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Paul is dead?

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On September 17, 2010

The SSA has a nice site that lets you look up all sorts of statistical info on naming patterns. Among other things it allows one to predict that 70 years from now very few baby girls will be named Isa

Mistakes were made

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On August 19, 2010
This is an admirable post by Matt Yglesias. What I especially like is his willingness to conclude that his mistake in judgment on a specific issue was a product not merely of idiosyncratic circumstances, but of a structurally flawed way of thinking about the world, and specifically an over-willingness to trust elite opinion (this is […]

Bobby Thomson

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On August 17, 2010

My favorite detail about the Shot Heard Round the World is that after the game Thomson rode the subway home (apparently major league ballplayers in New York in the 1950s routinely rode the subway to a

This little vignette is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it’s almost certainly false (among the many quite incredible details my favorite is the writer’s claim that he had never told the story to anyone before). Second, it’s a glimpse into the rich fantasy life of a denizen of Nixonland. Third, it raises the […]

Obviously

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On July 29, 2010
I’m toying with the idea of watching the second season debut of Jersey Shore, after recommendations from certain aficionados of trash TV (I didn’t see any of the first season). Apparently, there will be some discussion of federal tax policy: There are the occasional, oblique references to the cast members’ new off-camera fame. For instance, […]
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