36 Chambers – The Legendary Journeys: Execution to the max!

January 31, 2010

Things I Learned From Pat

Filed under: Filmography — Kevin Feasel @ 11:45 pm

Part 1 in an on-going series.

Peter Lorre was the child murderer in Fritz Lang’s M.

Things Pat (possibly) learned from me, part 1 in an on-going series:  M was an excellent movie.

Quick updates

Filed under: Video Games — Tony Demchak @ 6:25 pm

Royal Rumble is tonight, so you know how I’ll be spending my evening…

Picked up Dragon Age: Origins (finally) at Hastings. Almost got it a few weeks ago, but ended up with Hearts of Iron III instead. So far I’m liking it, but I’ve only gotten about four hours in. Should have a review in a couple of weeks. Apart from that, not much to say. Apparently there is some kind of Pro Bowl Footballery going on as well. I will continue my long standing trend of ignoring it.

PS On Musical Saturday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin Feasel @ 12:24 am

Cafe Hayek has the video with Chinese subtitles. For the Chinese readers in my contingency (hey, I know there’s at least one or two of you, and not just the spammers).

January 30, 2010

Musical Saturday

Filed under: Economics, Musique — Kevin Feasel @ 10:54 pm

Okay, this one’s been going around pretty much every economics-related blog I’ve seen:  Fear the Boom and Bust.  They actually did a really good job for being a bunch of white people talking about economics.

Rap’s not at all my style, but while I’m at it, here’s Lazy Muncie.  It’s old, but still funny.

And finally, something a little closer to my tastes (which I can’t embed).  Tony will probably like that band.

January 29, 2010

Assassin’s Creed II DLC I: A mini-review you can use [tm!]

Filed under: Reviews you can use [tm]!, Video Games — Tony Demchak @ 6:58 pm

Picked up the DLC for AC II today. Obviously, there isn’t much to say about a DLC, but it does fill a story gap nicely, and hey, it’s four bucks.

That’s pretty much the whole review.

No Time Today

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin Feasel @ 6:28 pm

Given that I don’t have any time for a real post, here’s someone who’s much funnier than I ever will be.  Bonus:  a picture of a mouse on a toad.

January 28, 2010

Government Never Sleeps

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness, Economics — Kevin Feasel @ 5:50 pm

Peter Klein points out that the last 10 years were not exactly the era of the free market. But hey, when people hurt, government has to be there…or something like that…

Howard Zinn Passes Away

Filed under: General Stupidity, Highrony — Kevin Feasel @ 1:31 pm

Now that he’s gone, that makes him a dead white male.  Therefore, we can stop listening to him.

January 27, 2010

Quick Notes

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness, Economics, Wacky Theories — Kevin Feasel @ 9:20 pm

Yeah, it’s one of those nights…

- Next up on the Congressional agenda:  repealing the law of thermodynamics.

- Don’t trust government statistics.  In free societies, governments have checks from independent verification, but even then, they have incentives not to look foolish.

- Cass Sunstein wrote a paper on undermining conspiratorial groups by, well, perpetuating a conspiracy.  But then again, maybe he’s just conspiring against the government, taking things one level deeper…

- US vs. EU, 2008 edition.

January 26, 2010

Before I Read The Paper

Filed under: Economics — Kevin Feasel @ 6:59 pm

I might read this one, but I can’t pass up commentary…  The title is U.S. Growth in the Decade Ahead, by Martin Feldstein.

Abstract:

This paper examines the likely growth of U.S. GDP in the decade beginning in 2010. I analyze the two components of the rise in GDP over this ten year period: (1) the recovery from the substantially depressed level of economic activity at the start of the decade; and (2) the rise in potential GDP that will result from the expansion of the labor force, the growth of the capital stock, and the increase of multifactor productivity. I calculate a likely growth rate of 2.6 percent a year.

Not all of that extra output will remain in the United States. If the trade deficit is reduced by three percent of GDP, the rise in exports and decline in imports will reduce output available for U.S. consumption and investment by about 0.3 percent a year.

The effect of a decline of the dollar could be equally important. If the real trade-weighted value of the dollar declines by 25 percent over the decade and the full effect of that dollar decline is reflected in the prices of imports, the increased cost of imports would reduce the the growth of our real incomes by about 0.4 percent a year.

These two international effects would leave the net growth of real goods and services available for US consumption and investment — both domestically produced and imported — at 1.9 percent a year. That is the same as the average growth during the past decade.

In other words, as long as nothing substantial changes, nothing substantial will change.  Thank you for such a striking prediction of the future!

Incidentally, if I do read the paper and it turns out to be substantially different from my two-sentence bias, I’ll let you know…

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