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#5 Is anyone surprised that America's ally Argentina acts that way? America basically installed Macri as a puppet.

#5 I think Brazilians could learn a thing or two from that manual.

No, we couldn't. Brazilians treat women as human beings, not as disposable sexuals objects as Americans and their Argentinian allies do.

Rule #2 says: "2. Russian girls do not like to feel like objects. Many men, because the Russian women are beautiful, only want to take them to bed. Maybe they want it too, but they are people who want to feel important and unique. The advice is to treat the women who is in front of you with their own ideas and wishes. "

It is a ruse to fool women to sleep with them. I can not imagine Brazilians football authorities issuing a manual teaching to pick up "chicas" (girls). Only the foolish Argentinians, supported by the United States, would do such a thing.

Thiago, I love you, man.

However, the manual could be the most interesting thing coming out of the games.

Brazil's football team is much more interesting.

Brazil's team is a bunch of spoiled prima donnas, as usual. Go Iceland

Yet, they are the world's best. The current Olympic champions. Neymar is the most valuable player in men's history! We are the beat. Head and shoulders all the others. We are invincible.

"In both cases it is necessary that you change your attitude, but for nervous guys, relax, it is only a girl, nothing more. "

but also here's a whole guide on getting said girl.

#5. This is actually pretty good dating advice for men and women everywhere.

Is it? Personally my first response is shock that Argentinians need any advice in picking up women. What has become of the country of Latin lovers? The country that invented tango?

My second response is that clearly Argentina's government is rejoining the West because like the rest of the West their government clearly loathes their own people and cannot help expressing that loathing through moralizing sermons aimed at changing their behavior.

My third response is to say I am very interested in what someone called Hazel Meade has to say about this, but I doubt that the advice will help pick up women. After all, women are not interested in making it easier for men to pick up women. On the contrary they have a strong vested interest in making it harder. So I suspect this is a sub-set of Sailor's law.

This is more likely to be true because of the way Russian men treat Russian women. It is a long history of indifference, exploitation and all too often wife beating - which has resulted, more often than not, in women devoting themselves to their men wholeheartedly.

So my pick up advice would be the opposite. If a Russian woman is talking to you, respond in a way suitable to her culture and expectations. Say "That is fairly interesting. Be a good girl and go and get me a drink".

Fernando Lamas envy may be treated. Ask your doctor.

After all, women are not interested in making it easier for men to pick up women.

Untrue. I have often encountered situations where I wished guys were less stupid about how to approach me. Especially the less aggressive ones. Maybe the "alphas" win because they're the only ones who are actually making an effort. In the old days there was a clear procedure to follow if you were interest in someone, but these days you're expected to have the confidence to strike up a conversation with them, and actually, you know, get to know them as a person, before proposing marriage. The list here has some pretty decent suggestions for how to do that: "think of her as a person with her own thoughts and desires! talk about something interesting! don't monopolize the conversation!"

Yeees. OK. In the meantime I will continue to note that the unreconstructed Latin American male is a staple of Chick-porn in the form of romance novels. It seems the women of the West are not pining for Swedish accountants who will change a nappy. They want a polo-playing Bad Boy from the Pampas. And, you know, I am pretty sure that they are not that interested in a woman's own thoughts and desires.

I will also note that Latin America has the highest domestic violence rate in the Western(-ish) world. Levels similar to the Muslim world.

So we can believe what women say they want, or what they get excited reading about and what they do. Tough call.

If there's one thing we've learned about So Much For Subtlety over the years, it's how smooth he is with the ladies.

Well thank you MsG. That is really very sweet of you.

#1 is basically "take a shower". Good advice, the 1st thing you tell to teenagers and overconfident twenty somethings.

@SMFS: I'm laughing at the oxymoron of polo-playing Bad Boy........or perhaps I know nothing about polo, or bad boys.

It isn't such an oxymoron among Upper Class circles. Even not so upper class ones:

Porfirio Rubirosa Ariza (January 22, 1909 – July 5, 1965) was a Dominican diplomat, race car driver, soldier and polo player. He was an adherent of the dictator Rafael Trujillo, and was also rumored to be a political assassin under his regime.[1] Rubirosa made his mark as an international playboy for his jetsetting lifestyle and his legendary sexual prowess with women. [2] Among his spouses were two of the richest women in the world.

