A few of the worthies as I close out the browser tabs before Chrome eats every last bit of my system’s resources:
- Thomas Lumley’s travel guide for Auckland visitors for a statistical computing conference may be useful beyond that conference’s attendees.
- The Washington State Institute for Public Policy’s evaluation of boot camps suggests that they’re very effective. I had previously thought there was a typo in their tally: they had a negative cost listed for the things, which had me thinking they had a spreadsheet error. But it’s correct – confirmed by email. Boot camps are cheaper than other juvenile detention facilities in Washington State, and so they’re of negative cost relative to the counterfactual. And they also seem effective: 100% chance of providing net benefits.
- Vlad Tarko’s take on apparent deregulatory trends: you can reconcile survey measures of declining regulatory burden with other data on increased staffing and budgets for regulatory agencies in a model in which competing regulators offer the regulated opportunities to select the one that sucks least. He says regulatory capitalism is a better term than neoliberalism for the current state of play.
- Where the state is weak, others can be strong. In Nigeria, churches are building what look like private cities. Attention Charter Cities fans.
- Great piece by Andrew Sullivan on tribalism in American democracy. I don’t share his optimism about Trump yet being able to come around to solve all this, but the diagnosis in the first three quarters of the piece seems right.
And hopefully on closing Chrome, there will no longer be a long lag between moving the mouse and seeing the cursor move. It’s really annoying.
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