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    Posted by Jonathan on 18th December 2014 (All posts by )

    what inflation?

    Chicagoboyz closely monitor all relevant information sources for clues to the direction of Federal Reserve policy.

    Posted in Economics & Finance, Photos | 1 Comment »

    Chicagoboyz Commenting Issues

    Posted by Jonathan on 18th December 2014 (All posts by )

    A frequent commenter complained to me that he had tried to post comments and the comments either didn’t appear or he received a WordPress error message telling him that he had tried to post a duplicate comment. I’ve had similar problems myself once or twice. Is anyone else experiencing such issues? Please let me know if you are. There may be a tech issue, perhaps with our WordPress plugins. In that case it would help if I knew the scope of the problem so that I could find its cause.

    Thanks.

    UPDATE: The problem appears to be a browser issue.

    Posted in Announcements | No Comments »

    Happy Hanukka

    Posted by Jonathan on 16th December 2014 (All posts by )

    I’m going to make a suggestion that you will thank me for when you eat your potato latkes: cranberry sauce.

    latkes

    Posted in Holidays, Photos | 3 Comments »

    Finally!

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th December 2014 (All posts by )

    A truly important article from the NY Times:

    That’s why, I’m sorry to say, if you want a truly great, hot, crisp doughnut, chances are you’re going to have to make it yourself. Like anything involving deep-frying, D.I.Y. doughnuts are a bit of a project, but they’re less work than you might think. And once you’ve mastered the basic recipe — this one is for fluffy yeasted doughnuts, as opposed to the denser cake variety — you can geek out to your heart’s content on the glazes, toppings and fillings.

    Happily the NYT article actually links to some recipes.

    My aunt has a great recipe for sufganiyot, which are a sort of jam-filled Israeli yeast donut that’s traditionally made for Hannukah, at least by my aunt. I ought to ask her for it.

    Posted in Holidays, Recipes | 6 Comments »

    Don’t Worry, Be Happy

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th December 2014 (All posts by )

    Or at least try sometimes to be happy despite your worries. But it’s not like we’re giving advice here, because what do we know. In any case a catchy tune couldn’t hurt.

    Posted in Music, Video | 3 Comments »

    What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (November 2014)

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th December 2014 (All posts by )

    Below is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos ordered in November 2014 by Chicago Boyz readers via Amazon links on this blog. (A cumulative list of Chicago Boyz readers’ Amazon book purchases is here.)

    Your book and non-book Amazon purchases help to support this blog via the Amazon Associates affiliate program. Chicago Boyz earns a percentage on all of your Amazon purchases as long as you enter the Amazon site via the Amazon links on this blog (including the Amazon banner in the blog header, the link under the Amazon banner and any Amazon links on this blog for products other than the ones you are buying).

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    Posted in Book Notes | 9 Comments »

    Come Blog Away

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th December 2014 (All posts by )

    flying metaphor

    Chicagoboyz soars on modern, all metal, streamlined rhetoric built on a time-tested structure of empirical rationality.

    Posted in Photos | 14 Comments »

    The Bee’s Knees

    Posted by Jonathan on 10th December 2014 (All posts by )

    beelines

    Posted in Photos | 13 Comments »

    Deal of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 8th December 2014 (All posts by )

    I don’t know if this is a short-term offer or a closeout or what, but this camera is a great deal at this price. I have a previous version (S95) and it is about as good as it gets for a small-sensor point-and-shoot. Very small yet highly configurable with excellent controls. You can get better at this size (e.g., the Sony DSC-RX100M III or one of its predecessors) but not at anywhere near this price.

    Posted in Product Reviews/Endorsements | 6 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 8th December 2014 (All posts by )

    Henry Kissinger, World Order (quoted in a review by Niall Ferguson):

    …If the balance between power and legitimacy is properly managed, actions will acquire a degree of spontaneity. Demonstrations of power will be peripheral and largely symbolic; because the configuration of forces will be generally understood, no side will feel the need to call forth its full reserves. When that balance is destroyed, restraints disappear, and the field is open to the most expansive claims and the most implacable actors; chaos follows until a new system of order is established.

    Posted in Book Notes, History, Human Behavior, International Affairs, National Security, Obama, Quotations, USA, War and Peace | 1 Comment »

    Posted by Jonathan on 6th December 2014 (All posts by )

    limit up

    Chicagoboyz take a large cash wheat position in anticipation of price increases.

    Posted in Photos | 2 Comments »

    Layers

    Posted by Jonathan on 5th December 2014 (All posts by )

    The brightening morning sky silhouettes distant ridges beyond Buck Canyon and the White Rim mesa in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. (Jonathan Gewirtz   jonathan@gewirtz.net)

    Posted in Photos | 4 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd December 2014 (All posts by )

    Richard Epstein, The flawed 75% tax solution from Hollande and Piketty:

    The basic question is why would anyone assume that major shifts in tax rates should have only relatively modest effects on the production of wealth. No one would say that about a cut in market wages of over 50 percent. So why assume otherwise in a tax context?

