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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

To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Officers Ditch The Grades
A switch to pass-fail grading is curbing the "perfection" culture among U.S. nuclear missile forces. Critics of the old way say striving to be perfect invited cheating by those who launch the nukes. X

This Albino Redwood Tree Isn't Dead — But It Came Close
An extremely rare, albino hermaphroditic redwood tree was in danger of being sent to the chipper because it was growing too close to the path of a new railroad line in Cotati, Calif. But thanks to local outcry from arborists and the community, the tr X

Cruising high seas, engineers detect fake GPS signals
For four days in late June, Cornell researchers tested the newest version of their GPS ‘spoofing’ detector, which allows them to differentiate between real or fake GPS signals. 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

On-campus visit inspires international farmers
Ten participants of the Nuffield Scholar Global Focus Program, seeking inspiration for their businesses back home in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Ireland and the U.K., spent a week touring Cornell’s agricultural facilities. 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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