Monday assorted links

1. America is still a suburban nation.

2. “Evidence from applying this framework to these data indicates that between and 45 and 75 percent of the
burden of corporate taxes is borne by labor with the balance borne by capital.”  That estimate seems high to me, but this paper is a serious effort.

3. Germany bans children’s smart watches.

4. “One of the friends who helped her through that period was Ivanka Trump, though their relationship has grown more complicated.”  This article is really quite something.  NYT, you have to keep on reading to grasp the narrative.

5. 100 cryptocurrencies in four words or less.  You can play this game in your car with the children.

6. Most popular names for girls, state-by-state, year-by-year  What is it with Nebraska and “Addison”?

Comments

4: Government is good and interfering in business is the right thing to do? Or don't date a baseball player?

2. The data come from the period 1989 to 2004 (the paper was published in 2007). Globalization and capital flows since may produce a different conclusion.

4. This is one of the best reads in a long time. And I thought Modo had lost her mojo. Reality is so much better than fiction.

4. There is so much meat in this profile of the spit diva, but this one caught my eye: “I didn’t realize that you need special channels to watch sports games,” she says. “Alex [as in A-Rod, the spit diva's boyfriend for a short while] is a really sweet guy. He’s a smart guy. He’s a good person. Alex lives in this world of cash-flow businesses, and Silicon Valley lives in this world of the potential of the future. So it was actually kind of a really fun conversation. Alex was really into car dealerships, and I was like, ‘We’re all about self-driving cars. Nobody’s going to buy a car. You want to buy a car dealership? I’m going to short your car dealership.’” While baseball fans may be optimistic ("wait til next year"), the actual game of baseball is about this year and this year's results. Silicon Valley, not so much. Never thought about the fundamental difference between baseball and Silicon Valley. The baseball player with "promise" can get by for a few years, while the company in Silicon Valley with "promise" can get by forever (or so it seems).

Disagree. Promise might get you an extra few years in SV, but that's because the pockets are deep and the mindset is, yes, future focused.

But that ain't close to forever.

A-Rod? I'm sorry but that shows poor judgement. I know he's attractive, strong and rich. He's a celeb and celebs date other celebs. But as a knowledgeable sportsman, I know he's a philanderer and dumb as a post.

*has been cuckolded by A-Rod.

Go away, you sad vandal at 3:32 pm. Stop watching so much porn. Thor is one of the better commenters here. Stop posting like a porn-addled loser and stop being a liar.

3:32 pm, hmmm. Has the Cuck-commentator arrived home from High School?

Dumb as a post? I don't think so. Do you know anything about him? Heard him as a commentator? I have no doubt this chick is smarter than him, but he's no dummy

Perhaps I was too disrespectful in my choice of language. I have only listened to and viewed interviews with A-Rod, but never met him. My impression was that he is pretty limited unless he’s talking about baseball. Then again, that’s true of dedicated athletes in most sports.

4. Narrative: A woman who thinks she wants to live a normal life, but has no idea what a normal life is.

That's the way I would peg it.

The whole we have Laundry/maid service on MWF's and I'm cutting out the Friday laundry service so the kids can do a load of laundry seems odd. And the 'I had my kids take a bath in their clothes to avoid paying for hotel laundry service' is just bizarre.

To be fair she's not weird or odd, at her asset level, she's clearly eccentric.

The bath in clothes thing was bizarre and made no sense. "They took a bath in their clothes, so now their clothes are clean!" What?

The narrative? Isn't it about how "normal" it is that crazy-rich (crazy rich?) people assume they are living to 150 and how some modern conundrums will pop up along the way. Like, your genetic testing is a little off, or you don't pictute yourself married to the same person for 130 years.

"3. Germany bans children’s smart watches."

No where does the article indicate actual harm. There were some potential third party security issues but these seem to have been fixed and there weren't actually any reported instances of spying.

""According to our research, parents' watches are also used to listen to teachers in the classroom.""

I suspect this is the real cause. Much like the police will generally fight against Badge cameras, teachers will fight against public monitoring of their classroom.

