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The foibles of traffic regulation

On Jan. 1, 2015, San Antonio will begin enforcing a new cell phone ban for drivers. The ban is, by many accounts, common sense and will catch the city up with progressive California and New York bans. It also happens … Continue reading

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George Will, increasingly intelligent

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January … Continue reading

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Murray Rothbard on the founding of the Federal Reserve 100 years ago

A speech by Murray N. Rothbard. Presented at the Mises Institute’s 1984 “Seminar on Money and Government,” in Houston, Texas.

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The Fiscal Cliff blame game

(Cafe Hayek) If you only read the Washington Post and certain bloggers, the Republicans are to blame if we go over the fiscal cliff. They’re unwilling to compromise–they refuse to raise taxes and only want spending cuts. Compromise is a … Continue reading

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Food waste a growing concern

(TED) Western countries waste up to half of their food. This is an injustice Tristram Stuart has dedicated his career to fixing. In his newest book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, Tristram shows how changing the systems that result … Continue reading

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Just how far does choice go?

The official Democratic Party platform “strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.” Reason TV talked with Democratic delegates and … Continue reading

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On-demand fashion

(Continuum Fashion : N12) The N12 bikini is the world’s first ready-to-wear, completely 3D-printed article of clothing. All of the pieces, closures included, are made directly by 3D printing and snap together without any sewing. N12 represents the beginning of what … Continue reading

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Can bureaucracy beat bioengineering?

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The (il)logic of political rhetoric

President Obama’s speech on Friday has caused a stir. In a way similar to Elizabeth Warren’s provocative speech, Obama announced that no man is an island. And, similar to the criticism of Warren’s remarks, the president’s words have been considered … Continue reading

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Are we advancing technologically? Economically?

PETER THIEL: But I think that when you look at this question of how much technological progress has been happening, we get into all these complicated measurement issues.  The one that I cite as the big data point is that … Continue reading

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The war on health

While some bits look a little sensational, there are some really good points here:

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Why cavemen don’t live past 30

Touché, Alex Gregory of The New Yorker.

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Sociality and coolness in modern times

One of the great motifs of modern times is coolness. In the early part of the 20th century, it began as a term of insouciance or what might be characterized as a social chill. Witness Miles Davis and James Dean … Continue reading

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Juggernaut cometh

Jurist Richard Posner sums things up pretty well: (Becker-Posner) The institutional structure of the United States is under stress. We might be in dangerous economic straits if the dollar were not the principal international reserve currency and the eurozone in … Continue reading

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What labor statistics say about our economy

Most attuned to the mumbo jumbo disseminated from Washington will recognize the patent unreliability of statistics. And most will not take at face value reports on inflation, employment, or other political economic issues. Still, the government keeps churning them out … Continue reading

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Consumerism and consolidation

Recently, this image has been presented by a Facebook group called Exposing the Truth with the title “The Illusion of Choice”. The assumption is that these companies have conspired to give consumers an illusion that they have choices in the … Continue reading

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Pushing things forward

(Paul Graham) One of the more surprising things I’ve noticed while working on Y Combinator is how frightening the most ambitious startup ideas are. In this essay I’m going to demonstrate this phenomenon by describing some. Any one of them … Continue reading

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Greece–a portent of things to come?

Moodys Investors Service considers Greece to have defaulted per its default definitions. The announcement comes despite Athens reaching a deal with private creditors for a bond exchange that will shave €107 billion from its €350 billion debt. The agency pointed … Continue reading

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The Weight of the Union

Designed for Anytime Fitness and based on the fitness and nutritional habits of its 1.3 million members, the visual looks at the numbers behind obesity – how expensive it is to be overweight $2.4 billion spent on diet foods, how … Continue reading

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Reflections on the corporation culture

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