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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Freeform Friday

Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month? Of course you didn’t. Jews are being marginalized and vilified at a frightening level.

The neo-Nazi faction of the extreme Right has always hated Jews for not being Christian, not being “White” enough. Now, the rapidly growing anti-Semitic part of the extreme Left hates Jews for being “honorary” Whites who are allegedly suppressing people “of color” in the so-called Palestinians. What does that say about anti-Semitism?

You will never see this truth reported anywhere, but Arabs living fully integrated in Israeli society–Israel’s population is 20% Arab–live better than Arabs anywhere else in the Middle East except for the oil sheiks and ruling elites. Israeli Arab women can show their face in public and attend school.

For those who hate Jews, the data doesn’t matter, but here are some updated numbers. Jews have been awarded:


41% of the Nobel Prizes in Economics (more than 205 times their share of the world’s population)

28% of the Nobel Prizes in Medicine (more than 140 times their share of the world’s population)

26% of the Nobel Prizes in Physics (more than 130 times their share of the world’s population)

19% of the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry (more than 95 times their share of the world’s population)


NO group has punched more above its weight than the Jews. To the ignorant anti-Semites I offer this once again: Zolst Leegen En Drerd!


A link from Why Evolution Is True:


Article critical of teaching indigenous “ways of knowing” as science in New Zealand gets published in Australia because Kiwis wouldn’t print it


Woke is almost everywhere and is a cult everywhere it is.


This CNBC article is about the significant increase in fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in 2021, despite more advanced safety systems. Here is the second paragraph of the piece:


“The problem is complex: It’s a combination of reckless or distracted driving, largely due to cellphone usage; increased sales of trucks and SUVs [heavier vehicles, my note]; and higher performance of vehicles, among other factors. Plus, the expected proliferation of electric vehicles, with weighty batteries and record performance may not help the issue going forward.”


I know my view will never prevail, but EVs are not the answer; eFuels are. I also become quite livid seeing so many people drive with their cellphones in their hands. Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not armed.


This article from Classic Cars, which is owned by Barrett-Jackson, reveals the substantial growth in classic car auctions in 2021. From the piece:


“According to, classic car auction sales hit $2.3 billion in 2021. It’s no surprise that that figure is 77 percent higher than it was in 2020, but what’s truly shocking is that it’s 61 percent higher than 2019 sales. In fact, auction revenue in every month of 2021 except January was higher than it was in the same month going all the way back to 2017, reaching a peak of $457.61 million in August. The lower revenue figures in January 2021 can be attributed to the cancellation or postponement of in-person auction events during Arizona Auction Week.”


Mecum Auctions reported record sales at their recent event in Indianapolis, which my wonderful wife and I attended. Frankly, that news surprised me as my impression was that the sell-through rate did not seem to be as high as other recent Mecum auctions. You want to see at least one more photo from the auction? OK…



This 1958 Chevrolet Impala, these cars are rapidly moving up on my wish list, did not sell at a high bid of $55,000. However, it was the only one of five ’58 Impalas that did not sell. The other four sold for an average “all in” price of $56,650.

If it weren’t for the location/time of year of upcoming Mecum auctions, I think my wonderful wife and I would attend most, if not all, of them. I just can’t see being in Oklahoma in June, in Florida in July, or in Texas in early September. Remember that we lived in Texas for eight years. Our first Labor Day there the high temperature was 111°. That’s a real temperature, not a science project. (Thank you, Richard Jeni.) I can also assure you that the dewpoint that day was not 15° or 25°, either.


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