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Warren Meyer: Congratulations Bill Pearson, 2019 Coyoteblog Bracket Challenge Winner

Bill rode Virginia all the way to the championship. Congratulations.

2019-04-11 01:55   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Who Are You Calling Privileged?

A while back on Columbus Day I wrote this on Twitter: This is not just a SJW thing -- Columbus's European contemporaries thought he was a horrible person. The problem is that Italian-Americans have adopted it as Italian pride day -- let them have it, and celebrate indigenous people day another day, maybe nov 29. […]

2019-04-09 19:07   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: What Admirers of Socialism Like AOC Could Learn From Just the Title of Adam Smith's Classic Book

The full name of Adam Smith's great work is "An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations." Even before we crack the spine of that book, we can learn a lot about that title. Look at the title -- it might be a bit strange to modern eyes. Because when we have […]

2019-04-08 20:41   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Arizona Recognizes Out-of-State Occupational Licenses

Good! One state down, 49 to go.

2019-04-08 17:36   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Facebook Seeks To Leverage Its Own Failings to Get Congress to Cement Facebook's Monopoly Position

It is something you see all the time -- large companies asking to be regulated, at first glance against self-interest. Those most interested in expansion of the government and the regulatory state will shout, "See! Even large evil companies know they need to be subject to government oversight." But in fact what is usually going […]

2019-04-08 16:52   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: 2019 Bracket Challenge Update

With 3 games to play, we still have three possible winners. Jeff Charleston (if memory serves a long-time coyote bracket leader), Bill Pearson and DontFollowMyAdviceImADummy. Best of luck to everyone

2019-04-05 19:42   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Through Tuesday, My Amazon Kindle Books Are Free

As a thank you to readers, get my novel and short stories on Amazon for free, at least in the kindle version. Click on the image to go to the relevant Amazon page.

2019-04-05 19:29   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Update on Lost Comments

After engaging with my issues briefly within a couple of hours of my support request, Disqus has for 3 business days ignored all further communication from me to multiple email addresses. Unfortunately, they do not seem to have any kind of support ticket tracking system. As a reminder, 6 years of comments on thousands of […]

2019-04-01 18:48   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: The Insanity of Current Equity Valuations -- The WeWork Unicorn (I Bet You Thought I Was Going to Say Tesla)

$tsla $tslaq

2019-04-01 15:43   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Regulation and Engineering Failures

In the aftermath of the two Boeing 737MAX crashes: For years, the FAA has allowed plane manufacturers to self-certify parts of the oversight process for new planes, called Organization Designation Authorization. This process, in which the aircraft manufacturer’s employees perform some of the safety tests and inspections with FAA oversight, reportedly saved the government body time and […]

2019-03-29 19:46   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Annual Bracket Challenge Update

We got 72 entries this year, which is pretty good given that I got started late setting it up and promoting it. Many contestants eschewed the obvious choices -- for example only a third picked Duke to win and barely half had Duke getting to the Finals. Robert in Chicago is in the […]

2019-03-28 17:55   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: A Quick Thought on Brexit

I have not really written on Brexit here, for a couple of reasons. First, I am not at all informed about the issues, so it is hard to pontificate intelligently. Second, I am torn because, were I British, I likely would have supported Brexit but for completely different reasons than many others. My understanding is […]

2019-03-28 15:35   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: The Number One Worst Art Experience

A while back I wrote that the Mona Lisa was easily the most disappointing art experience of my life (I believe I put the viewing of Seurat's Grande Jatte on the other end as exceeding expectations.) If you are not sure why I dinged Da Vinci's lady so harshly, see this. Watching this scene as […]

2019-03-28 15:26   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: I Think Disqus Customer Support is All Bots

I sent in a support request to Disqus reporting that Disqus comments exist for posts from the last 2 months but have disappeared for posts from 2012 up to a couple of months ago -- tens of thousands of comments missing. And the comment box is not even showing up on the posts. I sent […]

2019-03-27 21:47   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Well, 6+ Years of Disqus Comments Missing

For some reason all comments from about 2012 when I started on Disqus to this February are missing. There are not even comment links. Sigh, I apologize for the loss to all those who took the time to participate in the conversation and I have ponied up for a paid Disqus membership to try to […]

2019-03-27 16:13   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: An Incredible Crony Mess in Maryland

If you want to see your socialist future, look no further than this mess in Maryland, hat tip to Overlawyered. Absolutely nothing in this looks like free market capitalism, from the dueling subsidies to the threat by Baltimore to actually seize a business for the crime of trying to move out of their dysfunctional city. […]

2019-03-26 16:31   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: My Best Princeton Alumni Benefit -- Thanks @HenryEPayne

