Wednesday, November 30, 2011


NFL Touchdown Celebrations

It is not the NFL's biggest concern but it is something that gets out of hand. I have an idea for a rule that would curtail the touchdown dance and other nonsense without the need for an 'excessive celebration' penalty. A simple rule would require that the the point after TD attempt be made with the same ball used to score the TD. Also the play clock would begin as soon as it is determined that a TD was scored. There might be a delay for a review but it would force the players to focus on the game rather than a dance routine. The refs would be waiting for the players to give them the ball so they could spot it for the extra point and all the while the clock would be ticking. Ten or Twenty extra seconds could be allotted considering they have a decision to make, kick or go for two points, and personnel to change.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Racism and communism

To be clear, I put communists in the same category as racists. People who irrationally hate other people. Racists hate based on skin color and communists hate based on class; both of their motivations are informed by failed pseudo-scientific pablum. And both have justified incredible violence against others whom have done nothing to them other than give offense for their existence.



The latest internet meme is to include the photo of the UC Davis police officer in various photos to show the horror of what was done to them. That gave me the idea for this demotivational poster.


Friday, November 18, 2011


I find your lack of looking for a job disturbing


Tuesday, November 08, 2011


France is bacon.


Monday, November 07, 2011


Cash for clunkers caused used car prices to rise- That which is unseen.

Used car prices continue to rise, blurring value case for consumers

“Would you buy a used car from that guy?” was the old refrain. Now, that guy is desperate to buy your car.

Prices for used cars have been on an unprecedented upswing, and analysts do not foresee a leveling off during summer. The conditions are upsetting the long-held assumption that used cars are always better deals than new ones.

Poor and minorities hardest hit.

Stephanie Samuels went shopping for a used car but found prices for a late model car nearly as much as for new—and financing for the new car easier to obtain. "I was looking at buying a 2009 Ford Focus which was going to cost me about $16,000," Ms. Samuels said. "But for a couple grand more I could get a new Focus and a better interest rate. So now I am shopping new."

On Friday, wholesale auto auction house Manheim, a unit of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises Inc., said its index hit 126.6 in April and adjusted wholesale prices of used vehicles rose 5% from a year ago. It's the highest level the index has reached since it started tracking prices in January 1995. The index sets its baseline of 100 at January 1995.

What can we learn from this episode of senseless destruction. That the parable of the broken window is true and that Keynesian stimulus is at best limited and at worst destructive.

In this case that which is seen is the government funds which went to buy the cars going into the hands of the sellers and then moving into the economy. That which is unseen is the rising prices of used cars which disproportionally affects the poor.

Now we seem to be absorbing this basic economics lesson.

So were the naysayers right? It seems so. A newly updated analysis from economists at Resources for the Future finds that the actual benefits of the program were pretty meager. The paper examined U.S. car sales using trends in Canada as a control group, and estimated that about 45 percent of cash-for-clunker vouchers went to consumers who would have bought new cars anyway. In the end, the program boosted U.S. vehicle sales by just 360,000 in July and August of 2009 and provided no stimulus thereafter. What’s more, the program increased average fuel economy in the United States by just 0.65 miles per gallon.

Now, there’s a case to be made that that’s better than nothing. For one, handing $3,500 vouchers to people who would’ve bought cars anyway still counts as stimulus. What’s more, as the RFF paper found, the program reduced overall U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions by between 9 million and 28.4 million tons. But even so, that implies that it cost between $91 and $288 per ton to get those reductions — a pretty lousy bargain as far as carbon policy goes. Even if the program did have some benefits, it’s hard to argue that it was an efficient way to dole out cash.


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