The (news) Stand

If memory serves and, to be honest it probably doesn’t, the list I used to give my home search some direction was divided into “musts” and “prefers”. On the must side was a walkable neighborhood with access to public transit. The walkable thing ended up with me looking from the Main Street spine of the

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Promises, Promises

A zero or even negative interest rate environment, on its face at least, screams out for developers to “build, build, build, build” (“That’s the story”), and according to reports that has happened in lots of major markets, but here in the provinces nearly everything feels stalled once again. I’m not even referring to the dozen

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Shouldn’t it be enough to pretend to care?

I’ve read in many places to beware the grand sweeping explanation for all things; “A theory which explains everything explains nothing”. What I would propound is not a clean mathematical hypothesis which can be proven or disproven but, what is even worse, just a sense of any idea which exists as an underlying truth. It

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When a Bubble Calls

Richard Dawkins describes how we have evolved to exist in what he calls “middle world”. The properties of immeasurably small and incomprehensibly large matter never came into play in terms of the survival of our ancestors and so, unlike the properties of matter in middle world, understanding their behavior is nearly impossible for us to

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Virtue Signaling

When Commodus explains to Marcus Aurelius that he has virtues, even if they are not the ones the emperor most values it makes me think of Springfield and its virtues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0AMz3G3FCA The holidays provide more opportunities than any other time of year to meet new people and get a feel for the zeitgeist, but I

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The Third Visitor

One of the economists I enjoy listening to propounded an interesting idea last week; low interest rates not only encourage  malinvestment in the economy but also take capital away from the important investments that need to be made. As I had surveyed NIRP and ZIRP and QE and NotQE I had thought of it more

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A Light Dusting

We’ve had a great year. Having written those words I just realized that, nearing late December, it might indicate that my intention is to write some kind of “Year in Review”, but that is not at all my intention; it’s only that it feels as though we have found ourselves at a particularly calm moment

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Aspiration and Delusion

Perhaps there isn’t a line between delusion and aspiration; it’s just that there are those with enough good fortune that their delusional beliefs align with reality, and those unfortunate others whose beliefs don’t. It was unusual enough for me to spend three consecutive evenings going out with my wife, but what made it even more

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Minimal Minimalism

When I bought this townhouse from the attorneys who had used it as a law office for the previous 25 years there were two or three “no-go” areas that I used for storage. The empty basement apartment had suffered the ravages of a burst pipe over a long weekend and so the lawyers put a

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The Lost Art of Bumper Sliding

I was attending a concert in what was the lobby of the 2nd run movie theater in my neighborhood when I was growing up, the Bing, when I had one of those moments of clarity where a known fact seems to make material an idea or a concept. This is where I grew up. This

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