Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Sex and Propaganda

Sex and Propaganda (adult contents... nudity... warning... blah blah blah...)

Actually, the article is at least as interesting as the pictures.

(Link via Abiola Lapite).

Some bad news...

...and some good news.

Just a thought...

If Ayn Rand invented Objectivism, does it mean that Objectivism is a matter of subjectivism? An idea projected on reality by Rand herself? If, instead, Ayn Rand discovered Objectivism, drawing conclusion from reality, does it mean that any claim that Objectivism is a closed system must imply that Rand herself was omniscient and infallible?

Well, I'm not an objectivist, so I don't need to bother really.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Quote of the day

"I don’t think there’s a big problem that Gothenburg got 345 million [about 45 million USD – my note] to try their wings both when it comes to development of methods and other things." Social Democrat Pelle Berglund.


I agree, why is that a problem? I would also like 345 million of the tax payers money to play around with. That would be really nice.

Czech Republic - Denmark 3 - 0

Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee...


The Czechs looked troubled in the first half, not creating very much and letting the Danes play their game. But that seems to be just tactical, because the Czechs destroyed the match in the beginning of the second half and Denmark had no chance. A nice header from Koller and two lovely strikes from Milan Baros in just 15 minutes, and the Danes could go home.

My Man of the Match: Milan Baros.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Sweden - Netherlands 0 - 0 (4 - 5 pen.)

It was a close call. One ball deflected into the post and one goal denied for Netherlands. One ball in the post and one hitting the crossbar for Sweden. And that's only in the overtime.

Other than that, the Dutch's had more of ball possession but didn't create chances in the same effect. Sweden had some opportunities that with some more luck could have led to something more than just opportunities.

In the penalty shoot-out, the Dutch players were able to keep cool in a way that the Swedes couldn't. At least, so it seemed.

My Man of the Match: Ruud van Nistelrooy

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts: "Egalitarians create the most dangerous inequality of all -- inequality of power. Allowing politicians to determine what all other human beings will be allowed to earn is one of the most reckless gambles imaginable. Like the income tax, it may start off being applied only to the rich but it will inevitably reach us all."

Euro 2004 update

Portugal - England 2 - 2 (6 - 5 pen.)

England started with a goal already in the third minute when Michael Owen scored his first of the Euro 2004. Portugal responded by attacking ferociously but without creating the real heat. But just 7 minutes before, Helder Postiga headed the equalizer. England gained a little strength in the continuing minutes and actually scored a second goal, but the referee (mistakenly in my view) called it off.

Portugal's substitute Rui Costa scored Portugals second goal 20 minutes into overtime but England got their second five minutes later when Frank Lampard leveled. In the penalty shot out, David Beckham missed his second penalty in the tournament. Luckily, the Portuguese missed on later as well. In the seventh round, the Portuguese keeper Ricardo saved Darius Vassell poor penalty and then scored the winner against David James himself. Portugal through to the semi finals.

My Man of the Match: Ashley Cole.

France - Greece 0 - 1

On beforehand, it looked like it would be a easy game for France. But France didn't measure up while the Greeks played convincingly. After an even first half, France started the second half better but that only lasted 10 minutes. 20 minutes into second half, Greek captain Zagorakis flew down the right flank and delivered the ball to Charisteas who could head the ball into the net. France tried to put some pressure on the Greeks defense but they stood up strong and the only real opportunity were handed to Henry who headed the ball wide. Greece goes through.

My Man of the Match: Angelos Charisteas.

He made my day

Sweden's "leading Objectivist" just told me "up yours". Since Objectivist's in general haven't really grasped David Hume and the is-ought problem, and I told him that, he kind of flipped out. I found that amusing.

Objectivists seems to be a little bit touchy. I wonder what he'll do after my next article I'm writing, where I criticize George Reisman from an Austrian point of view. According to Per-Olof, you shouldn't criticize Reisman. Unless you at the same time state that Reisman is the greatest economist since Adam Smith.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Lets celebrate

It's midsummer and in Sweden that's a holiday. And holiday's are just another excuse to get really hammered. Slante!

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Property Rights

Eric Rasmussen and Micha Ghertner responds to this post by Cass Sunstein on the topic of property rights.

