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The Hardcopy of the Third Edition is Available on Amazon
Here With a beautiful cover by David Aiello, based in part on an idea by Anarchei. And it has just been the subject of two posts by my favorite blogger .
The Hardcopy of the Third Edition is Available on Amazon. Here. With a beautiful cover by David Aiello, based in part on an idea by Anarchei. And it has just been the subject of two posts by my favorite blogger. posted by David Friedman @ 12:10 AM 0 comments ...
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Wow!  Brilliant cover!
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Why Does Highway Construction Take So Long?
I live near the connection of two major interstates, 880 and 280, and frequently take it. Work has been going on to improve the connection for quite a long time; the project was approved in 2011 and under construction as least as early as 2013. Most of the ...
I live near the connection of two major interstates, 880 and 280, and frequently take it. Work has been going on to improve the connection for quite a long time; the project was approved in 2011 and under construction as least as early as 2013. Most of the time the resulting constriction is only ...
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+David Friedman CalTrans latest boondoggle: Bay Bridge Crack-up Continues
http://www.mygovcost.org/2015/03/18/bay-bridge-crack-up-continues/
So here’s how it all adds up: $5 billion in excess costs, plus 10 years, equals an increasingly troubled bridge. And as Rep. DeSaulnier told reporters, “it’s frustrating that there’s never been anyone in the management of the bridge who has been held accountable.”
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Turkeys come from the New World, so don't meet the requirement of 15th c. ingredients. And anyone who thinks that people in the past couldn't make sharp knives should take a look at a samurai sword.
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Exploiting my Thirty Minutes of Fame
Someone recently posted, somewhere online, a picture of me playing World of Warcraft while listening to a talk at the International Students for Liberty conference last weekend. It got quite a lot of attention, including, I am told, "over 5,000,000 click ra...
Someone recently posted, somewhere online, a picture of me playing World of Warcraft while listening to a talk at the International Students for Liberty conference last weekend. It got quite a lot of attention, including, I am told, "over 5000000 click rate and 10k SHARE" in China.
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You're a Warcrack user? Interesting.
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Should I Throw Out Books?
I do not like to throw things out and my house has a full basement, so from time to time I pack things for which I have no use, now or in the foreseeable future, into plastic boxes, label them, and lug them down to the basement. That includes old magazines,...
I do not like to throw things out and my house has a full basement, so from time to time I pack things for which I have no use, now or in the foreseeable future, into plastic boxes, label them, and lug them down to the basement. That includes old magazines, obsolete computer gear, and books.
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Prof Friedman- Please  check yiour blog on fundamentalism and Evolution.  I have an observation there which may be of interest.
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It does not demonstrate the greenhouse effect. Assuming the experiment is done correctly it shows that CO2 absorbs more of the light than air does. But the greenhouse effect depends on selective absorption--absorbing more of the long wave length light coming up from the Earth than the short wave length coming down from the sun. This experiments gives us no information about that.

If the CO2 absorbed all frequencies equally, the effect of absorbing incoming light and reradiating some of it up would balance the effect of absorbing upward light and reradiating some of it down.
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+Nathan Scott "looking at Bob's google+ profile it appears he has a habit of getting into arguments that he doesn't understand then to recover he tries to attack the intelligence of others.". ......................................................................... I beg to differ, sir. In nothing that he posted was he rude or condescending. He merely tried to explain the physics behind the experiment. He never made an 'ad hominem' attack to prove his point, unlike you. ....

