Tomorrow is Father's Day
Have you noticed that many stores have
Ain't competition grand?
Economics and the mid-life crisis have much in common:
Both dwell on foregone opportunities
C'est la vie; c'est la guerre; c'est la pomme de terre . . . . . . . . . . . . . email: jpalmer at uwo dot ca
One good thing about getting rid of mandatory retirement is we won't have so many emeriti going through graduation.Someone else said that we'd have just as many but it would be deferred for a few years.
Not if they die or get too sick to show up.Now that Ontario is getting rid of mandatory retirement, I'm staying 'til I'm 90.
I'm sure there are many others who should also be considered. Please let me know so I can nominate them and I won't have to sit through so many bleeding-heart liberal interventionist elitist diatribes next year!
Digression: At one point, I had to control myself to keep from bursting into laughter when Lalonde said,
....having lived for many years in both the public and the private sectors, I have no hesitation in saying that our politicians as a whole compare very well with our society as a whole...
I guess he doesn't think very highly of "our society as a whole."
I know, it's out of context. But I prefer it this way.
The uninsured have at their disposal a safety net, namely the public hospital network: This in fact constitutes a sort of informal hospital insurance. Even the uninsured can obtain health care. The Congressional Budget Office writes that "many people without insurance have access to at least some sources of health care, either through public hospitals, community health centres, local health departments, or Department of Veterans Affairs facilities." OECD researchers have made a similar observation: "Local governments, in conjunction with states, play an important role in financing the so-called safety net providers (e.g., county hospitals) that serve the indigent."She goes on to point out that gubmnt spending per capita on health care in the U.S. is greater than it is in Canada, and that total spending (because people can buy private insurance and private health care to top up the gubmnt funding) is much greater.
These facts are illustrated by a letter last year from Susan W. Weathers, a doctor in Texas, to the Wall Street Journal. The Canadian system, she explained, "resembles the county hospital where I work. Our patients pay little or nothing. They wait three months for an elective MRI scan and a couple of months to get into a subspecialty clinic. Our cancer patients fare better than the Canadians, getting radiotherapy within one to three weeks. The difference is that our patients are said to have no insurance (a term used interchangeably with no health care) whereas Canadians have 'universal coverage.'"
All told, the U.S. spends more on public health care than most large western countries. Public health care spending as a proportion of GDP is 6.6% in the U.S., ninth among the 30 OECD countries, and just after Canada's 6.7% of GDP. Moreover, per capita government spending is higher in the U.S. than in Canada - $2,364 compared to $2,048 at purchasing power parity, based on OECD data.If these facts are correct, bring on more privatization, please!
...your learning days are from over... . Western has not provided you with answers to all questions.
The university is about the free exchange of ideas; we welcome those who disagree with our decision to honour Henry, and we did everything we could to work with them.
I dislike abortion, and I am firmly opposed to late-term abortion, but I think the anti-globalization policies promoted by people like Maude Barlow, who received an honourary doctorate here on Tuesday morning, have caused more death and misery throughout the world than all the abortionists in the history of the universe.
Limited resources + Unlimited Wants = Scarcity; and scarcity necessitates choice [i.e. trade-offs].One of my favourite concepts in the economic analysis of law is the distinction between property rules and liability rules. I love teaching the classic article on this distinction, by Calabresi and Melamed. Trade-offs does a great job of explaining this material, without a lot of tedious detail or introductory build-up, on pages 72-73. The entire section from page 68 - 78 provides a very nice, intuitive introduction to the economic analysis of property and tort law.
Before too long... the experts were called in to discuss the solution to the problem, even before anyone knew precisely what the problem was.Terrific!! This man is a true economist!
... [H]ad I been asked for my professional opinion during the early hours of the blackout, ... I would have raised only one question: What is the optimal blackout rate?
I was home during Christmas break one year, after just completing the first half of an economics and law course. That course greatly affected the way I thought about economics.I was his professor in that course, along with Stan Liebowitz. Damn, that really warms the heart.
Not all Canadians hate George W. Bush, contrary to the received wisdom. There is a secret underground society of Bush fans (three and a half of us, at last count) in Canada. How do I know this? It started with a T-shirt an American friend of mine gave me earlier this year. It has a big "W" on it, next to a wee American flag and an "04."Add fiscally conservative, and I'm with her on much of this.
To clarify, I am a Bush fan, in the way Woody Allen's character, Mickey, in Hannah and her Sisters, wanted to become a Roman Catholic. Mid-existential crisis, Mickey tells a priest that some aspects of Catholicism entice him, but he would prefer to join the "against school prayer, pro-abortion, anti-nuclear wing" of the church. That's how I feel about Bush and his Republican party. I support the against school prayer, pro-war on terror, pro-war in Iraq, pro-war in Afghanistan, pro-pressure on tyrants, pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, pro-death penalty, thumb-your-nose-at-the-UN wing. And, on a human level, I like Bush, who seems to genuinely like and respect women -- a refreshing break from his predecessor.
