Assorted links

by on March 11, 2010 at 11:09 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Markets in everything: politically incorrect chess sets, such as "Chasidim vs. Franciscans."

2. Google, World Development Indicators.

3. Jetpack for $86,000.

4. George Selgin on central banks.

5. Dan Ariely's new book.

6. Bet real money on movies.

7. Republicans study game theory.

8. New NY bill would ban salt in restaurant food.

Justin Martyr March 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

#1 on chess sets: surely it doesn’t get any more politically incorrect than white versus black?

Moby Hick March 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I’m not a great chef or anything, but isn’t adding salt before cooking sort of vital for certain forms of preparation? And I’m not Jewish, but wouldn’t this outlaw the whole koshering process.

Tomasz Wegrzanowski March 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

> But many chefs and restaurant owners said they are tired of politicians dictating what they can serve and what people can eat. They have opposed the city’s anti-sodium and anti-transfat campaigns.

Now evidence against salt except for a small subset of people with hypertension is somewhat dubious, but it’s really hard to sympathize with someone who wants to keep poisoning people with trans fats.

Josh March 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm

#7. I wondered last summer if the House GOP would do this with the Stupak amendment last summer. Looks like the Senate might this time around.

Sigivald March 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Tomasz: Nobody’s making anyone eat a gram of trans-fat if they don’t want to. (And with all the hype about them, “no trans fats!” is popular advertising these days…)

Nor is that a good use of the term “poison”. Let people risk a modest increase in the possibility of heart disease if they wish; and the rest of the risks of trans-fats are so minor as to be nobody’s god damn regulatory business in any case.

Will March 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

The google indicators need work. Check out Saudi Arabia’s % agricultural land

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