Assorted links

1. Michael Pollan or Michel Foucault? — a new blog.

2. The swine flu rate of hospitalization: about 2 percent.  The crisis isn't over.

3. Via Arnold Kling, an excellent economics blog by Matthew Rognlie, a twenty-year-old.  Here is Matt's vita, hire him.  His blog is much better than what most professors could do plus he has an 800 trifecta on his SATs.

4. Videos of the world's top scholars.

5. Peak car?

6. From Julian Sanchez, a proposal for Hansonian journalism.


Tyler said:

Here is Matt's vita, hire him.

If Rognlie is such a good economist, shouldn't he be demanding such a high salary that most of your readers wouldn't want to hire him?

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Oh no he got an A-!

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Because he's twenty?

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SAT and LSAT on resume, nice. A recruiter for an engineering company once told me a story of how one applicant put his SAT scores on his resume. He was laughed out of consideration.

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I just read three of his posts and was slapped in the face by his politics. Disappointing.

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Nothing starts a flame war like standardized tests.

Seriously, why do people get all hot and bothered? Some industries look at them (investment banks, consulting firms), others don't. By the time you're 24, they probably don't matter anymore. Why do you care if a college kid puts them on his resume? They're a rough, standardized indicator of analytical ability. That's it.

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"we’re moving into a more sustainable way of living, which involves fewer cars and higher urban density"

There really needs to be an emoticon for eye-rolling (or is there one and I just don't know about it?)

It is hard to see that as anything but leftish wishful thinking. There is really no evidence that we're moving into a high-density, urban way of living. I might -- with just as much plausibility -- declare that we're moving into sustainable, low-density way of living based on increasing rates of telecommuting. That, at least, is consistent with American tastes for both housing and work (I know a number of people who telecommute full or part time, and I've yet to hear on express a desire to go back to commuting five days or to spend more time in a cubicle). I've also yet to hear any friends, relatives, or neighbors express a desire to move their families back into a condo or apartment in the city and raise their children there.

And then, of course, we have to keep in mind that the Obama administration now has a very powerful political and economic incentive to encourage the continuation of an auto-oriented lifestyle--namely, tens of billions 'invested' in GM and Chrysler and a strong motivation for this all not to look like a disastrous mistake by 2012.

And then, of course, Europe, even with gas prices far higher than those in the U.S., has a strong auto-oriented culture (don't believe it? Think how important the auto industry is in Europe and try driving the autoroutes around Paris). Even there, the trends in recent decades have been toward greater auto ownership and lower density.

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It is universally acknowledged that Tiffany Jewellery are indispensable to us.On no account can we ignore the value of Tiffany and Silver Jewellery.

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SAT test results correlate highly with IQ test results - the SAT is basically an IQ test. Tyler, I thought that your position was that IQ wasn't meaningful, e.g. when talking about group level differences. So why are you trumpeting it here as a measure of the potential of bright young Matthew Rognlie?

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