... recently, an older, 1960s leftover lady I had shared friendly chitchat with asked me if my T-shirt was a joke. I told her no. She looked dubious and told me she was "very far left." "How fun for you!" I said. Days later, she introduced me to a friend of hers. "This is Rondi," she said. "She likes George Bush." She then paused, before saying, desperately trying to convince, "But she's very nice!" I was tempted, in turn, to introduce her to people thusly: "This is Peggy. She's a leftist." Pause. "But she's not always illogical, infantile and myopic!"I regret to inform my friends who have asked that I do not have pictures of the t-shirt.
Read more about it at the Christian Science Monitor [thanks to BenS for the link]
CANNES, FRANCE – Twelve months after Michael Moore scooped Cannes' top award with "Fahrenheit 9/11," - a scathing indictment of the Bush adminstration's handling of the war in Iraq - a very different movie director screened a very different view of the war at the world's premier cinematic gathering.
Director Hiner Saleem did not win the Golden Palm this year. But his film "Kilometre Zero" created a good deal of buzz at the competition...
"We're free! We're free!" two Iraqi Kurdish exiles shout exultantly as they hear the news of Saddam Hussein's overthrow on April 9, 2003. "We're free! We're free!"
That joyous reaction to the invasion of Iraq is not likely to go down well with the European audiences who idolized Mr. Moore. But Mr. Saleem, an Iraqi Kurd, is equally worried about being adopted as a standard-bearer by the war's supporters.
"My film is not the opposite of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' because I don't judge George Bush or the United States," Saleem says. " I judge Saddam Hussein and I simply say he was a monster."
In fact, the controversial ending was tacked on to the original screenplay to give the film more currency, for fear that foreign audiences might find the central story line too distant. Most of the film - about a young Kurdish man press-ganged into Iraq's war with Iran in 1988 - explores the suffering and humiliation that the Kurds experienced at the government's hands.
The movie follows Ako from his village in the Kurdish mountains to the front line near the southern Iraqi city of Basra, and then back again when he is assigned to escort home the corpse of a fallen comrade.
Nearly all, but not quite.There were about 15 or 20 graduating students whose faculty is having its ceremony tomorrow morning, when Henry Morgentaler is receiving an honourary degree, but these students were given the option to graduate a day early if they didn't wish to graduate in the Morgentaler ceremony.
The scandals in the Oil for Food programme are being ignored and/or hushed up; U.N. peace-keepers have at times had less-than-honourable behaviour; and the U.N. bureaucrats have carefully insulated themselves from anything and anyone requiring accountability. If it is to survive as an institution, it must clean house, starting at the top.And now the Globe and Mail (via the Associated Press) is saying that a memo reveals there is a good chance that Kofi Annan knew about his son's scandalous behaviour.
Given the nature of the U.N. bureaucracy, I'm not at all sure things would be any better with anyone else in the position.
Investigators of the UN's oil-for-food program said Tuesday they are “urgently reviewing” new information that suggests UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan may have known more than he revealed about a contract that was awarded to the company that employed his son.
The December, 1998, memo from Michael Wilson, then a vice-president of Cotecna Inspections S.A., mentions brief discussions with Mr. Annan “and his entourage” at a summit in Paris in 1998 about Cotecna's bid for a $10-million(U.S.)-a-year contract under the oil-for-food agreement.
The result of the price war was, surprise! that some people were binge drinking in bars. To solve this binge-drinking problem [there was no indication that anyone presented any evidence that it was more of a problem],
The PEI [Prince Edward Island] Liquor Control Commission has introduced minimum prices for alcoholic beverages in an attempt to cut down on binge drinking at bars.
A recent price war among some Charlottetown bar owners had resulted in beer and shots of hard liquor going for as little as $2. At one point, some were selling a shot of liquor for $1.
The commission has introduced minimum prices of $2.85 for a beer and $2.35 for a shot.I am willing to bet a $1 beer that the bars were strong supporters of this policy. Surely the PEI Liquor Control Commission could have obtained the same result by raising taxes on alcoholic beverages. The way they did it, though, increases the business values of existing bars and liquor licenses.
She was addressing a convocation for the Faculty of Education. In Canada, these folks have all earned degrees in some other discipline and must compete to gain entry into this post-degree programme. But I really worry when the professors teaching there would invite someone like her as their honourary degree recipient. Interventionist elitism motivated by moral superiority is anti-intellectual. As one person wrote to me after yesterday's rant,
I also received some other, even less-flattering descriptions that I won't put on the blog.