Notice that last sentence. He may have been a pimp but he had something women liked.

What a sleazy piece of..........genocidal dictator supporter.

#5. Straussian reading: Tyler thinks the male commenters around here need some help getting laid.

I doubt any regular commenter here gets laid. Yes, even Ray Lopez.

5. Talking to people is good, between boys and girls, and people in general.

"Conclusive finding from 515 studies: Diversity and integration reduce racial prejudice." -

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This tendency of using “crypto” to mean cryptocurrency has to stop.

It’s even worse than using “carbon” to mean carbon dioxide.

"Carbon" means CO2, CH4, CO, primarily, but also particulates, CFCs, and NOx from jacking the carbon cycle, (ammonia and high temp combustion with too much air).

A carbon tax could either be based on the mass of carbon released to the atmosphere, or be based on a mass conversion to a standard measure relative to CO2. A simple input model would simply use the mass of carbon so the carbon price of methane would be the same whether burned, converted to ammonia, or allowed to leak. The alternative is, in my view too complex, but ...

When you hear/see “carbon”, just do an auto-replace with “diamond”.

Strive to reduce your diamond footprint. Mine’s under control.

5. Russian women, like Russian men, are best avoided because they are users; and men, being men, are the last to know.

4. Hedgehogs are also banned, as well as any "animals with . . . hooves". Cloven hooves? What about foxes?

People are nuts.

Traveling with emotional support animals - what’s the term for something more trivial than a “first world problem”?

Maybe they should gets a stuffed animal or a Linus blanket to carry around like the other emotional 2 year olds.

Your hateful comment has triggered me! I demand mini-Trigger as my emotional support animal now!

I like this one. If a child is OK with a plush toy, why do adults need a large dog?

Regarding the advice on picking up Russian women, it is said that one should not claim one knows everything. But I can vouch that for some around here who have done so successfully, if you really do know everything, it does not necessarily hurt to let that be known, if not too overtly egomaniacally, :-).

Of course, the advice also said that one should act humble, and if one really thinks one knows a lot and wants to attract the women who are smarter and more knowledgeable than others, well, one needs to keep in mind that the more one knows, the more realizes how little they know, which those women will also know. So, smart guys, act humble, even if you really are not, :-).

Also try to talk about "fun" subjects where there is less pressure about being wrong about something, so you don't come across as a know it all. A discussion about health care policy where you know everything will make you look bad, but if you talk about the economics of piracy it's entertaining and fun to know all sorts of fun facts about pirates.


Point well taken. Self-deprecating humor is especially effective, especially for those who really do think that they know a whole lot and need to keep themselves in line. Pirates are certainly plenty humorous, although if full-of-himself person knows Pete Leeson, well, that can go either way depending on how handled.

However, this does depend. So, if the Russian woman said full-of-himself male pursuing is has a or PhD in econ or related discipline from a top uni in Moscow or somewhere abroad, has a string of publications, and is sitting in a top think tank or agency or corporation or uni, or maybe several of the above, possibly through consultative relations, and on top of that comes out of the old Nomenklatura elite of Moscow, meaning extremely highly cultured, well, then, assuming the male has some sort of PhD and if not actual publications some sort of claim to public recognition through the internet or some policy or business or academic basis, well then, he might approach said serious Russian woman with a discussion of health care policy, assuming a suitable preliminary has transpired (not from a discussion of the top Argentine players in the World Cup), with something along the lines of "Well, I am not as brilliant as A.N. Kolmogorov or as polymathically well informed as Tyler Cowen, but in my not-so-well-informed view, perhaps the most important issues in comparing health care policies around the world might be the following, with the following data suggesting how various nations might come out..." With luck, this might lead somewhere... :-).

Ah, but it occurs to me that there might be an in even from a conversation focusing on Argentine participants in the World Cup. This would be if one of them, or perhaps somebody from a team they played with, had an injury or other health problem. Well, the door might be open.

I am a long time hedgehog owner, and they are harmless and do not cause much trouble at all. They are illegal to own in many states (for no good reason), which is probably why they are included on the list.

Just curious, and I haven't looked .. are they illegal in the states where they could go to ground?

