"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Update: The point here is that I came across this attitude toward Texas completely at random on an article with little in common with any of the interests of the State Board of Education. If Texas education becomes a running gag on the Internet it will take the state a very long time to undo the damage.

This note is also something of an homage to Neverending Audit.


Anna Haynes said...

Shouldn't it be Texastronomy?

(otherwise it just sounds textual)

Michael Tobis said...

Wayll, thur spelt differnt but ah caint see as how theyd be pernounced differnt.

Like "Co-Cola", or "San Tonio" or "makker vuvven" (you know that thing in your kitchen that heats stuff up real fast). If you have two similar syllables in a row you can just drop one of them.

In formal documents the TWDB is spelled "Texas Water Development Board" but everyone who deals with them knows it is pronounced "Texwa Davimp Bimbo", or "Texwada Vimpo" for short.

James Annan said...

"If Texas education becomes a running gag on the Internet"

Um, didn't that horse bolt, like, decades ago?


Orne Batmagoo said...

Texas education was a running gag long before there was an Internet.

"Ma" Ferguson, who became Texas' first woman governor in 1924 (after her husband "Pa" Ferguson had been impeached) refused to sign into law a bill that proposed bilingual education. (There are lots of Hispanics in Texas; Texas used to be inside Mexico!)

She said, "If the King’s English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it’s good enough for the children of Texas!"

Michael Tobis said...

OK, OK, OK, but anyway it's not getting any better these days.