Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to a friend or colleague.
- The tyranny of denial“, Edward Skidelsky, Prospect, 27 January 2010 — Another in the series “Words that think for us”
- Divorce, one of the great but ignored US social problems: “Family Structure and the Economic Mobility of Children“, Pew Economic Mobility Project, May 2010
- “Are State Public Pensions Sustainable? Why the Federal Government Should Worry About State Pension Liabilities“, Joshua D. Rauh (Dept of Finance, Northwestern U), 15 May 2010 (27 pages)
- “Mark Williams calls Allah a “monkey god,” is he still welcome on CNN?“, MediaMatters, 18 May 2010 — Note links to has past statement at the end of the story. Williams is Chairman of the Tea Party Express.
- Recommended: “Fizzled Bomb Sparks Growth for Politicians“, John R. MacArthur, blog of Harper’s, 19 May 2010 — “Just because Faizal Shahzad failed to kill anybody doesn’t mean he didn’t succeed in achieving important political objectives for politicians and terrorists everywhere, including some in our own country.”
- Typically clear and excellent explanation from the Fed staff: “Monetizing the Debt“, Daniel L. Thornton (VP), Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 19 May 2010
- More stories from DC bars about the Gulf oil spill: “White House Covers Up Menacing Oil Blob“, Wayne Madsen (of the Wayne Madsen Report), OilPrice, 19 May 2010 — Such tales are seldom correct, but often fun. Pity the people who believe what folks like Madsen say.
- The short answer is “no”. “Putting the Pentagon on a Diet – Will Bad Times and a Bad Economy Finally Discipline the Pentagon?“, Christopher Hellman, 20 May 2010
- The dream lives! We can manipulate the world. “It Takes the Villages – Bringing Change From Below in Afghanistan” Seth G. Jones, Book review in Foreign Affairs, May/June 2010