Def Economics Jam

We have been accused of making economics cool. But compared to this Def Poetry Jam performance by Tommy Bottoms, we are bush league. The piece is called “Basic Economics,” and to my mind it is as well-written as it is well-performed. If I were a high-school economics teacher, I’d use it in my class (although truthfully it’s more of an R-rated bit than PG-13). I’d also show it to crack-selling wannabes and people who spend too much time playing the lottery. While this video that Levitt blogged earlier may have been the funniest economics video ever, I’m nominating “Basic Economics” as the all-around greatest.

(Hat tip: Ted King)


FXR

Contrary to the critics I thoroughly enjoyed a good shot of reality to replace our mundane controlled media opinions which have the anti depressant vendors selling more products than they ever hoped to produce. I would love to see a part deux take a shot at the current health scare regime.
The quantity of research available could keep us laughing at ourselves for decades.

You touched lightly on the smoking taxes producing sales of bootleg cigarettes and the funds being used to buy arms to use against American Soldiers. Few realize the false numbers behind the international efforts of the World Health Organization in promotions of fear to elicit political embarrassment. Rule by fear I discovered recently at an anti smokers Blog will no doubt have an effect unfortunately that effect will not include reductions in smoking and they knew it all along. Smoking bans are financed by governments who wish to fund healthcare on the smokers backs. To rub salt in the wound If you check despite what many of us believe. There are the same number of smokers today as there were in 1950 the number has not changed however the population increase has reduced smoker prevalence by more than half. What the sio called Health care authorities can not explain with a stable number of smokers we should have a stable effect. Increases in population would see immediate reductions in prevalence of disease the smoking related diseases actually tripled. Are they saying all the donations to medical charities were a waste as they now admit triple the disease rate as a failure ot are the numbers simply misrepresented.

If you go on to the largest Political squabble of late the Global warming sales force actually picked the worst of all elements to sell the reincarnation of the ultraviolet catastrophe dismembered by Einstein himself in 1905.

The energy radiation frequency of a stable black body is one in ten thousand years. The disjoining into a gaseous state would reduce the risk even more. If the carbon gasses were to have any more than a moderating effect they would have to substantially compete with the higher frequency radiation of energy into the cosmos by the earth itself. Consider the mass of the earth and the geographic size of the largest radiators at the poles. Compared to the atomic reflection of disjointed molecules. If the earth warms the evaporation rate rises increasing rain and snow at the poles. Need I go on. The other planets are also heating up did man have anything to do with that?

If you consider the captain of the WHO Hockey team and his announcement today setting a carbon price at 35.00 per ton. Annual emissions are now high enough to bankrupt every industrialized country on the planet. Who gets to pay for the emissions from mother nature which are currently 1000 times higher?

As you can see the Health scare community can be a lot of fun. In a more somber note the best route to reducing human mortality would be to take the monolith industrial charity foundations and make them use over 7 trillion dollars in the USA alone and spend those funds on real charity. Shutting down the UN would save more lives than were lost in two great wars. Finally We have fought for over 100 years over oil. If we took the sand which covers most of that oil, and made silicone solar collection panels we would never have to burn oil again. There is over 10 million times the energy we need bombarding the planet every day we knew that 100 years ago. Why no one is taking advantage is the real freakonomic of scientific progress.

How much is a bucket of sand worth where you live?

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egretman

How much is a bucket of sand worth where you live?

$20.95 at my local hardware store. But if you go late at night with your own bag, it's free.

japple

This poet is introduced by Mos Def, who has a song called "Mathematics" that has some similar counting parts.

Lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/mos+def/mathematics_20096166.html
Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycJ5m5Mt9JE

Ike Pigott

Word.

James Somers

This reminds me of a song my friend wrote, "Girl Your Marginal Benefits Are Far Greater Than Your Marginal Costs." For a dorm room recording, I'd say the production values are pretty good.

Link: http://smegmachine.com/Smegmachine_files/Girl%20Your%20Marginal%20Benefit%20Is%20Far%20Greater%20Than%20Your%20Marginal%20Cost.mp3

editorguy

It's beautiful that he drops in a couple of practical tips amid the overall theme, such as a relatively conservative real estate purchase of a duplex to rent out.

