has fun with gluten-avoidant whiners.

12) Drum with a nice summary of the issue of publication bias.  Given my own history in academia, this certainly deserves a full post with my further thoughts on it.  Some day.


13) Vox on how our Libya intervention really was a success.

14) Sure taxes are high in Sweden.  But they are not that high, and what you get is more than worth it.

15) On what a “theory” really means in science.

16) On the budgetary “pillaging” of America’s great public universities.

A type of delusional thinking seems to convince American policymakers that excellent public colleges and universities can continue to be great without serious investment. As the former Secretary of State and Stanford University provost Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein, the former New York City schools chancellor, wrote in a Council of Foreign Relations report, higher-education investments are a form of national security at least as important as direct investments in bombers, military drones, missiles, or warships. In other words, these education investments have a very high payoff for states, the nation, and the larger world.

All this amounts, arguably, to a pillaging of the country’s greatest state universities. And that pillaging is not a matter of necessity, as many elected officials would insist—it’s a matter of choice.

17) Nice set of myths and realities about Trade.

18) Hooray for this judge who does not send people to jail for being poor.  If only there were more like him.  And, yes, just to be clear, we do have debtor’s prison in America.

Bernie in perspective

Hans Noel simply labels this “perspective” in a tweet today.  Yep.


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