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Warren Meyer: The Staggering Administrative Bloat of Universities

This chart is from a recent state audit report of Janet Napolitano's office at the University of California, an audit I already wrote about here. Obviously Napolitano's office is particularly bad as compared to peers, but she has 1667 staff and spends over a half billion (billion with a B) just on the office of

2017-04-27 19:05   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Your Academia, At Work -- See What the March on Science Types Consider Science

The same sorts of folks who are smugly marching to promote their strange, religious version of "science" are producing academic studies like this (abstract): A Semiotic Landscape analysis, whereby a community or environment’s signage is photographed for linguistic and visual analysis, is a useful means of discovering power relationships within that community’s language use. While

2017-04-27 18:24   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: How The Left Is Changing the Meaning of Words to Reduce Freedom -- The Phrase "Incite Violence"

A surprising number of folks on the Left of late seem to be advocating for restrictions on free speech -- Howard Dean is among the latest.  One of the arguments they use is that, they say, it is illegal in one's speech to "incite violence".  Folks like Glenn Reynolds and Eugene Volokh have responded with

2017-04-27 17:59   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Take the Pledge: Let's Take A Year Off From Giving To Our Universities

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2017-04-27 16:12   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Arizona and the Case For School Choice

From the Arizona Republic: Five of the nation's top 10 high schools are in Arizona — and they're all branches of the same charter school. According to U.S. News and World Report, Basis Scottsdale is the nation's top-performing high school, followed by Basis Tucson North and Basis Oro Valley. Basis Peoria and Basis Chandler were

2017-04-26 18:12   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Janet Napolitano Could Be In Big Trouble

Audit shows Napolitano's office hiding funds from the legislature The University of California hid a stash of $175 million in secret funds while its leaders requested more money from the state, an audit released on Tuesday said. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the audit found that the secret fund ballooned due to UC Office

2017-04-26 17:44   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: As a Significant Potential Beneficiary of Trump's Tax Plan, I Will Say It Makes No Sense

Trump's tax plan makes little sense to me, and much of what I have seen written about it today is so full of misunderstandings about taxes and small businesses, I thought I would try to supply a bit of context for my contention that the plan makes no sense.  As a caveat, Trump is seldom

2017-04-26 17:08   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: I Don't Think Gillette Would Complain If You Used Their Blades Without Their Razor

Apparently it is some kind of scandal surrounding Juicero, who I must admit I have never heard of until the recent spate of coverage.  In an emulation of Keurig, which I also know little about since I am not a coffee drinker, they have this juice-press thing that sells for $400 and that takes $7

2017-04-24 18:08   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: It Turns Out We Introverts Are Racist

I am, depending on the day, a moderate to strong introvert.  Nowadays, basically no one understands what this means, because they use it as a synonym of social awkwardness or occasional social discomfort, and everyone will answer "I am introverted too" even when it clearly is not the case.   I can interact socially but

2017-04-24 16:57   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Voting and Freedom

Years ago I wrote a post called "I don't necessarily treasure the right to vote" wherein a discussed a number of individual freedoms that were far more important than voting. The other day, Don Boudreaux said it more succinctly: Freedom is not a synonym for the right to vote in fair and open elections.  Fair

2017-04-24 16:21   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: After the "Science" March, We Will Do Some Science

Many of the folks who participated in the science march this weekend seem to have a view of science seem to have a definition of science that involves a lot of appeals to authority and creation of heretics.  Unfortunately, the video below relies on the old-fashioned cis-gendered white male definition of science, which involves using

2017-04-24 16:10   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Orren Boyle Smiles

I just cannot understand how politicians can be called "populist" for favoring a few hundred thousand domestic steel workers and steel company equity holders over 300 million domestic consumers who depend on low-cost steel for their jobs or buy steel products.  But there seems to be something about the steel industry that causes folks who

2017-04-21 14:59   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Why Wind Power Does Not Greatly Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

The problem with wind power is that electric utilities have to be prepared at any time for their power production to just stop on short notice.  So they must keep fossil fuel plants on hot standby, meaning they are basically burning fuel but not producing any power.  Storage technologies and the use of relatively fast-start

2017-04-11 20:40   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: S-Corps and Faulty Income Inequality Data

In a traditional C corporation, the corporation pays its own taxes, and then income that is passed on it its owners in the form of dividends is taxed again as personal income on an individual's 1040.  The S-corporation was an positive innovation that has corporate income passing through to the tax return of the owners,

2017-04-11 17:54   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: My Customer Service & Communication Advice to the United CEO

My company serves nearly 3 million visitors a year.  Though we always try for 100% satisfaction, some customers are going to slip through the cracks and be dissatisfied.   Each year, I get maybe 10 visitors who are severely dissatisfied, think they were mistreated, want to call their Congressman, are going to sue me, etc.