As I see it:

The notion of property rights is not created by law (or rather, legislation if we allow ourself to remember the distinction made by Hayek between law and legislation). Propert did exist long before any government begun to "enforce" any rights. As H. Scott Gordon concluded:

Stable primitive cultures appear to have discovered the dangers of common property tenure and to have developed measures to protect their resources. Or if a more Darwinian explanation be preferred, we may say that only those primitive cultures have survived which succeeded in developing such institutions.


You can also read this article by Terry L. Anderson, Property Rights Among Native Americans. Or this book by Terry Anderson and Laura E. Huggins.


Reference:
Gordon, H. Scott. 1954. The economic theory of a common property resource: The fishery.
Journal of Political Economy. 62(2): 124–142.

This doesn't sound good to me

BBC NEWS - Euro pact rules to be reviewed

I voted no in the Swedish referendum last September concerning Swedens entry into the European Monetary Union. Letting the politicians to play even more with the economy, by allowing them larger budget deficits, is not a good idea.

Cool stuff - let your computer predict the climate

If you visit climateprediction.net and download their software, you can help them run climate models. The data that your computer produce will be uploaded back to the climate researchers.

They will also check the plausibility of the movie The Day After Tomorrow.

Climate film put to computer test

Germany - Czech Republic 1 - 2

And the Germans are out. You could have expected that Germany would start in tempo furiosi against the Czechs, playing an attacking game. Well, they didn't until well into second half. By then the two teams had scored one goal each, both equally brilliant, by Ballack and Heinz. After an hour, the Germans got to the grip and started to attack while the Czechs backed down. Germany created a lot of chances, Ballack struck the post and one corner were deflected by a defender on the goalline. Naturally, when a team attacks furiously, the other team scores on a counterattack. This time Milan Baros got the goal.

What the Germans lacked in the Euro 2004 was a forward, one who could cut through the opponents defense. They would need a Jürgen Klinsmann, a Rudi Völler (ironic enough, being the German coach in the Euro 2004 and all) but instead they had Kevin Kuranyi.

My Man of the Match: Michael Ballack.

Netherlands - Latvia 3 - 0

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

When will this get the attention it deserve?

Things are not getting along just fine in Nepal, the Maoist Guerilla are abducting people "en masse"(take a look at "Related News" as well) right now. People have been lynched (look here) and some other got their legs crushed just because they worked for some landlords. Swedish Television reported that one man was beheaded but I haven't been able to confirm that.

Denmark - Sweden 2 - 2

A result that the Italians dreaded and have been the topic the last couple of days. If the Scandinavian derby ended 2-2, it would mean that Italy, always a favorite to win tournaments like Euro 2004, wouldn't be playing in the quarter finals.

Denmark started best, the Swedish midfielders allowed Thomas Gravesen to be a dominant force, and quite fair, the Danes got to the lead after a lovely strike by Tomasson. This woke the Swedes up, playing more consistently on the opponents side but didn't get closer than a header from Mellberg hitting the post.

Sweden received an early penalty in the second half when the Danish goalie Sorenson tripped Henrik Larsson. Larsson scored and the teams played evenly for 20 minutes when Tomasson yet again managed to put the ball to the net. This virtually paralyzed the Swedes and Denmark were closer to get the third than Sweden their second.

But just before full time, in the 89th minute, Sweden scored the equalizer when Mattias Jonsson (who normally plays in the Danish top division) got the chance. On stoppage time, none of teams wanted to risk anything and the Swedes killed the time.

My Man of the Match: Jon Dahl Tomasson.

Italy - Bulgaria 2 - 1

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci via RSS

You can read Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks via RSS if you want. Visit The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. This seems to be an excellent idea. I would really like to set up a Wealth of Nations-feed, I think I should see if that's possible.

Link via Media Culpa.

Abiola Lapite on apartheid reparation.

The South African government and some major corporations are getting sued by "alleged victims from the apartheid era".

Abiola Lapite offers his view.

Croatia - England 2 - 4

The match didn't start very well for the English side, Croatia scored already in the 5th minute. But England came back strong, playing an attacking game and scored twice late in the first half. The second half was like the first, England held onto the ball and Croatia tried to counterattack.

My Man of the Match: Wayne Rooney.

Sad to say, later that night, an English fan got stabbed and died.

Switzerland - France 1 - 3

When science is lovely

Cancer cells tricked into suicide:
"Our results indicate that developing a gene therapy to increase the levels of Smac in cancer cells may be a promising avenue to follow."

