Assorted Links (8/24/2009)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Economics and Public Policy

  • The High Cost of Liberalism, by Pete du Pont
    WSJ: “Taxes too high? You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Health Care Reform

  • Obamacare’s Inevitable Logic, by John Stossel
  • The Competition Cure
    WSJ: “A better idea to make health insurance affordable everywhere.”
  • Obama vs. Mathematics, by Jagadeesh Gokhale and Kent Smetters
    Cato Institute: “Even a popular president like Barack Obama cannot win arguments against two forces: God and mathematics. While the president has openly shared his reverence for the former, he has decided to take on the latter. It’s a fight that he will lose.”

Math and Statistics

  • Using Math to Keep Pint Glasses Full, by Carl Bialik


  • Ghostly Companions, by Micheal Ybarra
    WSJ: “Survivors of extreme situations—on Everest and elsewhere—credit the help of a ‘third man’ who is not there.”
  • In flight, from the Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” blogsite
    Boston Globe: “Collected here are recent photographs of various flying machines in action or on display around the world.”

Political economy

  • A Doctrine of No Retreat, by George Will