2017-04-11 16:58   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: No Matter What They Actually Say, the Public Trusts Private Corporations More Than Government, And I Can Prove It

As a libertarian, I find myself constantly saying to folks something like:  "private actors (corporations, businesses, individuals, etc. are inherently more trustworthy than government because they cannot legally interact with you through force or fraud -- the government is free to do both.  If you don't like what a private actor is doing, you can simply refuse

2017-04-11 16:21   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: I am Not An Isolationist, But...

US military interventions abroad -- at an absolute minimum -- have got to represent some reasonable path to a better future.  It is amazing how even this simple and obvious test is almost never met by our actions.  Instead, I think many folks substitute some test more like "Is the situation really bad?--if so, rev

2017-04-10 17:17   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: My Favorite Convenience Tech: The Disney Magic Band

Before discussing the Disney Magic Band, I got to thinking about this from this article linked by Tyler Cowen: The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another “cyborg” is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace

2017-04-06 18:26   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Looking for Some Help -- Business Owners with 10-40 Employees

I am doing a paper on labor market regulation which I hope to get published through a prominent think tank.  I run a service business with about 300-400 near-minimum-wage employees, so I am familiar with a lot of labor regulation.  However, to make sure I am not missing something that may seem small to me

2017-04-06 18:00   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Crap, You Mean This is Not A Real Product?

2017-04-03 19:05   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: I Never Meet With Young Women Alone

Apparently Mike Pence is being criticized for refusing to meet alone with young women.  Seriously?  Because I have pretty much the exact same policy.   I never meet with young women one-on-one any more.  If I am interviewing a young woman for college, we meet in the Starbucks rather than my office.  I try to

2017-04-03 17:36   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Another Reason to Discuss Government-led Local Business Development

I have written many times about my frustration with cronyist business relocation incentives handed out by most local and state governments.  I have always considered these government incentives to be insanely unproductive spending, often taking taxpayer money to move a company as little as a few miles to get it over some artificial border.  One

2017-03-31 18:42   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Why I Quit Recruiting for Princeton

Princeton, like many top Universities, requires a face to face interview of every candidate.  They do this mostly through their alumni network.  I volunteered for this effort for well over a decade, and it was fun to meet and talk to a lot of bright kids. However, it was becoming clear to me that Asians,

2017-03-31 17:35   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: What A Disaster Nationalization of the US Oil Industry Would Have Been!

Back in the 1970's, there were serious proposals in Congress to nationalize US oil companies.  My dad, who was an executive at a major oil company, was being constantly dragged to DC to testify in front of Congress to try to explain what a bad idea that would be.  This was a time of incredible economic

2017-03-30 20:33   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: New York Museum Recommendation

Large museums can be overwhelming.  I remember a while back, one of the writers at Maggie's Farm blog suggested that the best way to see large museums is to pick one limited section and plan to visit just that section.  I have tried that a couple of times and it is an enjoyable approach, though

2017-03-28 18:18   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Amazing Facts

"Steven Seagal released seven films in 2016. Seven." source

2017-03-28 17:41   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Updated Climate Video -- Understanding the Climate Debate: The Lost Middle Ground

I have updated the slides and audio of my core climate presentation called "Understanding the Climate Debate:  The Lost Middle Ground" This is basically the same presentation as here at Claremont-McKenna but you can read the slide a bit better and the audio is clearer in parts.

2017-03-23 03:42   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: More Folks Climb Onto the US Royal Family Bandwagon

Back on Inauguration Day I wrote: Wow, it sure does seem useful to have a single figurehead into which the public can pour all the sorts of adulation and voyeurism that they seem to crave.  That way, the people get folks who can look great at parties and make heart-felt speeches and be charismatic and set

2017-03-20 15:14   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: Losing the Prisoner's Dilemma Game: Economic "Development" Incentives are a Total Waste of Money

From today's WSJ: The race to woo companies has intensified as state and local governments struggle with a slow economic recovery, sluggish new business formation and job losses resulting from automation. Many older industrial cities see tax incentives as one of the few levers they can pull. The fight to attract and retain companies “is

2017-03-16 15:41   Click to comment

Warren Meyer: The 80's called....

CenturyLink, our telephone company in Florida, called and said that our listing in the telephone book was no longer free and that they would begin charging us $20 a month if we wanted to stay in.  LOL, I did not even know they made telephone books any more.  Back in the 1980's, when being in

2017-03-15 15:25   Click to comment


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