It's a cultural difference. The Germans are really distrustful of potential privacy violations and are as a result really reluctant to embrace certain technologies.

In this case, they see a device that records (private) information about children: their location, biometric data, potentially their speech, etc. and a service that stores and transmits that private information.

It shouldn't be surprising that this is met with pushback in a country where it is technically illegal to incidentally photograph someone in a crowd in front of a famous building.

That doesn't make complete sense. The parents of the children are the ones buying the devices according to the article. I can see how other Germans might be upset about devices that recorded audio or video, but it would make little rational sense to object to the pure location reporting devices.

I'm not disputing your analysis. Your knowledge is probably far better than mine. But it's odd from an American point of view.

It's part of the German mindset that also causes Google Street View to be so limited in Germany. They greatly value their privacy and don't want the possibility of a stranger to get a static glimpse of their home, even if they're just trying to find the apothecary.

I agree with the Erik analysis: the EU is into privacy since they still remember WWII (which btw was one reason Kohl the German chancellor created the Euro) and the "Yellow Star" on Jewish victims; same with the French, who refuse to identify 'races' when doing census surveys.

As a practical matter rather than a cultural matter, this decision to ban smart watches is a blow to drive towards the IoT (Internet of Things). Probably, I am guessing, it will set back the EU drive to such technology and force promising technologists to move to Silicon Valley (where they were heading anyway), to the advantage of the USA.

" Probably, I am guessing, it will set back the EU drive to such technology and force promising technologists to move to Silicon Valley (where they were heading anyway), to the advantage of the USA."

And South East Asia (China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, etc).

This. Has anything bad actually happened to a 10 year old or is this another moral panic?

Moral panic.

Germans desperately overcompensate for the 1933-1945 period.

I would've guessed that it has more to do with the Stasi than the Nazis.

Definitely more Stasi than Nazi, but really odd either way. The device is a way of a parent tracking a child. This seems to be placing the rights of the child's privacy over the rights of the parent's guardianship.

"more to do with the Stasi than the Nazis"

Maybe but the majority of Germans lived in West Germany.

Nazism is a shared cultural milestone.

I would stay the Stasi experience reinforced the the Nazi one.

*Was cuckolded by a Stasi agent.

'The device is a way of a parent tracking a child.'

Most Germans I know consider that the sort of way of thinking extremely disturbing.

clockwork_prior November 21, 2017 at 6:08 am

Most Germans I know consider that the sort of way of thinking extremely disturbing.

And yet most Germans were happy to forgive Danny Cohn-Bendit for whipping his penis out and letting his kindergarten students play with it. So the conclusion seems to be that the Germans are concerned Kindergarten teachers might be put off sexually assaulting their pupils if the parents know? A strange country Germany. What they find extremely disturbing and what they do not is a source of endless fascination.

If that's true, then why is there a market for these in the first place?

"then why is there a market for these in the first place?"

Not everyone shares cultural traits.

*Has been cuckolded by a smart watch.

'I suspect this is the real cause.'

Because Stasi was always on the side of the angels, right? America's for profit perspective to a surveillance state simply does not meet much acceptance in Germany, regardless of the reasons Americans may make up to explain their fundamental opposition most Germans have to living in a high technology version of a police state.

6. Not sure about Nebraska but popularity of "Addison" spiked in part due to Kate Walsh's character on "Grey's Anatomy" in 2007.

Joseph Addison rises again! I would make mandatory performing Cato, A Tragedy in all schools every week.

Ha ha! The Brazilian education system must have been very solid, well put.

Actually, according Mr. Feyman, Brazilian students were the most knowledgeable he has ever seen. But civics is important, too. The Stoics, the Enlightenment, our Independence War, the 1889 Revolution, etc. I would emphasize it more. Man shall not live on bread alone.

Brazilians are proud of their mastery of the cuckold arts. We are the great cucks of the world.

No, we are not. Stop impersonating me. Brazilians favor real arts, such as painting, literature, sculpture and music.

