10.29.2014

10.28.2014

Israel vs International Law

Netanyahu vows to continue building Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem | Al Jazeera America:
Israel’s construction of settlements in East Jerusalem ..( ) .. is illegal under international law. 
If a Muslim country was doing this we'd be threatening to bomb the hell out of them.


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10.22.2014

Marriage

‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration by Andrew M. Francis, Hugo M. Mialon :: SSRN:
"In this paper, we evaluate the association between wedding spending and marriage duration using data from a survey of over 3,000 ever-married persons in the United States. Controlling for a number of demographic and relationship characteristics, we find evidence that marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony."

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Israel in the West Bank

Well, at least they're trying. The US has basically given up.

EU seeks talks with Israel over ‘red lines’ in West Bank - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz:

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10.18.2014

Terrorism in Context

CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Putting Terrorism Risks in Context:

Overall a decent post on the risks of terrorism but where in the hell did the original authors get their data claiming 553 deaths in the "Intifada Israel 2000-2006" line?



Here's the entry from Wikipedia [Second Intifada]
 There is little dispute as to the total number of Palestinians killed by Israelis. B'Tselem reports that through April 30, 2008, there were 4,745 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces, and 44 Palestinians killed by Israeli civilians.[137] B'Tselem also reports 577 Palestinians killed by Palestinians through April 30, 2008.[137]
... 
The sources do not vary widely over the data on Israeli casualties. B'Tselem reports that 1,053 Israelis were killed by Palestinian attacks through April 30, 2008

553 is not even close. The closest number listed by Wikipedia is the 577 "Palestinians killed by Palestinians" which seems like an odd number to use given the data available.

I 'll hold this up as an example of the US elite burying their heads in the sand (or having their heads up their ass) when it comes to Israel-Palestine.

Also note that far more Palestinian children than Israeli children are killed.
 "Remember These Children" reports that as of February 1, 2008, 119 Israeli children, age 17 and under, had been killed by Palestinians. Over the same time period, 982 Palestinian children, age 17 and under, were killed by Israelis
I'd like to see "Being Palestinian" or "Being Born in Gaza" incorporated into this table. I'll bet simply "Being Born in Gaza" ranks up there pretty high.

tnb



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Government By Wishful Thinking

Balkinization: Government By Wishful Thinking:
".. government has a habit of governing idealized persons, while the people being governed have an equally strong tendency to behave in ways that are not ideal. "

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10.17.2014

We Support Israel

That nice Israeli occupation force at it again.

Palestinian boy, 13, killed by Israeli forces raiding West Bank village:

If an Israeli 13 year old had been killed by Palestinians, The story would have had plenty of air-time on US media and Netanyahu would have used it as an excuse to bomb the hell out of Palestine.

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10.16.2014

Links

Consumer Protection?

Measuring Tools

Fire Pits. These will be the hottest selling item at Lowes, Walmarts, and Home Depots, next summer.

Of course for eastern Indiana Teabagistan, they will be NFL, NASCAR, Harley Davidson, or Gun themed.

1963 Gretsch model 6120 Chet Atkins Nashville hollow-body guitar

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10.14.2014

Palestine

Small step but still something you won't see in the US.

A Symbolic Vote in Britain Recognizes a Palestinian State - NYTimes.com:

Though the outcome of the 274-to-12 parliamentary vote was not binding on the British government, the debate was the latest evidence of how support for Israeli policies, even among staunch allies of Israel, is giving way to more calibrated positions and in some cases frustrated expressions of opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance toward the Palestinians.



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Motivation

Found at Marginal Revolution

Jean Tirole and Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motiviation:

For example, if I tell my son.  “If you get an A in math, I will give you $1000.”  What does my son conclude? 
My father must think math is very important for my future to offer me $1000.  My father is smart.  I will work hard. 
This is the message that I hope to send. But my son knows that I know something about math and also that I know something about him and he may use this knowledge to make a very different inference. 
If my father thinks I need $1000 to get an A, math must be very hard or I must lack talent.  I will work for an A this year but next year I should probably not sign up for advanced math classes. 
Or perhaps he infers 
If my father is offering me $1000 to do the right thing , he must not trust my judgment.
Or perhaps 
My father is trying to use his money to control me.  I rebel! 
Thus reward has two effects a pure incentive effect (holding information constant) and an inference effect. Notice that the inference effect depends on the context. Thus, without knowing the context–how the father gets along with the son and their history of interaction–we can’t know what the effect of the “incentive” will be. Thus I have argued that “an incentive is not an objective fact but a subjective interpretation.” 
- See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2014/10/jean-tirole-and-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-motiviation.html#sthash.GqTn736M.dpuf

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10.13.2014

Cops

For all you Libertarians out there. When you get your "limited government", local groups like these will be in control.

Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes | The Washington Post:
"A thriving subculture of road officers on the network now competes to see who can seize the most cash and contraband, describing their exploits in the network’s chat rooms and sharing “trophy shots” of money and drugs. Some police advocate highway interdiction as a way of raising revenue for cash-strapped municipalities."

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10.09.2014

The Rich get Richer

or ' F#ck them Poors"

They don't need better wages: The Great Wage Slowdown of the 21st Century - NYTimes.com:
The typical American family makes less than the typical family did 15 years ago, a statement that hadn’t previously been true since the Great Depression.
or education: [WSJ link]
On average, students in 2014 in every income bracket outscored students in a lower bracket on every section of the test, according to calculations from the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (also known as FairTest), using data provided by the College Board, which administers the test.
or health insurance
Starting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week…”We had to make some tough decisions,” Sally Wellborn, Wal-Mart’s senior vice president of benefits, told The Associated Press.
...
The six Waltons on Forbes’ list of wealthiest Americans have a net worth of $144.7 billion. This fiscal year three Waltons—Rob, Jim, and Alice (and the various entities that they control)—will receive an estimated $3.1 billion in Walmart dividends from their majority stake in the company. 
The Waltons aren’t just the face of the 1%; they’re the face of the 0.000001%. The Waltons have more wealth than 42% of American families combined.



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