Monday, June 21, 2004

Corruption Scandals in Costa Rica

Corruption Scandals in Costa Rica.

If you understand Spanish (which I don't), visit the Movimiento Libertario, the libertarian party of Costa Rica. They also have a page in English.

I also recommende a visit at the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research.

Spain - Portugal 0 - 1

Yet another disappointment from the Spanish team. Lacking, in my opinion, a creative midfielder, resulted in poor attacking skills. The Portugals played their best match so far, but I'm not too sure that they will survive the quarter final.

My Man of the Match: Deco.

The other match I didn't see as it was played at the same time as Spain-Portugal.

Russia - Greece 2 - 1

Sunday, June 20, 2004

A librarian on the Patriot Act

Librarian's stand against federal law:

At least some stands up against the Patriot Act.

"Four states - Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont, and more than 300 towns - have passed resolutions against [the Patriot Act], although now, the Justice Department is looking to introduce a Patriot Act Two which would be even tougher, and George Bush says he plans to make it an election issue.

But it is quite possible a Democrat government would barely change a word of it. "

Saturday, June 19, 2004

BLOG@STEFANGEENS.COM

I just found this blog which seems to be nice. Even though the post called Swedish cleavage dissapointed me, I expected something else.

Netherlands - Czech Republic 2 - 3

The best match in the Euro 2004 so far. Netherlands took an early lead after a header by Bouma in the 4th minute and yet another goal by van Nistelroij in the 19th. The Czechs came back with their first goal just four minutes later. The rest of the first half continued in high pace and good opportunities at both ends.

After an hour, Dick Advocaat made the same mistake as the Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni made against Sweden substituting an attacking player for a defensive one. This time it was Paul Bosvelt who replaced the flying dutchman Arjen Robben. This allowed the Czechs to take control of the match and naturally, in the 71st minute, Milan Baros scored a wonderful goal from outside the box.

But the Czechs wasn't satisfied, they managed to scor a third goal just two minutes before full time. Netherlands, then reduced to 10 men, tried to find the equalizer on stoppage time but came never close.

My Man of the Match: Edgar Davids.

Latvia - Germany 0 - 0

Latvia received their first point in a major tournament against Germany. The Germans had the ball most of the time but failed to create any heat up front. Latvia, through Maris Verpakovskis, attacked occasionally and played a strong defense.

My Man of the Match: Michael Ballack.

And the most annoying celebrity is...

Italy - Sweden 1 - 1

For an hour, Italy played football like decent people. But then the Italians made some defensive substitutions and allowed Sweden to get into the game. As not unusual in those situations when a team backs down to defend a one goal lead, the opponents manages to level the match. This time through a beautiful goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

My Man of the Match: Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Bulgaria - Denmark 0 - 2

Bulgaria is out of the competition after a defeat against Denmark in a match that won't go to the history as the most dynamic. The first half was okay with a good amount of scoring opportunities for the Danes, but only one goal scored, while the second half was just plain boring. Perhaps too many of the Danish players plays in the Italian Serie A...

My Man of the Match: Thomas Gravesen.

Heartland President Addresses Common-Sense Environmentalism

The Heartland Institute - Heartland President Addresses Common-Sense Environmentalism - by Joseph L. Bast:

My message to libertarians is this:

*Don't be shy about saying you are an environmentalist. Don't let them call you an "anti-environmentalist" or a "right-wing environmentalist." We are the mainstream now. We're not knocking on the door asking for permission to join the movement; we've been here all along. They are the small alien band of ideologues who hijacked the movement in the 1960s, and we have put up with their anti-technology, anti-logging, anti-farming, anti-car, anti-capitalism, and anti-freedom rhetoric long enough. It's time they left the room.

*Tell people you are part of a new generation of environmentalists, a generation that relies on sound science instead of scare tactics and markets instead of government force.

*Freedom is not incompatible with a healthy environment. Without freedom, a health environment cannot be protected.

*And finally, if you know someone who is still a member of the Sierra Club, tell him tear up his membership card and become a member of The Heartland Institute instead.


Bast also mentions this book, Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism.

Thanks to the Commons for the pointer.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Best health care in the world?

You know you've been in Sweden too long when...

You know you've been in Sweden too long when...

