Link Love

Quote for the week:  “The real world is just a crappy game. The ideal world can only be found in a game. Such was my belief. But if an ideal can be found within a crappy game, there may be an ideal route in the real world for me to discover.” — The World God Only Knows (Season 2, ep 12)

Marching with BLM.

Yes there is racial bias in police shootings.

Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz also used private email servers.

Don’t click on this unless you’re ok with your childhood memories of calvin and hobbes being destroyed.

If BLM isn’t a hate group, then why does this writer keep saying they are?

These members of congress used campaign funds to buy guns.

If the media wrote on Theresa May’s husband like they did about Samantha Cameron.

An expert comment on Brexit.

google scholar?

Harsh truths from baby animals.

Why I quit my job to travel the world.

An excellent response to MMM’s latest (even if it was written a couple months before)

Chief mouser to the cabinet office.

6 Responses to “Link Love”

  1. yuppiemillennial Says:

    Calvin as Trump is so painful yet so so good.

  2. omdg Says:

    Lol on the Calvin and Hobbes, and the article on traveling the world.

  3. Debbie M Says:

    I quite enjoyed the Brexit piece.

    As for the MMM response, comparative advantage sounds awesome and so true in theory. But our current reality has a few problems. For example:

    * MANY industries maximize profits by making their goods and services as terrible as possible. Car repair is infamous. Clothes and tools fall apart. Food is diluted with crap.

    * Doing it yourself, you get to have exactly what you want instead of the best off-the-shelf option. I get to have necklaces made out of my favorite beads and/or to go with specific items of clothing I own. I get scarves made out of my favorite yarn. My bread products are made with whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour (all the softness of white flour with all the fiber of whole wheat). My spaghetti sauce has no added sugar, and my sweets have the minimum sugar that is delicious to me. I do admit that I could pay a lot more to get this by hiring people to meet my specifications rather than looking for something off the shelf. But once you’ve added in the inefficiency of doing something yourself, it doesn’t cost much more to customize the job.

    * So many of my super competent friends are getting laid off or otherwise treated like garbage at work. I don’t understand this. Oh, except I know that one way to maximize profits is to pay the minimum that someone will accept. And apparently there is a trait where one can be a real jerk to one’s inferiors without giving one’s equals and superiors any clue at all. Forever. And so you move up and get to be in charge. The underlings still do a good job, because who wants to do a terrible job, so the profits don’t suffer. I don’t know. I am so glad I am out of the trenches.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      ” Doing it yourself, you get to have exactly what you want. ”

      YMMV. Somehow my output rarely matches my vision. I’d have to put in a lot more years of specialization before I could do many things as well as professionals do them.

      The above examples you give don’t actually destroy the theory of comparative advantage. If you must have something a specific way and can’t get it off the shelf and you’re the only person who does it that way, then you most likely have an absolute advantage at doing it. If you make more doing well what you do well than the specialist who you mention who customizes for you, then you have comparative advantage. If your hourly rate is less than that of said specialist, then that specialist has comparative advantage.

      You can adjust the hourly rate for joy or frustration at doing the job yourself. We really care about the utility function, but it’s easier to measure and compare wages. If you know how much you would pay above and beyond the value not to do something or the pay cut you’d take to do something you enjoy, then you can make that comparison.


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