Guess What?

It’s still Jewish American Heritage Month. Do I have to show the Nobel Prize data again? Sure, this time only since 2000:


Jews comprise just 0.2% of the world population and just 2% of the US population. Since 2000, they have been awarded:

40 percent of all of the Nobel Prizes in Economics and 50 percent of those won by US citizens

26 percent of all of the Nobel Prizes in Medicine and 38 percent of those won by US citizens

25 percent of all of the Nobel Prizes in Physics and 38 percent of those won by US citizens

19 percent of all of the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and 28 percent of those won by US citizens


Go shove that where the sun don’t shine, ignoramus anti-Semites.


I am mostly recovered from what has to have been food poisoning. I did become a tad queasy with my first intake of nourishment today and yesterday, although that passed in just 2-3 minutes. In addition to my usual morning meds, today’s first “meal” was a concoction of iced coffee mixed with an Atkins shake and an Atkins bar. No, I didn’t put all of that in a blender.

With my history of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), my esophagus is really not happy after a bout of…a bout of…”regurgitating” my food. Remember that I have had my upper GI tract scoped (a procedure called an EGD) 17 times.

In an episode of The Big Bang Theory the “boys” are eating, a common occurrence on the show, when Howard (the Jewish character) complains of an upset stomach while eating a pork dish. Raj, the Indian character, mocks him by asking how he’s going to like being in hell for not keeping kosher. Howard replies, “Jews don’t have hell, they have acid reflux.”

With two 20mg doses of omeprazole (the generic name for Prilosec) daily, exercise and no meal after 2-3 PM, the bouts of “breakthrough reflux” have, thankfully, become infrequent. My GI tract is still messed up, though.


From a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper by Richard V. Burkhauser, Drew McNichols, and Joseph J. Sabia:


Advocates of minimum wage increases have long touted their potential to reduce poverty. This study assesses this claim. Using data spanning nearly four decades from the March Current Population Survey, and a dynamic difference-in-differences approach, we find that a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage is associated with a (statistically insignificant) 0.17 percent increase in the probability of longer-run poverty among all persons. With 95% confidence, we can rule out long-run poverty elasticities with respect to the minimum wage of less than -0.129, which includes central poverty elasticities reported by Dube (2019). Prior evidence suggesting large poverty-reducing effects of the minimum wage are (i) highly sensitive to researcher’s choice of macroeconomic controls, and (ii) driven by specifications that limit counterfactuals to geographically proximate states (“close controls”), which poorly match treatment states’ pre-treatment poverty trends. Moreover, an examination of the post-Great Recession era — which saw frequent, large increases in state minimum wages — failed to uncover poverty-reducing effects of the minimum wage across a wide set of specifications. Finally, we find that less than 10 percent of workers who would be affected by a newly proposed $15 federal minimum wage live in poor families. [emphasis mine]


A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study published in 2021 concluded that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 would put 1.4 million Americans out of work. The minimum wage in Manhattan CANNOT be the same as the minimum wage in Tunica, Mississippi. Of course, politicians like CrashandBernie are now advocating a $17 minimum wage. Once again, Louis Armstrong: “There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.”


The Maserati received its first wash yesterday. That included my using a couple of products on the interior. I have this idiosyncratic belief that the first time a person gets a “new” car washed, they should do it themselves if at all possible. The photo below is not the best one I could have taken.



I intend to leave the No Reserve sticker on the windshield as long as possible. In the six weeks since I picked up the car I have driven it about 350 miles. With all of the systems that modern car batteries have to “keep alive” while the car is parked, cars must be driven regularly to keep those batteries charged. A trickle charger can help, but there is really no substitute for the alternator. So endeth the lesson.








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Wobbly Wednesday

Debt is a form of slavery. Discuss among yourselves.


On this day in 1946, in a refugee camp in Austria, my parents married. Their marriage was tumultuous at times and ended in divorce in 1975. The tumult came from my father; whether or not witnessing his family murdered by Nazi troops was a factor in his wanderlust is now impossible to ascertain from this distance in time and space.


I suppose I am “obligated” to comment on the recently proposed EPA regulations on tailpipe emissions. Let’s see…this administration recently gave the go-ahead for a massive oil drilling project in Alaska. In the private sector, General Motors is about to invest nearly $1 billion in its next generation of gasoline-powered, small-block V8 engines.

Across the pond, the European Union has exercised some common sense and allowed new Internal Combustion Engine powered vehicles to be sold after 2035 as long as those vehicles run on synthetic fuels. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I think the announcement of the new EPA regs is both a trial balloon floated to get talks started on more realistic guidelines as well as being appeasement to the Lunatic Left.



