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The Delusional Fantasies We Live With Each Day
‘Most human beings spend 50 to 90 percent or more of their time in their imagination, living in fantasy.’ ~Charlotte Joko Beck By Leo Babauta We fail at creating new habits because of fantasies. We procrastinate because of fantasies. We g X

Quotation of the Day…
… is from page 341 of my great emeritus colleague Gordon Tullock’s 1987 essay “Concluding Thoughts on the Politics of Regulation,” which is the final chapter of the insight-rich 1987 collection Public Choice & Regulation X

How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery
Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: The rapid decline of fish and fauna. X

Mary Poppins Should Stick to Nannying Only People Who Pay Her to Nanny (and Celebrities Should Stick to Celebritying)
From the great folks at Reason we get Remy’s response to Kristen Bell’s economically uninformed attempt to justify an increase in the minimum wage.  (HT Methinks) X

These Numbers Lend No Good Support to the Case for the Minimum Wage
GMU Econ PhD student Liya Palagashvili and I have studied some numbers that Barack Obama and plenty of pundits have seized upon as evidence that raising the minimum wage is good economic policy.  Here – in U.S. News & World Report – X

Bloody Corporate Welfare
Here’s a letter to a long-time friend, a gentleman who largely supports free markets. Mr. Gordon J___________ Dear Gordon: Thanks for your note in defense of the Export-Import Bank. I’ll not respond to each of your arguments (especially X

We Experiment On Human Beings!
I’m the first to admit it: we might be popular, we might create a lot of great relationships, we might blah blah blah. But OkCupid doesn’t really know what it’s doing. Neither does any other website. It’s not like people have X

Why Artistic Compromise Makes for Better Work
Once in a while (thankfully not often), I look back at some of the posts and articles I wrote in the early days. What in the world was I thinking? Most of them are riddled with errors, typos, and sometimes just bad writing. For both The $100 Startup X

10 Remarkable Ways Nature Can Heal Your Mind
People now spend up to 25% less time enjoying nature than they did 20 years ago. What is that doing to our minds?Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is X

With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter
The string of genes that make a man a man used to be much bigger, and some geneticists say it may be wasting away. Back off, others say. Y has been stable — and crucial — for millennia. X

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