How close to right are they? Can you use this in class?
Can your kids improve on this, or do something like it?
Oddly, Black Flag actually tracked down the follow up to the Keynes/Hayek video.
What do you think?
I haven’t seen anything this year (but I’ve not left the city,either).
There are a few spectacular shots of the Leonid meteors this year — got one you want to share?
Peak night was supposed to be November 17. Astronomy Magazine’s website holds out some hope that you might catch a few shooting stars on November 18. It’s worth a look, if you’ve got skies.
The Keynes piece featured excerpts of the YouTube video below — so I’m reposting my original post of the rap from a year and a half ago. It’s salient now, more than it was then. However, a post at the blog of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) suggests Keynes’s legacy is much greater than this series lets on. What do you think, Dear Reader?
This is really good.
It’s a pretty good rundown of the fight between Keynes and Hayek, conducted mostly after Keynes’ death in economics classrooms and central banks world wide.
Watch it, and hope for more soon, at Econstories, the blog of the guys who created the thing, John Papola and Russ Roberts.
- NPR story on the rap song and video
- PlanetMoney story on the video
- Roberts’ blog, Cafe Hayek
- Roberts’ podcast, EconTalk (at the Library of Economics and Liberty from the Liberty Fund)
- Economics as a Coordination Problem: The Contributions of Friedrich A. Hayek. by Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr., at the Library of Economics and Liberty; a discussion of the Keynes vs. Hayek issues
- Online Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (CEE) biographies, of Keynes, and of Hayek
It sure looks like a breach of ethics, but James Oliphant writes in the Los Angeles Times that there is no formal rule prohibiting a sitting Supreme Court justice from hobnobbing with a law firm set to argue a gargantuan case in a few months.
The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question of whether it would hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law, two of its justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, were feted at a dinner sponsored by the law firm that will argue the case before the high court.
The occasion was last Thursday, when all nine justices met for a conference to pore over the petitions for review. One of the cases at issue was a suit brought by 26 states challenging the sweeping healthcare overhaul passed by Congress last year, a law that has been a rallying cry for conservative activists nationwide.
The justices agreed to hear the suit; indeed, a landmark 5 1/2-hour argument is expected in March, and the outcome is likely to further roil the 2012 presidential race, which will be in full swing by the time the court’s decision is released.
The lawyer who will stand before the court and argue that the law should be thrown out is likely to be Paul Clement, who served as U.S. solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration.
Clement’s law firm, Bancroft PLLC, was one of almost two dozen firms that helped sponsor the annual dinner of the Federalist Society, a longstanding group dedicated to advocating conservative legal principles. Another firm that sponsored the dinner, Jones Day, represents one of the trade associations that challenged the law, the National Federation of Independent Business.
Another sponsor was pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc, which has an enormous financial stake in the outcome of the litigation. The dinner was held at a Washington hotel hours after the court’s conference over the case. In attendance was, among others, Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican and an avowed opponent of the healthcare law.
The featured guests at the dinner? Scalia and Thomas.
One wishes for some of the usual journalistic “balancing,” with someone to note who among the crowd represents the opposite side in the case, and someone else to note that the dinner had a lot of other sponsors. But one might get uneasy thinking that the usual journalistic balancing can’t be mustered here, and that Scalia and Thomas just don’t care about appearances of ethical violations, if they can get away with it.
Lower court judges have clear ethical guidance on the issue, counseling against such appearances:
It’s nothing new: The two justices have been attending Federalist Society events for years. And it’s nothing that runs afoul of ethics rules. In fact, justices are exempt from the Code of Conduct that governs the actions of lower federal judges.
If they were, they arguably fell under code’s Canon 4C, which states, “A judge may attend fund-raising events of law-related and other organizations although the judge may not be a speaker, a guest of honor, or featured on the program of such an event.“
Those rules do not apply to the nine people who sit on the nation’s highest court.
In those few times I lunched with Thomas and worked with him, when he staffed environmental issues for
Indiana’s Missouri’s Sen. John Danforth, I found him an agreeable lunch companion and smart, but a great idealogue. Had I known then what we all know now, I would have paid closer attention, asked different and sharper questions, and kept notes. And I might have dropped a few hints about history, and Caesar’s wife. Supreme Court justices should consider themselves wedded to the American republic, and act accordingly.
What do you think, Dear Reader? Was this a violation of ethics, even if not required by the rules that apply to Supreme Court justices?
Recent crackdowns on the mega-scale spammers cut spam intercepted by filters at a site like this one from several thousand per day to a few hundred, or even less. Until recently, most of that spam came from pornography sites. That meant that, with a few keyword searches of the mountains of spam, a weblog owner could separate out most of the bad stuff, and rescue the few legitimate messages that somehow ran afoul of the filters.
But, spam evolves. In the past month Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub fell victim to one or several bot programs that insert non-pornographic comments into messages from hijacked or legitimate, but commercial, e-mail messages. Our spam totals have crept upwards once again. We get a thousand spam messages one more than one day a week now. Because I hate to lose any legitimate comments, I try to sift through that stuff to find errors. It’s frustrating.
Today some poor bastard spammer’s machine broke down, and I got a comment in the spam filters that features many of the lines used by the bots — and you can see why spam filters might have difficulty with them. Below is the bulk of that comment, featuring dozens of spam lines. Instead of just one line that my spam filter would probably catch, I got — how many? — more than I bothered to count. It all came in one comment.
One might be struck by the inanity of the work displayed here. Some person, a thinking, breathing human being who probably hopes his or her children won’t hate him or her, bothered to write up all these bland, colorless lines, in hopes they would evade spam filters. What a waste of human effort. Oh, the humanity — or lack of it!
Can someone automate the process of purging these things from comments altogether? I can only hope. Here are the lines, for the record, more than 4,000 words intended solely to clog up the tubes of the internet and frustrate blog owners and blog readers.
The library of non-pornography spam
Submitted on 2011/11/17 at 10:31 am
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