At least I pass number 2, 8, 13, 17, 18, 26, 36, 44, 54, 62, 65, 67, 68, 76, 80, 83, 85, 101, 105, 108, 117, 119, 121, 129, 136, 140, 156, 160, 161, 165, 172, 176, 194, 199, 203, 211, 212, 217, 218, 232, 244, 246, 248, 251, 257, 259, 262, 282, 285, and 306. Maybe I'm not from Sweden after all.

Thanks to Newmark's Door for the pointer.

Loads of money will come

I received an e-mail just a minute ago from the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor (sorry for the uppercase):

CONFIDENTIAL LETTER

Tel: 234-8037261128, Fax: 234-1-4401176

DEAR SIR,

MY NAME IS CHARLES -TAYLOR. I AM THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA.

I WAS FORCED TO RESIGN AS THE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA IN WEST- AFRICA BY THE UNITED NATIONS / INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES WHICH WAS SPEARHEADED BY THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, MR. GEORGE - BUSH.

PRESENTLY I AM IN EXILE IN CALABAR - NIGERIA WHERE I AM STAYING UNDER CLOSE WATCH BY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT WHO KINDLY OFFERED ME ASYLUM.

I NEED TO TRANSFER WHAT I CALL, MY FUTURE HOPE, THE SUM OF FIFTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS [USD 52,000,000,00] WHICH IS WITH A SECURITY/FINANCE COMPANY INTO YOUR ACCOUNT OR ANY THAT YOU CAN GET FOR ME.

I AM BEING MONITORED AND I DO NOT WANT TO TAKE CHANCES. FOR YOUR INFORMATION, MY COMMUNICATION AND MOVEMENTS ARE UNDER STRICT SURVEILLANCE THEREFORE MAKE ALL YOUR COMMUNICATIONS TO ME THROUGH MY ATTORNEY, BARRISTER. [Adesuyi James] TEL NO: 234- 803-576-5869 Fax:234-1-759 8673. (barristeradesuyi@netscape.net) MY LAWYER WHO IS ALSO MY CLOSE CONFIDANT WOULD BE ALBE TO ESTABLISH AN INVESTMENT WITH YOUR ASSISTANCE ON MY BEHALF UNTIL I COME OUT OF MY TRAVAIL AND TORMENTORS.YOU CAN GO THROUGH THIS WEBSITE TO SEE MY REAL DETAILS: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/africa/liberia/taylor-bio.html

SO PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT PERCENTAGE YOU FEEL WOULD FEEL WILL BE ADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR YOUR EFFORT AND ASSISTANCE/ SERVICE YOU WILL RENDER.

I WAIT PATIENTLY FOR YOUR RESPONSE.

YOURS TRULY.

CHARLES TAYLOR.

EX- PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA



I especially like this field in the header:

X-spam-report: * 0.7 US_DOLLARS_3 BODY: Mentions millions of $ ($NN,NNN,NNN.NN) * 0.4 MILLION_USD BODY: Talks about millions of dollars * 1.6 DEAR_SOMETHING BODY: Contains 'Dear (something)' * 0.6 SUBJ_ALL_CAPS Subject is all capitals * 1.7 SARE_FRAUD_X3 Matches 3+ phrases commonly used in fraud spam * 1.7 SARE_FRAUD_X4 Matches 4+ phrases commonly used in fraud spam * 0.7 PRIORITY_NO_NAME Message has priority setting, but no X-Mailer * 0.0 UPPERCASE_75_100 message body is 75-100% uppercase * 3.0 NIGERIAN_BODY1 Message body looks like a Nigerian spam message 1+

No, you can't be serious! He sounded so sincere...

Julian Sanchez on political polarization

Reason:
"The two Americas picture confirms the worst stereotypes about the opposition shared by loose political coalitions, in effect constructing genuine opposed communities by circulating the idea of them - similar to the way the proletarians in Marxist theory was supposed to awaken to class consciousness via their discovery of shared oppression by the bourgeoisie."

Google Search: out of touch management

Do Affordable Housing Mandates Work?

"Inclusionary zoning has failed to produce a significant number of affordable homes due to the incentives created by the price controls. Even the few inclusionary zoning units produced have cost builders, homeowners, and governments greatly. By restricting the supply of new homes and driving up the price of both newly constructed market-rate homes and the existing stock of homes, inclusionary zoning makes housing less affordable.

Inclusionary zoning ordinances will continue to make housing less affordable by restricting the supply of new homes. If more affordable housing is the goal, governments should pursue policies that encourage the production of new housing. Ending the price controls of inclusionary zoning would be a good start."


