My #introduction on another site: I'm a microeconomist who spends his days searching for better models, but I mostly use this site for one-liners.
Am a heavy music consumer, and may post track links w/background. I do a lot with intellectual property, migration, and computational statstics, which I think are important topics with a lot of room for curiosity and creative exploration. I make soap, bike everywhere, often sleep in tents, and am generally an introverted hippie.
@DialMforMara @earthtopus Before the passport there were letters of passage, as @earthopus tooted. Whether those helped when you wandered across a border on the map was no doubt case-by-case (and were those were passports as we understand them today? Your call).
But the universal system we have today was established by the 1920 Paris Conference on Passports & Customs Formalities and Through Tickets. After that, you weren't supposed to cross a border (between the signatories) without a document.
Family dynamics, but with people involved in uspol Show more
From an NYT article about Robert Mnuchin, father of the current sec'y of the treasury:
"He was near tears when asked about his son Steve and refused to comment about their relationship. But friends said that he is in an impossible predicament, conflicted over his sense of duty about being a loyal father and his concern as a citizen that President Trump is bad for America."
I want more of these stories.
Your jam for the day is "Mining for gold", by Trad. This is a twofer: one version by Margot Timmins, whose voice is a national asset (to Canada), and a folksy banjo-based version by James Gordon @1:28, because we all need more banjo in our lives.
The last line, a punchline in a perfect anapestic waltz, is in my head all the time.
Here's a nice call-and-response song from 2011, that makes me feel feelings. I'm not giving it a uspol CW but it's become an obvious protest song in te present day.
uspol, SCOTUS, Census, mediocre white dude Show more
The saddest part of the Census case's oral arguments is when Alito brings up confounding factors as if he worked out this brilliant thing that didn't occur to the statisticians at the Census Bureau. (p 61 line 20 of https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/2018/18-966_i4dj.pdf )
What makes it overall horrible is that the question of the case is whether Wilbur acted improperly and violated law (spoiler: he did), but the arguments seem almost unconcerned by that question.
This NYT article about greenhouse gases from your food gives a good sense of proportions, doesn't coddle the reader, and takes time to talk about what's _not_ effective. Recommended. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/30/dining/climate-change-food-eating-habits.html
Also, nice layout and uncomplicated data viz.
Fun fact about Washington, DC Show more
There is no City of Washington. It was legally dissolved in 1871, and the DC government never uses the word "Washington". People in DC infrequently use the W word, typically only to refer to Washington Politics. Even the Washington Post uses it only for specific forms.
"Wait, isn't there a Washington Convention Center, so named by the DC government" you ask. There is: the Harold Washington Convention Center. Clever folks, that government.
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