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ABBA:The Movie

August 13, 2016

The Ferguson Theater

[graphics]_ABBA_1978_Movie_Poster_002_[www.ABBAinter.net]Directed by Lasse Hallstrom

Produced by Stig Anderson/Reg Grundy

Written by Lasse Hallstrom/Robert Caswell

Music by Stig Anderson/Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus

All I got to say is Thank Odin for Turner Classic Movies and their Underground program. For those of who who don’t get TCM via or cable/satellite provider I heartily recommend that you pony up the extra bucks and add it to your package. If you’re a true movie fan you probably already subscribe to TCM and if you don’t then you’re really missing out.

Take TCM Underground for instance. This is a block of cult movies usually but not limited to the horror, science fiction, counterculture, blaxplotation and just plain out and out nutso genres. TCM Underground shows movies that honestly you wouldn’t see anywhere else on any other cable/satellite channel. Seriously. TCM Underground has aired “Darktown Strutters” “Abar, The First Black Superman” “The Apple”(The Greatest Bad…

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JONATHAN TURLEY The University of Houston has offered the latest example of how free speech is being rapidly eradicated on our campuses. Rohini Sethi, vice president of the university’s student government association, was given a 50-day suspension from her student government post for saying “all lives matter” on social media. She has now been told …

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Originally posted on International Liberty:
The presidential contest between Clinton and Trump (can we shorten that to “Clump”?) is so depressing that it’s time to distract ourselves with some libertarian humor. And I’m even willing so share such humor when libertarians are the target of mockery. Cartoons on libertarian ice fishing and libertarian lifeguards. A mosaic showing 24 types…

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Smart meters help consumers avoid wasting money on energy efficiency

August 13, 2016

Knowledge Problem

Analysis of a randomised-controlled trial on a sample of almost 2500 Irish households revealed one surprising result: compared to the control group, households provided with a smart meter, detailed feedback on usage, and time-of-use pricing reduced investment in energy efficiency projects.

While this unexpected development appears treated by the researchers as an embarrassment to be overcome, the result should be celebrated. Despite spending less on energy efficiency projects like insulating blankets on water heaters or extra attic insulation, treatment-group households still reduced power consumption both at peak and overall as compared to control-group households. Or, to put it the other way, control-group households spent more on energy efficiency projects and still consumed relatively more power than consumers provided with smart meters, feedback, and time-of-use pricing.

Or, to sum it up more pointedly, giving consumers better information and better incentives helps consumers avoid wasting money on feel-good energy efficiency projects.

Citation: McCoy, Daire, and Sean Lyons…

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Originally posted on Historinhas:
A James Alexander post Simon Wren-Lewis has an interesting post, Brexit harm denial and the exchange rate, where he discusses some popular notions about the great British devaluation after the Brexit vote. I have already discussed it here and explained that part is a pessimistic reading of the future trade deals…

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Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:
The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began with the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003, 1½ years after the traumatic 9/11 attacks, by a U.S.-led coalition. The invasion began with a “shock and awe” bombing campaign. Iraqi forces were quickly overwhelmed as U.S. forces swept through…

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