She's not very bright (that's my third iteration on that description, and by far the kindest). She reminds me of that character on The Simpsons who pops up at absurd moments saying "won't somebody think of the children?"
Of course the group is very happy to have the demand for its services increased, but it doesn't address the costs of the service, assuming that taxpayers will pick up the tab.
The New Brunswick Solid Waste Association wants the province to put a deposit on paper beverage containers, including takeout coffee cups.
It says the products should be recycled, not thrown in the garbage – or worse – tossed out the car window.
The university is also stealing your money by charging you $175 for parking every year and not providing you all with a parking space. Currently, there are four students for every parking space. Pardon my language, but that really sucks. Expect to immediately receive a 75% reduction in your parking fees. Next, I will build a parking deck on campus. When I am finished, you will be able to park there for free.I have two really serious problems with this.
I hope he retakes an intro economics course before becoming president.
Stephen Ayers of Disinterested Party has this to say about "free parking" in urban areas.
Maude Barlow, activist, author and policy critic, is an outspoken crusader for Canadian sovereignty and citizens’ rights. She is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizen’s advocacy organization. She is a best-selling author and a director with the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco-based research and education institution opposed to economic globalization.The anti-globalization folks have probably caused more death and misery in the world than the abortionists. And I have to sit through whatever drivel will spew forth in her address. I think I'll sleep instead.
Abstract (Document Summary)This is a standard tort case: somebody goofed. The questions that need to be addressed involve expected types of loss, the expected sizes of the losses, and the probabilities involved. It all comes from the "Hand Formula", enunciated in Carroll Towing. The analysis is also well-explained in Posner's text, The Economic Analysis of Law.
Staff at the front desk assured [Eileen Boulger] there would be nary a pinfeather in her seventh-floor room, but two days into her stay a maid accidentally replaced the hypoallergenic bedding with the life- threatening variety, according to Boulger's Manhattan lawyer, Ralph Drabkin.
The two weeks before the summer program starts is always a whirlwind of activity. First, there's the matter of offices. If I had my druthers, I'd load up a conference room with a couple dozen desks and stick all of the summer associates in there for the summer. Every few hours, I'd send an associate in to explain an assignment, and, Survivor-style, the last one to complete the task would be eliminated. It would keep the summer associates on their toes and let them feel some of the pressure that the young associates do. One of the things we do very badly here is make the summer stressful enough.And from the entry before that (about how "life coaches" are those who can't make it in the real world themselves):
I think it's very hard to work at a place like this and have integrity. The pressure to bill hours is too high. The pressure to cover up mistakes, to lie to clients, to create busy-work simply to enable more hours to be billed, the need to cut corners in order to maintain some semblance of control. But at least I know this. And I cling to the hope that this somehow makes me better than the people who don't. That somehow this means I would never take that final step, that one last step toward complete inhumanity. There's a check in the system. I know when I'm over the line. I do it anyway, but I know. On the other hand, maybe that makes me worse. But in either case, I don't need a life coach to tell me. And it's the ones who do need a life coach, for whom the life coach is really adding value, that I'm most frightened of. Because they'll do anything to get ahead, and won't even know just how evil they are.
Brown and his friends ...had emerged from the Cellar Bar and were surprised to encounter two mounted policemen.The idea of apologizing to a horse amuses me. Other than that, do you think maybe Brown is homophobic when sober?
Brown inquired, “How do you feel about your horse being gay?” of one of the policemen, stating that his colleague’s was clearly not gay. After repeated comments on the sexuality of his horse, and despite warnings from the policeman about his behaviour, Brown’s offer of an apology to the horse was rejected and he was handcuffed and taken by the officers to the police station.
As a photographer, I can admit to a fond affinity for this group [thanks to JohnH for the pointer].
At The Cloud Appreciation Society we love clouds, we're not ashamed to say it and we've had enough of people moaning about them. Read our manifesto and see how we are fighting the banality of ‘blue-sky thinking’....
Clouds that Look Like Things: Besides continuing to add members' beautiful photographs to our cloud gallery pages, we are very pleased to reveal more clouds that look like things. The current crop includes a camel, and elephant, a mysterious face and King Kong.
Before you wonder whether Kerr considered the expected incremental benefits, compared with the expected incremental costs, of cross-dressing in area restaurants, the answer is, "Of course he did." At least he behaved as if he made the comparison. Otherwise he wouldn't have done it. Thanks to JC for the pointer.
Jeremy D. Kerr is a sociologist [sic] who uses cross-dressing to make points about gender and society.
But Kerr, an adjunct who teaches at the University of Kentucky and who used to teach at Georgetown College, has been told by his department chair at Kentucky to stop cross-dressing in class, and Kerr has sued Georgetown, charging that he lost an adjunct position because of his cross-dressing in area restaurants.
Kerr was not available for comment.