Thursday assorted links

1. Crowdfunding markets in everything: a Romanian jazz album with plants used as the musical instruments.  Dandelion sample here.  It grows on you.

2. Mongolian Neo-Nazis? The lesson here is simply, but neglected nonetheless.  And grammar Nazis.

3. Interview with Anne Case.  And Ezra Klein interviews Paul Krugman.

4. Volokh Conspiracy moves to Reason.

5. Bach and Indian classical music.

6. And “My pants don’t seem particularly stylish.”  And Hungary (!) will be naming a “Milton Friedman University” [the article is in Hungarian].


6.a. I enjoy Sumner's blog and admire his determination in pushing that boulder up a hill, but sometimes his single-mindedness coupled with his thin skin can annoy. Not only is he offended by Cowen not acknowledging that Sumner has the only correct answer but by Cowen's depiction of Sumner as some kind of cartoon character with pants that don't fit and arms that are too short (is it a metaphor for Sumner not fitting in?). What's amusing about economists is that they not only disagree about what's in store for the future, they disagree on what happened in the past. Always amusing.


Fake rayward. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Is Art Deco into the eggnog?

if You want to drink my man’s egg nog you need to suck his dick while he plays 2K

I didn't get the most technical portions, but I took those as humor.

But I immediately pulled that technical question from mid-air, levitating in so and such a speak talked about still, and placed it on a dangerous curve between development and freedom.

From #3b:

"Ezra Klein
The Trump administration has announced its intention to roll back the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules. Do you have a strong view on net neutrality?

Paul Krugman
Just the general sense that for a democratic society, and also just for a society that is open to new ideas, level playing fields are really important. One of the great unifying things that we did very early on in our country’s history was to establish a postal service, where the cost of sending a letter was the same no matter who was sending it, no matter how far you were sending it.

You can imagine if there had existed right-wing think tanks at the time, they would have given you all kinds of reasons why this was bad and distortionary and we should let the market work, but it turned out to be a really, really good thing for fostering national unity, communication, and ultimately, I would guess, innovation.

We've done very, very well with providers not allowed to discriminate among different users. This is something that’s very much not broken. Why try to fix it?"

That last line is very revealing, we have done very well *without* net neutrality, providers *are* allowed to discriminate, and things are very much not broken. Good question Mr, Krugman, why try to fix it?

without "the ability to discriminate" (e.g. with net neutrality). At least read the comment before you disagree.

Have we done well? It seems like everyone has gone bat guano crazy in a very short time.

"That last line is very revealing, we have done very well *without* net neutrality, providers *are* allowed to discriminate, and things are very much not broken. Good question Mr, Krugman, why try to fix it?"

This group of yahoos think the net started with neutrality.

And oh yeah, they built it.

More interesting AlphaZero game analysis:

"4. Volokh Conspiracy moves to Reason."

A good move by Volokh. It gets them out from behind the Paywall.

I hope it improves Reason by attracting more serious and better educated commenters.


It’s national sucking my man’s dick while he plays 2K day in Germany! :p


Sucking your man’s dick while my man plays 2K is a specialty of mine.


If I ever see you sucking my man's dick while he plays 2K I'll strangle you with the controller cable.

...yes, Reason commenters are mostly lightly educated and narrow minded.
But we here have a few commenters enamored with their incessant shallow posts and occasional vulgar (attempted) witticisms.


So, CW, you've apparently not read any comments at WaPo?

'It gets them out from behind the Paywall'

What paywall? I have never noticed a Post paywall with my browser settings - but then, who cares about just text on the Internet when there are ads and subscriptions to sell. Of course, some billionaires care more about making money than they do supporting a political ideology - sort of like Volokh himself, actually. Though his main thrust is an admirable ideology, in the main - the 1st Amendment is a crowning achievement of human history, and defending it is always a good idea.

It will be interesting to see how Volokh reacts when various filters start screening out posts due to 'language.' (Occasionally, this place has posts blocked in a German public library system for its 'sexual content,' hard as that may be to imagine.)


I hadn't noticed either until about 2 weeks ago, and that one had razor wire. Thanks Eugene et al.


