Assorted Links (6/20/2010)

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

The Benefits of the Financial Crisis –

“In an excerpt from Capitalism 4.0, Anatole Kaletsky says the financial crisis is leading to a new model of capitalism.”

The Case for Having More Kids –

“Social science says kids drain their parents’ happiness, but good parenting is less work and more fun than people think. Economist Bryan Caplan makes the case for having more children.”

CNBC’s Nesto Accuses Obama of Creating ‘His Own Sense of a Legal System’ –

“Reporter insists legal framework already in place to resolve oil spill claims, asks why White House has ‘a gun to the head’ of BP.”

Obamacare and its Impact on Doctors –

“Congress needs to start over with health-care reform and get it right.” 

Suspect Estimates of Sex Trafficking at the World Cup –

“Evidence to support an estimate suggesting that 40,000 sex workers could be trafficked into South Africa during the World Cup is scant, say researchers, and the real number is likely far smaller.”

Alan Greenspan: U.S. Debt and the Greece Analogy –

“In The Wall Street Journal, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says that we shouldn’t be fooled by today’s low interest rates. The government could very quickly discover the limits of its borrowing capacity.”

Ethnic attacks in Kyrgyzstan – The Big Picture –

“Beginning one week ago, thousands of young Kyrgyz men rampaged through parts of southern Kyrgyzstan with weapons and torches, attacking ethnic Uzbek neighborhoods, burning homes and stores, and, according to reports, beating, raping and killing Uzbek residents. … ”

Op-Ed Columnist – Trim the ‘Experts,’ Trust the Locals –

“The chaotic organization of the federal oil spill cleanup effort highlights the need for increased local control.”

Charles Krauthammer – Obama and the vision thing

“Obama is world-historical, the visionary, come to make oceans recede and the planet heal.”

Battle For The House Is This Close | The New Republic  

“If we project the 1994 loss probabilities onto the 2010 distribution of Democratic seats in terms of party strength and incumbency status, we would expect Democrats to lose 42 of their current seats in November. Since Democrats are given a good chance of picking up at least three current Republican seats (one each in …Hawaii and Louisiana and the at-large seat in Delaware), we would expect a net loss of 39 House seats, leaving Republicans with the narrowest possible majority: 218 seats to 217 for the Democrats.”

Pizza, Long-Distance Calls, and the End of Free Checking – Business – The Atlantic

“As a child of the 1980s, I have never paid for a bank account…”

Spending Binge, Part Deux –

“Stephen Moore writes in The Wall Street Journal that fiscal schizophrenia reigns in the White House.”

Predicting the Financial Crisis: A Q&A With Fault Lines Author Raghuram Rajan – Freakonomics Blog -.

“Rajan on the crisis.”

Home Ownership in the U.S.: Rethinking Big Part of the American Dream –

“The American approach to home ownership and mortgages needs to be reconsidered, as the dream of owning a home turns into a nightmare of debt and foreclosure for many.”

Environmentalists as Battered Spouses — The American, A Magazine of Ideas

“Greens keep returning to their abuser after another promise to do good, but nothing in President Obama’s oil spill speech should offer them any hope that the administration is really going to change.”

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