Tag: humor

Deck the Halls with Macro Follies

De er ikke helt uden (jule)humor på Econ Stories; der også stod bag Keynes vs Hayek-rap-videoerne:

[youtube Width=”100%”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uKnd6IEiO0[/youtube]

Bob Hope om politik

Se Bob Hope om politik her – absolut en af de bedre.

Econ-Edutainment

 Jeg fik mig et ret godt grin i går, da jeg via en af vore læseres hjemmesider forvildede mig ind på en video med en kort forelæsning af økonomen Yoram Bauman, Ph.D. (University of Washington), som kalder sig selv “verdens første og eneste ‘stand-up economist'”. Videoen af hans forelæsning, “Mankiw’s Ten Principles of Economics, Translated”, der på nørdet vis tager p.. på Greg Mankiws grundbog (“Principles of Microeconomics”), er her (fra YouTube), og den er faktisk ret sjov–selvom resten af hans hjemmeside afslører, at han vistnok er en politisk aktivist med forsmag for “tree hugging” og rygeforbud, hvilket antyder en vis mangel på morskab.

PS. Min helt, P.J. O’Rourke, er åbenbart en af inspiratorerne.

Ugens citat: Dennis Miller om narkotika-forbud

Her på stedet har vi tidligere citeret en af USA’s morsomste komikere, den krypto-libertære skuespiller Dennis Miller.  Det kan man næsten ikke gøre for tit, for hans kombination af metaforer, politik og politisk ukorrekte grovheder er som regel ret morsom.  Så her er en af hans kendte, såkaldte “rants”, denne gang om “the war on drugs”:

“Maybe he [the drug user] deserves a second chance, I mean who did he really hurt besides himself? Maybe it’s time that we as a nation start staying out of people’s personal problems and vices. What are we doing spending billions of dollars trying to keep people’s private lives in order?

And I’m talking about legal age consenting adults here, not kids, we
obviously have to take special precautions to protect kids. But what is this Orwellian hang-up of ours of sticking our nose into other
grown-up’s affairs? What concern is it of ours if some mindless stoner wants to spend his his life hooked up to a Turkish skull bong?

Now, I’m not pro-drug, they obviously cause a lot of damage, but I am pro-logic and you’re never going to stop the human need for release through altered consciousness. The government can take away all the drugs in the world and people will just spin around on their lawn until they fell down and saw God.

Now I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but it seems to really enrage the vast cheese dog and beer quaffing nation out there when someone decides to waste his own life chasing down chemical euphoria and I’m not sure why. Our displeasure with someone hell-bent on self-ruination through drug use seems really disproportionate to its direct impact on us. And as a matter of fact, I believe we amplify that impact when we attempt to enforce unenforceable laws. It not only costs us billions of dollars, but it puts us in harms way as addicts are driven to crime as a means to an end. Why do we chase druggies down like villagers after Karlov? Let them legally have what they already have and defuse the bomb. You know, I think the hysteria about drugs is often times baseless.

And this comes from me, a man who has never done cocaine in his life, although I did smoke dope upon occasion during my stint as a student at Oxford in the late 60s. And you know, the war on drugs is more often than not fruitless and patently hypocritical, be honest with yourselves now.

What drugs are the most dangerous to the most Americans? Its a no brainer: cigarettes and alcohol. Those are the statistical champions by hundreds of thousands of deaths. And wouldn’t you rather shoot a game of pool with a guy smoking a joint than a guy drinking whisky and beer? Someone smoking a joint doesn’t all of the sudden rear back and stab his partner in the eye socket with a cue stick, ok? He’s too busy laughing at the balls.

And you know as far as harder drugs go, if somebody wants to shoot up and die right in front of you, more power to him, you know? It’s his call. And you know the herd always has a way of thinning itself out. We aren’t stupid people here in America, no more than anyone else in the world, so why are we obsessing on habits that harm no one but the habitual, while we let real problems slip ever further out of reach. We seem to be willfully turning away from reality, and from logic might I add, to punish people, who in many instances are doing an extremely fine job of punishing themselves, thank you. And in some cases they’re not even punishing themselves, but rather just following age old spawning instincts that are as woven as deeply into their brain as their need to watch Home Improvement.”

Dave Allen RIP

Det måtte jo komme.

Tyske katolikker har startet en kamp for at få forbudt den satiriske tegnefilm Popetown, der er, æhm, mindre end respektfuld over for pavestaten. (Se her og her, og begrundelsen her).

I dansk oversættelse forklarer kampagnelederen det troskyldigt sådan:

Efter det, der skete med Muhammed-karikaturerne, troede vi, at der var enighed om, at medierne skulle tage hensyn til de troendes følelser — uanset om de er muslimer, jøder, buddhister eller kristne.

At de ikke helt har fattet mekanikken fremgår dog af, at kampagnen opfordrer til modstand med “argumenter, men ikke med vold”. Men undskyld, sådan får man altså ikke respekt hos MSM, og Berlingske bringer da også et stort billede af The Pope himself.

Tja, mon ikke snart det begynder at dæmre for nogle af debattens stridsmænd og -damer, at det ikke er en farbar strategi i kampen for ytringsfriheden at svigte dem, man er politisk uenige med såsom JP, og så tro, at man kan bevare ytringsfriheden for sig selv og dem, man kan li’?

Debatten har, som nævnt flere gange, herunder af statsministeren til flere meningsmageres store fortørnelse, trukket nogle interessante fronter op. En af disse brudflader løber ned igennem det befolkningsudsnit, man med lidt godt vilje kan kalde de intellektuelle. Her er en lille hurtig opstilling over nogle af kombattanterne, fortsæt gerne selv:

Mario Vargas Llosa vs. Klaus Rifbjerg

André Glucksman vs. Carsten Jensen

Salman Rushdie vs. Ib Michael

Ayaan Hirsi Ali vs. Mette Winge

Ak ja, da Bob Simons satte sig for at nedgøre Danmark som et provinsielt hul, havde han mere ret, end han selv anede.

Godt at gamle Dave Allen blev forskånet for disse tider.

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