Assorted links

1. Elephant plays harmonica for fun (video).

2. “The bull market (heh) can be reduced to one key statistic, lifetime net merit…”, link here.

3. La Stampa interview with me, in Italian, on the eurozone.

4. Hospital appointment scalpers will face consequences (China story of the day, and you are not allowed to burn money in that hospital).

5. Scott Sumner on James Hamilton; I hope Milan allows me (does not allow me?) to return to this topic!  And David Henderson on Paul vs. Paul.

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The caption says Beijing received a total of 48.5 foreign and domestic tourists this weekend, and a total of 1.796 billion yuan in tourism revenues.

Wow; those must be some really high spending tourists. RIP the partial tourist.

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Mistranslation. The newspaper says 485万, which is 4.85 million.

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So do elephants on harmonicas reproduce Mozart faster than monkeys on typewriters reproduce Shakespeare?

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How did you come to learn Italian, Mr Cowen? Love of the opera?

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they can kiss my ass if they think I'll wait through a 30 second ad to watch an elephant play a harmonica.......

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5RiHTSXK2A
- elephant death ritual

definitely the most fascinating animal

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Re #2: It's a lot simpler the way Mark Zuckerberg did it [per the movie Social Network]-- just show pictures of two women side by side, and throw the choices into the Elo rating formula. No messy udder measurements to take.

Seriously, though, this shows the value of big data to answer economically important questions. I don't see anywhere in there the negative cost to society from the risk due to over-use of antibiotics, but maybe that's in the follow-up.

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#5 The "liberty guy" cleverly turning Krugman's clear smackdown of Ron Paul into a draw, basically because...Krugman was supposed to win and therefore it wasn't really a fair debate? Sure.

I think it was for the reasons he listed.

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