Saturday, June 23, 2007

All Right! Correcting Pigovian Taxes!

Interesting post about the real costs of driving:

Three possible externalities associated with driving are the following:
  • My driving increases congestion for other drivers;
  • I might crash into other cars or pedestrians;
  • My driving contributes to global warming.
If you had to guess, which of those three considerations provides the strongest justification for a bigger tax on gasoline?
In addition to answering the "so, ballpark, how much are we talking about per gallon?" question for carbon taxes, the post also suggests that the high-mileage/low-density greater metropolitan Smyrna motoring lifestyle may not be so inefficient compared to the low-mileage/slightly-higher-density Waltham one.

(Of course, certain Bronxians have us all beat on the efficiency scale....)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

What, no ATMs?

When you care enough to send the very best to the dead: Hell money!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Copying Laura

Laura posting pictures of her house made me want to follow suit. They are all in a wacky order.

Christine's room

Christine on the couch, my room, and christine in the kitchen

It's All About The Oil

Interesting article well worth your time about how Stalin and the Saudis won the Cold War. Considering that it's by a major figure in the early Yeltsin governments, it's also delightfully snarky:

The shortest quotation about the intellectual capacity of the Soviet leadership came from the Politburo minutes: "Mr. Zasiadko has stopped binge drinking. Resolution: nominate Mr. Zasiadko as a minister to Ukraine."

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Flight of the Conchords Pilot Episode

A little awkward at times, but funny at the same times.