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This Big Tobacco Merger Would Unite 2 Major E-Cig Brands

Two of the three biggest tobacco companies, Reynolds American and Lorillard, sent shockwaves through the financial world Friday when they announced they were in talks about a possible mer...



The FDA is Cracking Down on Big Pharma Social Media

The FDA sent one company a warning letter for Facebook "likes"


The Fruit That Will Save The World

I prefer jackfruit on the slightly unripe side. When it's more ripe it has (to me) a slightly off-putting custardy taste. But it's no durian! Not a potential biohazard.


Friday afternoon linkage

1. Chart of the Day: The shale oil boom helped push US oil output in June to more than 8.5 million barrels per day, the highest level of domestic crude oil production in more than 27 year...



Does the Fed Really Believe What it Says? What About Krugman?

In response to BIS Slams the Fed; Ridiculous Question of the Day: "Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collapse?" a number of people commented the Fed cannot be so stupid as to think...



Succinct Summation on Week’s Events July 11 2014

Succinct Summations week ending July 11th Positives: 1. Despite a nasty opening on Wednesday, the S&P 500 is less than 1% away from its all-time high. 2. Japanese consumer confidence ...


Ontario Employment: Yours to Discover

Well, the latest Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey numbers paint a rather bleak picture for Ontario with employment dropping by 34,000 jobs and the unemployment rate rising from 7.3 t...


Welfare economics: housekeeping and links

A correspondent asks that I give the welfare series a table of contents. So here’s that… Welfare economics: Introduction The perils of Potential Pareto Inequality, production,...




The downsizing of some American homes

Doug Immel recently completed his custom-built dream home, sparing no expense on details like cherry-wood floors, cathedral ceilings and stained-glass windows — in just 164 square f...



Good for the Goose AND Gander Sort of Thing

(Don Boudreaux) Here’s a letter to KCBS-TV in San Francisco: You report that “[t]he San Francisco Giants organization is in the final steps of adopting a policy to ban fans fr...


Assorted links

1. Milton Friedman chats with a young David Brooks. 2. Indiegogo for an electronic library of Leonard Read. 3. Robot writes Torah at Berlin’s Jewish Museum.  And Michael Covel inter...




Lunch Thread

Sadly the Bacon Brothers are not serving any bacon.


America, here’s your War on Drugs – St. Paul SWAT team kills two family dogs, finds no drugs, makes no arrests

Militarized police forces around the country now routinely conduct as many as 80,000 no-knock SWAT raids on the homes of Americans (that’s about 150-200 every day), mostly as part o...


Markets in everything: jeans designed by lions and tigers

A Japanese jeans maker has found a new way of capitalizing on zoo animals. Zoo Jeans is producing jeans “designed by dangerous animals.” Denim is wrapped around tires, which are then thro...


Why It’s Never Too Late to Fix Your Finances

Those over 50 may become less sharp, but a little personal finance instruction can make a huge difference in their financial security.


Don't Assume They Know What They're Doing

I do think krgthulu's correct that our horrible economic policies exist in part because the super rich like it that way, but I think it's wrong to think they know what they're doing. Yes...