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Quotation of the Day…
… is from my friend the superb economist and wit Dwight Lee (as related by my colleague Larry White in the comments section of this EconLog post by David Henderson): You can tell for whose benefit an institution is run by looking at who gets th X



The Myth Of "Roid Rage"?
Are men who inject testosterone and other anabolic steroids at risk of entering a violent "roid rage"? Many people think so. Whenever a professional athlete commits a violent crime, it's not long before someone suggests that steroids may have been in X



Personal Bleg
Cafe Patrons: Again this year I seek your kind assistance. I’m entering the 2014 Coolidge Prize for Journalism competition.  I ask you again, as I did last year, to suggest to me your favorite blog posts or newspaper essays (or both) of mine th X



How to Stop Your Mind Wandering
How to Stop Your Mind Wandering X



Getting Droned On Greenland's Ice Sheet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEWCaA78WH8 If you're as fascinated by the science of our planet as I am, you've probably seen all sorts of imagery of the world's frozen places, including dramatic photos of summer meltwater coursing across the surfac X



A torrent of accidental poems
Neurology journal Neurocase has an interesting study of a women who started compulsively writing poetry after having brief epileptic amnesia treated with the anti-seizure drug lamotrigine. A 76-year-old woman reported having a poor memory and short p X



Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics
Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday. X



The Surprising New Trend of Active, Nomadic Retirement
The nomadic way of life is not just for the young. Or to be precise, it’s for the young of all ages. For years I’ve been meeting retired folks who are embracing a more active lifestyle than their parents’ generation may have done. I X



Moral hazard: If you are not taking socially excessive risks, you aren’t doing your job
Tyler Cowen recently quoted from a paper by Cheng, Raina and Xiong (in the AER) on the banking crisis: We analyze whether mid-level managers in securitized finance were aware of a large-scale housing bubble and a looming crisis in 2004-2006 using the X



Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.
U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed. But NPR's Scott Simon says, when art stops at the border, it's American audiences who miss out. X





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