Link Flush

There’s little point in my linking to these posts since most of them are blog-ancient (and pre-Cliff) by now, but well, I’m a blogger, and that’s what bloggers do. It’s part of the Code. I assume. (Before I forget, could someone please forward me the Code?)

  • mathbabe generally adopts a skeptical stance towards experts and doesn’t trust them, only, at the same time, it “annoys” her if anyone has the audacity and temerity to apply those lessons to climate-science experts. But, realizing that doesn’t sit 100% well with the supposed-skeptic posture she (further summarizing the post) talked to some climate-science guy for an evening. And now, she’s satisfied about climate-science Experts’ models! Which is nice, and fair enough. On an unrelated side note, having actually done some climate-science, not for hugely long but for more than an evening (and not verbally), I’m not. Which presumably is fair enough too? Or do I need to ‘trust’ climate-science ‘experts’ regardless?
  • I read this article on How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business but came away feeling like I still don’t understand how those random dudes did that.
  • The Virginian’s position that Obama likes the fiscal cliff made perfect sense, which made it all the more disappointing that we didn’t just ‘go over’ it like I wanted. It was a rare issue where my desires and Obama’s political/ideological interests lined up perfectly, and I still didn’t get what I wanted out of our political system. I’m practically 0-for-post-’04 (and 2004 barely even counts, frankly) in getting-what-I-want-out-of-the-political-system though, so it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise.
  • Falkenstein on gun-law hypocrisy and bank regulations. I wanted to highlight this,

    I’m sure a large complex financial organization like Citigroup is violating some laws all the time given 260k employees operating across the globe working in a highly regulated environment.

    because it is a point I have made myself many times: virtually everyone working in finance in any nontrivial capacity could be arrested over some bullcrap or another at any time.

  • Too many blog-reactions to this op-ed saying Let’s Give Up on the Constitution to link to any. Let me just say that for my part I don’t know why any lefty would bother with some sort of overt give-up-on-the-Constitution campaign. They seem to be doing just fine with their current strategy of pretending to care about the Constitution but using sophistry to just ignore/subvert/invert any parts they disagree with. Why rock the boat?
  • Are we reliving the left-wing terrorism of the ’70s? Kinda yeah, I guess, only they seem to be more inept (thankfully). This more-inept-rehash property of OWS is one I’ve noted before.
  • Arnold Kling on fake wealth.

    Once upon a time, we had an Internet bubble that gave us dishonest stock prices. Let us stipulate that it was caused by private sector shenanigans. When that collapsed, it was followed by a housing bubble. There were private sector shenanigans involved in that one, too, but I think that some of the fingerprints on the housing bubble belong to government officials. The fake wealth that is being created now? Pretty much entirely government-generated.

    A natural progression, n’est-ce pas? Indeed, it only seems logical that the eventual destination of fake wealth creation is the government: the fake-wealth-creator of last resort™.

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3 Responses to Link Flush

  1. Dave says:

    Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful. – George E. P. Box.

  2. The Continental Op says:

    Why rock the boat?

    They’re starting the villain’s monologue. They can’t help but gloat.

    • Heh. You’re right. That would explain why it sounds so stupid.

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