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A Short Lesson on Multipliers

February 13, 2009 | 50 comments
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This is just a post about Keynesian mulitpliers with no particular religious content.  You have been warned and forewarned.   Read more »

Expected Value of A Fetus

February 2, 2009 | 39 comments
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A thoughtful reader asked me if there were any economic tools that could be brought to bear in valuing a fetus.  Of course there are!  And in fewer than a 1000 words, no less! Read more »

If You See Her, Say Hello

January 27, 2009 | 19 comments
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We are delighted to announce that Ardis Parshall’s posts will be returning to T&S.   Read more »

Brand New Day

January 26, 2009 | 42 comments
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Thanks for all the comments on site design. We’re still making use of that feedback. Here is a two sidebar option that gives a great deal of info up top, but then quickly drops off to just let you read in peace as you get farther down the page. Take it for a spin. Read more »

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

January 24, 2009 | 59 comments
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We’ve spiffed up our design a little bit.  Have a look around and let us know what you like and what you don’t. We may not do anything about your comments; but then again, we might, and the venting should be good for you regardless. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson Links

January 17, 2009 | 3 comments
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Owing to the fact that I am a moron, Jim F.’s excellent Doctrine and Covenants Sunday School lessons are inordinately hard to retrieve. Here are links to a few of them, and we’ll have the rest of them easy to get to by next week. Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 2 Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 3 Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 4 Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 5 Jim no longer posts at T&S, but he still reads here on occasion, so if you have nice things to say or helpful comments about any of these lessons, please feel free to post... Read more »

Men at Work — site will be weird for a bit

December 5, 2008 | 8 comments
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So we’re switching hosts this weekend. This means things are going to act funny for a while. Since we’ve been having recurring outages for weeks, this should be nothing new to our loyal fans. Hopefully, in the new world order our mindblowing traffic will stop bringing down our server. Read more »

Sunday School Redux 2

November 10, 2008 | 2 comments
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The Joseph Smith manual had one of my favorite quotes in it this week: “I say to all those who are disposed to set up stakes for the Almighty, You will come short of the glory of God. To become a joint heir of the heirship of the Son, one must put away all his false traditions.” Read more »

Prop 8

October 17, 2008 | 93 comments
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In response to the FP request to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman”, I’m bringing the widget back to the top of T&S. Actually, it’s a slightly different widget. Sometime between now and election day I’ll post my thoughts on Prop 8. But for now, you get this happy little fellow. Read more »

Parenting Tips from the Life of Warren Buffett

October 1, 2008 | 13 comments
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“The deal that Buffett made with Howie concerning the rent for Howie’s farm was … linked with weight; the amount rose and fell with Howie’s poundage. Warren thought his son should weigh 182.5 pounds. When Howie was over the limit, he had to pay twenty-six percent of the farm’s gross receipts to his father. When he was under, he paid twenty-two percent. … Buffett couldn’t lose on this deal either. He got either more money or a thinner son.” Sharecrop your way to health and wealth. Read more »

Brigham Daniels on deck

September 8, 2008 | 8 comments
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We’d like to extend many thanks to Kent Larsen for a variety of interesting and thoughtful posts. We also would like to welcome our newest guest, Brigham Daniels. Brigham works as a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he teaches environmental law. He has been involved with LDS community, environmental law and policy, and politics for many years. So not surprisingly, Brigham intends to use his guest blogging stint to talk about Mormonism and the environment. We look forward to his posts. Welcome to the party, Brigham! Read more »

Sunday School Redux

August 25, 2008 | 4 comments
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Three excellent quotes from this week’s Sunday School lesson: Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. Read more »

Global Warming, Redefining Marriage, and Risk Aversion

August 15, 2008 | 47 comments
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I think we can all agree that, from a risk analysis perspective, global warming and gay marriage share a lot of characteristics. Read more »

McCain and the Revelatory Economist

June 26, 2008 | 16 comments
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Bloomberg reports the following from McCain about economists who criticized his (lunatic) summer gas plan: Read more »

Sunday School Inequality

June 17, 2008 | 50 comments
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This week I went to an excellent lecture on inequality. Clayne Pope, retiring economist, pointed out that while income inequality in the U.S. has been pretty close to the same for the last 200 years, leisure-time is now concentrated more heavily among the poor, while education inequality and lifespan inequality have both dropped like a rock. These are great things, wonderful even. Unfortunately, I fear that improvement in Sunday School comment inequality may well be stagnant. Read more »

Moral Hazard in the Scriptures

May 23, 2008 | 16 comments
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For those hoping to find more economics in their scripture study… Read more »

Shortage and storage

May 7, 2008 | 38 comments
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With the recent spike in food prices, a three year old post demands new life. Here it is: Clearly, were there to be a famine, a one year food supply in the basement would look really good. What may be slightly less obvious is that the presence of food storage, even if nobody ever uses any of it for an emergency, can stop a famine from ever actually happening. Read more »

Egyptian Brass Plates and a naming contest

April 22, 2008 | 9 comments
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If this is common knowledge I completely missed it. So I post this in memory of all those who also slept through indecent chunks of early morning Seminary. Read more »

A T&S feature I just invented in the last three minutes: Sidebar Smackdown

April 16, 2008 | 17 comments
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Perusing our sidebar this morning, I discovered the same article linked twice, along with each linker’s distinct spin on it. Well if T&S bloggers get to rampantly editorialize in the sidebar, so should you! Feel free to sound off in the comments about the article. Personally, I am opposed to mocking French people. Oh wait, no I’m not. And as long as I’m at it, Read more »

Great Sermons: Out of Obscurity

February 20, 2008 | 12 comments
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This talk was given early on in Elder Maxwell’s time as an Apostle and I think it is an excellent example of what I liked about him. “Granted, there is not full correlation among the four Gospels about the events and participants at the empty garden tomb. Yet the important thing is that the tomb was empty, because Jesus had been resurrected! Essence, not tactical detail!” Read more »

President Uchtdorf to First Presidency

February 4, 2008 | 70 comments
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Coase on Abortion

January 23, 2008 | 27 comments
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Estimates suggest that, on average, Americans behave as if they value a year of their life at, more or less, $100,000. This would put an average American life at a “revealed preferred” value of somewhere around $7 million. Read more »

Great Sermons: Criticism

December 10, 2007 | 41 comments
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“I am persuaded that many do not understand the Church’s teachings about personal criticism, especially the criticism of Church leaders by Church members.” Thus begins Elder Oaks’ 1987 article on criticism, its uses and abuses. Our Relief Society President used it as the basis for a Sacrament Meeting talk last month and I thought it deserved a renewed audience. As is typical of Elder Oaks, this is a well thought out piece. Enjoy! Read more »

A less melodramatic post on vouchers

November 5, 2007 | 41 comments
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So it’s vouchers time in Utah. Here are what I see as the relevant issues, minus the apocalyptic rhetoric: Read more »