Links for December 6, 2010: On Private Roads, Truffles, and Fiji Water

December 5, 2010
  • The case for private road management is not that difficult to follow.

  • For now, though, Harper’s verdict remains in place: $750 for each of the 37 songs at issue, or $27,750.

  • "Fiji: You can't get any further away before you start coming back." ~Truman Burbank

  • Good reporting from Mother Jones today, this one from its facebook wall: Fiji’s government junta destroys one of the counrty’s most popular exports through taxation.

    Bainimarama said if no resolution is forthcoming, he “will call for international tenders from credible and reputable private sector companies to extract this valuable resource.”

    We’ll see about that….

  • White truffles [were on display last Sunday] during the traditional annual truffle auction in Alba, northern Italy, where a 900-gram white truffle was auctioned for €105 million ($143.58 million) to a Hong Kong buyer.” (Global Times, 18 November)

    Willing seller, willing buyer. The poor, huddled masses will have to settle for green giant mushrooms, sliced and canned.

  • Granted the auction proceeds were for charity, but what other food can bring in so much money and attention? What is it exactly that makes the white truffle so special?

    Emphasis Added.

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    Links for July 19, 2010: To Stimulate or Not To Stimulate; What Police Can Do; much, much more….

    July 18, 2010

      Paul Krugman: Boost aggregate demand! Muahahaha!!!

    1. It’s good to hear Krugman speak and respond to questions. The thrust of this discussion is that the opposition to the stimulus is a visceral reaction, not an intelligent one. Although some guests early on questioned the empirical efficacy of the stimulus, we did really not hear from any Thomas E. Woodses or any Peter Schiffs who maintained, in quite an intellectual fashion, that the stimulus is simply bad economic policy. Krugman remarks toward the end that he doesn’t see stimulus jobs as “makework” jobs. I do not understand how this position can be honestly defended alongside the position that we now need government to “boost aggregate demand”, i.e. create demand where none existed before. What is the purpose of the stimulus if it is not to “make work”? If these were not “makework” jobs, we would do them anyway. We would not need an economic crisis as a pretense for passing $700 billion spending bills. For a response to the assertion that Roosevelt’s slashing of the deficits caused a recession in 1937, see this. For a response to the assertion that World War II spending lifted the U.S. economy out of the depression, listen here, starting at 32:17.  Read the rest of this entry »


    A Big Last.fm Music Survey

    June 26, 2010

    This one comes to me from my cousin, Angie:

    Name your top 10 most played bands on iTunes (Or Last.FM):

    1 Play
    304
    2 Play
    231
    3 Play
    225
    4 Play
    195
    5 Play
    170
    6 Play
    161
    7 Play
    148
    8 Play
    131
    9 Play
    129
    10 Play
    128

    A still image from "The Geometry of Circles".

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6 (Philip Glass)?
    I think Philip Glass music is, like, hard-wired into the human brain at the time of conception.  Everybody knows that sound.  I didn’t know it at the time, but Philip Glass actually did the music for a series of Sesame Street sketches called The Geometry of Circles.  It must have been the first.  Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for 2010-02-17: LAPD Harasses Sidewalk Food Vendors, Learn Marx’s Capital via Podcast, others….

    February 18, 2010
    1. reason.tv | Taco Truck Takedown! Why is the LAPD harassing food carts?

      Forty-five days in jail for selling hot dogs? And you thought this was a "free" country…..

    2. LibriVox | Capital Volume 1 by Karl Marx

      The real deal? Das Kapital in a free audiobook podcast.

    3. David Harvey.org | Reading Marx's Capital

      Ooh! A 13-part video podcast on Das Kapital. Can't watch now, but my comments will surely follow! Read the rest of this entry »


    links for 2010-02-15

    February 16, 2010
    1. ACLJ | The Parade of Horribles

      Imagine if everyone exercised their religious liberty. What a horrible world that would be, right? Sekulow asserts that the Satanists and the Wiccans already have a right to meet for religious purposes. This is the same Jay Sekulow who neglected to mention that the Mojave Desert Cross case began when the federal government denied a Buddhist's request to erect a shrine on federally owned land in the vicinity of the cross. Instead, Sekulow carried on as if the horrible, godless people of America attacked the Christian Cross without provocation. Again with the borderline dishonesty.

    2. ACLJ | Context of the Ten Commandments

      I find Sekulow's assessment of the proper context within which to display the Ten Commandments very interesting. I thought he was going to say that if you were teaching theology and you have up quotes and laws from other religious texts, then it should be no trouble to post the Ten. Instead he believes there should be no trouble with the law if the Ten are posted alongside the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. This is an example of the belief that the Ten Commandments is among America's foundational documents. Despite its influence among our nation's founders, I would not categorize it that way.

    3. NYDailyNews.com | Queens girl Alexa Gonzalez hauled out of school in handcuffs after getting caught doodling on desk

      Queens police have nothing better to do, I guess. Read the rest of this entry »