Utopia, you are standing in it!

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Originally posted on The Gerasites:
? By Saul Freeman I’ll keep this brief. Partly – actually almost completely – because I’m tired. Tired of having to explain and justify. Tired of having to confront. Tired of having to witness.   Tired of being a canary. And I’m not the only one who’s tired. When Soupy…

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Originally posted on aliasinkhorn:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7887570/Well-educated-people-think-they-are-more-left-wing.html Well-educated people think they are more left wing Well-educated people often believe themselves to be more left wing than they actually are, a study has found. From the page: “University graduates are less able to recognise their conservative tendencies than people who leave school at 16, according to the research.…

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Despite the best efforts of the libertarian paternalists to sell the other people are stupid fallacy, ordinary New Zealanders are quite nimble at moving between fixed and floating rates depending upon their forecasts of the future of interest rates. Price controls on floating rate mortgages, as suggested by the New Zealand Labour Party, would make …

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Originally posted on Open Mind:
It seems to me that Roger Pielke Jr. is now persona non grata at Nate Silver’s 538 blog. Silver, whose statistics-based predictions of the last presidential election were stunningly accurate, hoped to capitalize on his celebrity by starting a blog which would present interesting and sometimes important posts which were…

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Source: CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: A Fundamental Shift in the Nature of Trade Agreements

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I did not know so many people were on a fixed rate mortgage.  Labour is risking its economic credibility on regulating the rates for a minority of mortgages. Source: S8 Banks: Mortgage lending ($m) – Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Capped mortgages cannot be linked to the current official cash rate of the Reserve Bank …

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The latest example of Key derangement syndrome, a photo essay, reminded me of a story about some prime time TV network current affairs coverage of Ronald Reagan early in his first term. It was a long piece arguing that he was not a very good president. The White House communications director Mike Dever rung up …

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