I remember as a kid reading about "gerbils." They seemed mythical to me in California, but no. They were illegal because they could devastate the local agriculture.

Gerbils can't be illegal in California because .... never mind.

I do not know but this was the reason I was told by an airline representative when I inquired about flying with my hedgehog.

#2 is painful to watch. Roubini is an old guy speaking the language of economics. Lubin is yet another black t-shirt guy talking about the astonishing things that will supposedly be possible with blockchain vaporware, and tosses in PC language about things like helping the unbanked. The moderator doesn't really understand what either guy is saying, but speaks to Roubini in a patronizing manner and refers to banks as "legacy institutions"

Evangelists like Lubin always describe blockchain from 20000 feet up ("enables actors who don't know one other to trust one another" - which is true only in the most general sense) and then talk about a few miraculous applications that are just around the corner (though in this case he described an unnamed sushi supply chain app that was supposedly live).

Roubini actually seems to understand the underlying technology better than Lubin. Roubini made good points about the centralization of mining, control of software, and transaction volume vs cost curves. Lubin responded by nervously asserting that proof-of-stake (i.e. vaporware) will solve all the centralization problems. At least Lubin appreciates that the entire blockchain/cryptocurrency world is dependent on the miners.

4. “Tusked animals will be banned from flying, but miniature horses will not.”

I won't be able to take my resurrected Wooly-Mammoth-Asian-Elephant clone on the plane with me?

You know, the twenty first century is really not turning out as I had hoped.

#2-3: thinking that cryptocurrency and blockchain compete with tech is a misunderstanding of the whole phenomenon. Microsoft became a semi-monopoly as an OS and as an office software suite because the market structure needed predictability - and thence MS became an infrastructure component. There is just enough competition amongst OSes to allow sufficient innovation to keep the system healthy. IBM became a near monopoly for the same reason - but they were hardware driven. As technology evolves, Microsoft has become a lesser actor, while Google, etc are now part of the infrastructure. But these changes have taken place, not out of direct competition, but because the systems have evolved. If one were to view this as comparable to evolution in nature, we would have to compare evolution from one era to another - so that would be like a comparison of life forms from the Triassic which were replaced by life forms of the Jurassic. Did they directly compete with each other? I don't think you can view them that way.

#1 Glaeser completely cleaned his clock. Caplan isn't remotely in the same intellectual league and it showed. Was going to buy they book, but Glaeser convinced me that Caplan didn't do an honest review of the macro education literature. I know Glaeser is intellectually honest and will only comment on literature he really understands, so if he thinks Caplan didn't understand the full literature, I will go with that.

+1, all Caplan did was a meta- analysis of a lot of disjointed data. He comes to a conclusion that is unwarranted. However he has the support of a lot of fan boys/girls as well as the George Mason econ department. This makes him feel good even though by his own admission he doesn't even reach a majority of his students.

I would dearly love to work this into a reply. Advice needed. Safety Not Guaranteed.

After the Dem's supporting both Hamas and MS-13 this week, maybe he's right.

2 or 3 on a scale of 10

#3 if that's the best possible opposite case Tyler, you can't lose. Ultimately it says 'blockchains will solve all of this', without really getting into whether they can solve them at all. No blockchain will ever work properly for users as long as it relies on public key cryptography with no solution if you lose your private key or it gets copied. If you have a side way of authenticating, congratulations, you are centralized, as suddenly the authority that can override your cryptography has all the keys. If you do not have it, then identities get lost forever, stolen forever, and all the other fun things. This happens today to somewhat technically literate Bitcoin enthusiasts: They want it to work for grandma?

It's the same as how a blockchain-only economy is ultimately as safe as a cash-only, banks-can-run-away no-FDIC economy: Like the literal wild west.

3. Can crypto compete with Big Tech?
Telegram, yes. Robinhood, maybe. Telegram has large python support, bots that watch our assets. Telegram will incorporate Uber style delivery system, buy and sell delivery services. Telegram framework takes on Wall Street and Main Street.

Thank god Little Sebastian can still travel on airplanes

It was sad that Roubini didn't learn enough about the technology to even have a serious debate. Instead he just repeated various things he has read in the media without any context.

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