Day: May 23, 2018

This Cat Got Cattitude


History: BBC – The Great War – E03/26 – We Must Hack Our Way Through

The Inquiring Mind

From Wikipedia

The Great War is a 26-episode documentary series from 1964 on the First World War. The documentary was a co-production of the Imperial War Museum, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The narrator was Michael Redgrave, with readings by Marius Goring, Ralph Richardson, Cyril Luckham, Sebastian Shaw and Emlyn Williams. Each episode is c.40 minutes long.

In August 1963, at the suggestion of Alasdair Milne, producer of the BBC’s current affairs programme Tonight, the BBC resolved to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a big television project. The series was the first to feature veterans, many of them still relatively fit men in their late sixties or early seventies, speaking of their experiences after a public appeal for veterans was published in…

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Planning for the next Accession and Coronation

The Constitution Unit Blog Hazell and Bob Morris have been examining the accession and coronation oaths the Queen’s successor will have to take once her reign comes to an end. Their research on the subject has led to two reports, both of which were published today. In this blogpost, they discuss their conclusions and call for both oaths to be rewritten to reflect a country that has changed significantly since they were last used.

The Constitution Unit has published two reports that look forward to the accession and coronation of the next monarch. This might be thought premature. But because so much has to be decided quickly, within 24 hours of the Queen’s death, it is important to spend time now considering the issues that will arise, before they have to be dealt with in the rush of a new reign. There will be no shortage of critics ready to snipe at the…

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Five Animal “Rights” Thieves Charged in UT Pig Theft

Green Jihad

Five California thieves with the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) have been charged and face felony sentences in connection with the theft of five pigs from a farm operated by Smithfield Foods in Beaver, Utah Deseret News reports.

What is significant is that Deseret News also points out that the founder of DxE, Wayne Hansen Hsiung, is among the accused in which he was arrested twice before for livestock thefts from farms in North Carolina and San Francisco. However, DxE states they are being persecuted for exposing corporate misconduct, saying that the meat industry doesn’t want people to see how their food is produced. This despite the fact that the nihilists trespassed on private property and conducted a theft of animals owned by the company who owns and operates the Utah farm.

What is hilarious and unreal at the same time, police found out who was responsible for…

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Promises – Baby it’s you

Although it reached #2 thanks to massive enthusiasm from Countdown, “Baby It’s You” was the sole significant hit for this Californian outfit who oddly had no hits at home. (The fact they were originally signed to EMI in Holland probably had something to do with that). Fronted by siblings Leslie Maria Knauer and Jed Knauer and also featuring a third sibling Benny, the band split after follow up singles bombed and Leslie apparently decided the band should go punk!

Labor Market Monopsony- “Widespread”?

Coase to Coase AM

Azar, Marinescu, and Steinbaum recently released a working paper through the Roosevelt Institute on Labor Market Monopsony.  In their words:

In short, we find that most labor markets (as defined by occupation and geography) are very concentrated, and that that concentration has a robust negative impact on posted wages for job openings. These findings are drawn from only one (large) dataset, so they are not the last word on the subject. The implication, along with the other papers cited above, is that the antitrust authorities should not operate under the assumption that labor markets are “naturally” competitive.

Their posted map of the concentration indices for each region is certainly striking:

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It seems that the entire nation is blanketed in a sea of exploitative employers!  Until, that is, we compare this map to a population density map of the United States…


…in which “hotspots” of population are also “hotspots” of labor market…

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