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*Exact Thinking in Demented Times*
Where?, I hear you asking.  No, that is the title of a new book by Karl Sigmund and the subtitle is The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science.  I enjoyed this book very much, though I don’t recommend it as a balanced introduction to its chosen...
Monday assorted links
1. Another Alpha Zero masterpiece, this video is nine minutes long. 2. Is serialism one of the hot genres of 2017? 3. Was Goethe basically a pain? 4. Could the Mayans predict meteor showers? 5. Are Bitcoin options what we really need?  And, how Bitcoin futures are going....
Are corporate jets a waste of money?
Almost certainly not: While shareholders have strong incentives to limit value-destroying perquisite consumption, it is challenging to identify such perquisites. Many corporate assets that enable forms of perquisite consumption also provide operational benefits. Corporate...
Occupational licensing is a barrier to interstate migration
…we find that the between-state migration rate for individuals in occupations with state-specific licensing exam requirements is 36 percent lower relative to members of other occupations. Members of licensed occupations with national licensing exams show no evidence of...
New Zealand fact of the day
…a recent report by Yale University concluded the country is suffering the highest rate of homelessness in the developed world with 40,000 people, nearly 1 per cent of the population, living on the streets or in emergency housing or substandard shelters. …“The big change in...
What is up with the new Brexit deal?
Most of the Tories are happy they found a semi-workable version of the deal.  They pay a big divorce bill to the EU, have a long transition period, opt for “regulatory standardization with the EU” for the whole UK, as enforced by the need to avoid a hard border in Ireland,...
Sunday assorted links
1. Is Spotify leading us to the new Muzak?  I fear yes, how 2017 is that? 2. “By the end of my first year in China, I feel as if I am a one-person FDA.” 3. Does algorithmic trading reduce information acquisition? 4. Are avocado injuries a thing of the past? 5. Yet more...
Switzerland is Prepared for Civilizational Collapse
More than any other country, Switzerland’s ethos is centered around preparing for civilizational collapse. All around Switzerland, for example, one can find thousands of water fountains fed by natural springs. Zurich is famous for its 1200 fountains, some of them quite...