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Please don’t send my daddy to jail?

It must be heartbreaking for a child to see a parent go to jail for some crime. But is it necessarily all bad for how the kid’s life turns out in the long run?

Not according to a paper in the latest American Economic Review  by Samuel Norris, Matthew Pecenco, and Jeffrey Weaver, “The Effects of Parental and Sibling . . .

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August 31, 2021


'And God had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.’

A “viral” story of the moment is Michael Packard, the lobsterman who was almost swallowed whole by a humpback whale while diving off Cape Cod.

“I’m a lobster diver out of Provincetown, Massachusetts,” says Mr. Packard. “I was diving today. I jumped over and went down to about 45 feet of water. All of a . . .

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June 12, 2021

How Not to Argue about Cause and Effect

“If you spend a little time with CDC’s interactive maps, the conclusion seems blindingly obvious: measures taken by the states to “fight” the Wuhan virus, something that was never deemed possible before last year, imposed enormous costs but have made little or no difference in the end. The smart states were the ones . . .

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May 29, 2021

Some COVID entrepreneurs

“The roll-up-your-sleeves, can-do, American spirit is not dead yet!” I thought when I readSilvrback blog image that “New businesses in the United States surged during the pandemic.”  The study by Simeon Djankov and Eva Yiwen Zhang at the Petersen Institute notes that new business applications in the US shot up by some 40% during . . .

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May 26, 2021

Inequality Obscured

Silvrback blog imageWhen is a picture worth less than a thousand words?  A recent piece in the MIT Technology Review under the headline “These drone photos show urban inequality around the world” could provide some answers. The article features photographer Johnny Miller’s “Unequal Scenes” project, which wants to raise . . .

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May 24, 2021

Fauci Classes Worried: The Times Fails to Find a "Thanksgiving Effect"

Sunday's New York Times declares, "As Christmas Nears, Virus Experts Look for Lessons from Thanksgiving."

Trained Times readers will spot the dodge instantly:  if the "virus experts" are still "looking," then they haven't yet found evidence for their warnings that Thanksgiving would cause a terrifying spike in COVID. You grasp that . . .

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December 24, 2020

Rational Choice for Christmas

 American media recently brimmed with venomous headlines cursing disobedient Americans who met their loved ones for Thanksgiving despite the CDC’s Silvrback blog imageCOVID warnings.  “As Americans prepare to gather for Thanksgiving, the world watches with dread and disbelief,”  said the Washington Post in a revealing specimen of . . .

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December 08, 2020


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