Assorted Links (10/20/2009)

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

Economics and the Financial Crisis

“We can solve the too-big-to-fail problem without losing the benefits of a global financial system.”

“The ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’ (ARRA), was rushed through Congress on the grounds that fast-acting and temporary measures were needed to counteract the recession… All told, the Obama administration’s budget seeks to make at least 37% of ARRA’s spending and tax cuts permanent on an annual basis.”

Game Theory

  • Fair division in homeowner association fees, by Presh Talwalkar


  • Saturn at equinox, from the Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” blogsite

“Checking in with NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, our current emissary to Saturn, some 1.5 billion kilometers (932 million miles) distant from Earth, we find it recently gathering images of the Saturnian system at equinox. During the equinox, the sunlight casts long shadows across Saturn’s rings, highlighting previously known phenomena and revealing a few never-before seen images. Cassini continues to orbit Saturn, part of its extended Equinox Mission, funded through through September 2010. A proposal for a further extension is under consideration, one that would keep Cassini in orbit until 2017, ending with a spectacular series of orbits inside the rings followed by a suicide plunge into Saturn on Sept. 15, 2017. (previously: 1, 2, 3). (23 photos total)”


“Congress should consider the costs before passing ‘cap and trade.’”

  • Does Obama Believe in Human Rights?, by Bret Stephens

“Human rights “interfere” with President Obama’s campaign against climate change.