Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Today, TK Learned:

. . . that it has been an unusually mild winter in Washington D.C.
  • R.I.P. Gordon Hirabayashi, 1918-2012. America owes a debt to him.  [Angry Asian Man]
  • What's wrong with worrying too much about national debt? "[F]amilies have to pay back their debt. Governments don’t — all they need to do is ensure that debt grows more slowly than their tax base." [New York Times]
  • Only one employee is mowing the entire U.C. Berkeley campus, and some professors don't have telephones.  [Washington Post]
  • More schooling leads to higher IQ.  [Marginal Revolution]
  • Ban Ki-Moon's humor is of a painful kind.  [Foreign Policy]
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  1. you post a Paul Krugman article but no opinion. what's your take on his article?

  2. The Washington Post article is incomplete. One of the main issues they fail to address is the explosive shrinking in the student:administrator ratio throughout many universities while student:faculty ratios remained the same or even grew. It's not the only cause of the current tuition issues, but it is one factor that is glaring.

  3. you post a Paul Krugman article but no opinion. what's your take on his article?

    Not a fan of Krugman's tone that pretty much calls everyone who disagrees with him an idiot, but I think he is right on the money with this column. National debt is a different kind of debt, and a lot of people mistakenly equate it with personal debt, IMO.

  4. I have some doubts about the claim that schooling increases IQ. There could be a number of other reasons to account for the correlation, besides the ones they mentioned:
    1. maybe schooling makes kids be better able to take tests.
    2. generational differences.

    Maybe the paper, which I do not have access to, has answers for these counters. Having done some work in science/engineering research, I find some of the papers in these types of empirical research to be almost pseudo-science.


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