I don't think you made a case against libertarianism, you just proved that water prices do not reflect reality. If water really is scarce it should be priced accordingly and people will react [semi-]rationally. But water prices barely budge in a drought and we rely on police and neighbor tattle-tales to restrict use… » 9/03/14 1:04pm 9/03/14 1:04pm

One thing I never see mentioned in the "you can deduct your mortgage interest" debate is the fact that the benefit of itemized deductions only kicks in once your deductible expenses go over the standard deduction. So yes, if I'm in the 25% bracket and I pay $20K in interest I can deduct $5K from my tax bill. But, if I… » 7/24/14 10:18am 7/24/14 10:18am

This might be more difficult for the layman to decipher but you should add "poor experimental design" (somewhat related to #8 and #9). I saw a study about high fructose corn syrup that had a "control" group, and then 5 other groups where they manipulated multiple variables between each group. There was no way to… » 4/25/14 1:08pm 4/25/14 1:08pm

Maybe I'm too cynical, but I'm a little bored of the over-dramatizations of training for and running a marathon. I'm glad you found existential truth, overcame genetics, and faced your biggest fears, but get over yourself. And this is coming from a runner. Just keep it to yourself. This whole thing reeks of… » 4/08/14 8:06pm 4/08/14 8:06pm

I blame today's "job market" industry that inundates what are basically children with advice but no context. How can you blame a kid that's been told to follow up, ask questions, show interest and initiative? Nobody ever told him that hiring partners don't have time for this minutiae. If you don't tell him, he doesn't… » 3/24/14 3:24pm 3/24/14 3:24pm

I came here to say the exact same thing. But since I don't have kids yet maybe I don't understand the dynamics/frustration of this situation (is it easy for them to initially lunge/reach for the water but difficult to continue that same reach for extended periods of time needed to wash hands?) » 2/27/14 1:21pm 2/27/14 1:21pm