 If you do not believe his explanation, then there is a simple way to test it. Just block the upper part from the bottle with cloth, so that no light reaches the 'air part' and only the water is able to absorb the light from the lamp. See what happens then.
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For Law Schools: A Modest Proposal
American law schools suffer from two serious problems, one old, one new. The old problem is the inconsistency between their practice, driven by institutional self-interest, and the moral beliefs of their faculty. The new problem is how to deal with the shar...
American law schools suffer from two serious problems, one old, one new. The old problem is the inconsistency between their practice, driven by institutional self-interest, and the moral beliefs of their faculty. The new problem is how to deal with the sharp decline in law school applications ...
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Moral Beliefs???? How...archaic.
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My First Novel: A Belated Comment
Reading occasional Amazon comments on Harald , my first novel, I am struck by the tendency of readers familiar with my nonfiction to assume that the novel is intended as an argument in favor of libertarianism. It is not.  In the novel, I portray three diffe...
Reading occasional Amazon comments on Harald, my first novel, I am struck by the tendency of readers familiar with my nonfiction to assume that the novel is intended as an argument in favor of libertarianism. It is not. In the novel, I portray three different societies in the novel, ...
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Redit AMA planned for this Wednesday
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About Me. My Photo: Name: David Friedman. 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. View my complete profile ...
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+Neike Taika-Tessaro  OMG you blocked Reddit too!? I know it's SO addictive!
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Wanted: A Better Shower Controller
Taking a shower this morning I was struck, not for the first time, by how badly designed the mechanism for controlling the temperature is. Turn it a little to the right and the shower is uncomfortably hot. Turn it just a little back to the left and it is un...
Taking a shower this morning I was struck, not for the first time, by how badly designed the mechanism for controlling the temperature is. Turn it a little to the right and the shower is uncomfortably hot. Turn it just a little back to the left and it is uncomfortably cold.
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+Clayton Neff, I think all the major brands have thermostatic valves now, but those two companies have been at it the longest. Personally, I've used a number of Hansgrohe valves (both in the higher-end lines and in the more consumer-oriented, lower cost, lines). Some don't have two separate knobs (one for temperature and one for volume) per se, but rather have a single control with different motions for temperature than for volume, but even those will let you set the temperature once and just use the volume-controlling motion forevermore without messing up your temperature setting. All the Hansgrohe products I've used have worked very well.

In the higher-end systems, the plumbing is a little different than traditional hookups, or at least you think of it differently. The hot and cold supply pipes go to the thermostatic mixer valve, which outputs the mixed water full-blast. You run pipes for that full-blast mixture to a number of volume control valves, one for each feature. That lets you control the flow through each feature separately (like a shower head, a rain head in the ceiling, body sprays in the walls, a hand-held spray, or whatever).

The traditional way has the hot and cold going to a combination control (both volume and temperature) and a "diverter" that sends the water either to the tub or to the shower. You can't control the flow volume separately, you just "divert" (route) the flow to whatever output you want on.
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Better than Facebook
For many years I spent a lot of time in conversation and argument on various Usenet groups. Eventually Usenet began to fade, with groups losing members and activity, and I shifted much of my online interaction to Facebook and G+.  Facebook has an enormous p...
For many years I spent a lot of time in conversation and argument on various Usenet groups. Eventually Usenet began to fade, with groups losing members and activity, and I shifted much of my online interaction to Facebook and G+. Facebook has an enormous population and a lot of different ...
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Hmm, maybe I'll try 'em too, then.  I generally never read comments anywhere.

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... except apparently I read 'em on Google+.  Go figure.
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Word Processor Advice Wanted
I have been trying to get the third edition of Machinery of Freedom done and have encountered problems coming from what appear to be bugs in Microsoft Word 2011 Mac. They include: My sections have the headers set up as different first page, different odd an...
I have been trying to get the third edition of Machinery of Freedom done and have encountered problems coming from what appear to be bugs in Microsoft Word 2011 Mac. They include: My sections have the headers set up as different first page, different odd and even pages.
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I have successfully avoid MSW for decades now (except to open email attachments). Though it became difficult when MS bribed Corel to take WordPerfect Mac off the market, and OS X stopped supporting OS 9. Initially I made do with Mariner Write for little things and Mellel for big things; I currently use Apple Pages 4.3 (I can't use the more recent versions). Nothing is ideal.
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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.
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  • Harvard University
    Chemistry and Physics, 1961 - 1965
  • University of Chicago
    Physics, PhD, 1965 - 1971