==> If you’re in the DC area, next Wednesday
August July 17 the Institute for Energy Research (IER) is having a panel on “Carbon Taxes: The Rest of the Story.” We will be walking through the peer-reviewed economic literature to give some surprising facts about the economics of climate change. Here’s the event info.
==> This Balko article on militarized police has some amazing anecdotes. For example:
As if the shock of having his house invaded by a SWAT team wasn’t enough, Nuckols was in for another surprise. In a letter to the editor of the Chatham Star Review, he described the raid: “Men ran at me, dropped into shooting position, double-handed semi-automatic pistols pointed at me, and made me put my hands against my truck. I was held at gunpoint, searched, taunted, and led into the house. I had no idea what this was about. I was scared beyond description.”
He then looked up, and saw . . . former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.
O’Neal, an aspiring lawman, had been made an “honorary deputy” with the department. Though he had no training as a SWAT officer, Shaq apparently had gone on several such raids with other police departments around the country. The thrill of bringing an untrained celebrity along apparently trumped the requirement that SWAT teams be staffed only with the most elite, most highly qualified and best-trained cops. According to Nuckols, O’Neal reached into Nuckols’s pickup, snatched up his (perfectly legal) rifle, and exclaimed, “We’ve got a gun!” O’Neal told Time that Nuckols’s description of the raid on his home was exaggerated. “It ain’t no story,” he said. “We did everything right, went to the judge, got a warrant. You know, they make it seem like we beat him up, and that never happened. We went in, talked to him, took some stuff, returned it—bada bam, bada bing.”
And how about this?
Perhaps the best insight into the mentality the police brought to the DNC protests could be found on the T-shirts the Denver police union had printed up for the event. The shirts showed a menacing cop holding a baton. The caption: DNC 2008: WE GET UP EARLY, TO BEAT THE CROWDS. Police were spotted wearing similar shirts at the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. At the 1996 DNC convention in Chicago, cops were seen wearing shirts that read: WE KICKED YOUR FATHER’S ASS IN 1968 . . . WAIT ’TIL YOU SEE WHAT WE DO TO YOU!
==> I tried reasoning with Noah Smith in the comments of this post, to no avail. I wonder if he even believes what he blogs?
==> Speaking of which, again I praise Tyler Cowen for at least admitting that his view of the Fed and asset prices is in trouble, given recent events. I don’t expect Sumner et al. to fall on the sword, but it would be nice if they would pause in their victory laps to acknowledge that the economy is much more complicated than a blackboard model.
==> Dustin Hoffman gets into his roles.
==> This article tries to debunk the recent report on the female sex drive. This part was hilarious:
So men, without the constraint of a woman saying no, appear to be far more promiscuous than women. “Females,” Baumeister writes, “constitute the restraining force on sex. That is, they refuse many offers or chances for sexual activity. When sex happens, it is because the woman has changed her vote from no to yes.” In a classic 1989 study, for instance, attractive research assistants approached men and women of the opposite sex on a college campus and asked: “I’ve been noticing you around campus and I think you’re attractive. Would you like to go to bed with me tonight?” Three quarters of men said yes. Exactly zero women did.
I just feel bad for the 75% of the guys who had to hear, “Oh, this is just a psych experiment, never mind.”