The idea of codification re-emerged during the Age of Enlightenment, when it was believed that all spheres of life could be dealt with in a conclusive system based on human rationality, following from the experience of the early codifications of Roman Law during the Roman Empire.
The first attempts at modern codification were made in the second half of the 18th century in Germany, when the states of Austria, Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony began to codify their laws. The first statute that used this denomination was the Codex Maximilianeus bavaricus civilis of 1756 in Bavaria, still using the Latin language. It was followed in 1792 by a legal compilation that included civil, penal, and constitutional law, the Allgemeines Landrecht für die Preussischen Staaten (General National Law for the Prussian States) promulgated by King Frederick II the Great. In Austria, the first step towards fully-fledged codification were the yet incomplete Codex Theresianus (compiled between 1753 and 1766), the Josephinian Code (1787) and the complete West Galician Code (enacted as a test in Galicia in 1797). The final Austrian Civil Code (called Allgemeines bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, ABGB) was only completed in 1811 after the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation under the influence of the Napoleonic Wars. One of the very first countries to follow up through legal transplants in codification was Serbia, the Serbian Civil Code (1844).
Meanwhile, the French Napoleonic code (Code Civil) was enacted in 1804 after only a few years of preparation, but it was a child of the French Revolution, which is strongly reflected by its content. The French code was the most influential one because it was introduced in many countries standing under French occupation during the Napoleonic Wars. In particular, countries such as Italy, the Benelux countries, Spain, Portugal (with the Civil Code of 1867, later replaced by the Civil Code of 1966, which is strongly influenced by the German BGB), the Latin American countries, the province of Quebec in Canada, the state of Louisiana in the United States, and all other former French colonies which base their civil law systems to a strong extent on the Napoleonic Code.
The late 19th century and the beginning 20th century saw the emergence of the School of Pandectism, whose work peaked in the German Civil Code (BGB), which was enacted in 1900 in the course of Germany's national unification project, and in the Swiss Civil Code (Zivilgesetzbuch) of 1907. Those two codes had been most advanced in their systematic structure and classification from fundamental and general principles to specific areas of law (e.g. contract law, labour law, inheritance law). While the French Civil Code was structured in a "casuistic" approach attempting to regulate every possible case, the German BGB and the later Swiss ZGB applied a more abstract and systematic approach. Therefore, the BGB had a great deal of influence on later codification projects in countries as diverse as Japan, Greece, Turkey, Portugal (1966 Civil Code) and Macau (1999 Civil Code).
Since 2002 with the First law of the Civil Code of Catalonia, Parliament of Catalonia's several laws have approved the successive books of the Civil Code of Catalonia. This has replaced most of the Compilation of the Civil Law of Catalonia, several special laws and two partial codes. Only the Sixth book, relating to obligations and contracts, has to be approved.
In Europe, apart from the common law countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland, only Scandinavia remained untouched by the codification movement. The particular tradition of the civil code originally enacted in a country is often thought to have a lasting influence on the methodology employed in legal interpretation. Scholars of comparative law and economists promoting the legal origins theory of (financial) development usually subdivide the countries of the civil law tradition as belonging either to the French, Scandinavian or German group (the latter including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea).

Not this rayward, even if he/she is long-winded.


To remain still at the bend, harrow at the chagrin past the path of the righteous, CLYDE's thrown up arms, Thiago's shoelaces kicking against the bunny-rabbit, tantamount to treason.

I dislike hyper-codification. Codes accrete, and eventually contradict themselves. Prosecutions then become a matter of getting the man and finding the law, versus finding the law and getting the man.

There's a good thesis in there about why the English developed common law and the Continentals developed civil law.

Looks like Art Deco is at it again sucking his man’s dick.


Where is the evidence that the dick you weee sucking was your Man’s?!


They would look good on your man as long as he can stick his dick through the fly.

Weird how #2 is getting around all of a sudden. The article is 7 years old.

Also, it seems this TC sentence is un-grammatical (sic): "2. Mongolian Neo-Nazis? The lesson here is simply, but neglected nonetheless. And grammar Nazis." should read: 'SIMPLE' not 'simply'.

I think Case and Deaton where mistaken in this:

"So we drilled into it and found it wasn’t that heart disease was increasing, it wasn’t that cancers were increasing. It turned out that the largest increases were for suicide, alcohol-related liver mortality and drug overdose, which we combined into what we called “deaths of despair.” Because to us it all seems like suicide; it’s either quickly with a gun or it’s slowly with drugs and alcohol."

Correcting statistical biases in “Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century”: We need to adjust for the increase in average age of people in the 45-54 category
Dear Angus Deaton with all due respect you might consider reassessing your deaths of despair theory. It never made much sense to me, there is in fact some evidence that people drink and drug more when they have more income and therefore access to booze and drugs, which is BTW a problem for my advocacy of legalization but I thin the positives would out weigh the negatives.

New Hampshire was the highest earning state in 2016 and number 2 in opiod OD deaths.

