FM newswire for June 14, interesting articles about geopolitics
Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague.
- Today’s antidote to faux economics, disproof of an often-repeated myth: “Unemployment in the 1930s“, Eric Rauchway (Prof History, UC Davis), The Edge of the American West, 10 October 2008
- Another example of conservatives argument by lie: “Better Conservative Ideologues, Please“, Jonathan Chait, blog of The New Republic, 11 June 2010 –
- Recommended: “A Remarkable Lie, from Your Taxpayer-Funded NOAA“, Art Horn, 12 June 2010 — “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, facing the reality that their temperature readings are hopelessly inaccurate, claims that accuracy doesn’t matter.”
- “Impacts of President Obama’s Order Halting Work on 33 Exploratory Wells in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico“, Arthur Berman, Petroleum Truth Report, 12 June 2010
- This must result from chemical pollution: “Girls now begin puberty aged 9“, The Times, 13 June 2010 — For more about this see here.
- Avoiding trouble of a certain kind: “YouScrewed by YouTube“, Mark Steyn, 14 June 2010
- More about solar cycle 24: “What’s wrong with the sun?“, Robert Clark, New Scientist, 14 June 2010 — Note the reporter’s sneering tone when mentioning scientists researching links between the sun and Earth’s climate (for more about this see here and here).
(8) About Afghanistan’s mineral bonanza
- “U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan“, New York Times, 13 June 2010 — From the Pentagon’s lips to the NYT’s pages
- A skeptical look at the story: “Say what? Afghanistan has $1 trillion in untapped mineral resources?“, Blake Hounshell, blog of Foreign Policy, 14 June 2010 — For one thing, it’s not new news. Just useful news.
- If true, it’s good news for China. This explains why: “Karzai’s Balancing Act: Bringing ‘China’ In?”, Institute of South Asian Studies, 18 May 2010
(9) One of the most comprehensive looks at this subject: “The New Americans Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration“, National Academy of Sciences, 1997 — Conclusions (source)
- Immigration is the driving force behind rapid population growth. Immigration has a negative impact on lower-skilled, less-educated Americans.
- Immigration is exacerbating the wealth gap. Immigration has contributed to the increase in high school dropouts.
- Immigrant-headed households use more in government services than they contribute in state and local taxes.
- Immigration is a substantial tax burden to native households, especially in states with large immigrant populations, and, on average, for the nation as a whole.
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