Category Archives: Zombie Posts

For Those Who Hate and Fear US ‘Socialism’

YouTube – REGULATION VACATION CELEBRATION!

[Original draft 5/28/2009.   In preparation for my blog redesign, I’ve been going through draft blog posts that somehow never made it to publication. This is one of them.]

2010: Still relevant, but the whole things seems a little quaint now that Obama has decided to govern as a Reagan Republican; that may be saner than a DeMint Republican, but are those the only choices?

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Units of Measure

As coined by Atrios, a “Friedman” or “Friedman unit” is famously six months — the amount of time that the columnist keeps telling us it will take before we know whether Iraq turns the corner, finds the lights at the end of the tunnel….but when the time passes, we just get the same prediction again and again.

Is it time to define a new unit of measure, “the DeLong” — as the five years he predicts the Washington Post has before it craters (unless it changes)?

Admittedly, what makes the Friedman a Friedman is that we’ve had so many of them since he first made that ill-fated prediction. And as far as I know, the first sighting of Brad’s prediction may be March 7, 2007, which is pretty recent. So it’s not quite the same thing.

But I bet the Post lasts longer than five years despite all its dreadful editorial flaws. It has a lock on the local classified ad market, and its web site is a category killer that will smother local competitors. That’s going to be monetizable some day and will help keep the print paper afloat.

[Original draft 4/18/2007.  In preparation for my blog redesign, I found draft blog posts that somehow never made it to publication. This is one of them.]

2010: As a prediction, I think it’s looking good. As a newspaper, though, the Post really is looking awful.

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Zero Hour is Tuesdays Around 5 AM EST

In case you were wondering, the optimal time to roll out new network software is Tuesday some time around 00:00 UTC to 02:00 UTC.

As seen on the namedroppers list:

I’ve always found it best to roll out changes on Tuesday, as it gives plenty of customer feedback time during the week. Mondays are often consumed with catching up on any operational problems over the weekend. Tuesday is better. 02:00 UTC is my favorite, although anytime after 00:00 UTC usually works OK.

(post by William Allen Simpson)

[Original draft: 8/9/2009.  In preparation for my blog redesign, I found draft blog posts that somehow never made it to publication. This is one of them.]

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James Tobin – Herman Woulk Connection

In the course of an interesting article on the resurgent influence of neo-Keynsian James Tobin, Yale’s Tobin Guides Obama From Grave as Friedman Is Eclipsed , the authors give us this fact:

While training to be an officer, he served with Herman Wouk, who later wrote “The Caine Mutiny.” Tobin was Wouk’s model for a character called Tobit, a “mandarin-like midshipman” who had “a domed forehead, measured quiet speech and a mind like a sponge.”

Amazing.

[Original draft 2/27/2009. In preparation for my blog redesign, I found draft blog posts that somehow never made it to publication. This is one of them.]

2010:  It’s still an amazing fact about James Tobin, but I don’t find nearly enough Tobin in Obama’s economic policies.

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Hierarchies of Legal Articles (and the Reproduction Thereof)

It seems like every law blogger is offering his or her own (although it’s usually “his”) list of the “hierarchy of legal scholarship”. I think there’s quite a lot to be said for Eric Muller’s Hierarchy of Legal Scholarship, but it’s just too darn complicated.

So here’s mine:

0 – Lousy articles which get the facts wrong

1 – Lousy articles

2 – Good articles

3 – Articles which would have been really good except they go on too long

4 – Really good articles (bonus for a snappy title)

5 – Supremely good articles (very rare)

Not only is this much simpler, but I expect it will command wide agreement.

[Original draft 9/23/2006. In preparation for my blog redesign, I found draft blog posts that somehow never made it to publication. This is one of them.]

2010: A forerunner of Jotwell? The serious posts on this subject include J.B. Ruhl’s hierarchy of legal scholarship and Larry Solum’s critique and Jim Chen’s response.

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Well, He Should Have Said It

Edmund BurkeThere is a web page devoted to tracking down the source of the quote “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” (or words to that effect). It is pretty amazing.

[Original draft 10/30/2009.  In preparation for my blog redesign, I found draft blog posts that somehow never made it to publication. This is one of them.]

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Zombie Posts Alert

ZombieOver the years I have accumulated about a hundred and fifty draft blog posts, a discovery that startled me as I was preparing the blog for its move. Many were unfinished, even more were outdated. But a couple dozen seemed fine, and in some cases I couldn’t figure out why they had remained only a step from the scrap heap. Maybe they weren’t my best work, but it seemed in retrospect they weren’t all that bad either.

So over the next few days, I’ll be publishing some of these zombie posts for your amusement, occasionally with a comment or update appended.

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