Month: September 2019


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Friday the 13th. Harvest Moon. You better drink heavily.


I like the new e-scooters. I like drinking. I also like to combine them, but it’s not advised.

Drinking and driving an electric scooter doesn’t mix, according to a new study.

Researchers reported serious injuries like brain bleeding or fractures that have happened while riding an electric scooter (e-scooter). Alcohol and drugs were a factor in many of these crashes.

Number One Drunks? The British

I find it hard to believe they beat out the Scots. I suspect the Scots were included under “Brits.”

BRITISH PEOPLE GET drunk more than any other people in the world, according to a new survey.

The 2019 Global Drug Survey found that Brits get drunk more times per year than people of any of the other 36 nationalities surveyed. The average British person described themselves as getting drunk 51.1 times in a 12-month period, or about once per week.

Antibiotics: Hangover Cure?

The world’s first genetically engineered probiotic comes in a thumb-sized glass bottle, a Silicon Valley facsimile of Alice in Wonderland’s “drink me” potion. Designed to make you feel better after a night of drunken debauchery, it’s already been dubbed by some as a “hangover cure.”

The truth is more complex.

Unlike Lewis Carroll’s imagined drink, this bottle is full of living organisms bumping against one other. The trillions of microbes inside the vial … Read the rest


TDE is now “simulcasted” at Same content, different format.

There are no plans to abandon this site, but I am struggling with how to make this site look better. TDE is one of the oldest blogs on the Internet, and it’s showing its age. In fact, it’s really, really showing its age: It can’t be made to look younger. It’s stuck in old templates and softwares. I asked one person for a quote to update and he was like, “Man, I don’t even want to. That whole site is set up old school. It’d be over a thousand dollars.” … Read the rest


Taki Thursday

Gay Penguins?

Yes, of course. This Daily Wire (Ben Shapiro) article is annoyed that the SJWs have misappropriated penguins to advance their alphabet cause (LGBTQUIA . . .), but I say, “The penguins be your poster child.” If the reasoning is, “Penguins do it, so it’s alright for humans to do it,” then let’s see penguin sexuality in all its gore. Caution: That link has very graphic sexual descriptions.

A London aquarium has announced that two lesbian penguins will resist traditional sexual stereotypes while raising their adopted chick. Four-month-old baby Gentoo will be “the world’s first penguin to not have its gender assigned,” Sea Life London exulted.

The Absurd Vaping Crisis

When will Americans grow tired of getting duped by sudden “crises”? Every crisis, from war to vaping, is always an attempt by government to increase its reach. Always. That doesn’t mean its an insincere or even a bad reach (though I obviously incline toward the latter), but it is a reach. This is Matt Walsh:

The media and politicians tell us there is a “crisis,” an “epidemic,” an “outbreak,” even a “catastrophe” gripping our country. Worse yet, our children — think of the children! — are caught in the middle of it. The disaster is so very disastrous that the White House is leaping into action.

President Trump has announced that his administration will move for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. … Read the rest


Happy 9/11 Day. Reminder to my right-leaning readers: “God Bless the U.S.A.” is not the national anthem.

Rare Harvest Moon

This Friday

Before fall’s official arrival on September 23, a rare sighting of the Harvest Moon will happen on Friday, September 13th. That’s when a full moon occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. According to Farmers’ Almanac contributing astronomer, Joe Rao, this combination is a once-in-a-20-year occurrence, so your next chance to see one in the U.S. is August 13, 2049.

Fear the (Inverted) Curve?

Typically, long-term treasuries offer higher yields. Harvey though focused in particular on the rare times when the yield on the 10-year falls below that of the 2-year or the 3-month—creating an inverted yield curve. The research bore fruit. In those moments when the atypical occurred for a period of a quarter or longer, a recession followed.

Distilling it down, he theorizes that when investors around the world sense incoming financial danger, they turn to the world’s safest asset—the U.S. 10-year treasury, a move that drives the yield of that product down relative to that its short-term brethren.

Hillsdale College: Killing It

Daughter Meg is a freshman.

Once again, the incoming freshmen are the highest-performing class in Hillsdale College history. . . .

The freshmen — 186 men and 178 women — have an average high school GPA of 3.91, up from last year’s 3.89. Their average ACT score, 31, was … Read the rest


Burning Man and Econ Man

Interesting piece. Romer was on Econtalk last April. I can virtually guarantee you the NYT gives a leftward slant to Romer’s views, but the piece is still worth reading if you, like me, are interested in urban life and Burning Man.

A week earlier, there was hardly anything here, in the remote desert of northwest Nevada. Then tens of thousands of people had just shown up, many in the middle of the night. They had formed an instant city, with a road network, and a raucous street life, and a weird make-do architecture.

It was an alluring sight for an economist who has talked of building cities from nothing. And Burning Man has been more and more on Mr. Romer’s mind lately, as world politics have made him gloomier. He is ill at ease behaving like a traditional academic. He’s not particularly interested in publishing papers. He doesn’t want to give speeches cheerleading his field. But he believes winning the Nobel has expanded his possibilities. More people will listen to what he has to say, if he can just decide where he wants to direct our attention.

Maybe it’s here.

Mr. Romer came to the desert imagining himself as an objective outsider: de Tocqueville among the Burners. But Black Rock City started to rub off on him. One morning, a man who called himself Coyote, who was responsible for … Read the rest


Mr. Rogers/Hanks’ Neighborhood

I have mixed feelings about this movie. Rogers was a wannabe Catholic . . . maybe (link).

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Hanks as the host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” premiered Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, revealing a nuanced and layered performance by Hanks that goes well beyond the cardigan.

The film, which will open in theaters Nov. 22, isn’t a Fred Rogers biopic but dramatizes the true story of magazine journalist (Matthew Rhys, playing a fictionalized version of writer Tom Junod) who went to Pittsburgh to profile Rogers for Esquire magazine.

Where Is the Best City to Live, Based on Salaries and Cost of Living?

None of the major metro areas are on the list.

Did Hitler Fake His Death?

Nazi war criminals, potentially including Adolf Hitler, used clandestine international routes to flee defeated Germany for safe haven in Argentina and other South American countries. Using these archives, eye-witness reports and other local histories, Williams published the book, Grey Wolf: The Escape of Adolf Hitler. Despite the rigor in his journalism and his adherence to facts and evidence, the international community has largely ignored him.

The Patriots: Can’t be Learned from

Why do the Patriots always win? Great question. If you ask 10 people in the NFL—and I’ve asked many more than that—you might get different answers from each. One general manager told … Read the rest