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EJW, Volume 19, Issue 2

The latest issue of Econ Journal Watch is available here. Among the many items in this new volume that caught my attention was this Erroneous Erratum section, which begins as follows: “Previously, Stephen Walker criticized an article in Journal of … Continue reading

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Music Monday: 2’21”

That is the duration of this catchy but lesser-known Rolling Stones track from their 1981 album “Tattoo You“: Below is the “remastered” version (same length):

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This day in legal history: the original bill of rights

On this day (October 2) in 1789, President George Washington sent copies of 12 newly-proposed constitutional amendments to the legislatures of the States for their ratification. (The Congress had approved these first 12 amendments on September 28, 1789.) Only the … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Smith, Ferguson, and Witherspoon @ 300, St Andrews, 18-21 July, 2023

In conjunction with the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, the Institute for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, and the International Adam … Call for Papers: Smith, Ferguson, and Witherspoon @ 300, St Andrews, 18-21 July, 2023

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Friday funnies: Sydney man announces he will quit drinking by 2050

The full tongue-in-cheek story is available here. Alternative title, with apologies to Tyler Cowen: “Small steps toward a much better world“?!

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Memo to the World Meteorological Organization

Hurricanes can be destructive and dangerous, so why not name these storms after unpopular or disgraced or failed politicians like the ones pictured below? Alas, that wouldn’t be fair to the hurricanes! (The MWO is the body that assigns names … Continue reading

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Today in legal history: the demise of flogging at sea

On this day (September 28) in 1850, President Millard Filmore signed the 1851 naval appropriations bill, which abolished flogging as a form of punishment in the US Navy. Here, however, is a defense of flogging. See also this short essay … Continue reading

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The Mozart of Modality

That is the title of this City Journal obituary of the North American philosopher and logician Saul A. Kripke, who died earlier this month at the age of 81 and whose most influential work were his 1970 lectures on “Naming … Continue reading

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Monday music video: Jai Wolf

Alternative title: love in outer space

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A modest proposal (weather models)

I am following the development a new tropical storm in the Caribbean very closely. (This storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on the Florida peninsula next week.) What if, instead of taking the average of all the weather models … Continue reading

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