Mancow (the self-named conservative/libertarian shock jock, not Mankiw, who I sometimes poke fun at as "Mancow") wanted to show that waterboarding wasn't so bad, so he had a a marine do it to him. He lasted 5 seconds. He had actually nearly drowned once in childhood, and said that waterboarding is worse than drowning. Needless to say, he's converted. See his interview on Countdown here:
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Three reasons resources are more curse than blessing. Part of the third, which she leaves out, is that the rent seeking behavior, paired with poor governance and the boom-bust volatility in the second, can often mean armed conflict.
Monday, May 25, 2009
This was an interesting post on Andrew Gelman's stats blog. Basically, it talks about a new way of thinking about "human development" in the US by state, and compares it to an old way - the inverse of the distance to the Canadian border. What's about as interesting was this comment to a Catherine Campbell post at Economix:
Tom Friedman has often observed that poorly educated, unemployed youth in
Arab countries turned to fundamentalism. He blames the inefficient kleptocracies
that run these countries for these backward attitudes.
Is something like this
happening in the solid Republican states?