Saturday, December 18, 2010

Assorted links

1. Why America is great: Ira C. Craddock edition. I love characters like this and Ann Arbor is rich with them which is part of what makes it fun.

2. The Hammer complains about lazy non-economist faculty at UT Austin. Michigan pushes faculty pretty strongly to have their final after the last day of class if they have one, but I have nonetheless heard stories similar to the ones he describes from some of my undergraduates.

3. posts a recent version of one of my favorite graphs, which shows average GRE math and reading scores by discipline. There's a gentle swipe at economists at the end that I'll leave it for the reader to comment on.

4. Bad police behavior in, of all places, Texas. The police should watch more episodes of the Andy Griffith Show and fewer episodes of S.W.A.T. in their spare time. And the whole thing, which will likely end up with the taxpayers covering a big settlement but few consequences for the misbehaving government employees, is mainly over some pot! What a waste of time, energy and money.

5. Northwestern economist (and Cheap Talk co-conspirator) Jeff Ely is sarcastic about his marriage, but all in good fun.

#4 via the Agitator, who is quoted in the piece.

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