One Final Set of Landis/Cycling Drug Testing Links Before I Go …

Lynne Kiesling OK, really, I’m going on vacation … but I cannot tear myself away from the staggeringly histrionic and innumerate train wreck that is the media coverage of Floyd Landis’ high T/E result. Today’s coverage has further reinforced my belief in my comments yesterday that the media are irrationally sensationalist and the UCI announcement … More One Final Set of Landis/Cycling Drug Testing Links Before I Go …More One Final Set of Landis/Cycling Drug Testing Links Before I Go …

The fundamentals are basically the same: A reprise of last August’s high gas price posth

Lynne Kiesling We leave on an intermountain West camping trip Saturday morning, so will be beyond the reach of communication technology for a fair chunk of the next week. But given that the underlying fundamentals have not changed substantially in the past year, even though the prices have, I am re-posting this post, this post, … More The fundamentals are basically the same: A reprise of last August’s high gas price posthMore The fundamentals are basically the same: A reprise of last August’s high gas price posth

Floyd Landis and Doping: Do Labs and/or the Media Understand Statistics?

Lynne Kiesling Statistical illiteracy abounds in society, and nowhere is it more evident than in the screaming headlines this afternoon about “Floyd Landis’ failed drug test”. OK, so this statistical illiteracy is a pet peeve of mine, so let me scratch it here. Cyclists face a two-tier drug test, A and B. If you have … More Floyd Landis and Doping: Do Labs and/or the Media Understand Statistics?More Floyd Landis and Doping: Do Labs and/or the Media Understand Statistics?

Economics Board Games? Settlers of Catan

Lynne Kiesling Anyone familiar with Settlers of Catan? My programmer RA told me about it this morning, and it sounds very interesting. You settle an uninhabited island, the roll of a die determines resource conditions, and you trade. Whoever does the best wins. Dice rolls during the game change the resource conditions. Totally a barter … More Economics Board Games? Settlers of CatanMore Economics Board Games? Settlers of Catan

$3 Gas: People Respond to Incentives

Lynne Kiesling US gasoline at $3 drives people onto buses, trains In the first quarter, as gas prices started to surge again, public transportation ridership rose 4.25 percent nationwide, representing almost 2.5 billion trips, the APTA said. The increase “seems to relate very largely to gas prices,” Millar said. “Hearing anecdotally from our members about … More $3 Gas: People Respond to IncentivesMore $3 Gas: People Respond to Incentives

Heat Wave, Record Power Demand: Don’t Just Build More Generation

Lynne Kiesling Even though most of this article with investment analyst comments on generation capacity and the recent heat wave focuses on how growing demand means there’s profit in building more generation, the article does finally get to the good stuff at the end: Added generating capacity would boost the reserve cushion, but Hartley at … More Heat Wave, Record Power Demand: Don’t Just Build More GenerationMore Heat Wave, Record Power Demand: Don’t Just Build More Generation

Sensible Comments on Blackouts in Queens

Lynne Kiesling There was a blackout in Queens, New York late last week, and some customers are still without power. At City Journal, Nicole Gelinas pins responsibility right where it belongs: political institutions do not have a profit motive for investing in infrastructure: This neglect goes unnoticed when the electricity is actually on. But beginning … More Sensible Comments on Blackouts in QueensMore Sensible Comments on Blackouts in Queens