It makes as much sense to say that more money people have the more drugs they use.

Fooooohhhhhhhhhhhh !!!

Now play nice and go suck Art Deco’s dick while he plays 2K.

I can't even FEEL my dick when I play 2K.



I'm beginning to see the good of the WAPO. (rips eyes out)

If you don't like the blog then go suck your man's dick while he plays 2K.




1hydrotriperoxyfluoride is unstable, toxic and explosive.

If the youth of today would keep to sucking THEIR man's dick we wouldn't have so many family problems.

Well I might be the world's greatest dick sucker. Email me if you want to know more :D!

Soviet prisoners of war

The others got to starve to death.

Not the ones who sucked enough of their man's dick.

3. Klein/Krugman Interview: The battle between the particular and the universal. For those not old enough to remember, President Reagan was effective in communicating empathy for the particular but not for the universal. On the other hand, Krugman is effective in communicating empathy for the universal but not for the particular. The yin and the yang. People can identify with the particular, but not with the universal. That's why the right is so effective in demonizing the universal (you know who they are), but the left is ineffective in communicating empathy for the universal. Sure, to a certain extent this is about tribes. But I would argue it's about the human capacity to feel the suffering of the particular while ignoring that of the the universal. Or stated in another way, some of my best friends are Jews.

What about a dick sucking test?


Oh I’m a real dick sucker

Why is that odd?

Because you should be sucking your man’s dick while he plays 2K!

Speaking of this recent round of witch-hunting, one thing that strikes me is the frequency of the phrase "sexual misconduct." I guess even "sexual harassment" is not a broad enough a term for a crime that essentially amounts to "being a man who is attracted to women."

I’m giving Top in the Davis Forum to my man as he plays 2K


Trojan Antiquities are as a great antiquarian once said, not about the dialectics of the time, but the way of thinking that inspired the divine to conceive of such of a time.

The caste system was of course a Trojan horse, so too like chastity, a hierarchy, right Hazel Meade? A greek frieze such as Heinrich Schliemann constructed

In 1534, Rabelias began working as a doctor at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon. On March 1, 1844, 22-year-old Schliemann took a position with B. H. Schröder & Co., an import/export firm. The two never knew one another, but the 18, leaves 9 and so on May 27, 1873 Schliemann reported:

In excavating this wall further and directly by the side of the palace of King Priam, I came upon a large copper article of the most remarkable form, which attracted my attention all the more as I thought I saw gold behind it. … In order to withdraw the treasure from the greed of my workmen, and to save it for archaeology, … I immediately had “paidos” (lunch break) called.

And sometimes the appearance of a northern Asian soldier was such a welcome event that instead of being killed or imprisoned, he was added to the conquering army.

Like Yang Kyoungjong, a Korean soldier who served in the Japanese army, then with the Soviets and finally in the German Wehrmacht.

After being captured by the Americans he clearly decided that his life had too much excitement, so he moved to Evanston, Illinois, and didn’t say a peep till he died.

That’s because he was too busy deep throating his man.

I’ll tell ya huwhut there’s a lot of cucks on this blog who let their man suck dick while they play 2K.

Re: Milton Friedman University

This institution was founded by the Hungarian King Zsigmond in 1395.

It has more recently come under the auspices of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Community, which has elected to change its name to the Milton Friedman University. Friedman came from a Hungarian Jewish family.

The university apparently intends to focus on high tech and related business issues, including IT and start-ups.

It is associated with Touro College in NYC, which "was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions." US News lists its endowment as $11.3 million.

It is also associated with Bar-Ilan University in Israel. From its website: "At Bar-Ilan our students learn to assume social responsibility. They are provided with an opportunity to become knowledgeable Jews, both formally, though our unique program which requires every student to take academic level Jewish studies courses, thereby grounding them in the basics of Judaism, and informally, through the vast multitude of Jewish experiences available on campus."

Thus, it appears Milton Friedman University will have a formal Jewish aspect, although not all, or even most, of its students may be Jewish. I would guess it would be something like attending Notre Dame or Brigham Young: not exclusively geared for members of the faith, but the faith is an integral part of the culture and identity.

"...the faith is an integral part of the culture and identity." I would like to see that. The fact is that we Hungarian Jews have little identity left. And there are too few Hungarian Jews of university age. I cannot imagine what the whole renaming idea is.

I thought Volokh's blog was always outside the paywall for regular WaPo articles

If those Mongolian Nazis are the same ones I read about before...they're not doing it right. Non-white, er, Nazis...listening to rap music. Got it.

