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19 September 2006

Now that economist Greg Mankiw, the kind of guy who has pet fish named after him, has posted his vanity license plate on his blog, how often will his vehicle be spotted "leaving the scene of the _________"? Then again, Mankiw's vanity license is pretty tame, especially when you consider that EclectEcon's John Palmer's license plate has been duly noted at border crossings between the U.S. and Canada, which gives better odds that his car will be involved in an international incident....

Why are mega-millionaires George Soros (NY), Peter Lewis (OH), Stephen Bing (CA), Gerard & Lilo Leeds (NY), Lynde Uihlhein (WI), and Jon Stryker (CA) donating so much money to unseat Washington state senator and Democrat party member Tim Sheldon? (Their contributions are confirmed by this public disclosure statement of the political action committee they're funneling their money through to support Sheldon's far-left opponent - HT: Sound Politics.) One thought is that big left-wing money *really* doesn't like "moderate" Democrats, but could they just be making an example of Sheldon to keep all the other Democrats in the state in line?...

Now that we're wrapping up the regular baseball season, here's a question for number crunchers who like sports. In the past, I've observed that the number of teams in each league with records above .500 is usually equal to the number of teams under .500, give or take a team. This season though, the current standings show that 10 of 16 teams in the National League are under the even mark, while 9 of 14 teams in the American League are above it. Is this outcome a "bug" of this particular season or could it be, as Bill Gates might put it, a "feature" that results from interleague play during the regular season?

And does that mean that we'll start regularly having teams that win their division without so much as a having a winning record?

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