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Doing Something
A recent news story has a presidential candidate flirting with the idea of building a wall along the U.S. border—the northern border. His explanation: Walker has long said that securing U.S. borders, especially the southern
border with Mexico, is not only ...
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I want to see them build a wall through the wastelands of Northern New York. Do they have any idea how deep the snow gets here? What's gonna stop somebody from stepping over a 10' wall when the snow is 8' deep?

How are they going to build a wall through the St Lawrence River? Dig pylons into the riverbed to support it? They need to learn the lesson of the first New York and Ottawa bridge over the St. Lawrence -- the first one fell down because the pier wasn't actually built on bedrock, instead an underwater sand bar.

How are they going to secure Lake Ontario? Lake Erie? The stupidity goes on and on and on.
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Robert Heinlein, Cell Phones, and Police
Somewhere, Heinlein comments that predicting the direct effects of technological change is relatively easy. What is harder is predicting indirect effects. His example was the automobile. He argued that it had a substantial effect on sexual behavior by givin...
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I suspect that people may well have guessed this, based on how the increasing prevalence of television journalism affected perceptions of war differently in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. 

Whether they actually did guess it, I'm not sure; I can't think of any particular fiction or essays on the subject apart from the aforementioned stuff by +David Brin, who may have other references in mind.
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Looking for an Honest Man
I believe I have shown that John Cook, lead author of the
article commonly cited for the claim that 97% of climate scientists support
AGW, has lied in print about his own work. My argument assumed that Cook et.
al. 2013 was itself honest, but other people h...
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How to Make Economics Fun
I'm currently in Cincinnati, where I gave a talk to an audience of the teachers, high school and college, who grade the AP Econ exam. It was about how teach economics in ways that will get and hold the attention of students. It occurred to me that some read...
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Sweet! Did you get answers? :)
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A Record for LAX
I am currently sitting in LAX en route from San Jose to Cincinnati, where I am giving a talk. I have concluded that LAX holds a record. It is the worst marked airport in the world. It's true that I have not actually been in all of the world's airports so th...
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We accidentally ended up with a 8 hour overnight layover in LAX en-route to San Francisco a month ago.  Somehow, despite planes flying out of the terminal on occasion overnight there was A) absolutely nothing open, not any food/drink vending machines between midnight and 5 am B) Security  closed without any real notification that it would do so, so the poor smuck who went outside for a smoke had to do some elaborate terminal hoping to get back in for his flight that left before the security opened again.... 
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Sounds great. The one thing I have been unable to figure out from the spec sheet is whether it will handle 80 lb cardstock or not.
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I found a Staples that had one on display, copied something onto cardstock with no problem, bought it, set it up. The paper tray is a bit skimpy, which might be a problem for people who print larger quantities than I do, but it looks nearly perfect for my purposes.
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It Could Be an Interesting Election
A recent story claims that Bernie Sanders is planning to drop out of the Democratic race and run as an independent; he has denied it .  Donald Trump has said both that he would and would not consider running as an independent. If one runs and the other does...
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+James Salsman You'd have to ask them. You may want to start with their FAQ.
http://www.predictwise.com/faq
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Medieval Myth
On an entirely different topic ...   Given my historical interests, I have long been struck by how inaccurate popular conceptions of the Middle Ages are—summed up in the historically obsolete label of "Dark Ages." My usual example is the myth that medieval ...
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Thomas Bradwardine and his partners, the Oxford Calculators of Merton College, Oxford, distinguished kinematics from dynamics, emphasizing kinematics, and investigating instantaneous velocity. They formulated the mean speed theorem: a body moving with constant velocity travels distance and time equal to an accelerated body whose velocity is half the final speed of the accelerated body. They also demonstrated this theorem—the essence of "The Law of Falling Bodies"—long before Galileo, who has gotten the credit for this.[15]

In his turn, Nicole Oresme showed that the reasons proposed by the physics of Aristotle against the movement of the earth were not valid and adduced the argument of simplicity for the theory that the earth moves, and not the heavens. Despite this argument in favor of the Earth's motion, Oresme fell back on the commonly held opinion that "everyone maintains, and I think myself, that the heavens do move and not the earth."[16]

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_science_in_the_Middle_Ages
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Judging Outside Your Expertise
Judging Outside Your Expertise I have just been involved in a lengthy exchange on Facebook over my criticism of the claim that warming on the scale projected by
the IPCC for 2100 can be expected to have large net negative consequences. The
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Dear TSA: Give Up Already
According
to multiple news stories, tests of TSA security by Department of Homeland Security
red team agents found that 95% of simulated bombs and weapons were missed by
the TSA inspectors. That suggests that the considerable costs and hassles
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The Israelis get security right because they have to.
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A Test for Truth
I have been reading an interesting account of how conscription was ended in the U.S., focusing on my father's role. Near the end of the process, President Nixon established a commission headed by Thomas Gates, a former secretary of defense. Martin Anderson ...
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Torture and Revealed Preference
One of the latest episodes in the war against ISIS was a raid by U.S forces that killed a leading figure and captured his wife. According to news stories, the intent was to capture Abu Sayyaf, believed to play a major role in financing ISIS via black market...
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They surely hope to get information out of him. There are many different techniques for getting information; Army field manuals and the FBI will tell you that torture is much less effective than other methods.

I don't see how capturing him is information that they intended to torture him. Somewhere within our opaque, dishonest government is hidden a current practical consensus on whether torture is a good idea, and it must have a lot to do with whether the middle managers think it's plausible that they will be hung out to dry this time around.

Given that the President has actually come out and said that torture is forbidden, it seems hard to believe that a high-profile captive would be tortured directly by Americans, though of course the practice of delegating torture to more openly monstrous governments is not ruled out.
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I am an economist who teaches at a law school. I also write books, maintain a blog and web site, argue with people online, cook from very old recipes, do a certain amount of medieval/renaissance woodwork and jewelry, tell medieval stories around a campfire, ... .
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    Professor of Law, present
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I am an academic economist who teaches in a law school and has never taken a course for credit in either field.
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I'm an academic economist, teach in a law school, have never taken a course for credit in either field.

Interests include poetry, medieval cooking, science fiction and fantasy, computers, and much else.

I also write books.

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Helped rear two of the world's most wonderful children. Both home unschooled.
Education
  • Harvard University
    Chemistry and Physics, 1961 - 1965
  • University of Chicago
    Physics, PhD, 1965 - 1971