Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

The ‘Climate Science’ MONIAC Machine

| February 25, 2016

The internet has been abuzz for the past few days with a new climate forecasting study by Terence Mills, a well-known statistician at Loughborough University in the UK. The report is highly technical and reads as something of a mathematics textbook on how to design Box-Jenkins type ARIMA forecasting models for climate data, so statistical novice readers be […]

Adjunct activists seek to codify age-discrimination against younger academics

| February 21, 2016

The adjunct activist movement is currently mobilizing its forces behind a new “adjunct relief” bill in the California legislature, AB 1690. The proponents of this bill are portraying it as a much-needed “job security” measure for part time contract faculty at state-run higher ed institutions (in this case the California community college system). The bill […]

Piketty uses false history to promote Bernie’s tax plan

| February 20, 2016

Thomas Piketty is back in the news again with a strange new political op-ed espousing the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders. As with most things Piketty, his end game in backing Sanders comes down to higher taxes. Sanders has pledged to raise income tax rates on the upper brackets, so Piketty has accordingly attempted to […]

Something Rotten in the State of Denmark

| February 14, 2016

I dislike the products electoral politics for a number of reasons, and presently have no horse in the ongoing race. Others who apparently do have suggested of late that even persons of a libertarian-ish perspective – arguably the least represented viewpoint amongst the current crop of candidates, and now politically homeless to borrow a phrase from […]