You might say the Michigan medical marijuana has pretty much made the stuff legal. Wow. The law is horribly written, making prosecution of excesses difficult. The smokers and growers are getting brazen, as evidenced by this vehicle that one of my municipal law colleagues recently saw parked outside his city hall. * * * * * * * Perhaps the funniest thing I saw on the web yesterday: “The Iranian government doesn’t want director Ben Affleck’s latest movie, “Argo,” to be the last word on the 1979 hostage crisis. A state-affiliated arts bureau is planning to produce its own film to offer Iran’s version of the story.” Link. * * * * * * * “Declining migration and falling birthrates have led to a drop in the number of children in California just as baby boomers reach retirement, creating an economic and demographic challenge for the nation’s most populous state.” Link. Falling populations always present enormous challenges. Just ask Japan. Thing is, our mental landscape was warped by Malthus, so no one appreciates it until it’s too late. * * * * * * * When Marie and I were in San Francisco, we marveled at the number of dogs and shocking dearth of children. We saw a lot of dog parks, but very few kids. * * * * * * * I’m really enjoying Taleb’s Antifragile. A TDE reader recently sent me this interview article about him. It’s definitely worth reading. Excerpt:
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I realised it’s actually a philosophical treatise.
“Exactly!” says Taleb. Once you get over the idea that you’re reading some sort of popular economics book and realise that it’s basically Nassim Taleb’s Rules for Life, it’s actually rather enjoyable. Highly eccentric, it’s true, but very readable and something like a chivalric code d’honneur for the 21st century. Modern life is akin to a chronic stress injury, he says. And the way to combat it is to embrace randomness in all its forms: live true to your principles, don’t sell your soul and watch out for the carbohydrates.