Monthly Archives: June 2006

Friedman and the case for limited government

Here is a video of Milton Friedman from many years back discussing limited government. Friedman is stellar as always.

More on Tiger Stadium

The Toledo Blade on Tiger Stadium:

Generations of Tigers fans – more than 100 million – thrilled to a brand of old-fashioned baseball exemplified by the fiery temper and sharpened spikes of the “Georgia Peach,” who was already a seven-year veteran of the team by the time the stadium – then known as Navin Field – opened in April 1912.

Cobb was followed in stadium lore by such greats as Harry Heilmann, Charlie Gehringer, Tommy Bridges, and Hank Greenberg, and more recent stars such as Kaline, Frank Lary, Rocky Colavito, Norm Cash, Willie Horton, Bill Freehan, Jack Morris, and Kirk Gibson. And who could forget fan favorites like Charlie Maxwell, the fabled “Sunday Punch,” the pride of Paw Paw, who hit dramatic home runs on the weekends?

And finally:

Regardless of its historic and nostalgic draw, no baseball edifice lives forever, especially as fan expectations evolve and owners see the need to modernize. To put its age in perspective, Tiger Stadium opened the same month the Titanic went down.

Indeed.

More on Friedman

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently commented that TimesSelect made him “feel totally cut off from [his] audience.” But maybe that is a good thing.

My latest article at TCS Daily looks at Friedman and his war on GM.

The Ethanol Myth

Many contend that ethanol is not a viable fuel alternative because it takes more energy to manufacture ethanol than the fuel produces. However, the Numbers Guy reveals some interesting facts:

Pimentel and Patzek wrote, “Ethanol production using corn grain required 29% more fossil energy than the ethanol fuel produced.” By comparison, production of gasoline or diesel uses about 20% more fossil energy than the fuels produce.

More:

The researchers attributed a wide array of energy costs to ethanol production, including the energy required to produce tractors used in cornfields and even all forms of energy consumed by workers for things such as food, transportation and police protection. Equivalent factors generally aren’t included in comparable analyses of rival fuels like gasoline. Also, researchers didn’t take into consideration the value of ethanol by-products, which can be used in cattle feed.

Even more:

Broin Cos., based in Sioux Falls, S.D., has pioneered a method to convert corn to ethanol at 90 degrees, rather than the previous 230 to 250 degrees, improving energy efficiency by 10% to 12%, according to co-founder and Chief Executive Jeff Broin. And E3 Biofuels LLC is finding ways to get more out of all parts of the corn, by building plants near dairy farms and feeding cows the byproducts of ethanol processing, then using energy from the animal waste to help power the plants

Ethanol may not be the disaster that many pundits believe. If left to the free market, many companies will continue to innovate and advance the technology to the point that the product becomes both useful and profitable. I am not willing to take a stand against ethanol just yet.