Unexpectedly Intriguing!
February 13, 2007

It's official - Political Calculations has become surprisingly popular in Iran! And of all the tools we've created, we would never have guessed that our tool asking the question "What are the chances your marriage will last?" would be the first to stimulate commentary in Farsi!

We always knew it was unlikely that there were two people going by the name "Craig Newmark" (see here), but now we know that one of the two might prefer the name "David M. Newmark," despite all protests to the contrary!

"Fatherland, socialism or death" declared Venezuela's Hugo Chávez when being sworn into office. At least we don't have to wonder about what kind of 21st-century socialist he may be. He's clearly the national socialist kind. We wonder only if Cuba will prove to be the new Austria....

Calling Greg Mankiw: A New York state senator calls for a new law that would impose a $100 fine on people who cross a street while listening to their iPods or talking on their cell phones, citing the danger to personal safety of being distracted by modern electronic devices. We anxiously await the good professor's call for a Pigovian tax on personal electronic products to "correct" these negative externalities.

Late breaking: A balanced federal budget sooner?


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