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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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The Law of Supply and XXXXXX
Jun 10, 2014 12:57 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 8,770

Palo Alto's development policy is littered with bad economic analysis. The most patently absurd one is that the way to reduce the infamous Jobs-Housing Imbalance... More
Candidate kickoffs: First weekend
Aug 30, 2016 1:30 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 8,573

There were five candidate kickoff events this weekend and I attended four--the one I missed was Greg Tanaka's because it conflicted with two of the others. The events... More
Librarians Against Books: Subverting the will of the electorate
Oct 7, 2013 11:43 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 8,480

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This is not a discussion of library policy, but rather using the Main Library renovation... More
Election recounts an illusion?
Dec 2, 2014 12:40 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 8,170

If you have a process for recounting the votes in an election, but the costs are so astronomical that it is implausible that it could be utilized, can you really... More
How history should be taught: Connections to the present
Jan 16, 2016 1:41 am
Comments: 16 | Views: 7,942

The admonition "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it" (many variations) is ignored in the traditional teaching... More
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