Assorted Links (6/8/2010)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading lately:

Bob Doll: The Bullish Case for U.S. Equities –


“In the Wall Street Journal Bob Doll of BlackRock writes that even though America faces long-term problems, our economy is making extraordinary improvements, especially compared to Europe.”

Daniel Klein: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? –


“In The Wall Street Journal, Daniel B. Klein writes that self-identified liberals and Democrats do badly on questions of basic economics.”

Cliff Notes: The President’s Carnegie Mellon economic speech|


“Last Wednesday the President spoke about the economy at Carnegie Mellon University. Administration officials billed this as a major economic address, the follow-up to his speech last April at Georgetown. …”

Remembering D-Day, 66 years ago – The Big Picture –


“Yesterday was June 6th, the 66th anniversary of the successful 1944 Allied invasion of France. Several operations were combined to carry out the largest amphibious invasion in history – over 160,000 troops landed on June 6th, assisted by over 5,000 ships, aerial bombardment, gliders and paratroopers…”

Eliot Cohen: With Friends Like the United States . . . –


“Eliot A. Cohen writes in The Wall Street Journal that President Obama’s foreign policy approach has emboldened America’s adversaries and unnerved its allies.”

Even Technologists Can’t Predict the Future –


“Information Age columnist Gordon Crovitz reports on The Wall Street Journal’s annual All Things Digital Conference held in California last week.”

Richard Florida: Homeownership Is Overrated –


“In The Wall Street Journal, Richard Florida says that government attempts to ratchet up the percentage of Americans owning homes is a mistake, and trap people who need to be able to move where the opportunities are. Today’s economy requires a more mobile workforce, he says.”

Fred Barnes: Does Obama Want the Congressional Democrats to Lose the Midterm Elections –


“In The Wall Street Journal, Fred Barnes says that a presidential pivot to the center (and re-election) would be easier without House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

The St. Petersburg Paradox: a flimsy critique of expectation theory by people who don’t know math or economics


“As someone who uses math and economics for a living, I come across many opposing arguments. There are always people who wish to prove to me economics is fundamentally flawed.”

The Federal Takeover of Journalism


“Yes, I know that sounds hyperbolic, but consider the title of a new discussion draft from the staff of the Federal Trade Commission…”

Does the Internet Make You Smarter? –


“Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky.”

Does the Internet Make You Dumber? –


“A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the Internet, with its constant distractions and interruptions, is turning us into scattered and superficial thinkers, says Nicholas Carr.”

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