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Anyone want a talk near London near July 2nd?
I am going to be giving a talk for the IEA in London on July 2nd. Is anyone else in the general area interested in a talk? "General area" includes anything within a few hours of London, further for people prepared to provide an interesting audience and pay ...
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Tinder in the 19th Century
The Rev. Joshua King, called in, and examined. “You are clergyman
of the parish of Bethnal-green ? ” “ The rector of that
parish.” … "Is the manner
in which those houses are conducted particularly disorderly ?" “I have reason
to believe it is; the Seven Sta...
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Another Planned Parenthood Controversy
Some time back, Planned Parenthood was accused of selling fetal organs. The organization denied the charges and it seems clear that at least some were exaggerated or false. It was, for some time, a high profile controversy. I have recently come across anoth...
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I don't see that it would be necessary to tell anyone if you got a negative test result. The question is whether you should be required (legally or morally) to tell a sexual partner that you got a positive result.

I don't know enough about the subject to guess how serious the consequences of delaying treatment by a year or two would be.
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How To Lie While Telling the Truth: Part II
My previous example was an attack on religion. This time it is a defense of AGW catastrophism. It has long been known that increasing the concentration of CO2 increases the yield of C3 plants, including most crop species. The usual estimate is that doubling...
My previous example was an attack on religion. This time it is a defense of AGW catastrophism. It has long been known that increasing the concentration of CO2 increases the yield of C3 plants, including most crop species. The usual estimate is that doubling CO2 concentration, roughly what is ...
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+David Friedman I got some expert advice on it and will wait a while to talk again. It appears to be quite as difficult a problem as what is driving it. Thanks for the links tho. It's all helpful even if you and I don't agree on interpreting the DOE position.
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Not a Conspiracy
Someone on the FaceBook Climate Change group asked a reasonable question: I'm trying to understand this big conspiracy everyone keeps hinting at,
but never explains, now lets say AGW is a complete Hoax and Obama has
somehow tricked the world to help him t...
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It's very simple. The answer is: socialism.

The end goal is to destroy capitalism. That's what the whole thing is about, it's the only thing it's about, and it's the only thing it has ever been about. 
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Trudeau and Putin: Ideology vs Interest
Warmth is, on the whole, a good thing when you are cold, a bad thing when you are hot. Generalizing to nations, the countries most likely to benefit by global warming are ones close to the poles. The habitable area of Canada, for example, is a narrow strip ...
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No, +Martin Lewitt, the numbers have been cooked world-wide.

I remember reading a year or two ago that every single weather station in Pakistan has had its data altered.

Now, if they've altered the historical weather data for Pakistan, then it's a safe bet they've altered it everywhere else as well.
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The Pleasure of Primary Sources
My most recent blog post was a byproduct of research for a chapter on 18th century English criminal law, a snippet from a several hundred page report by a parliamentary committee written in the early 19th century. The report is full of interesting stuff. Th...
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SWAT Raids, Search Warrants, Perjury, and the Criminal Law
Two recent posts on the Volokh Conspiracy blog described a controversy over a no-knock SWAT raid based on a search warrant based on evidence of a visit to a gardening store and the presence of used tea leaves—described in the application for the warrant as ...
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thank you
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Report from a Sample Size of One
I recently put up an essay with information that may be of use to male readers over forty.
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Very useful.
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Something I wrote some years back:

Places I Cannot Go

Almost I could drive it in my sleep
Over the bridge, and past the mothballed fleet
Almost two hours, left on one thirteen
Third exit right, left, left, right, left and park
Beside the swimming pool. But if I went
To the back door, not even if I brought
My daughter with me, whom she loved as well,
(As anybody would) would she be there.
 
Boston is farther, most of a day’s flight,
A house there where, for more than half my life,
I’ve spent my New Years. Board games. Lots of food
And conversation. But she died last night.
The party may go on a year or two
Or three on memory, but Marian
Who crafted it, and many things besides,
Tea parties, woven baskets, and a house
Of good repute—a label she denied—
Will not be there.
 
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How Can Law Be Enforced Against the Executive?
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office concluded that the Obama administration violated a  “clear and unambiguous law.” A recent post to the Volokh Conspiracy blog argues that a 2014 prisoner swap was blatantly illegal, in violation of a statute r...
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Why am I seeing ads on this Blog?
I have never arranged for any advertisements here. But sometimes recently, when I click on a post, I get a timed ad and have to wait some seconds. I have no idea what is going on. If any of my readers observe the same thing and can figure out where the ad i...
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Okay, then I hit the Back button on that garden club, and this time I saw an ad on your page. It was a full-screen ad for adoption. It stayed there for 10 seconds (with a countdown), then went to a blank page. There's no back button for me to return to where I was, so I can't inspect the code that your site sent me.
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  • Harvard University
    Chemistry and Physics, 1961 - 1965
  • University of Chicago
    Physics, PhD, 1965 - 1971
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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.
Introduction

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.
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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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