I am quite loathe to report this news. I guess, deep down, I must believe in karma. The mechanic working on the Maserati told me yesterday, “You bought a real nice car.”

The engine, suspension and brakes are all in good order. A small oil leak exists, coming from the right valve cover. The power steering pump has a small leak; the part is expensive and on back order, but the mechanic assures me it’s no big deal.

Due primarily to the unusual camber setting, the front tires are shot despite being only three years old. I have decided to replace all four tires. Of course, all fluids–oil, coolant, brake–are being replaced. Again, I am reluctant to write this, but the bill for diagnostics and repairs is far less than I had budgeted.

I guess I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop, but so far so good. The Maserati will only be driven about 150 miles a month; hopefully, that will keep the car “fresh” without excessive wear and tear.



It still hasn’t really hit me that I now own a car from the company whose cars I have admired since I was 8 years old. However, even with the “clean bill of health” I will be reluctant to drive it much, at least for now.



Words to live by








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Imaginary Conversations

I have not written and published this post before because once it’s out there, it’s there. Well, I guess I can delete it at some future date.

Recently, while “on the throne” reading Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2003 I began to imagine having a conversation with him. Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of his death and, no, I never met him.

Ebert is far from the first person with whom my brain has created an imaginary dialogue and, no, they are not usually “on the throne.” Maybe it’s a weird manifestation of my OCD tendencies, but my mind just creates these conversations. I don’t know from where or how I perceive the other person’s perspective.

Once these imaginary conversations end, I forget all of the details except that they took place. It’s times like these that I particularly miss my friend, psychologist Richard Segal, who died in February of 2017.

Maybe these are just exercises in wish fulfillment. Maybe I’m just off my rocker. I guess the two explanations are not mutually exclusive.


How to segue to something else…



Yes, it’s the new “addition” to the family. Originally, I was going to show the Mecum car card, but when I saw the VIN and the fact that the VIN is not shown on their website I figured that discretion was the better part of valor.

The one-car bay at the Goose Bumps house is not exceptionally long, but has good width at 14+ feet. (The two-car bay is both wide and long and has more square feet than the alleged three-car garage at our first Arizona house.)

On the advice of my “car guy,” my wonderful wife and I will take the Maserati for an emissions inspection before he gets the car early next week. If it passes, that’s one fewer issue and I can then relay the info to Mecum and they can complete the request for an Arizona title.

Some of my friends and former colleagues don’t understand my disinterest in sports and my obsession with cars. Remember, the cars were first. My paper for History class in my senior year of high school was called The Development of the Automobile and its Effect on 20th-Century American Society. Yes, I attended high school in the 20th century and not in the 19th.


I found this AP story to be very interesting. I am also glad that Finland is now formally a NATO member, but wish Turkey and its lackey, Hungary, would stop the bullshit and allow Sweden to join.

Puck Futin!


According to a recently published study and via this Why Evolution Is True post, plants make noise when stressed; for example, when they are cut or not watered. If the audio file I will try to load works, then the sounds of a tomato plant under stress are down-sampled to the audible range, and the silent intervals between the tomato sounds are compressed (by a factor of 200) in order to produce a short file; the original recording was one hour.



Maybe the Beach Boys should have made an album called “Plant Sounds.” In case you don’t know, or even if you do, they released an album titled “Pet Sounds.”


Speaking of Why Evolution Is True:


In a punitive decision, two federal appellate-court judges decide to no longer hire clerks from Stanford Law School.” Like Yale Law School and other institutions, Stanford Law School has gone completely woke and anti-free speech.

Black DEI director fired for being too conciliatory.” In my very strongly held opinion, DEI means Deny Excellent Individuals. First earn, then receive! Meritum Supra Omnes!


Here is a slightly modified version of a tweet I sent yesterday:


Orange Drump should be in jail…so should Clillary Hinton, Sleepy Joe and his son, MoronToGo from Georgia and all of the IDIOTS we have elected. SHAME ON YOU, AMERICA!

#LockThemAllUp     #TakeBackTheCountry


I weep for the future even though I will not be alive to see it.


This recent MotorTrend piece shows the “Cheapest 300-HP Cars You Can Buy.” The sub-head reads, “When did it get so cheap to park 300 horses in your driveway?” All of these cars have a base MSRP of less than $40,000 and some are priced at less than $30,000.

One of the cars is one of my “sleepers,” the Kia Stinger. Specifically, it’s the 2023 Stinger GT-Line.


I am not usually a fan of four-door sedans, but I like the Stinger and think it is one of the great underrated cars of recent times. It will not be produced after this year as Hyundai/Kia will consolidate its sports sedans into the Genesis make and will also succumb to the EV delusion.

Mass delusions are much more common than one might think at first glance.









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