"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" March 2011 - Posts - TT's Lost in Tokyo

March 2011 - Posts

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Beyond 'Nuclear Crony Capitalism': Does state-created corporations mean we are stuck with a wonderfully confused 'capitalist' mess of socialized risk? by TokyoTom

Last night I was Sleepless in Tokyo because Matt Ridley and one of his commenters rewarded, with nice words and questions, a comment I left there on his " Nuclear Crony Capitalism " post. So naturally I wrote more. Here's the relevant comment...
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Matt Ridley, the "Rational Optimist," blasts Japan's "Nuclear Crony Capitalism" but fails to examine limited liability corporations by TokyoTom

Matt Ridley , British author of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves , and populat TED presenter " When Ideas Have Sex "), has a couple of blog posts out in response to Japan's troubled post-earthquake and post-tsunami nuclear reactors...
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Shikha Dalmia of Reason Foundation doesn't feel sorry for TEPCO by TokyoTom

Shikha Dalmia , senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation, had a perceptive essay out last week that draws attention to the perverse role of government-provided incentives in Japan's nuclear power industry. ( Dalmia is columnist at Forbes , writes...
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See how mercilessly Japan has been physically shaken by the quakes by TokyoTom

This link plays a visualization of the size, location and depth of the quakes that we have been feeling in Japan. Since March 11. the day of The Big One, we've had a phenomenal 850 quakes (as of March 30, Japan time), virtually all of 4.5 magnitude...
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Are Hayek's essential "market morals" breaking down? Hmm ... Is peace breaking out, or are things getting ugly? by TokyoTom

[Apologies for the weird font sizes - guess I'm too old to figure out the html stuff that creeps in when I cut and paste!] I wanted to post a few additional and somewhat scattered thoughts I have had relating to the 1986 essay of Hayek that I recently...
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Peter Schiff says we should eliminate corporate and personal income taxes in favor of a national sales tax by TokyoTom

Here, in this March 28 interview at BusinessInsider.com with Henry Blodget : PETER SCHIFF: The US Should Abolish Corporate And Personal Income Taxes (jump to 3:15 if you're in a rush) Would an open discussion of Schiff's proposal be a move towards...
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NYT tells us about more IP nonsense ripoffs: post-death rights to exploit famous people's names+likenesses by TokyoTom

Below is an excerpt of an interesting recent NYT piece by Ray D. Madoff , a professor at Boston College Law School and author of “Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead.” The New Grave Robbers CAN a wild wig and a bushy...
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Sorry, but I can't resist asking: Feel Sorry for Tokyo Electric Power Co? by TokyoTom

(Note; tongue firmly in cheek: see my straight post earlier .) Well, maybe they weren't WISE to build a row of nuclear power plants on a coastline known for earthquakes and a history of prior massive tsunamis, but surely the earthquake and tsunami...
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Hayek on the grim threat posed by the erosion of "market morals"; Who, exactly, is leading us down the primrose Road to Serfdom? by TokyoTom

I recently ran across excerpts to what looks like an interesting essay by F.A. Hayek ; I copy them below for the benefit of interested readers. (I could not find a complete or.pdf version.) [ Update: At my request, Jeffrey Tucker kindly tracked down the...
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Institutionalized moral hazard: Fun with Nuclear Power in Japan, or, prepare for a glowing twilight, with scattered fallout in the morning by TokyoTom

Thanks for indulging the rambling title, dear readers. My thoughts wander even as try to gather them. I thought I would share with you some of the observations I've been making - tweeting, largely - on the troubled nuclear reactors that TEPCO so thoughtfully...
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Dedicated doctors are working very, very hard to make sure that Atomic Power Boy's tummy ache doesn't turn into severe diarrhea ... by TokyoTom

For those of you who haven't seen it, here's a very popular little little video that an artist put together a week and a half ago, in an effort to help kids get a handle on all of the nuclear news: We're still not out of the woods here; let's...
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Ruh roh ... looks like another hockey stick! by TokyoTom

Thank you, dear readers! Looks like some of you missed me while I've been distracted here in the Land That The Hand of God Smote:
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Don't miss! More clarity on central monetary destruction and kleptocracy: YouTube vid 'Quantitative Easing Explained' by TokyoTom

[Bob Murphy linked to this earlier, I post this for those of you who missed it or want to flip it to others.] From the man who gave us the YouTube animated hit 'Bank Bailouts Explained ', this latest now has over 4 million views [also, see my...
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That annoying off-beat drummer: In response to the 'heretic' Dr. Curry, more on my pig-headed libertarian open-mindness on climate issues by TokyoTom

I alerted readers in January to a blog post on libertarianism and the environment by Dr. Judith Curry , who heads the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is known for her work on hurricanes, Arctic ice...
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By popular demand, more meta-thoughts on climate confusion by TokyoTom

Yes, I'm Worried in Tokyo, as I keep running across tweets like this: Should Residents Of Tokyo Be Preparing For Massive Radiation Exposure? 12 Disturbing Facts To Cons.. http://bit.ly/ebOw6n But a rare comment to my recent, Yes-I'm-Still-Alive...
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