Henry Payne, a cartoonist featured on many of the libertarian sites I read and a writer for the Detroit News, was a classmate of mine at Princeton. Every year he creates a new birthday card that my class sends out to all of us on our birthdays. I kick myself for not saving them all, […]

2019-03-26 15:38   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Absurd Click Bait

The Daily Mail claimed that this grammar test is so hard no one will get more than 10 or 20 right. That is absurd, I nailed them all (yes, I have lots of grammatical mistakes in this blog because I am a sucky and indifferent proof-reader, not because I don't know what's correct). That has […]

2019-03-25 19:21   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Largest Cities in the World, By Year

I encourage you to click through to an animated visualization of the largest cities in the world, by year. A few surprises, but the biggest one to me was how long Naples hung around on the list. The fall and rise of the Chinese cities is also interesting. People seem to get freaked out by […]

2019-03-25 19:12   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: The "Shrinking Middle Class" In One Chart

It's shrinking, but only because folks are getting wealthier. via the always terrific Mark Perry

2019-03-25 17:46   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Please, Please. Please Do Not Rely on Your Tesla Autopilot

You folks can disagree with me about the prospects for the Tesla stock price. You may hero worship Elon Musk and think he's a genius where I think he is a charlatan with PT Barnum promotion skills. You may really, really love our Tesla car (I thought the Model S was a fine car when […]

2019-03-22 16:34   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Brief Reviews: Theranos and Michael Jackson Documentaries on HBO

Last weekend I watched both the Leaving Neverland documentary about Michael Jackson and the Out for Blood documentary on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. The Theranos documentary was fine -- Theranos is an amazing story and any documentary on it is naturally going to be engaging. My only issue with it was that it was very […]

2019-03-21 16:47   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: LAST CHANCE -- Coyoteblog / TSLAQ Bracket Challenge Closes Tomorrow Morning

In a tradition that goes back well over a decade on this blog, it's time for our 2019 just-for-fun bracket challenge. You know how it works -- fill out your bracket for the NCAA men's basketball tournament before noon Eastern this Thursday. First prize is lots of adulation and a 1 year free subscription to […]

2019-03-20 16:27   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: A Few Tequila Recommendations

I do not consider myself a tequila expert, but I do live in Phoenix where the tequila aisle at the liquor store is longer than the beer aisle in most other places. Of late, I have discovered that while I am may not be the world's expert, a lot of my friends and family in […]

2019-03-20 16:20   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Congress Needs to Act on Internet Sales Taxes

Yes, I know, the "Congress needs to act" subject line is an unusual one for this blog. But great damage is being done on the tax front to businesses and only Congress can mitigate some of the harm. The taxes in question are sales taxes, and the problem results from a Supreme Court decision that […]

2019-03-19 17:19   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: The One Video That Shows Exactly What We Have Lost With Our Political Tribalism

Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf (looking suspiciously the same as Wile E Coyote) pound each other from 9 to 5 but can still be good friends in their personal lives. Its just 2 minutes long but watch it and think about the polls showing a shrinking number of people are willing to be friends with […]

2019-03-19 16:00   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: 2019 Coyoteblog - Fintwit Bracket Challenge

In a tradition that goes back well over a decade on this blog, it's time for our 2019 just-for-fun bracket challenge. You know how it works -- fill out your bracket for the NCAA men's basketball tournament before noon Eastern this Thursday. First prize is lots of adulation and a 1 year free subscription to […]

2019-03-19 15:56   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Hollywood Nepotism Helped Beget the Admissions Bribery Scandal

It should not surprise us that the folks in Hollywood are disproportionately represented in those arrested in the academic bribery scandal. The first reason for this is related to law enforcement -- if given a choice of investigating and arresting Joe Schmoe and investigating and arresting, say, Martha Stewart, the FBI is going to invest […]

2019-03-18 21:50   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: I Thought the Media's Horserace Approach of Covering Elections Couldn't Get Any Worse Until...

... we somehow decided that the first 24 hour fundraising amounts had any meaning whatsoever. All this means now will be that campaigns now will queue up a slew of "pre-commitments" for donations ahead of the official announcement date. Bundlers will be operating months ahead of time like advanced scouts, further making a mockery of, […]

2019-03-18 21:16   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Boeing 737MAX Failure Analysis

This failure analysis from tweets by Trevor Sumner as picked up at Zero Hedge seem to fit the available facts -- Boeing called the problem as the wrong software response to an erroneous instrumentation input, clearly the angle of attack sensor. It also fits my experience from my 3 years doing failure analysis in a […]

2019-03-18 19:00   Click to comment

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