(Late) Monday Smackdown/Tuesday Hoisted Idiocy: Embarrassingly Poor Legal Reasoning from Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler

The Wayback Machine: From Ten Years Ago: July 20-July 26, 2006

Peabody and sherman original Google Search

  • The Invisible College http://www.bradford-delong.com/2006/07/the_invisible_c.html 2006-07-25: I would like a larger college, an invisible college, of more people to talk to, pointing me to more interesting things. People whose views and opinions I can react to, and who will react to my reasoned and well-thought-out opinions, and to my unreasoned and off-the-cuff ones as well. It would be really nice to have Paul Krugman three doors down.... The political scientists are too far away to run into by accident — somebody like Dan Drezner would be nice to have around (even if he does get incidence wrong sometimes). Over the past three years, with the arrival of Web logging, I have been able to add such people to those I bump into — in a virtual sense — every week. My invisible college is paradise squared, for an academic at least...
  • More Sheets of the Birdcage Liner that Is the Washington Post http://www.bradford-delong.com/2006/07/more_sheets_of_.html 2006-07-24: The Bartender at the Whiskey Bar provides more servings of the Orwellian prose of the Washington Post's Tom Ricks.... "Here's Tom Ricks writing about the 4th Infantry Division in July 2006: 'In the late summer of 2003... the 4th Infantry was known for aggressive tactics that... alienated large parts of the population.... Its indiscriminate detention of Iraqis filled Abu Ghraib prison, swamped the U.S. interrogation system and overwhelmed the U.S. soldiers guarding the prison.' Washington Post 'It Looked Weird and Felt Wrong' July 24, 2006.... Tom Ricks writing about the 4th Infantry Division in January 2004.... 'Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon by a video connection from Tikrit on Thursday, Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of the 4th Infantry Division... said that insurgents had been "brought to their knees" and reduced to a "fractured, sporadic threat".' Washington Post 'A Measure of Success in Iraq' January 23, 2004 Keep up the good work, Tom." Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?...

  • The Snarky Little Professor http://www.bradford-delong.com/2006/07/the_snarky_litt.html 2006-07-26: Very well done: "The Little Professor: How to Write a CoHE "First Person" Essay: A Handy Multiple-Choice Guide: While the CoHE has printed its share of worthy essays in the 'First Person' section, there is nevertheless a certain type of essay--melancholy, sulky, or otherwise gloomy--that frequently elicits strong reactions of a not altogether positive nature. This evening, while on a break from executing Anne Boleyn, it occurred to me that we could save future writers for the CoHE considerable time and effort by supplying an easy-to-follow guide..."

  • Department of "Huh?" http://www.bradford-delong.com/2006/07/department_of_h.html 2006-07-21: Greg Mankiw writes.... "I am always surprised when I see economists compare wages and productivity using wage measures that exclude fringe benefits. Theory says that productivity should determine total compensation, not cash earnings." As a presumed target, I have to ask "why?".... I... thought that everybody knew that (except at the very top end) differences between growth rates of wages and salaries and growth rates of real compensation were relatively small. We have pretty good data on short-run and medium-run movements in average hourly wages and median usual weekly earnings. We have pretty bad data on benefits. We know that average total compensation grows about 0.4% per year faster than average wages and salaries, and that the gap is smaller--0.2%?--at the median. Yes, it would be very nice, it would be better to have median weekly real compensation. But we don't. So why not use what we have got?...

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