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  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/05/farewell.html Farewell - The Becker-Posner Blog - In memoriam: Gary S. Becker, 1930-2014. The Becker-Posner blog is terminated. Richard A. Posner
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/03/sabbatical-notice.html Sabbatical Notice - The Becker-Posner Blog - Starting this weekend, we will be taking a one-month sabbatical from blogging. We will resume at the end of that period.
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/03/the-embargo-of-cuba-time-to-go-becker.html The Embargo of Cuba: Time to Go- Becker - The Becker-Posner Blog - The US embargo of Cuba began in 1960, a year after Fidel Castro turned this island toward communism. It was extended to food and medicines in 1962, the same year as the showdown with Russia over the installation of missiles there. The embargo has prevented American companies from doing business with Cuba, and discouraged tourism to Cuba. The American government also tried with quite limited success to prevent other countries from trading with Cuba. In general economic embargoes are undesirable because they interfere with free trade among countries. Yet a case could be made for an embargo against Cuba. Castro...
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/03/end-the-cuban-embargoposner.html End the Cuban Embargo—Posner - The Becker-Posner Blog - I agree with Becker that we should end the embargo. It was first imposed in 1960, two years after Castro took power, and strengthened after the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, and thereafter modified from time to time—and recently somewhat relaxed, so that today in fact we have several billions of dollars in trade with Cuba each year. Communist Cuba in Castro’s heyday, before the collapse of the Soviet Union followed by the rapid collapse of communism in all countries except North Korea—and Cuba—was, even apart from the missile crisis, an active although not dangerous enemy of the United States,...
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/02/should-marijuana-be-decriminalized-nationwideposner.html Should Marijuana Be Decriminalized Nationwide?—Posner - The Becker-Posner Blog - With 20 states having now legalized medical marijuana use, and two (Washington and Colorado) having legalized recreational use of marijuana, the days of legal prohibition of use of marijuana for recreational as well as for medical purposes seem numbered. The case for prohibiting marijuana was never strong. It is a mind-altering drug, but no more so than alcohol, and it is considered less likely to induce violent behavior, and in general to have less destructive effects on the heavy user, the “addict.” There is little evidence that it is a “gateway” drug, in the sense that use of it induces...
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/02/why-marijuana-should-be-decriminalized-becker.html Why Marijuana Should be Decriminalized- Becker - The Becker-Posner Blog - Decriminalizing a drug like marijuana means that it no longer is a crime to possess marijuana for personal use, The advantages of decriminalizing marijuana are so numerous and powerful that it is difficult to understand the intense opposition. The movement at the state level of the United States to decriminalize various uses of marijuana-especially for “ medical” purposes- has accelerated in recent years. It will not be long before marijuana use for many purposes will be decriminalized in the great majority of states, and I also expect rapid expansion in the number of states that legalize marijuana for all recreational...
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/02/the-war-on-drugs.html The War on Drugs - The Becker-Posner Blog - Thursday Northwestern Law School is holding a conference on the war on drugs. The announcement is below. I am chairing a panel at 4 p.m. to 5:30 of three economists on the topic "costs and benefits of the war on drugs." It should be an interesting session, and indeed the entire conference should be interesting. Rethinking the War on Drugs A Symposium Sponsored by: Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation and Co-Sponsored by: Northwestern University School of Law and The Harvard Club of Chicago February 20-21, 2014 Thorne Auditorium Northwestern University School of Law 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/02/the-myth-of-excess-enrollments-in-college-becker.html The Myth of Excess Enrollments in College-Becker - The Becker-Posner Blog - The print media and the blogosphere have many discussions of the high and rising cost of attending college, the debt burden weighing on college students, the fact that the average real earnings of college graduates have risen only slowly during the past 40 years, and the difficulty young college students are having in getting good jobs. The conclusion frequently reached is that too many high school graduates seek a college degree, and that these graduates have been sold a bill of goods about the value of a college education. The facts cited are generally correct, but the conclusion about the...
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/02/excess-enrollments-in-college-could-be-posner.html Excess Enrollments in College? Could Be. Posner - The Becker-Posner Blog - Becker’s data are solid, but I am not what inferences can be confidently drawn from them. In particular, I doubt whether it’s possible to infer the value of a college education from a comparison of earnings of college graduates to earnings of persons who do not graduate from college (I’ll ignore the intermediate category—persons with some college but not a bachelor’s degree or better). The reason is that kids are not randomly assigned to go, or not to go, to college. The noncollege graduates are therefore not a valid control group. I am not aware of whether there have been...
  • http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2014/02/has-the-united-states-by-virtue-of-its-size-and-complexity-become-ungovernableposner.html Has the United States, by Virtue of Its Size and Complexity, Become Ungovernable?—Posner - The Becker-Posner Blog - There are, especially in Europe and East Asia, and to a limited extent in the Western Hemisphere, small countries that are well governed. But among large, populous countries, there appears to be only one well-governed country: Germany. The United States is the third largest country by land mass (after Russia and Canada) and population (after India and China), the wealthiest, the militarily most powerful, and generally regarded as the leading nation in the world—its geopolitical center. But all these are negatives from the standpoint of governance, as are the nation’s ethnic and cultural diversity, political divisiveness, high crime rates, and...

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  • Jinx1 - I love Liam and Elle!

    This book was great from start to finish! I could not put it down. My heart broke for both of them with the death of Elle's dad and he was a sweet man to set everything into motion for them, I don't want to spoil anything so I won't you have to read this book! This is a book I could read over and over which I definitely will it was that good. I just did not want this to end.

  • beverly - Nice purchase!

    Got these for a gift for my son and they were just what he needed...easy to care for and can be washed

  • Astrida M. - Fast paced read

    A very good debut novel! This is the first book of hers that I have read. It is full of suspense and tasteful love scenes. Nothing offensive, which I liked. I like to leave things to my own imagination. Jack Harper, the ex-cop with issues from a shooting gone bad, was very sexy and the kind of boyfriend I would like to have. Lacey, the dental forensics examiner was not as strong as I like a heroine to be. She acted a bit too immature for me. The ending seemed a little confusing and quickly finished but was ok. I will try one of her newer books to see the growth in writing style. But all in all a good book that captured my attention.

  • Cheryl Glover - Great for birthday parties or special occassions. A lot of fun!

    I purchased these balloons because I am having a party for my daughter and thought these would be a fun addition to the party decor!

  • Will - Opened the deck, shuffled and beat my friend 3 ...

    Opened the deck, shuffled and beat my friend 3 times until he said enough's enough. I haven played in 13 years, this deck has it all.

  • it just doesn't work - it just doesn't work

    Orally taken, (supposed), 'homeopathic' HGH 'precursers', 'secretogogues', or whatever they're being called in the latest industry scam, simply -don't work-. Ask yourself this: where are the millions of satisfied customers? There certainly are millions who have tried this stuff. Klatz is known to have connections with manufacturers that he doesn't mention. This book specializes is making _incorrect_ assumptions, such as:1/ If HGH injections work , then oral HGH will work 2/ If certain conditions can be helped with HGH, then HGH can further improve the strength of those who aren't sick, and 3/'1' and '2', as applied to precursers. If you read this book with wishful thinking, the examples may inspire you, but if you read with a rational mind, they will seem like the rediculous exagerations that they are. GOOD NEWS! there is one safe,effective way to up your HGH: short intense weight workouts.