From a recent study(478kB PDF) by the Reason Public Policy Institute. Link via Pragmatic Libertarian.

Note to self...

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Croatia - France 2 - 2

(I'll get by) with a little help from my left hand, perhaps it is David Trezeguet's theme song. The Croatians took the lead early in second half after two goals in 4 minutes, returning from an own goal by unlucky man Igor Tudor. Then 12 minutes later Trezeguet scored the equalizer, but only after a great deal of help from his left hand. Surely, that goal should have been called off. In stoppage time, the Croatians had the chance to get all the three points from this match but Mornar kicked the ball just over from close range.

My Man of the Match: Dado Prso.

England - Switzerland 3 - 0

England comes out from the match with three points and a great performance from Wayne Rooney (youngest goal scorer in a EC-finals ever). But that's about it I think. There's still something lacking from the English game, it's almost as they don't cope with the pressure from their fans and the media at home.

My Man of the Match: Wayne Rooney.

Last nights Euro 2004

Didn't see more than fragments of the matches so I don't really have so much to say about them. But I did watch when the Russian kepper were sent off and it seems to me that the referee took the wrong decision. At the same time, I had the opportunity to watch some replays of that situation and decide which Terje Hauge couldn't do. But anyway, the referee have to be perfectly sure that when he shows the red card it is deserved. If he or she isn't, they shouldn't send them off.

So the key issue here is whether or not Hauge were in the right position to make a correct decision, and I'm not too sure about that.

Greece - Spain 1 - 1
Russia - Portugal 0 - 2



Wednesday, June 16, 2004

P-P-P-Powerbook

Hilarious, Scamming the Scammer.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Germany - Netherlands 1 - 1

Germany and Netherlands ends the evening out on a Dutch date. First half began as even as it gets but the Germans slowly got more out of the game and eventually, through a bananenflanke from Torsten Frings, scored the first after 30 minutes. Netherlands tried to reach the German box and create opportunities but the German defense played a consistent game.

Ruud van Nistelrooij managed to get a ball behind past Oliver Kahn 10 minutes before the ref blow his whistle for the last time and I believe the two sides were satisfied/unsatisfied with the result.

My Man of the Match: Michael Ballack

Czech Republic - Latvia 2 - 1

I guess Latvia have trained a great deal of defense the last couple of weeks, and they got some more training on that subject today. They almost passed the exam as they stood up against the opponents for 73 minutes but then Milan Baros sent the ball to the net equalizing the Latvians first half overtime goal.

The Czechs managed to get another goal pass the Latvian keeper five minutes before the end, securing an opening round victory. Latvia tried its best but that wasn't enough.

My Man of the Match: Karel Poborsky.

What is this s**t?

Hit & Run links to this. Somehow the people that computed the table got it all wrong. What they compare are the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Sales of a company. Now, the GDP is the value of the all the goods and services that is produced during a certain time, most common a year, in a country. But it's not equal to the sales of a company since the GDP only count the value added and not the whole value. So you have to compare the GDP with a company's value added, the result will of course be completely different.

Sweden - Bulgaria 5 - 0

I don't know what to say... More than that the five goal gap was a little too big. Bulgaria played a consistent first half with some good chances to score but a bad offside trap allowed Sweden to take the lead. The second half started with a few really good opportunities for the Bulgarians to equalize.

But then Henrik Larsson showed why he is regarded as a top scorer. A beautiful header and a yet another goal a minute later took Sweden to a three-nil lead. The rest is more or less history, Bulgaria gave up the game and Sweden managed to score two more goals.

My Man of the Match: Henrik Larsson.

Denmark - Italy 0 - 0

Yet again Italy starts a tournament in slow pace, expecting the stars to take care of it all. But when Vieri et al disappears from the game, erased by Martin Laursen and his friends in the Danish defense, there's not much left to do for the Italians. Italy had some opportunities to score in both halfs both the Danish keeper Thomas Sorensen played had a great game.

As Gianluigi Buffon also had. The Great Danes (pun intended), with two of their top midfielders missing, played a nice game with good movement and passing. I think Morten Olsen had a nice sleep this night, Giovanni Trapattoni hadn't.

