- Australia’s opposition leader Tony Abbott: “‘Just ask yourself what an emissions trading scheme is all about. It’s a so-called market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no one,’ he said, when addressing reporters in Camden, in south-west Sydney, on Monday.”
- Is British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Good for Household Income? Navius Research says Yes: “by using carbon tax revenue to reduce personal and corporate income taxes, the overall economy is boosted and the average household is made better off by $121 annually in 2020.”
- WA Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup
- Arthur Rosenthal, Academic Book Publisher, Dies at 93. “Mr. Rosenthal, who founded Basic Books in 1952, let his taste in nonfiction and his quasi indifference to profit margins guide him as a publisher.” TLB: Ah, Rosenthal. He was a brilliant publisher, particularly of HUP. But, why, oh why, do these sorts of pieces always seemingly extoll a book publishing executive who exercised quasi indifference to profit margins? In what other domain of for-profit endeavor would we similarly wax fondly over a CEO’s indifference (always hints at outright disdain) for profits? YB: My theories: 1) Perhaps it’s that we rarely get a chance in other domains of for-profit endeavor :) 2) When we do get a chance (e.g., the Malden Mills fellow), I’m pretty sure their obits will read similarly. 3) It’s probably also a reflection of the fact that many people think that good books generate positive social externalities. TLB: I just tried to buy my groceries with positive social externalities and got thrown out of the super market.
- Spaniards Fight to Get Savings Back
- The impact of integrated humor on memory retention and recall aspects of adult learning: “Although the sample was small, the results support the hypothesis that humor integrated with learning material can beneficially impact memory and recall.”
- The Economist reviews The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics. By Grady Klein and Alan Dabney.
- July 1 News: Allergies Getting Worse? Climate Change Could Cause Pollen Counts To Double By 2040
- The coming Arctic boom: “No matter what one thinks should be done about global warming, the fact is, it’s happening. And it’s not all bad. In the Arctic, it is turning what has traditionally been an impassible body of water ringed by remote wilderness into something dramatically different: an emerging epicenter of industry and trade akin to the Mediterranean Sea.”
- What’s the most intellectual joke you know?
- Sightline’s Alan Durning in Slate: Bring Back Flophouses, Rooming Houses, and Microapartments
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July 18, 2013
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