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Dec
11

All linky, no thinky: Quotations of the Day Edition

Here’s the Adaptive Curmudgeon on the NTSB’s proposed gadgets-in-cars ban:

Traction control, anti lock brakes, automatic transmissions, all wheel drive, SUV design specs for cars that never leave pavement, idiot lights on the dash…these are symptoms of a disease.  The disease is the idea that no human is too fucking incompetent, clueless, unreliable, or stupid to pilot a motor vehicle.  Eliminating the effort required in driving is a bad idea.  Clueless monkeys and skilled operators alike should have to work to drive a car.

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There is circuitry to protect the batteries of people who can’t figure out how to turn the headlights off.  Think about that!  We are sharing the road with people who can’t operate a light switch.  Laws against cell phones won’t help you with people that can’t handle an on/off switch.

I still think all cars should be sold with H-gate dog boxes.

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Next, Nick Rowe describes recessions:

A recession is not a drop in output and employment. A recession is a failure to exploit the gains from trade.

Click through and RTWT.

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Here’s Neil Clark being astoundingly ignorant and jaw-droppingly vile at the same time:

No one questions that [Vaclav] Havel, who went to prison twice, was a brave man who had the courage to stand up for his views. Yet the question which needs to be asked is whether his political campaigning made his country, and the world, a better place.

Havel’s anti-communist critique contained little if any acknowledgement of the positive achievements of the regimes of eastern Europe in the fields of employment, welfare provision, education and women’s rights. Or the fact that communism, for all its faults, was still a system which put the economic needs of the majority first.

Yes, really: He wrote four figures worth of words defending Soviet communism on egalitarian grounds.  Now, I understand the emotional appeal of such a simple-minded outlook on, say, Marx — I used to feel that way.  When I was fourteen.

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Finally, Megan McArdle explains the failure of an initially-promising school lunch reform:

This is one more installment in a continuing series, brought to you by the universe, entitled “promising pilot projects often don’t scale“.  They don’t scale for corporations, and they don’t scale for government agencies.  They don’t scale even when you put super smart people with expert credentials in charge of them.  They don’t scale even when you make sure to provide ample budget resources.  Rolling something out across an existing system is substantially different from even a well run test, and often, it simply doesn’t translate.

Yeah, it turns out that a few cooks in a test kitchen, preparing fresh ingredients for a small number of students, do a far better job than a swarm of disinterested cooks in cafeterias preparing the end result of a cocked-up supply chain for a thundering herd of children.  Who ever would have guessed?

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