"Was the Toba Eruption Not the Volcanic Catastrophe We Thought It Was?"

Apparently not.

Instead, Yost and others suggest that maybe we’re just wildly overestimating the amount of climate change that Toba might have caused. Although the eruption was much larger that the 1815 eruption of Tambora, also in Indonesia, the amount of sulfur found in the volcanic deposits from Toba suggest that maybe it didn’t really emit much more sulfur than that Tambora eruption. 


"Declining Amazon offer"

Over at Economics Job Market Rumors, an intriguing bit of gossip:

that said, not sure what the story is for economists there except for one small tidbit. a faculty member at my (HRM) school had dinner with bezos a couple years ago, and he said something to the effect of "yea we have a bunch of economists, but they mostly tell us that we can/should increase prices. so we end up ignoring them most of the time."


"No Sh*thole People, Please, We’re Rich Liberals"

Rod Dreher:

Remember how horrified liberals were when President Trump’s vulgar remark about not wanting people from “shithole” countries as immigrants was reported? Sure you do. And do you remember how aggrieved a lot of the liberal Twittersphere was when I said on this blog that people don’t want housing for the poor in their neighborhood, and that they aren’t wrong for that?

Oh c'mon, Mr. Dreher: it's less than two blocks from the Plaza. Only one block from Carnegie Hall! How dare anyone bring poor people into that neighborhood!!

Related: "Yeah, well, maybe you should have thought of that in the voting booth when you re-elected de Blasio, buddy."


"America’s Missing Money"

"The federal government can’t account for $21 trillion—but does anybody care?"

I do, I do! One can hope this is some sort of technical problem, some problem of failing to dot the i's and cross the t's on some tedious government paperwork. But even if the estimate is an order of magnitude too high, it's still kinda of big deal. Shouldn't there be a bipartisan effort to investigate this tout suite? I mean--recalling the late Sen. Dirksen--a trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.


"The 29 most rewatchable movies ever made"

A fine list. I enthusiastically endorse, for both original watching and later rewatching, Goodfellas, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Social Network, The Shawshank Redemption, A Few Good Men, Groundhog Day, Mean Girls, Road House, and most especially, Pulp Fiction and Grosse Pointe Blank

(The only movie on the list that I've seen and find overrated is The Big Lebowski.)


"What it’s really like to spend weeks in a coma"

Yow. Harrowing even to read, but the story does have a happy ending.

After going into shock and flatlining in the ER, my next memories began once I was in the Surgical Intensive Unit. I remember being fully awake but unable to focus on anything; I could feel hands touching my head and comforting me, but I couldn’t move. I heard beeping, dinging, and ticking; I could feel my lungs expand and contract, but had no control over what was happening.