Saturday, December 29, 2007

What is a lawful killing?

From the BBC:

"The death follows the unlawful killing of five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson who was killed by her uncle's dog in St Helen's on New Year's Day 200 [...]"

Friday, December 28, 2007

Who killed Bhutto?

Or is that even the important question?

Instead, who is it best to blame? As always, our old friends.

I am extremely curious to see what happens in the next few weeks. Musharraf seems to be hoping that by blaming al Qaeda he will be able to minimize the unrest from Bhutto supporters. Perhaps even solidify his rule and/or extend emergency powers so as to deal with the now (as he would like it to seem) obvious danger of Islamist extremists in Pakistan's nether regions.

Will Pakistan believe it? For myself, as little as I know, I can't imagine that Musharraf would have had her killed. It would invite massive amounts of risk and would especially alienate the more conservative, staid and very powerful elements in the army who seem to value stability above all.

What happens if Pakistan believes it? Do they support Musharraf and view his attempts to maintain power more leniently? Does the election continue?

What happens if they don't believe it? Chaos. Obviously. But how much? Enough to stop the election? Some opposition parties have already announced that they will boycott the elections.
What happens if the elections break down? Does everything go? And what will emerge from it?


Interesting viewing from al Jazeera.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Well. They're over. Now I wait for my professors to get off of their lazy corduroy-clad butts and put in my grades.

Saw the movie Juno. Over-written and under-developed, but still charming. Definitely not worth going to more than once.

Now for one of my favorite parts of the year! Organizing and/or discarding all of my papers from the semester is endlessly satisfying. One day I will be as organized as I would like.

And on that day I will rule the world.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Thursday: Theory of Statistics

Friday: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

Saturday: Macroeconomic Policy


Tuesday: C++

Wednesday: Public Policy

Monday, December 3, 2007


And now, maybe...sanity?

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Difficult to pronounce, great to read

Maverecon. Odd name. I get where he's going, but I'm not sure he gets there...

This gent is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers. This post on trade theoretic trade policy provides a nice intro to how one should think about policy in a globalizing (ed?) world (as well as a deserved rap on the knuckles for Hillary).

Here he provides a fantastic and spirited exposition of why immigration is a moral issue (upon which American politicians tend to be on the wrong side).

Although one should be wary of it, it's always a pleasure to read one's own ideas posited in such a fantastic way.