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Saturday, March 15, 2008
Fredette, Fairness, Fairlie, (Non)Fiction, and Further Thoughts
A miscellany of accumulated reading-induced thoughts, some about politics, some about sports, some about other things.
There hasn't been much time or energy for blogging lately among my coughs, sneezes, travels, and server repairs, but I never completely stop reading. Here are some recent readings of note.
Least but Not Last: BYU Basketball Fandom
On one of my week-long business trips to Glens Falls, New York, I learned that there is a new pocket of BYU basketball fans there. After all, local standout Jimmer Fredette hails from there, and he's been doing some good work on the hardwood here in Utah County. The local newspaper, The Post-Star, has a regular Jimmer Fredette Update, featuring his statistics for the season and a report on his latest exploits.
Technically, I Guess this Is Economic Analysis
Jeff Jacoby does the ethanol math and fingers the real culprit behind the subprime mortgage collapse in this excellent short study on unintended consequences.
Thomas Sowell applies a similar dose of reason to crime and education statistics.
As Usual, There Is Something Bigger than "Fair"
Was it fair? Was it not? Are some things bigger things than fairness? The Detroit Free Press reports on an unusual high school co-championship, complete with eight overtimes.
It's an Election Year, After All
Jonathan Chait is one worried Democrat who thinks it would be best if Hillary Clinton withdrew from the race already, for the good of the party. Speaking for myself, I don't think the good of the party is uppermost in her mind.
Reason Made Another Convert
Here is a great essay by playwright David Mamet, who thought so hard about life, in the process of writing a play, that he actually changed his mind in a fundamental way. Now he writes, "I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind." He calls the US Constitution "rather brilliant" and Thomas Sowell "our greatest contemporary philosopher." Here's an excerpt:
I'm not Saying There's No Such Thing as Truth
Tyler Cowen's essay contemplates a disquieting thought -- or at least it might be disquieting if one hadn't come to it a good long time ago.
How Many Are Too Many?
Is there such a thing as too many rules? (Hint: Yes. A thousand times, Yes!) Brad Rock illustrates.
What I'm Not Yet Ready to Write About
I'll write about the new "seven deadly sins" . . .
It might be a few days.
Copyright 2008 by David Rodeback.