Archives for: September 2009

Things I Learned at the Fair This Weekend

September 29th, 2009
We went to the Alameda County Fairgrounds this weekend to take the boy (well, the boys, but the 4 month old didn't really get much out of it) to "Kid's Fair". It was a scorcher, somewhere near 100 degrees, but we got there before 11 and left before 3 an… more »

Facts Are Just A Little Harder To Shape Than Lies

September 29th, 2009
As regular readers of this column - both of them - may have deduced, I'm in favor of government-run health insurance. Markets are awesome, powerful tools, but in the case of health insurance they are absolutely the wrong tool. The incentives are complet… more »

Our Insert Here Overlords

September 25th, 2009
Matthew Yglesias has a nifty observation about container port automation at the port of Hamburg (with picture): The part of my brain that’s familiar with economic history and models tells me that this automation is pushing the production frontier o… more »

Artificial Beings

September 25th, 2009
Well, my opinion of spankin' new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor just went dramatically higher. During arguments in a campaign-finance case, the court's majority conservatives seemed persuaded that corporations have broad First Amendment righ… more »

Cheap Fix

September 18th, 2009
Dishwashers. I have had several - probably pushing a dozen - thus far in my life, and there are few more aggravating recurrent annoyances than a dishwasher that just doesn't get the dishes clean. If the dishwasher works, you don't think much about it. B… more »