The Right Coast

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Why teenagers are so weird
Tom Smith

Pretty interesting WSJ piece by Berkeley psychologist.

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Claudia Williamson
Tom Smith

Her research looks interesting -- about the importance of informal institutions.

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Claudia Williamson
Tom Smith

Her research looks interesting -- about the importance of informal institutions.

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Anybody whom Egan hates so much can't be all bad
Tom Smith

Timothy Egan really does not [heart] Newt.  

I resent the NY Times calling his "the view from the West." Seattle is not "the West".  The West begins somewhere around the Black Hills in the north and maybe El Paso in the South and extends to the Cascade Mountains and the Sierra Nevada respectively.  West of that is whatever you call the stretch from say, Carmel to Seattle, I've heard "Ecotopia" suggested.  South of that is the Central Coast and the Central Valley and below that is Southern California.  SoCal is not "the West", although it is part of "the West Coast", which is not the same thing.  You can't wear Birkenstocks or flip flops in the West because they would pull off  when you stepped in a cow pie.  In the West, you just gaze at the horizon for a while instead of saying "Yes -- No.  I mean.  It just doesn't feel that way to me."   (After you gaze at the horizon for a while you can say, "See them pronghorns over there?" This is a reliable conversation opener.)  In the West you don't have to explain to anybody the inherent idiocy of the idea of an electric car because they know what it's like to drive from Cheyenne to Salt Lake City in December.  I like to ride refers to horses not $1500 bicycles.  In the West, the skies are not cloudy all day, which they certainly are from Portland to Seattle.  Nobody in the West actually saw the movie "Brokeback Mountain" which was, in any event, fiction written by a woman who had no business moving to Wyoming and who came from Maine or something.  Nobody who has spent their whole life in the West has actually seen mold in the wild.  In the West, "dude" refers to a cowboy wannabe, not just anybody.  While Starbucks has spread everywhere, the prefered drink of the West is still coffee black, highly caffeinnated and so hot you can't taste it.  One could go on, but in brief, the view through the mists of Seattle is not "from the West." Oh.  I see it says "the West Coast."  So I guess this rant was completely unnecessary.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Death row inmate lauds his life of leisure
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Some of the killers on death row are really bad people who deserve much swifter justice than they get.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Warren the cheap
Tom Smith

Which would Warren Buffet's secretary prefer -- being made the national poster girl for tax victimhood or being paid more than a measley $60K a year for being personal assistant to one of the richest guys in the world?  I guess the idea is she'll be happier if her boss pays more in taxes.  If I were she, I would say, Warren, why not pay me some more instead of paying a lot more to the government.  It would be cheaper for you to increase my salary times ten then to pay a couple of points more in income taxes.  But this evidently is not the way the enlightened think.  Somehow giving politicians more to play with is supposed to make Ms. Secretary feel better.

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Invisibility cloak progress.

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That explains a lot
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How to survive doing Wheel of Fortune for 30 years.

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Racial tension in Australia
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Unhappiness down under.

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Barney Frank to be wed
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For every pot a lid.

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