Economic Rationality Doesn’t Mean What You Think Economic Rationality Does Mean

It's a standard criticism - from the dimmer at least - that free market economics doesn't work because it assumes, requires, that people act rationally. We all know that all people act irrationally at times therefore government should tell...

US DOJ’s Absurd Sanctions On Iranian $3.4 Billion Hacking Scheme

There's no doubt that what was being done here by or on behalf of Iran's Revolutionary Guard was and is illegal. Sure, it's straight up theft. But it's also absurd to the point of crazed lunacy to call it...

What Everyone Needs To Know About The Helium Market – Don’t Panic!

Timothy Taylor has one of his - as usual - excellent pieces rounding up the economics of a certain situation. This time it's on helium and there's two little points that need to be added to it. Start here. Read...

Someone Pregnant And Giving Birth Is Not A Man

This is to distinctly go against modern mores but it's also an important distinction to make. Someone who possess the ovaries, uterus, womb and hormonal systems to carry a pregnancy to term and give birth is not a man....

Brexit Has Cost Britain 500 Million Pounds A Week

The above is the title of a Reuters article about a current "study" produced by — The Centre for European Reform, which describes itself as “pro-European but not uncritical” That is, theoretically willing to criticize the EU, although not necessarily doing...

THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Thirty Two — Physics Special

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture By Tony Carden   Episode Thirty Two – Physics Special   “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to...

Plastic Packaging Is Often Pollution For Profit

This was originally published at The Conversation. You benefit from plastic from the moment you get up and use your toothbrush or kettle. Plastic is embedded in agriculture – and it keeps you alive if you end up in hospital....

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – Another Book We’ll Not Bother Reading In...

Apparently the imbalance in male and female numbers of top science types is such that everyone should be reading one specific book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini. So much so that people are raising money...

A Fascinating Little Study Of Evolution In Action

Republished from The Conversation. As biologists explore the variation across the genomes of living people, they’ve found evidence of evolution at work. Particular variants of genes increase or decrease in populations through time. Sometimes this happens by chance. Other times...

Therefore We Should Trade Ivory And Eat Elephants

A report insisting that man has been responsible for the extinction of most to many of the megafauna. Entirely true of course, the big animals in any particular part of the world disappeared soon after man turned up. This...

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That Mueller Report – No Collusion Between Trump Campaign And Russia

Not that this will stop the shouting even though it should - the Mueller report states that there is no evidence of collusion between...

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