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November 23, 2012 12 Comments
More evidence for my theory that too much pre-college math instruction is thought up by people who don’t like math.
I wonder what it would be like if the people in charge actually cared about the lawfulness of things like Obamacare. We’ll never know, of course.
Another vote for just going over the ‘fiscal cliff’ already.
Big surprise: TARP mostly helped bank bondholders.
This James Kwak piece on how ‘maybe Nate Silver was wrong’, i.e. pointing out that polls tended to underpredict Obama’s final vote tallies, is exactly why I was so eager to remind Gentle Readers of the existence of cheating/fraud a while back. If you forget about/ignore cheating, then you – like Kwak – make the mistake of interpreting any/all mismatch between polls and Final Tallies as an issue with ‘turnout models’ or some such. This is wrong. Again: reminder: cheating exists and is nonzero.
Odd story: Adoboli’s Fate Decided at Wine Bar as UBS Market Bets Unraveled. Wait, how could his fate have been ‘decided’ at some meeting with his colleagues? I thought these trades were all him and no one else even knew about them until they blew up. Certainly not his colleagues or higher-ups. And there’s this: “Hughes and the junior traders, Simon Taylor and Christophe Bertrand, denied the meeting at All Bar One ever took place when they testified.” So, see?, there can’t have been such a meeting, because otherwise these guys would have perjured themselves! (Heh.)
Obamanomics may be designed to make sure we have a sufficient supply of waiters. Yup, that’s the “Blogs & Chop’ts Economy” at work.
Girliness is alive on the internet. Although I’m not sure about Vi Hart, who seems more a sign that aspiness, not girliness, is alive on the internet. Also, every time I see her she’s wearing those detachable sleeves on her arms, which makes me worry that either she’s some kind of ‘cutter’, or had a suicide attempt in the past. It would be great to learn that she Just Likes Those Things Because She Thinks They’re Cool.
Open Borders speaks up in defense of the Pilgrims, telling the Pilgrim story as one of open-borders: after all, the Indians enforced no borders and made no ‘sovereign’ claim to the patch of land. EXTRA-CREDIT QUESTION: How’d that all work out for the Indians?