Assorted Links (9/23/2009)

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


Financial Crisis

  • Bank Pay Controls Aren’t the Answer, by Andy Kessler

Wall Street Journal: “It was leverage, not a ‘thirst’ for risk, that toppled the financial system.”

Health Care Reform

New York Times: “Researchers calculated that if deaths due to smoking were excluded, the United States would rise to the top half of the rankings for developed countries.”

Foreign Policy

  • Obama and the Politics of Concession, by Mark Helprin

Wall Street Journal: “Iran and Russia put Obama to the test last week, and he blinked twice.”

Public Policy

Wall Street Journal: “Americans believe Washington squanders half of every tax dollar.”


  • Lottery Math 101, by Carl Bialik