    Posted in Big Government, Economics & Finance, France, Leftism, Political Philosophy, Quotations, Taxes | 6 Comments »

    “The FAA, Drones, and Caltrops”

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd December 2014 (All posts by )

    Some thoughts about drones and govt regulation, from the always interesting John Robb:

    Here’s one of the reasons that the FAA has seized control of all drones (including toys) and is slowing the development of automated aviation to a crawl. It’s a dumb move, since it won’t work, but they are doing it anyway.
     
    The reason is that drones make disruption easy.
     
    [. . .]
     
    The big question: Will the FAA effort to control drones protect against this type of disruption? No. It won’t.
     
    It actually makes the situation worse. It prevents the development of the safeguards an economically viable drone delivery network would produce.

    Read the whole (brief) post to get Robb’s full argument, which is a plausible one.

    Perhaps the FAA is motivated more by inertia and typical bureaucratic risk-aversion than by any sophisticated consideration of the likely downstream societal effects of drone development.

    The FAA’s proposed regulations would mainly affect commercial drone users who would probably be constrained by liability in any case. The pilot-license requirement makes little sense except to restrict entry into the market and as a means of tracking users. These regulations are not going to be easily enforceable. Maybe the FAA is being driven in part by lobbying from airlines and police agencies. Overregulation will incentivize the development of quiet drones, camouflaged drones, miniature drones, RF-shielded drones, autonomous drones that can fly programmed courses without radio control, etc.

    Big companies that can game the political system will get drones. Governments will get drones. Hackers, criminals and terrorists will get drones. Small and mid-sized businesses will pay up for approved outsourced drone services or will go without. The availability of liability insurance to cover drone-caused damage may be a significant issue.

    Someone wrote that operating a drone should be like owning a dog: minimal formal regulation, ad hoc restrictions based on local conditions, and liability for damages. That seems about right.

    We shall see what happens. At this point I’m more concerned about the FAA than about caltrops.

    Posted in Aviation, Big Government, Business, Predictions, Tech | 12 Comments »

    Black Friday Week Deals

    Posted by Jonathan on 28th November 2014 (All posts by )

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    Weather

    Posted by Jonathan on 25th November 2014 (All posts by )

    storm clouds

    Posted in Photos | 1 Comment »

    Alas, Poor Yorick!

    Posted by Jonathan on 22nd November 2014 (All posts by )

    this post smells fishy

    Between boating and nothingness: Chicagoboyz ponder the eternal mysteries.

    Posted in Photos | 5 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 21st November 2014 (All posts by )

    David Harsanyi:

    No, the president didn’t kill the process all by himself. Bush did it! Reagan did it! True or not, twenty years from now, the minions of some Republican Napoleon will be screaming ‘Obama did it!’ And they’ll have a sad story or a chilling warning that will justify why it’s ok. Because all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States – unless the president says it’s super important. Then anything goes.

    Posted in Current Events, Immigration, Obama, Political Philosophy, Politics, Quotations | 21 Comments »

    Password Change

    Posted by Jonathan on 19th November 2014 (All posts by )

    Chicagoboyz contributors should reset their passwords per the email link everyone will receive. Please contact me if you do not receive a link or have any questions or problems. Thanks.

    Posted in Announcements | Comments Off

    What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (October 2014)

    Posted by Jonathan on 15th November 2014 (All posts by )

    Below is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos ordered in October 2014 by Chicago Boyz readers via Amazon links on this blog. (A cumulative list of Chicago Boyz readers’ Amazon book purchases is here.)

    Your book and non-book Amazon purchases help to support this blog via the Amazon Associates affiliate program. Chicago Boyz earns a percentage on all of your Amazon purchases as long as you enter the Amazon site via the Amazon links on this blog (including the Amazon banner in the blog header, our Amazon store and any Amazon links on this blog for products other than the ones you are buying).

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    Posted in Book Notes | 4 Comments »

    The Continuing Mystery of Jewish Leftism

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th November 2014 (All posts by )

    Many of the comments on this post by Glenn Reynolds are quite good. Worth a read.

    Posted in Deep Thoughts, Jewish Leftism | 17 Comments »

    Posted by Jonathan on 14th November 2014 (All posts by )

    Vizcaya

    Chicagoboyz visit Vizcaya.

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Red Clouds

    Posted by Jonathan on 7th November 2014 (All posts by )

    Miami, mon amour

    Posted in Photos | 3 Comments »

    Famous Quotations (Updated)

    Posted by Jonathan on 1st November 2014 (All posts by )

    autocomplete

    Posted in Quotations, That's NOT Funny | 1 Comment »

    Critical Mass: Halloween

    Posted by Jonathan on 1st November 2014 (All posts by )

    Lots of costumes. There must have been an accommodation with the powers that be, because now the ride gets escorted by the police, which no doubt makes it safer but also removes any remaining bits of transgressiveness from it. But who am I kidding. This is what tends to happen with popular illicit events in democratic societies. At first the authorities try to suppress it, then at some point everyone sees that the event has a large constituency and the pols attempt to coopt it. This time the ride got funneled into a food and music fest in the arts district. Maybe next year they will route it through the Orange Bowl. The whole sticking it to the man thing was a joke anyway, since most of the participants are only in it to have a good time.

    Critical Mass

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    Posted in Diversions, Photos | Comments Off