News about important global trends, updates to posts on the FM website
Summary: Here are updates to hot trends, trends often discussed on the FM website. All warrant your attention.
Before we go to the headline content, you might these of interest — whines of the angry rich:
- Prof Henderson deleted his article, probably from embarresment. It’s reposted here: “We are the Super Rich“, 15 September 2010
- “The whining of the rich“, Michael O’Hare (Prof Public Policy, Berkeley), 18 September 2010 — A wonderful analysis of lies told in the campaign to preserve Bush Jr.’s tax cuts for the rich.
- It gets even better: “In Which Mr. Deling Responds to Someone Who Might Be Professor Todd Henderson“, Brad DeLong (Prof Economics, Berkeley), 18 September 2010
- James Fallows has the last word on the affair Hendrson: “Mauve Gloves & Madmen, 2010 Version“
- Living In Hell In Beverly Hills, Ben Stein whining (he inherited a few million from his parents and works hard); title from digby
- “The Angry Rich“, Paul Krugman, op-ed in the New York Times,
- A look at the big picture, a dying Republic and the birth of oligarchy: “Speak, money“, Roger D. Hodge, Harper’s, Octover 2010 — Subscription only. A good example of why Harper’s is on my reading list. About the decay of the Republic and the changing view of citizenship.
- The rape charges against Assange of Wikileaks
- The debate about Obamacare
- Changes in human sexuality
- Women getting on top of men
- About Obama the radical leftist
- Say goodbye to sunspots
(1) The rape charges against Assange of Wikileaks
- “Making a Mockery of the Real Crime of Rape – Assange Beseiged“, Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett, CounterPunch, 14 September 2010
Click here to see the FM posts about the affair Assange.
(2) The debate about Obamacare
Watching Americans grapple with health care public policy (a solved problem in most developed nations) is like watching five-year olds write. Here we see two legal experts attempt to make sense of the result:
- “Health Care: The Disquieting Truth“, Arnold Relman, New York Review of Books, 30 September 2010
- “Cordray v. Fisher on the Constitutionality of ObamaCare“, Volokh Conspiracy, 17 September 2010 — “The Constitution Day program at Case Western Reserve University is a debate on the constitutionality of health care reform between Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher.”
Click here to see FM posts about this slow-mo but painful crisis.
(3) Changes in human sexuality
- “Early puberty in girls doubles in a decade“, New Scientist, 10 August 2010
- The study: “Pubertal Assessment Method and Baseline Characteristics in a Mixed Longitudinal Study of Girls“, Frank M. Bird et al, Pediatrics, 3 September 2010
This contradicts the studies cited in this post. It looks like only more research can answer this question.
(4) Women getting on top of men
- “More women than men got PhDs last year“, Washington Post, 14 September 2010 — This trend will have social effects bigger than almost everything discussed into today’s newspapers.
For more about these trends see the FM reference page Women and gender issues.
(5) About Obama the radical leftist
- “Obama uses Bush plan for terror war“, Washington Times, 9 September 2010
- “Is Obama’s Agenda Extreme?“, Bernard Finel (Prof, National War College), 4 September 2010
Click here to see other posts about the radical Obama.
(6) Say goodbye to sunspots
- “Say goodbye to sunspots“, Science magazine website (AAAS), 14 September 2010
- The study: “Long-term Evolution of Sunspot Magnetic Fields“, Matthew Penn and William Livingston (National Solar Observatory), submitted to International Astronomical Union Symposium #273, 3 September 2010
- Their previous paper: “Are Sunspots Different During This Solar Minimum?“, William Livingston and Matthew Penn, EOS (of the American Geophysical Union), 28 July 2009