If those lyrics don't make it into "SuperFreako" it'll be a shame. There are all kinds of viable themes to wrap it into -- rap music and the white suburban male teen money that buys it, ebonics and class, Stringer Bell from The Wire, the mainstream commercial success of Mos Def and guys like IceT, the hit TV show "Weeds"... Practically writes itself!

egretman

Boy, are you guys ever some square economists. A bro puts down some slam poetry with mention of the stock market and you slaver all over it.

Street cred ain't about no "buying a duplex". Ira Glass had it right. The gangster's last words when asked who shot him were "your mother did it". He lay dying but he didn't rat the shooter. Why? His last words just reasserted who he was. He wasn't a rat.

Buy a duplex? Yeah right. That's not what the street is about. It's about "sticking it to the man". Always was, always will be.

snubgodtoh

I've got to say that I really enjoy your posts, Mr. Dubner, but if you and Levitt were to claim individually that "we have been accused of making economics cool", I would assume that Levitt was referring to the turd in his pocket and wouldn't be too sure what you meant. In my humble opinion, there is a huge difference between producing meaningful, interesting, and original economic analyses and creating a catchy headline and then writing about it on the 6th grade reading level. However, speaking from experience, the latter is by far more difficult, especially when your subject is mathematically/statistically rigorous.
This is evidenced in your book, if Levitt could write in a mainstream, NYT best seller diction, he would enjoy 100% royalties as opposed to his current split with you, so kudos, SJD, well-done. This is simply my opinion, really don't want to be abrasive.

jeblucas

[quote]Boy, are you guys ever some square economists. A bro puts down some slam poetry with mention of the stock market and you slaver all over it.
Street cred ain't about no “buying a duplex”. Ira Glass had it right. [/quote]This has to be one of the most amazing juxtapositions I have ever seen in a blog comment. You're all about [i]street cred[/i] and what it [i]ain't not[/i], and then you refer to [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Glass]IRA GLASS[/url] as the guy who gets it. Do you know how hilarious that is?

Did they change April Fools Day along with Daylight Savings this year?

davelus

"the man" doesn't want you getting rich.

egretman

Do you know how hilarious that is?

Do I know? I not only know but I invented it. I call it, Ironical Hilarity.

FXR

Contrary to the critics I thoroughly enjoyed a good shot of reality to replace our mundane controlled media opinions which have the anti depressant vendors selling more products than they ever hoped to produce. I would love to see a part deux take a shot at the current health scare regime.
The quantity of research available could keep us laughing at ourselves for decades.

You touched lightly on the smoking taxes producing sales of bootleg cigarettes and the funds being used to buy arms to use against American Soldiers. Few realize the false numbers behind the international efforts of the World Health Organization in promotions of fear to elicit political embarrassment. Rule by fear I discovered recently at an anti smokers Blog will no doubt have an effect unfortunately that effect will not include reductions in smoking and they knew it all along. Smoking bans are financed by governments who wish to fund healthcare on the smokers backs. To rub salt in the wound If you check despite what many of us believe. There are the same number of smokers today as there were in 1950 the number has not changed however the population increase has reduced smoker prevalence by more than half. What the sio called Health care authorities can not explain with a stable number of smokers we should have a stable effect. Increases in population would see immediate reductions in prevalence of disease the smoking related diseases actually tripled. Are they saying all the donations to medical charities were a waste as they now admit triple the disease rate as a failure ot are the numbers simply misrepresented.

If you go on to the largest Political squabble of late the Global warming sales force actually picked the worst of all elements to sell the reincarnation of the ultraviolet catastrophe dismembered by Einstein himself in 1905.

The energy radiation frequency of a stable black body is one in ten thousand years. The disjoining into a gaseous state would reduce the risk even more. If the carbon gasses were to have any more than a moderating effect they would have to substantially compete with the higher frequency radiation of energy into the cosmos by the earth itself. Consider the mass of the earth and the geographic size of the largest radiators at the poles. Compared to the atomic reflection of disjointed molecules. If the earth warms the evaporation rate rises increasing rain and snow at the poles. Need I go on. The other planets are also heating up did man have anything to do with that?