My Man of the Match: Martin Laursen.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

France - England 2 - 1

What a weird match. It looked like Svennis' team would win until the Liverpooler Emile Heskey on stoppage time made a bad decision and caused a free kick just outside the box. A brilliant shot from Zidane equalized England's lead from the first half, a nice header from Frank Lampard.

But that wasn't enough, a minute later fellow Liverpooler Steven Gerrard made an even worse decision passing the ball back to the English keeper David James. The ball was intercepted by Thierry Henry who was brought to the ground by James when he tried to pass him. Zidane, just seconds before full time, sealed the ball to the net on the penalty that followed. Now, if only David Beckham had done the same thing with his 20 minutes earlier, the result probably would have gone in England's direction.

My Man of the Match: Actually two, Ledley King and Zinedine Zidane.

Some good news...

I blogged last week on the election to the European Parliament and said that I would vote for the new, EU-critical and (relatively) market-friendly party Junilistan.

The election was held today and as of now, when almost every vote is counted, Junilistan is the third largest party with 14.5 per cent of the votes and 3 mandates out of 19 possible.

Switzerland - Croatia 0 - 0

The match was so boring that I started to read a book about the philosophy of science while watching. Croatia could have, and should have, scored a goal in the first half but the header touched the crossbar and went over.

My Man of the Match: none of them.

Spain - Russia 1 - 0

I guessed 15 minutes into the game that the Spaniards would win with at least two goals. Russia were at that point on the defending side and had been so since the start. But 5 minutes later it all changed, Russia stood their ground better and managed to hold the ball more consistently within the team and by the last quarter of the first half the yet scoreless match were completely even.

The second half took of the same way as the first ended until the 60th minute when Spain made two substitutions. One of the players to come on were Juan Carlos Valer�n and he had only been on the pitch for about 10 seconds when he scored the only goal of the match. The rest of match went on evenly with scoring opportunities for both of the teams (Spain actually scored a second goal which were, correctly, called of by the referee). All in all, a much better game with better pace and better passing than the game between Portugal and Greece.

My Man of the Match: Russian defender Aleksei Smertin.



Saturday, June 12, 2004

Economics of Religion

Economics of Religion is an interesting field of research. Institute for International Economics have some articles every now and then. For instance, this Policy Brief(201kB PDF) and this Working Paper(375kB PDF).

An expert on the Economics of Religion is Laurence Iannacone, a GMU professor of economics. A lot of his articles are available at his homepage.

Portugal - Greece 1 - 2

First game of the Euro 2004 and Portugal continued on the same road they travelled in the Japan/South Korea 2002 playing the game at low speed and without "oomph". They lacked the straight forwardness a team must have to win nowadays. The Greeks played accordingly to their ability and took advantage of the mistakes Portugal made. Even though Portugal had the ball more and created more chances than the Greeks, I consider the result fair.

Greece spoil hosts' party? Well yes, but with a great deal of help from Portugal.

My Man of the Match: Greek defender Traianos Dellas.

Improving Environmental Quality Through Markets

If you're not familiar with PERC - The Property and Environment Research Center, I urge you to take a look at their homepage. Terry L. Anderson is the Executive Director of PERC, he and Donald R. Leal have written Free Market Environmentalism which I highly recommend.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Ray Charles on My Mind

Anti-americanism in sports?

I have no idea, but still...

Iban Mayo on Lance Armstrong:

"Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Iban Mayo has spoken up in defence of Lance Armstrong in the wake of an article published by Le Monde recently, that alleged Lance Armstrong suspected Spanish riders of using illegal blood boosting products. 'We believe Lance,' Mayo was quoted by Sporza as saying. 'We know that Le Monde has pursued him for five years with all sorts of untrue stories. It was also the newspaper that wrote in 1999 that he used forbidden products. But they forgot to say that he had a medical certificate for them.'"

And by the way, the Tour starts July 3rd. This blog will probably become a Tour de France-blog then. If I have a go right now predicting which riders who will compete for the yellow jersey, I'll have to be boring and say Iban Mayo, Lance Armstrong and perhaps Jan Ullrich.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

News Audiences Increasingly Politicized

New interesting report from PEW on news habits.

Overview: News Audiences Increasingly Politicized

Julian Simon

Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek have a post on Julian Simon today. I agree with Don, Julian Simon is annoyingly underrated. Some of Simon's books are available online, among others The Ultimate Resource II. You can find the whole collection here.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Yeah, we're so f*****g great. Part 5.

