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4.30.2005

you can do it!



I used to think that soccer was only for card-carrying communists. Now that bulldogs are doing it I may have to rethink my position.

how is sex trading against the dollar?

Richard Posner writes:
Let us consider first why sexual morality has changed so much over the past half century. If one takes an economic approach to the question, then since the benefits of sex in the sense of the pleasure or relief of tension that it yields have deep biological roots, it is probably to the cost side that we should look for an answer. The costs of engaging in sexual activity have fallen dramatically over the last half century (AIDS notwithstanding), for many reasons. One was the discovery that penicillin is a safe, certain, and inexpensive cure for syphilis.

http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2005/04/the_sexual_revo.html

Has the cost of sexual activity really fallen? Posner focuses only on the consequences (STDs, pregnancy) but totally ignores what I'll call "acquisition costs." Check out http://www.costofsex.com/ to see how much that last notch on your bedpost cost you. Look at how much the opportunity cost adds up to. Now think how much lower your opportunity cost would have been given real wage rates 20, 40 and 60 years ago. Even if you would have been replacing the courtship time with other leisure rather than work hours, the opportunity costs have still risen. While sex is no better than in the past, alternative entertainment options have vastly improved. In the 1950s, when you sacrificed leisure time to court the comely young ladies at the ice cream parlor, all you were giving up was some time playing with your yo-yo or some other piece of shit. Compare that to the leisure activities you are forgoing now: Family Guy DVDs, crack-smoking and Playstation 2.

The bottom line is that sex has gotten more expensive over the years due to real wage increases and innovation in technology and entertainment.

4.29.2005

chevrolets, baseball, apple pie, and tribadism

Yesterday I saw Senator Tom Coburn M.D. speak. I wasn't very impressed with him, but I subsequently did some research nonetheless. It turns out that during his campaign for the Senate, he expressed his concern about the "rampant lesbianism" in Oklahoma schools. While I am in no position to comment on the prevalence of lesbianism in Oklahoma, I do not know why any red-blooded American man would object to it. If anything, America is the greatest country on earth because of its tolerance-- better yet-- encouragement of girl-on-girl. To wit, the latest issue of The American Enterprise informs us of what's really going on at those feminist conferences (yes guys, our fantasies are accurate, as usual):
There are some forms of "enlightenment" that other nations could be better off without, as this amusing anecdote from Deepak Lal's new book In Praise of Empires indicates:

In 1995 I was staying in Beijing with the Indian ambassador to China. Beijing was hosting a U.N. Conference on Women, and the large number of female delegates were housed in a large tent city. One night the ambassador was woken by an agitated Chinese official asking him to rush to the tent city, as the Indian delegates were rioting. On getting there he found that the trouble began when some American delegates went into the tents of their Third World sisters and tried to initiate them into the joys of gay sex. With the Indians in the lead, the Third World women chased the American women out of their tents, beating them with their slippers.


http://www.taemag.com/issues/articleID.18481/article_detail.asp

4.21.2005

i'll take the eiffel tower and the toll-collecting rights for the autobahn

Israel sets Holocaust damages at $240 billion
Imagine how much cool shit we could buy with all those euros!
http://www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/04/20/news/holocaust.html

4.18.2005

dumbest quote EVER

Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal says racism is the only possible explanation for the NBA's current efforts to raise the minimum playing age to 20, according to ESPN.
Players currently have to be at least 18 to be drafted, but NBA commissioner David Stern would like to see the age raised to 20. But O'Neal insists: "As a black guy, you kind of think [race is] the reason why it's coming up."
"You don't hear about it in baseball or hockey. To say you have to be 20, 21 to get in the league, it's unconstitutional. If I can go to the U.S. Army and fight the war at 18, why can't you play basketball for 48 minutes?" O'Neal said.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,153718,00.html

He must be referring to the NBA constitution.

my apologies

You may have noticed that I haven't posted in a long time. I have been very busy trying to figure out who the next pope will be. Will it be that Catholic dude? Or that other Catholic dude? Who knows, it's anybody's game!

4/28/05 UPDATE: I really never gave a Ratz ass.