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1 Peter May 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I have an urge for clams on the half shell.

2 Alexei Sadeski May 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Startrek was incredibly awful.

3 Yancey Ward May 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I thought the new Star Trek was simply terrible. I mean, just how utterly unimaginative do you have to be to take the basic elements of two previous Star Trek movies (The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country) and merge them into the new one?

4 Al May 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

The quality level of the new ACA health insurance policies, as well as that of the companies offering the policies, is an important aspect to consider. One of the challenges of the insurance industry generally is that some companies rush in and become low cost providers, only to fail to meet their obligations later because of poor or incompetent reserving practices. But, in a market where most people are compelled by law to obtain a policy, additional downward pressure on premiums is probably likely.

5 TMC May 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm

“But, in a market where most people are compelled by law to obtain a policy, additional downward pressure on premiums is probably likely.” Downward?

6 Al May 25, 2013 at 12:47 am

Ok. Well, yeah, good point. My thinking was that government would apply additional downward pressure through regulation.

But, yeah, I guess your point would be that companies offering the plans would be free to jack up premiums given that we’re all more or less forced to buy what they’re selling.

So, yeah, now I don’t know – what will prove to be the more powerful force? Should it be obvious to me that the upward pressures will dominate? Shoot.

7 Brian Donohue May 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

re#5. Not sure of your point. This looks like a 30 year annualized yield of about 1.25%.

Inflation in Japan since 1984 has been about 0.5% per year on average.

Your graph does not reflect dividends, which have averaged around 0.5%-1.0% per year.

So, a real yield of less than 2% per year. Looks pretty measly, but it’s something. This may be a taste of what investors should expect around the world as we all start turning Japanese.

8 Myron May 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Oddly enough the reviews for the new Star Trek were quite positive, but I could tell from even the positive reviews that they were rehashing plots that had been already used in the other movies. The FAQ confirms that the new movie is a pretty pointless waste of time.

9 Alexei Sadeski May 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Wow, that dictator game experiment has the potential to turn an entire entrenched field of study right on its head. The implications are huge.

10 Frederic Mari May 25, 2013 at 3:03 am

I think choosing Las Vegas/casinos towns was unfortunate. Yeah, I get the point about chips versus money in terms of credibility but I suspect this kind of set-up exacerbate greed/stinginess.

You could try seeing how much lottery winners distribute to their favourite charities and more distant families for a true ‘natural’ experiment in DG.

Besides which, I always thought the DG, as opposed to UG, was a stupid game. People aren’t generous in most ‘normal’ circumstances. It usually takes tragedy/threat to the group to activate people’s tendency to rally around each other and face adversity together.

11 ShardPhoenix May 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm

The new Star Trek was fine as a light action movie but I prefer my Star Trek with at least some attempt at depth. I don’t know why Tyler thinks Star Wars is any better in that respect, especially the new ones.

12 Enrique May 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

The WWII pictures from Finland are amazing

13 Shane M May 25, 2013 at 2:59 am

#3: dictator game. This seems to demolish all studies of this nature. So when they told they were in a study they gave some money away 83% of the time. When they didn’t know they were in a game they gave some money away 0% (none) of the time.

14 ThomasH May 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

On China, I particularly like the line about “pro-market bureaucrats” Sounds like an Obama cabinet. 🙂

Economically, success will depend on which “interventions” are pulled back. They definitely need to subject state investments to cost benefit analysis (their stimulus packages during the recession should have relied much more on tax cuts), but they need to increase market friendly interventions to deal with environmental externalities (e.g., a carbon tax). If done well it will certainly be good economic news for the world. If you believe that free markets promote a more liberal politics in the long run, you will judge it to be good news for lovers of liberty generally.

15 Willitts May 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

2. I had suspended contempt for this movie until this review vacated the suspension.

There is little to no imagination left in Hollywood.

16 Ali Choudhury May 26, 2013 at 5:13 am

Wow, not surprised the Finns don’t publicise their tag-teaming with the Nazis.

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