- Photographer beaten, detained in London for being "cocky" to policeman who implies she is a terrorist. Boing Boing (2009-12-30). Since the collapse of the Iron Curtain, it's fallen to the Western nations to take up the banner of the War on Photography, formerly a stereotypically East German sort of preoccupation for the Securitate. Here, a gang of about ten cops in the London city government's police force beat up and arrest a photographer for taking pictures of a building and getting "cocky" (that is, for asserting some minimal dignity and individual liberty) when she refuses to turn her film over to agents of the State on their demand. (Linked Wednesday 2009-12-30.)
- Ostrom in Boston. joshmccabe, The Sociological Imagination (2009-12-21).
No, she’s not actually there, but a great illustration of her work takes place every winter in the city. On-street parking seems like it would be the mother of all tragedies of the commons. This is especially true after it snows. You spend all morning shoveling out your car (especially...(Linked Thursday 2009-12-31.)
- Why Kant Was Smarter Than Behavioral Economists. Mario Rizzo, ThinkMarkets (2009-12-18).
by Mario Rizzo Behavioral economists who like to indulge in normative pronouncements have decided that quasi-hyperbolic discounting violates rationality. In other words, suppose a person decides today that he will give up the hamburgers he loves beginning in 2010 (because of the high fat content). But then when 2010 arrives...(Linked Friday 2010-01-01.)