Author: Phil Mayes

Mr. Gonzales said to the Senate (NYT transcript, Friday Jan 7) “I think the decision not to apply Geneva in our conflict with al Qaeda was absolutely the right decision for a variety of reasons…. It would actually make it …

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Bill Gates’ statement on CNET that “There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don’t think that those incentives should exist” …

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Brad DeLong writes about The Eighteenth-Century Rollback of Intellectual Property and quotes from “The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century” John Brewer (1997): As one of the judges put it… ‘the very matter and content of… …

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Garrison Keillor used to publish an advice column on Salon called Mr. Blue; wonderful words of wisdom. I missed it sorely when he retired, and it took a while for me to attune to the voice of his replacement, Cary …

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The NYTimes magazine has an interesting article Sentencing by the Numbers on how Virginia is adjusting jail sentences according to the probability of recidivism by classifying the offender according to a 71-point scale of risk assessment: “Of the felons who …

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Nice article at technologyreview.com on Technology and Happiness which starts out by saying that Americans are less happy now than in 1946, and that the Amish rate considerably higher than the average American. There are two points that the article …

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“To show that President Bush can fulfill his campaign promise to cut the deficit in half … administration officials have decided to measure their progress against a $521 billion deficit they predicted last February rather than last year’s actual shortfall …

Spurious budget numbers Read More »