by Tyler Cowen
on August 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm
in Uncategorized |
1. A long questionnaire which establishes which famous economist you are most similar to.
2. Korean markets in everything, hard to believe that one. Here is a related Chinese idea.
3. Upper West Side condo has separate entrances for rich and poor.
4. North Korea has a meth problem., and Johnny Carson moved the demand curve outwards.
5. Toward a theory of optimal monitoring, China style.
6. On the look of good music.
It looks like there is an interesting source for the North Korean Meth story. The souce given in the WSJ article is a Kim Young-Il a former “Unification Ministry” official. A quick Google search shows him to be associated with the Unification Church and Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Maybe it is true, but is are there other sources that confirm this story?
The claim I found most interesting in your link is that there are hundreds of thousands of Koreans living in Japan who remain loyal to North Korea. wtf
It’s not all that surprising – what with the decades of Nork brain washing, and the Japanese’ generally “problematic” relationship with Korean folk – especially if the usual motivation to defect is less about deep moral conviction than it is boiled chicken and barbecue pig. As Shin Dong-hyuk – the escapee from N. Korea’s Camp 14 – recounted in an interview (in paraphrase):
The most important thing was the thought that even a prisoner like me could eat chicken and pork if I were able to escape the barb wires.
I’ve heard people define freedom in many ways; I’ve never heard someone define it as broiled chicken…. You were ready to die just to get a good meal.
My sense was that they are not mainly escapees but Koreans whose families have lived in Japan a few generations. In other words, people whose image of NK would, one would think, be influenced by Japanese and S Korean media, not to mention Western media, the internet, etc.. So, despite the optimism expressed by Kim Young-il about Korean reconciliation, his piece actually indicates that even if the N Korean regime were to collapse tomorrow, the deep animus and cultural divide would remain strong. It would be no reunited Germany, for instance. Anyway, I’m really just demonstrating my level of ignorance on this.
I don’t know how many North Koreans are in Japan, but Koreans are the largest minority group in Japan. As I recall, at the end of the war there were about 700,000 Koreans in Japan and about 2.5 million today. Many were imported as slave labor during the war, but there has been a substantial Korean presence in Japan going way back. Many are second, third, or fourth generation born in Japan, but they are carried on the books as Korean citizens. These people can apply to become Japanese citizens, but to do that they have to speak Japanese and adopt a Japanese name.
#1). I kept flip flopping between Eric Maskin and Peter Krakow.
I’m most similar to Luigi Zingales. I’m flattered.
I am closest to Joseph Altonj, whom I have never heard of.
#4: “Almost every adult in that area (of North Korea) has experienced using ice and not just once,” says Kim Seok-hyang, who co-authored the study. “I estimate that at least 40% to 50% are seriously addicted to the drug.”
Hilarious propaganda lie. File that together with “US concerned up to 500,000 missing Kosovar Albanian men may be dead” and Niger yellow cake.
1: I answered “Uncertain” to everything and it gave me Tyler Cowen.
i have never heard of most of these “famous” economists.
4. If methamphetamine use is common in North Korea does this mean it is cheaper than broiled chicken?
4. This article on methamphetamine and North Korea:
mentions that it suppresses hunger, a property which I presume could be useful over there.
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