Antitrust: Much Ado About Nothing Again

Antitrust has been in the news for years, with new headlines every month, yet Google stock keeps going up, suggesting that investors are not concerned. I dunno why people keep wasting their time with this. Wherever I see proposed/tentative antitrust action against Google, Facebook, or any other dominant tech company, there are always holes in… Continue reading Antitrust: Much Ado About Nothing Again

Did William Shatner Debunk the Obesity Health Crisis?

Are the health effects of obesity exaggerated? possibly I think much of what is considered ‘scientific truth/orthodoxy’ needs to be scrutinized better. The replication crisis for example has called into doubt many assumptions that were in the past taken for granted. As it turns out, things that should be self-evident or intuitively ‘obvious’ fail to… Continue reading Did William Shatner Debunk the Obesity Health Crisis?

More Taleb Tweets

I wonder if him constantly shilling Mathematica has anything to do with this. I wonder how much Taleb is being paid to constantly shill Mathematica. Wolfram, @stephen_wolfram, is the only real scientist I've ever met. Others are like easily detectable imitations of the original. https://t.co/g5yUd2777S — Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) October 18, 2021 So the… Continue reading More Taleb Tweets

Why Healthcare is So Expensive in America, Part 2

Part 1 At the individual level, it’s possible that Americans do not actually spend that much on healthcare relative to the rest of the world, even if America, collectively, spends the most on healthcare in terms of per-capita GDP. I saw this picture going viral on Reddit. This counters the left-wing narrative of healthcare un-affordability.… Continue reading Why Healthcare is So Expensive in America, Part 2

The Daily View 10/13/2021: Twitter Edition

Some people turn to stand-up comedy for entertainment. For me, Tooleb’s twitter is my go-to source. Academic careers have three stages.1) The love phase: you want to devote your life to learning2) The reputation phase: you discover the need to get established3) The status phase: you are trapped into a hostile rank-obsessed rent seeking machine… Continue reading The Daily View 10/13/2021: Twitter Edition

The National Suicide

I’m watching our National suicide which I am powerless to stop or even slow for reasons that I simply cannot fathom. Perhaps I’ve just outlived my time; I cannot recognize this world hell bent on madness and self harm to aid a communist superpower rival rising in the east. #NO https://t.co/Bn3HMNT2Mj — Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein)… Continue reading The National Suicide

Skepticism about the link between envy and social media

Facebook is in the news again because of controversy regarding whistleblower accusations that Facebook management suppressed information regarding the mental health effects of using Facebook. My prediction-like similar media controversy in 2018 in which I was correct that Facebook would recover and the stock would go higher–is that the whole thing will blow over. Nothing… Continue reading Skepticism about the link between envy and social media

Economics is not that hard to understand or predict

I saw this article going viral How does the economy work? A new Fed paper suggests nobody really knows It’s not that hard to understand: an economy is a set of inputs: government spending, personal consumption, innovation/technology, private investment, etc. and then based on these inputs the economy either grows or shrinks, and then this… Continue reading Economics is not that hard to understand or predict