Kwicherbitchin Dep’t

I don’t know why everyone’s so exercised about Google’s targeted Web ads.

Seems to me the system has excellent taste. Three times in the last two days it’s offered me When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment, one of the best books ever written about crime, the product of an author whose billiance is surpassed only by his wit and whose wit is matched only by his modesty.

What’s not to like?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

11 thoughts on “Kwicherbitchin Dep’t”

  1. And with their new ‘privacy’ policy, they’ll be able to figure out that ‘web client = author of book’ and avoid wasting your publisher’s limited marketing budget on page-impressions from the author.

  2. I heart Google.

    Having said that, I can’t wait for someone else to figure all this out and explain it to me.

  3. “…the product of an author whose billiance is surpassed only by his wit and whose wit is matched only by his modesty.” – Yes, that’s right. You’re about as witty as you are modest (NOT AT ALL) – you are however, inadvertently hilarious at times and that’s why I keep reading this blog.

    BTW, your book is highly argumentative and obviously, editing repetitive content is not your strong suit. I had an easier time reading Moby Dick and the Scarlet Letter, but those books are less opinionated

      1. BTW, Anonymous, your blog posts are highly argumentative and obviously, editing repetitive content is not your strong suit. I have an easier time reading Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, but their posts are less opinionated.

    1. Anonymous has perceived that Kleiman’s declarations of modesty are not to be taken seriously. One day Anonymous might hope to perceive that they were not intended to be taken seriously; Anonymous might even detect indications of an intent towards humor. Given that Anonymous apparently believes that any humor is inadvertant, I wouldn’t hold out too much hope.

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