Books

What’s To Blame?

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal: Editor: Daniel Yergin and Matteo Fini blame today’s serious shortage of computer chips on pandemic lockdowns and on a drought in Taiwan, a fire at a Japanese semiconductor factory, and a winter storm Texas. (“For Auto Makers, […]

Thursday assorted links

1. Douglas Irwin on South Korean economic growth and its origins. 2. Interview with a Michelin restaurant inspector. 3. “How Does the World Bank Influence the Development Policy Priorities of Low-Income and Lower-Middle-Income Countries?” 4. Birds took advantage of the lockdown. 5. Sensible take on […]

Human Intolerance is Never Far Beneath the Surface

The following is from 142-144 of Amor Towles’s marvelous 2016 novel, A Gentleman in Moscow; the setting is one of Moscow’s finest hotels in 1924 (ellipses original): Having followed Andrey across the dining room, through the kitchen, and down a long, winding stair, the Count […]

10 Thursday AM Reads

My morning train WFH reads: • Evergrande Debt Crisis Is Financial Stress Test No One Wanted China’s real estate powder keg threatens President Xi’s drive for stability—and may yet force a too-big-to-fail moment with global implications. (Businessweek) • Banking the Poor: Lending Without Collateral There’s […]

Saloons of Invention

I was taken aback by the bottom line of Mike Andrews new working paper Bar Talk: closing the saloons during prohibition reduced patenting by ~15%. At first, I thought that seemed like a very large decline but bear in mind that saloons were the coffeehouses […]

Some Covid Links

Let’s hope for success for this lawsuit in opposition to NYC strongman Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandates. Speaking of vaccine mandates, J.D. Tuccille warns that “We’re on our way to having to ask for permission to go about our daily lives.” (Unsurprisingly, Covid-related restrictions for […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 227 of George Will’s hot-off-the-press 2021 book, American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020 – a collection of many of Will’s columns over these years; (the column from which the quotation below is drawn originally appeared in the Washington Post […]

Alcohol sentences to ponder

However, he added, “I don’t know of a medical society that doesn’t serve alcohol.” Even the attendees at the Research Society on Alcoholism get two drink chits at the opening reception, he said. Here is the full New Yorker article, interesting throughout. Via N. Original […]

Israel allows people to switch their bank accounts from one bank to another..

India allowed folks to change their cell companies from one participant to a different. We did see the coverage serving to folks punish inefficient gamers. There have been calls to permit comparable switching in different companies significantly banking. On this regard, attention-grabbing to see Israel […]

If We Could Only Buy 4 Sweaters at Nordstrom, Here’s What We’d Shop

Here is the factor about fall trend; it is at all times enjoyable to dress up in layers and comfy garments, however you need to be sure you have items that actually be just right for you. For us, that is sweaters. As a lot […]