Holiday Wishes for You

Lynne Kiesling I offer you my best holiday wishes. What I wish for you, indeed for all of us, in this holiday season and into 2012 and beyond, is a life rich in liberty, toleration, peace, and good will. And, in the spirit of my friend Sarah’s wise invocation for us to light our candles … More Holiday Wishes for You

Holiday Music Encore

Lynne Kiesling As a quick follow-up on my earlier post on music, harmony, and social cooperation, here’s a lovely video of Stile Antico singing Palestrina’s Assumpta est Maria: And, since we attended the Chicago Symphony’s Welcome Yule concert last night and it was lovely, here’s a snippet of Handel’s Messiah, from the choir of New … More Holiday Music Encore

Music, Harmony, and Social Cooperation

Lynne Kiesling I am a big fan of English renaissance choral music, particularly sacred polyphony from Tallis and Byrd (and stretching back to Taverner, but he’s not as distinctively polyphonic). One of the best ensembles performing such music is Stile Antico, a group of 13 British singers who do an outstanding job with this music, … More Music, Harmony, and Social Cooperation

How the Grinch Stole the Free Market

Lynne Kiesling An excellent holiday present for us all, from my friend Sarah: a free-market take on the classic Grinch tale. A taste of its poetic deliciousness to entice you to click through and read the whole poem: Then he walked right inside. Didn’t ring, didn’t knock. (Property rights are respected by folks who read … More How the Grinch Stole the Free Market

Breaking News: State Regulatory Procedures Do Not Favor Consumers

Lynne Kiesling As is the vernacular these days, your response to the title of this post is probably “I know, right?” Or, if you prefer sarcasm, you may say “no, really?” This is the conclusion of an all-too-rare piece of investigative journalism from Dan Garino at the Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s unique system for setting electricity … More Breaking News: State Regulatory Procedures Do Not Favor Consumers

Happy Holidays, Traveling Grandma!

Lynne Kiesling Happy holidays! If you are traveling by air this week to share the holidays with family, you have my sympathy … on the TSA front, not on the family front (but some of you may be dreading that too …). Whether you are subjecting yourself to the TSA’s invasiveness this holiday season or … More Happy Holidays, Traveling Grandma!

Superficial Journalism, Gps Watch Edition

Lynne Kiesling When I read Gina Kolata’s New York Times article on the inaccuracy of GPS watches, I was not impressed with her journalism and her analysis. Her main theme was that we spend all of this money on GPS watches to record our training, and they aren’t even accurate. Her example: On Sunday, I … More Superficial Journalism, Gps Watch Edition

Waterless Fracking?

Lynne Kiesling Pale Rider is one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies. One of its central themes revolves around classic property rights concepts in a community of miners that includes a number of small pan miners and a family that has built a larger, hydraulic mining operation that essentially uses pressurized water to blast rock … More Waterless Fracking?

Does a Public Good Argument Justify Subsidizing Private Energy Production?

Michael Giberson Yesterday I disputed the analysis by which the Breakthough Institute wanted to claim credit on behalf of the federal government for the shale gas boom; today I dispute their claimed broader implications for federal energy R&D policy. Late in their op-ed, the Breakthrough folks shift emphasis from a narrow drilling technology story to … More Does a Public Good Argument Justify Subsidizing Private Energy Production?

Did the Federal Government Invent the Shale Gas Boom?

Michael Giberson In the Washington Post the folks at the Breakthrough Institute try to learn us some history about the shale gas boom. Maybe you think the shale gas boom was some big surprise suddenly made real after the decades-long work of a hard-headed oil and gas guy – George Mitchell – willing to spend … More Did the Federal Government Invent the Shale Gas Boom?