If you consider the captain of the WHO Hockey team and his announcement today setting a carbon price at 35.00 per ton. Annual emissions are now high enough to bankrupt every industrialized country on the planet. Who gets to pay for the emissions from mother nature which are currently 1000 times higher?

As you can see the Health scare community can be a lot of fun. In a more somber note the best route to reducing human mortality would be to take the monolith industrial charity foundations and make them use over 7 trillion dollars in the USA alone and spend those funds on real charity. Shutting down the UN would save more lives than were lost in two great wars. Finally We have fought for over 100 years over oil. If we took the sand which covers most of that oil, and made silicone solar collection panels we would never have to burn oil again. There is over 10 million times the energy we need bombarding the planet every day we knew that 100 years ago. Why no one is taking advantage is the real freakonomic of scientific progress.

How much is a bucket of sand worth where you live?

Read more...

egretman

How much is a bucket of sand worth where you live?

$20.95 at my local hardware store. But if you go late at night with your own bag, it's free.

japple

This poet is introduced by Mos Def, who has a song called "Mathematics" that has some similar counting parts.

Lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/mos+def/mathematics_20096166.html
Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycJ5m5Mt9JE

Ike Pigott

Word.

James Somers

This reminds me of a song my friend wrote, "Girl Your Marginal Benefits Are Far Greater Than Your Marginal Costs." For a dorm room recording, I'd say the production values are pretty good.

Link: http://smegmachine.com/Smegmachine_files/Girl%20Your%20Marginal%20Benefit%20Is%20Far%20Greater%20Than%20Your%20Marginal%20Cost.mp3

editorguy

It's beautiful that he drops in a couple of practical tips amid the overall theme, such as a relatively conservative real estate purchase of a duplex to rent out.

If those lyrics don't make it into "SuperFreako" it'll be a shame. There are all kinds of viable themes to wrap it into -- rap music and the white suburban male teen money that buys it, ebonics and class, Stringer Bell from The Wire, the mainstream commercial success of Mos Def and guys like IceT, the hit TV show "Weeds"... Practically writes itself!

egretman

Boy, are you guys ever some square economists. A bro puts down some slam poetry with mention of the stock market and you slaver all over it.

Street cred ain't about no "buying a duplex". Ira Glass had it right. The gangster's last words when asked who shot him were "your mother did it". He lay dying but he didn't rat the shooter. Why? His last words just reasserted who he was. He wasn't a rat.

Buy a duplex? Yeah right. That's not what the street is about. It's about "sticking it to the man". Always was, always will be.

snubgodtoh

I've got to say that I really enjoy your posts, Mr. Dubner, but if you and Levitt were to claim individually that "we have been accused of making economics cool", I would assume that Levitt was referring to the turd in his pocket and wouldn't be too sure what you meant. In my humble opinion, there is a huge difference between producing meaningful, interesting, and original economic analyses and creating a catchy headline and then writing about it on the 6th grade reading level. However, speaking from experience, the latter is by far more difficult, especially when your subject is mathematically/statistically rigorous.
This is evidenced in your book, if Levitt could write in a mainstream, NYT best seller diction, he would enjoy 100% royalties as opposed to his current split with you, so kudos, SJD, well-done. This is simply my opinion, really don't want to be abrasive.

jeblucas

[quote]Boy, are you guys ever some square economists. A bro puts down some slam poetry with mention of the stock market and you slaver all over it.
Street cred ain't about no "buying a duplex". Ira Glass had it right. [/quote]This has to be one of the most amazing juxtapositions I have ever seen in a blog comment. You're all about [i]street cred[/i] and what it [i]ain't not[/i], and then you refer to [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Glass]IRA GLASS[/url] as the guy who gets it. Do you know how hilarious that is?

Did they change April Fools Day along with Daylight Savings this year?