A couple of years ago I read a book by the Swedish novelist/journalist Liza Marklund called On the run. The book's main character is Maria Eriksson, a woman who got raped and battered by her former husband and then, after the divorce, haunted by the same man.

The book is based on a true story, Maria exists in real life. According to an article (Swedish only) in one of the largest Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, written by Liza Marklund, Maria received asylum in the United States last year. Obviously, the Swedish government can't take care of it's own citizens. But I'm not surprised actually, the Social Democrats have made cuts in the funding for the police and the judicial system throughout the years to be able to sustain the flawed welfare programs so what else can one expect.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

A view from down under on Ronald Reagan

Catallaxy's Jason Soon:

A contrarian view on Ronald Reagan

I concur. Besides, I'm certainly no expert on international relations and such but hailing Reagan as the one responsible for the breakdown of Soviet Union as some do seems to be false. The politics of Glasnost and Perestroika introduced by Mikhail Gorbatchev and the economic system employed led in that direction as well.

Friday, June 04, 2004

If it looks like a duck, walks as a duck...

...and quacks like a duck, you'll have to ask where the duck comes from.

City Life Sends Ducks Quackers

Yeah, we're so great. Part 4.

Read Waldemar Ingdahl's article at Tech Central Station. Yes, the Swedish Prime Minister really had to wait eight months for an operation.

Question, are Sweden the only country where the political parties in an election campaign can use the "promise" that everyone will have an appointment with an specialist doctor within three months if they need to? And not be criticized for it?

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Among the Thugs, Bill Buford.

Grant McCracken mentions this book in a post. That's a book I really like and highly recommend.

As a matter of fact, Euro 2004 starts next weekend. It's not unlikely that some hooligans will show up.

And Sweden participates.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Downsizing the Federal Government

New Policy Analysis from Cato by Chris Edwards.

Downsizing the Federal Government:

"The good news is that Americans do not need such a big government. Most federal programs are unconstitutional, unnecessary, actively damaging, or properly the responsibility of state governments or the private sector. This study analyzes programs that could be cut to create annual budget savings of $300 billion. If these cuts were phased in over five years, the budget would be balanced by fiscal year 2009 with all of President Bush's tax cuts in place."

EU versus USA or Yeah, we're so great, part 3.

"If the European Union were a state in the USA it would belong to the poorest group of states. France, Italy, Great Britain and Germany have lower GDP per capita than all but four of the states in the United States. In fact, GDP per capita is lower in the vast majority of the EU-countries (EU 15) than in most of the individual American states. This puts Europeans at a level of prosperity on par with states such as Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia. Only the miniscule country of Luxembourg has higher per capita GDP than the average state in the USA. The results of the new study represent a grave critique of European economic policy."

Read the whole study, published today.

Foreign Dispatches: Never Were Truer Words Written

Interesting post by Abiola Lapite on Christianity:

Never Were Truer Words Written

Hayek and gay marriage

Nice article by Jonathan Rauch:

Reason: Objections to These Unions: What Friedrich Hayek can teach us about gay marriage

(Thanks to Taking Hayek Seriously for the pointer).

There were some discussions on the Hayek-list earlier this year.

Hayek on gay (and what other?) rights

Some further resources:

A paper by Steven Horwitz, The Functions of the Family in the Great Society.

One by Ed Feser, Hayek on tradition.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

While Radley is away...

...Hoey will play. It might be the "It's not you, it's me"-routine, but I find the post amusing.

By the way, whats the deal with Plastic Viking Horns anyway?

Votematch

There's an election coming up next week where we Europeans will elect our representatives in the European Parliament. I will probably vote for the recently started Junilistan (homepage only in Swedish), a party with some right-wing EU-critics on the list. If you want to know how your opinions match those of the various European Party Groups, you can take the Votematch-test.

My top 2:

1. The European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party

2. Group for a Europe of Democracies and Diversities

I feel a headache coming on...

Craig Newmark points to this article in the Chicago Tribune.

The article says:

"Adjusted for inflation, average hourly wages for non-farm workers, excluding managers and executives, rose 25 cents, to $15.35, between 2001 and 2003. That equates to an annual increase of less than 2 percent, or below the rate of inflation."

So lets see, first we adjust for inflation. Then we calculate how much the wages increased and finish with the comparison between the increased wage and the inflation that we just adjusted for. Just brilliant my dear.

Is it okay for me to go and bang my head into the wall?