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I'm surprised you didn't include Brad DeLong's Russia post in today's batch. I'm curious how it's being received around. It looks like he's getting some pushback even from his own commenters.

I'm surprised Tyler never included Mearhseimer's original article among his Ukraine posts.

DeLong: Smug and wrong.

Impossible. If DeLong were ever wrong, about anything someone would point it out in his comments section, but no one ever has. Read for yourself.

'It looks like he’s getting some pushback even from his own commenters.'

Not for long with DeLong - that man has made an art form of creating his own echo chamber.

3. Wisneski,Brandt, Skitka and Hofmann (A good name for a law firm in some small town in Nebraska) should get real jobs.

#1 pensions......certainly the independence wars of the 19th century were more simple

@5 or in front of a window. Or in a room with a smooth glass surface on the outside.

#1 I think he underestimates how badly rUK should want a strong Scotland. If Scotland is forced to use its own currency and rUK does everything it can to hammer the Scottish economy, Scotland quickly becomes a place very much like the rUK but with much cheaper labour. Maybe it becomes Ireland 20 years ago or maybe it becomes Estonia. There are a lot of options for poorer small countries next to large wealthy ones - especially when they all speak English. What would happen if Scotland lowered its corporation tax, for example?

Too bad Scotland doesn't have slavery. England could destroy the place with a clear conscience and use it as an agrarian backwater with their own stooges running things for a hundred years or so.

Damn that imperialist Lincoln! Slavery freaking rules!

According to Lincoln, slavery was fine. He worked with it when necessary. When there was sufficient political cheese in maintaining a contrary pose, he adopted one.

Refusing to bow the critters in DC and pay those tariffs, now that was worth fighting for. Fortunately he was able to conscript plenty of poor Catholics in his bid to stop slavery. Oh wait...

Slavery is more than fine, it rules! Talk about no minimum wage problems!

Lincoln's overriding concern was preservation of the Union. He always thought slavery was a bad, bad thing.

You're an idiot.

'According to Lincoln, slavery was fine.'

No he didn't, according to Lincoln's own words in 1859 - "I think slavery is wrong, morally, and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union."

He also felt slavery wrong in a way every libertarian can respect - "What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other's consent. I say this is the leading principle - the sheet anchor of American republicanism." (Why yes, Lincoln was a Republican, and not simply a republican.)

Then there such quips from him as this - "Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

And then there is Lincoln's moral attack against any form of enslavement in 1858, again on principles any libertarian can agree with - 'That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, 'You work and toil and earn bread, and I'll eat it.' No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.'

Plenty more quotes at

Pro tip - accuse Lincoln of being a racist. After all, he was. Just never confuse that with being pro slavery, because he never was.

Red herring

And still bothering some folks 150 years later. Looking back, the US has done pretty well since.

You realize the South would be even more of a shithole if it was its own country today, right?


And still bothering some folks 150 years later. Looking back, the US has done pretty well since.

The US as a whole has done fairly well. But the South did not do well for a long time. It used to be a very wealthy and powerful part of the US. But the Civil War gave the North dominance and the South suffered in poverty for nearly 100 years. Even now it is just catching up.


You realize the South would be even more of a shithole if it was its own country today, right?

What makes you think that? It is hard to work out what the impact of Southern Independence would be, but one thing is true - Detroit would have been much better off.

"What would happen if Scotland lowered its corporation tax, for example?" Thanks, I needed a good laugh today, and visions of SNP heads exploding did the trick

Alex Salmond has stated explicitly that he intends to lower corporation tax.

An unusually interesting link-wrap; thanks!

#5: How far are we from being able to recognize a human _face_ in CCTV footage? Sometimes it seems like all of the CCTV footage which is supposed to help the police recognize criminals is so grainy and poorly lit that you can't even guess the person's age, much less their identity. And now we're talking about lip movements? How far are we from actually deploying high res cameras?

"Rightly or wrongly" to price controls? Come on, Larry . Price controls were stupid then (they were responsible for the gasoline "shortage") and keeping the export ban is even more stupid now.

My sense is that the No side of the Scotland question took the result so much for granted that they delayed bringing out the arguments against until now, making them feel like threats and so may be counterproductive.

No true Scotsman would vote aye/nay (choose one).

Geographic variation in health care spending is where the researcher's data came from. Did anyone think that a person's zip code was a causal variable?

4. Southerners will be Southerners. And Northerners will be Northerners, Westerners will be Westerners. With so much mobility in America, why do the geographic variations persist? Not just in health care, but in political preferences, etc. Or stated another way, why does the parasite take on the attributes of the host. A scientist could provide the answer for that last question, can a social scientist provide the answer for the persistence of geographic variations, or is the answer one and the same.

5. Do not say "Aloha snackbar" while entering the airport terminal.

About the only card left for Scotland is to string out the negotiating process so that rUK makes concessions out of exhaustion and frustration. But this would mean abandoning the May 2016 target for independence makes concessions out of exhaustion and frustration.

I don't know if that is really the only card left for Scotland, but if so it is pretty weak. If the things turn sour, then too much delay would let Labour would win a Scottish election. They would then keep on delaying, but now in a conciliatory way, with a view to going back to the people asking them to reverse the vote.

On #7 I am reminded of Johnson's observation of women preachers and dogs walking on their hind legs.

#3) What makes the New York Times the New York Times:

"...liberals focus on fairness and liberty....and those to the left saw more examples of unfair and generous treatment."

In other words, there was no focus on liberty.

7. The work of the country's brightest engineers being evaluated and licensed by a middle-state bureaucrat who can't spell at an eighth-grade level. A Norman Rockwell scene for our day!

5. This question could only come from someone who has never actually used today's voice transcription technology. It's wildly inaccurate and I personally find it worse than useless. I disabled the service on my office voicemail because it actually cost me time: I had to read the incomprehensible transcription and then listen to the message to see what was really said. Eliminating the first step was a net gain.

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