Has Krugman ever attempted to mail a heavy package via the post office?

Because they charge MOAR for that than other weight.

Oh, and it depends on distance, too.

And of course, you can pay MOAR if you want a faster shipping service.

p.s. Yes, I do suck my man while he plays 2k.


Milton Friedman is probably the greatest American who ever lived.

How dare you! It's Trump, stupid!

3b - Ezra Klein interviews Paul Krugman

I thought you weren't supposed to mix bleach with ammonia.

#5 was interesting, but for me it merely emphasized the big differences between Bach and Indian classical music from the standpoint of, you know, the actual music.

3. On Krugman: "The third piece of evidence is corporations can borrow for only slightly more than the federal government needs to pay, yet private investment is, if anything, a bit low by historic standards. What could explain that? How can companies have free capital and not really want to invest it? Well, that what's a monopolist does. A monopolist doesn’t want to increase capacity, because the only way you use capacity is to cut prices, and the monopolist doesn’t want to do that.", well, has he ever heard of Romer's growth model? Because its a growth model where everybody is a monopolist and actually the problem of the model is that monopoly profits are not high enough to capture the social gains from innovation.

#3a. Interview with Ann Case.
I admire Ann Case for her unconventional, uncommon and hands on take on economics. Her econometric theories are based on field experiences in various countries around the world. Her multi faceted interview is an eye opener. I would like to comment on her ideas on the impact of AIDS on health services and child health; two issues close to my heart.
Girls and Inequality
There are 1.1 billion girls in the world today; the largest generation in history. According to ‘When women lead, change happens’ (UNAIDS, 2017) women in the developing world face multiple challenges and inequalities especially when it comes to efforts to end HIV/AIDS. With limited access to primary and secondary school, girls and young women lack the basic literacy skills required to access higher education and actively participate in their communities and economies. Lack of education contributes to higher HIV vulnerability. Parental and spousal consent, stigma and health worker bias often deter or prevent girls and young women from accessing HIV and health services. Without access to preventive measures and knowledge, they are unable to protect themselves not only from HIV but other health risks. Children who are or have been subject to sexual abuse are not only extremely vulnerable to HIV transmission, but often suffer psychological and developmental consequences that lead to risky behaviors. Orphans are particularly vulnerable. In societies where early marriage is acceptable, young girls and adolescent women miss the valuable opportunities to be educated, to be socially and economically self sufficient and to protect themselves against violence and risky behaviors. Without basic survival means, they are more likely to engage in transactional sex or the exchange of sex for food, items or other non-monetary benefit. Data also show that women are more vulnerable to HIV due to various biological and physiological reasons. Any response to health and socio economic issues must address these various structural, behavioral and biological challenges.

#3b. Interview with Ann Case
Comments on child health and later life outcomes
According to 2017 UNAIDS’s report ‘Right to Health’ an estimated 16.6 million children (aged 0–17 years old) had lost one or both parents to AIDS related illnesses in 2016. Grandmothers were having to take care of their grandchildren at a time when they themselves needed care. Child-headed households saw children being robbed of their childhood. According to the same report, an estimated 95% of orphaned children are cared for by other family members or neighbors. HIV is both a major driver and a consequence of poor health among millions of orphans and other children made vulnerable by AIDS. They are far more likely to experience health problems, many are born with HIV and they are less likely to be diagnosed and accessing treatment. Stigma associated with the loss of one or both parents, inequality, discrimination, institutionalization, substance abuse, violence and exploitation, lack of access to education, health care and other resources worsen the already fragile situation. They are especially vulnerable to HIV infection, cognitive and developmental delays, stunting, poor psychosocial and mental health and a range of other diseases. To be effective, multi sectoral services must be in place to address these issues.

#3c Interview with Ann Case - Comments on Impact of AIDS on health services - According to the 2017 UNAIDS report ‘When women lead change happens’ four issues must be tackled to ensure inclusion of girls and women in health and socio economic progress and outcomes including ending HIV/AIDS.
1) Education, including secondary education and comprehensive sex education.
2) Empowerment through voices as political representatives for gender equality and equal access to decision making, health and social services.
3) Integrated health services providing a wide range of services including sexual and reproductive
4) Economics through the ability to actively participate and contribute to the economy thereby reducing poverty.
To these four requirements I would add the importance of role models. When girls and women see other women speaking out, leading in various capacities and at various levels, changing the status quo and bringing about changes, they are motivated and confident they can achieve the same if not better. I would also add culture change at both societal and individual levels whereas girls and women are viewed as equal partners in the efforts to achieve health and socio economic progress.

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