Assorted Links (9/30/2010)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading (and videos that I have been viewing) lately:

Chinese Company’s Device Turns IPod Into IPhone – Video

“Bloomberg’s Margaret Conley reports on Yosion Technology’s Apple Peel 520. A Chinese company is trying to overcome copyright restrictions before releasing a device that can provide Apple Inc.’s iPod Touch with iPhone functions.”

Review & Outlook: Department of Disinformation

“The Wall Street Journal on Kathleen Sebelius’s North Carolina fairy tale.” This is the WSJ’s followup to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s WSJ article from yesterday entitled “Health Insurers Finally Get Some Oversight” (see, which helps provide some context…

The Pelosi-Reid Deficits

“In The Wall Street Journal, Steve Moore says to blame Congress, not presidents Bush or Obama, for our perilous fiscal situation.”

Review & Outlook: Blaming the Voters

“The Wall Street Journal writes that Democrats embrace the Chris Farley school of political motivation.”

Europe’s Social Safety Net and the Jobless U.S. Recovery

“If the United States expands its social safety net, Americans might enjoy some of the European lifestyle, or recover the jobs lost during this recession, but not both, an economist writes.”

Why Obama Needs Fox News

“…it would be far worse for Obama if there was no Fox News, because then he’d only have the American people to get mad at. There is no Republican adversary right now, and without Fox News–who’s left?”

Obama Calls Fox News a `Destructive’ Channel –

The president tells Rolling Stone that Fox News promotes a point of view that is “destructive” to the growth of the United States.

Obama Rolling Stone interview: three awesome bits

Yes, yes, President Obama talks about plans for energy policy and so forth in his interview with Rolling Stone magazine. But the intriguing bits include attitudes about … his socks?

Social Media Revolution 2

Social Media Revolution 2 is a refresh of the original video with new and updated social media & mobile statistics that are hard to ignore.

2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Pool

Every year in early October the Nobel Prize Committee honors a few select individuals who have made tremendous contributions to science and society. Shortly afterwards they hand out a prize in Economics. Continuing an annual tradition, the Harvard Department of Economics is hosting the world’s most accurate prediction market—The Nobel Pool.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll – Rasmussen Reports


“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 29% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14 (see trends)… Only 34% of voters believe last year’s economic stimulus plan helped the economy. A plurality holds the opposite view.”

America in an Age of Open Field Politics

“This year’s Republican success will likely prove to be no more permanent than the 2006–2008 Democratic successes were.”