Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Dilbert of Scott Adam

Called It

26 years ago I wrote this comic.
And today this was the headline.

Happy Hanukkah, Hamilton-Style from The Maccabeats, an a cappella group at Yeshiva University:


Prior TaxProf Blog coverage of Hamilton:

“A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are getting better, in the US they were only 6%, and in Germany only 4%. Very few people think that the world is getting better. What is the evidence that we need to consider when answering this question? The question is about how the world has changed and so we must take a historical perspective. And the question is about the world as a whole and the answer must therefore consider everybody. The answer must consider the history of global living conditions – a history of everyone.”
Contents cover – Poverty, Literacy, Health, Freedom,Fertility, Education

Trump Names Carl Icahn as Adviser on Regulatory Overhaul

Book Launch: World on the Move: Consumption Patterns in a More Equal Global Economy

Export-Friendly U.S. Tax Revamp Risks Cool Reception at WTO

‘German Pollie concerned about Facebook comments than catching a terrorist’: German politician faces resignation calls after preventing police sharing image of Berlin truck killer. “It has been alleged that Steffen, who is head of the judicial authority in Hamburg, prevented the pictures being circulated because he feared sharing images of Islamist terror suspects will incite racial hatred

If someone changes drastically, does he or she become a different person? The answer to this old philosophical riddle may be in the nature of the change  Sea Change 

 The real story behind Bertolucci and Last Tango

What causes the subjective feeling of time to either slow down or speed up

BLESSED ARE THE CHEESEMAKERS: The Foolish Reason The Federal Government Is Storing A Literal Mountain Of Cheese.
For the past few decades, the feds have been keeping a literal mountain of cheese lying around for no ascertainable purpose. As of March 31, about 1.2 billion pounds of excess cheese had been accumulated in commercial cold-storage freezers across the United States — the largest such stockpile in history, according to the Washington Post. That’s 39 pounds of cheese for every man, woman and child in the country — so much cheese, in fact, that the government has been encouraging fast food chains to create new cheesy-centric products just to get rid of some of it.
Perhaps you remember Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos, a plate of Cheetos coated in fake macaroni-and-cheese goop, then deep-fried for your sinful pleasure. Yes, that’s a real thing.
So why, you may ask, are the feds subsidizing such monstrosities?
Turns out, the national cheese stockpile is a glaring example of how the federal government’s addiction to subsidies has gotten drastically out of hand.


A Play That Bends Time. And Space. And Meaning

“The Encounter” is a one-man show—sort of—and it’s many things at once: a journey to the Amazon, a parable of time travel, a plea to secure the planet, and a head trip.