Last weekend was a paper on macroeconomic fluctuations combined with Series 3 of Lost, this weekend is political economy with several years worth of anticipation.
Ok, it's nothing to do with Finland but as one of the "minority" boxing fans being swept up in the Mayweather/Hatton hysteria I wanted to echo the Hitman's call. It'll be a tiring weekend and let's hope that the British affliction for heroic failure is triumphed by guts over guile. Hats off to those who've made the trip - and come on Hatton.
Clinical Eagles a modern club model The Age, Australia
West Coast holds on to beat Sydney in AFL grand final
AFL win 'one of the greatest' NEWS.com.au, Australia
Win so sweet for Eagle ace The Age, Australia
The British Isles are blessed with some phenomenal coastal paths, and a day spent walking through Dorset is one of the deepest pleasures I can imagine. And now that I've been told that Adam Smith had to go on long walks when he was writing, I feel productive amidst the sea air and rolling countryside. (I'm not the only Filter^ Editor to feel this way - Steve's been on a camino!)
Long walks are a rare form of genuine exercise for me, so imagine my feelings of inadequacy and laziness to hear from my best mate (and best man) - Will Lambeth - who's decided to team up with a friend to run the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path!
They're raising money for Christians Against Poverty, a charity that provides "sustainable poverty relief through debt counselling, advice and practical help". It's a very good cause and a phenomenal effort so if you'd like to donate there's an easy online sponsorship form:
If you're anything like me you've been watching Soccer Aid and thinking it all a little shallow and self-serving. So whilst a few celebs prance around Old Trafford thinking they're heroes have a think about dropping a little donation to a more grassroots effort.
GMU is in the news at the moment having made the final four of the men's NCAA tournament (nice article in The Age). It's led Peter Boettke and Alex Tabarrok to pen "The Secret of George Mason", pubished by Slate:
What's remarkable is that GMU's freewheeling basketball team and its free-market academic teams owe their successes to very similar, market-beating strategies. GMU has excelled on the court and in the classroom by daring to be different.
The department got started with a heretical premise: The academic market is inefficient, so how can we exploit it?
From the 1960s into the 1980s, a small university such as GMU could hire conservative and free-market thinkers of true genius for the same kinds of reasons that, in the mid-1960s, a middling school like Texas Western University could recruit some of the best basketball players in the nation, so long as they were black,
For an overview of the GMU Econ department, see this sidebar.