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Hey, what's the use of public spending if it doesn't pass through the maximum possible number of sticky fingers before arriving at its "intended" destination?

Private foundations, however, should definitely consider this point.
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Still looking under the lamppost...
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This is why tenure exists. Bravo Prof. Lewis!
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How did I know when I first heard about this that Whitlock would be the only journalist in the nation to get this right?
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So true! Actually I think many more [non-violent] "infractions" should be civil rather than criminal matters. The classical objection to this is that then only the wealthy will be protected, but as Greenspun points out only the wealthy enjoy the protection of our current system. The least they could do is pay for it themselves.
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That which most of us predicted, is now come to pass.
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It's tempting to be sympathetic to his dilemma, but I'm not.
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This is awesome. They are proactively attempting to correct a manufacturing problem for customers who haven't even noticed it. Also they're telling the whole world about it. I'm so happy with my Surly, and I look forward to the day I have enough spare cash to buy another.
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Hear, hear! A small portion of these hundred students may be cheats, but most of them were trapped and scammed by a poorly-planned poorly-run course. Prof. Lewis has a nuanced, strategic, complete understanding of the purpose of the institution, which one seldom finds in administrators or younger professors. (Hint: education is about more than never admitting that a professor screwed up.)
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I love the comparison. In general, my rule about the future is: don't credit doomsday scenarios. Rationality breaks down in regions of noncontinuous payoffs. Because we can reason effectively about gradual trends, that's what we should do. (Lamppost hehehe.)

Speaking more specifically, the real entitlement problem is not Social Security, but rather Medicare plus whatever-the-hell we're adding in 2014. Even that wouldn't be a problem if healthcare costs were growing at a predictable rate that was not too much greater than productivity growth for the overall economy (because after all, shouldn't every additional bead of sweat wrung from the brows of the proletariat be transferred forthwith to the physicians and drug companies?). Alas, we don't live in that world. Based purely on measurements from the recent present, we know that costs are increasing unsustainably. We don't have to build a computer model to see the trouble we're in; pencil and paper suffice.

As for the climate, I've been talking up Siberia and Canadia for a long time. The Russian people are dying out; by 2100 southerners will face little resistance colonizing the erstwhile taiga. Asteroids have caused extinctions through climatic shocks, but in every case most biomass survived. Whatever we're doing, it's not going to be a Chicxulub. If the tropics really are growing less hospitable, the people who live there will notice, and move. If they don't notice, then maybe the computer models need a bit of work.
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