And the playing of great symphonies on skinflutes.

No, Brazilian flutes are made of the finest metals.

Really? Ha. That reminds me of one of the funnier scenes in Eastbound and Down:

Kenny Powers: Y’all named your daughter after f-ing Titanic?

Dustin Powers: That’s Cassie’s favorite movie.

Kenny Powers: Oh, wow. You gotta be s-ing me. What’s his name — f-ing Shrek?

#2 If you define progressive tax as a tax where those who earn the most pay a higher percent of their earnings, then the corporate tax is not progressive even if the tax incidence falls completely on the stock holders, so I do not see why this is so important.

6. Good grief, Jennifer and Lisa carried all 50 states! Reagan only carried 49.

:-)

and Madison (son of Matthew or "Maddy") is just as silly as Addison (son of Adam or "Addy"). These are GIRLS you're naming, Americans.

#4 I find biographical profiles to be full of self-serving distortions and this one was no exception. It is for the same reason that I generally refuse to watch documentary films, the only one I have completely sat through being Nigel Slater's "Icing on the Cake" which I also found to be heavily biased.

I keep giving people demonstrations that I live a useless life.

You missed the humor the by sockpuppet, methinks Msgkings. Do you know of Nigel Slater?

I just wish the sock puppet was funny. I have no problem being a target.

For a really good time, look up the historical popularity of the birth name Hillary.

It was always fairly popular, but then it took a dive off a cliff in the mid-90s. For some reason.

Oddly enough, Monica babies also became rare.

Donald is at an all time low. Expect it to keep dropping.

There will be a boomlet in Donalds, but remember there was also a boomlet in Osamas not that long ago.

2. “Evidence from applying this framework to these data indicates that between and 45 and 75 percent of the burden of corporate taxes is borne by labor with the balance borne by capital.”

It all drifts down to the final price. If you have a candy bar then you have bought part of a candy bar machine.

The problem is that labor votes for government goods under the assumption that the guy behind the tree pays for them. The assumption is wrong.

So it was actually kind of a really fun conversation. Alex was really into car dealerships, and I was like, ‘We’re all about self-driving cars. Nobody’s going to buy a car. You want to buy a car dealership? I’m going to short your car dealership.

Silicon Valley, man. Where you can date a billionaire and found a company without having any economic sense at all.

Yes that and the clothed baths really makes me wonder

#2, so workers are dumb cause they like to tax corporation when 1/2 the taxes come from their wages?
if corporations are not taxed, don't 100% of taxes come from their wages?

How much of the cost of household taxes is born by businesses in the form of reduced spending?

#1 could have used some definitions.

Is someplace like Rockville a suburb or its own small core? Or just part of the “DC core?” You might want to stand at the Rockville or Twinbrook red line stops in the morning looon at the numbers getting on and getting off before you make a snap decision.

When talking about Montgomery County you have Gaithersburg and Rockville that are cities within the county and Silver Spring and Bethesda that aren’t. Good luck differentiating Rockville and North Bethesda. On the other hand you have places like Poolesville in the county mix too - about as far from urban as you can get.

#4 "He’s a smart guy." comes off in the circumstances and from here as quite patronizing.

4: Keep reading to grasp the narrative is right. It was initially an interesting article, but then veered increasingly into gossip-column territory, and I finally did what I normally do (instead of just clicking on the article and diving in) and looked at the article's context: the Style section. I finally gave up and stopped reading. (Although I did go back and skim through the last through paragraphs to see if the article had an unexpectedly interesting conclusion.)

The article did have interesting vignettes such as the Ivanka quote and the A-Rod romance, but ultimately adds up to not much of interest.

Except for something that the article didn't mention, but that may be driving her company's fortunes: someone who works in bio-tech told me that Trump's election has been a boon for companies in that sector because FDA approval very quickly became much easier and faster for many companies' products. Some companies were girding themselves for a grueling approval process only to be told in recent months by the FDA that they wouldn't have to get approved at all.

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