So I just heard it’s looking like Israel Kirzner is getting the Nobel in economics.

Just heard…ahem…

So predicts Thomson Reuters in its annual predictions of Nobel Laureates. The prognosticators identify Kirzner and William Baumol as worthy for their contributions to the study of entrepreneurship.

Perhaps befitting the somewhat non-scientific nature of economic “science” Pete Boettke reports that the predictions by Thomson Reuters in the past have tended to be more accurate for the natural sciences than for economics. Be that as it may, Pete makes the case for Kirzner’s worthiness. I have long admired Kirzner, as do many who appreciate the value of entrepreneurs for innovation and economic growth. Plus, he is one of those great economists (like Hayek) who can explain economics without equations and formulas.

Wow. I’m going to that event on Thursday (I registered back in May). It’s going to be really exciting now, haha. I still remember when Dr. Don Boudreaux announced to our ECON 103 class back in Fall 2002 that he had just received word that Dr. Vernon Smith was going to be awarded the Nobel and was going to become the GMU economics department’s second Nobel Laureate.


It drives me crazy when people try to tell me I’m a “person of color” or that Judaism is a race.

My Jewish maternal grandpa’s U.S. naturalization certificate from 1939 lists his race as “white.” His U.S. Army World War II service record from 1945 lists his race as “white” and his place of birth as “Brazil.” The Brazilian passport for the entire family before they came to America when my grandpa was a boy in the 1920s lists their skin color as “branco” (Portuguese for “white”) with Russia listed as the place of his father’s birth and London listed as the place of his mother’s birth. His Jewish father’s U.S. naturalization certificate from 1941 lists his race as “white.” The ship manifest when they came to America listed their ethnicity (not race) as “Hebrew.” My Jewish maternal grandma’s father’s U.S. Army World War I service record from 1919 lists his complexion as “medium” with no mention of race or ethnicity. My Jewish mother’s New Jersey birth certificate from 1949 lists her race as “white” with no mention of her religion.

These idiots who focus on this nonsense are not just idiotic but completely incorrect.

imagedeadbilly replied to your link:Do you recognize these Obsolete Technologies?

same. I laughed at the tele-type one, since one of the choices was a Telecaster, lol


I still own eight of these “obsolete technologies” and I most definitely have some slides somewhere from photos I shot for a presentation in elementary school from our family day trip to Philadelphia on the way home from Atlantic City for my great uncle’s funeral in 1990.  I remember the Trump Taj Mahal had an arcade for kids to play in back then because everywhere had an arcade back then including 7-Eleven locations as referenced in Back To The Future III.  I still remember when 7-Eleven locations rented VHS and Betamax tapes.  I don’t own a slide projector, though, so I don’t own nine of them, only eight.

Those bluish-purple ditto machine copied assignment sheets, though.  Those really bring back memories.


My teachers still used ditto machines in early elementary school (1987-1993) so I’m not sure where this implication that they were only used until the 1970s comes from because it is ridiculous. Also, walkie-talkies should still be an essential part of every boy’s childhood. My paternal grandma of blessed memory also used that style of washing machine through the late 1990s when she passed away and rented a rotary phone from the phone company until the early 1990s.  The phone company wanted something insane like $400 if she wanted to keep the rotary phone she had been renting for decades (and likely paid thousands of dollars in rental fees) and you know they just tossed that thing in the dumpster when she declined to purchase it and returned it to them.


Twitter is basically the social media version of text messaging.  That is why it is so terrible.

Ezekiel 25:17 - The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.