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Afternoon roundup

The worthies on a much-belated closing of the browser tabs:Zero waste protesters have been sending their rubbish to MPs using Parliament's Freepost service. Could the rest of us do the same if central government waste disposal levies make using landfill a bit more expensive than it really ought to be? Nice piece in The Atlantic on Article 25 of the Constitution, which allows for the removal of a President medically unfit for office. Trump's speech in which he talked about building a wall in...

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Afternoon roundup

The worthies on the closing of the browser tabs:Australian water rats have figured out that the hearts and livers of poisonous cane toads are fine to eat. I would love to know how rats figured this out, and how the practice spread.  Australia's poisonous legislators have passed a piece of anti-terrorism legislation every 6.7 weeks since September 11, 2001. The water rats may not help in getting rid of this nuisance. A perhaps-unintended consequence of anti-Uber activism in California making...

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Afternoon Roundup

The afternoon's closing of the browser tabs brings:Tony Burton at The Spinoff on unemployment figures. Far fewer of those aged 15-19 are in work now than was the case prior to 2008. The jump, to my eye, coincides with Labour's abolition of the differential lower youth minimum wage. There's been of course expansion in tertiary education over the period, but the timing is consistent with the change in the youth minimum wage combined with the GFC, then levelling out to a higher steady-state...

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Afternoon roundup, and around the traps

The worthies on the closing of the browser tabs.Nice comparison of vacant housing to transitional unemployment, in an American context. Filing this one away here for the next time somebody notices a few empty houses and decides that policy should do something about it. It comes up too often.  Susan Edmunds over at Stuff looks at household income distributions; the piece includes a short bit from me on AHC- and BHC- incomes.  Universities need to lift their darned game.  AUT not only caved at...

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Morning Roundup

The closing of a big set of browser tabs brings a few gems.Rohan Pearce at Computerworld notes a warning from the Law Council of Australia that Oz's encryption law breaks a few international privacy standards, and could then come into conflict with GDPR.  Jacob Sullum at Reason goes through some shonky anti-vaping research that claims vaping causes heart attacks, but that ignores that the heart attacks happened before the smokers switched to vaping. Shoeshine over at the NBR warns that woke...

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Afternoon roundup

The afternoon's worthies on the closing of a week's worth of browser tabs:Hamish Rutherford explains why, despite Keith Ng's insistence that any mildly clever move in a Google Search that gets you something that somebody didn't want you to see is indeed a hack, the inappropriate use of the term kinda matters. Keith now recommends we use the term cyberbadtouch instead of hack - I like it.  Environmental monitoring and reporting at a few of our Councils could stand improvement. Is there any...

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Around the traps

Me at Newsroom ($) on coalition politics and the Capital Gains Tax. I wonder whether Labour wasn't rather pleased to be able to blame Winston for not progressing the thing. Ungated here. Me at The Spinoff on the job creation claims around the Provincial Growth Fund. Where I'd worried that MBIE was delaying my OIA so they could backfill workings onto some high-looking job creation numbers, reality was far less complicated. Why they took so long to release things is up in the air, but all they...

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Morning roundup

This morning's worthies:Michael Reddell in defence of capital charges and higher public sector discount rates. Bottom line: you will have nonsense if public sector entities don't have to account for their costs of capital.  Construction and Corruption: the game. Based on Montreal's construction sector.  Each player is a Construction boss, responsible for a Construction contract on each turn. If you do not finish your contract, you keep it, and get paid again the turn after.The incentive is...

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Afternoon update

The worthies of the afternoon closing of the browser tabs:A decade ago, I recommended a method for selecting decent baby names that began with a domain of names with historic standing and selected out recently popular names (see also here). There's now a spreadsheet with the top-100 baby names in New Zealand going back to 1954 over on the government's Smart Start website (where you can register births, etc). HT: FigureNZ I'm not going to link to the NZ Herald's stupid clickbait version of an...

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Morning roundup

The morning worthies:Why do academics resent markets? Nozick was right. Chris Ruhm on shackling the identification police. No, this isn't about the TERF wars. It's more important than that. Ruhm worries that the need for clean identification constrains the questions empirical economists now investigate. I worry that it also means multi-year lags in getting reasonably but not perfectly identified in economics, and that public health work that thinks you can solve endogeneity with a logit gets...

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