Assorted Links (7/20/2013)

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

After Autism Scare, Measles Plague Erupts

“An outbreak of measles in southwest Wales presents a cautionary tale about the limits of disease control. Measles can quickly cross oceans, setting back progress elsewhere in stopping it.”

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

“Directed by Morgan Neville. With Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Darlene Love. Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.”  I highly recommend this movie. Among other things, the movie chronicles the very deep impact that gospel music has had upon popular music over the course of the past 40-50 years…

A Bombshell in the IRS Scandal

“A higher office is implicated, Peggy Noonan writes.” Evidence of a “smoking gun”, presented in sworn testimony which apparently points to the IRS chief counsel…

Trying to attract the young? Churches should change carefully and wisely

“When I came back to church after a faith crisis in my early 20s, the first one I attended regularly was a place called Praxis. It was the kind of church where the young, hip pastor hoisted an infant into his arms and said with sincerity, “Dude, I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”” 

Civil Liberties and Security in an Age of Terrorism

I highly recommend watching this recorded program, which asks (and provides answers to) the following questions: 1) Could the eye-opening reports on the government’s accessing all phone and electronic communications along with the reaction to the Boston Bombing be setting into motion a chain of events of ominous significance? 2) What should Americans be most concerned about?

Magazine’s Startlingly Provocative Cover

Business Week Magazine routinely sexualizes its cover photo, but this week they really went over the top with what HuffPo calls “Bloomberg Businessweek’s Extremely Phallic Cover”…

Milton Friedman Quotes at

“So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”

U.S. Seen Losing to China as World Leader

“A poll shows more people say China will eclipse the U.S. as a world power.”

Should Colleges Charge Engineering Students More?

“Why does a student majoring in English have to pay the same tuition as an engineering student who has much higher future earning potential?”

The Road to Serfdom

Hayek’s famous tract entitled “The Road to Serfdom” in cartoon form; cartoons shown were originally published in Look Magazine, and were reproduced for this video from a booklet published by the General Motors Corporation in their ‘Thought Starter’ series (no. 118). Soundtrack by Samuel Barber (Adagio for Strings, Opus 11)…

A Jobless Recovery Is a Phony Recovery

“In The Wall Street Journal, Mortimer Zuckerman says that more people have left the workforce than got a new job during the recovery—by a factor of nearly three.”  Mr. Zuckerman, who is the chairman and editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report, parses the data for us and finds some very alarming and disturbing facts about the “jobless” recovery…

Race, Politics and the Zimmerman Trial: The left wants to blame black criminality…

“In The Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley writes that the left wants to blame black criminality on racial animus and ‘the system,’ but blacks have long been part of running that system.”

Union Letter: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health and Wellbeing’ of Workers

“The leaders of three major U.S. unions say that unless changes are made, the Affordable Care Act will harm “the backbone of the American middle class”.”

The 2016 Disability Insurance Time Bomb

“In June, 11 million Americans collected benefits, up from 2.7 million in 1970. The 75-year unfunded liability: $40 trillion.”

Why the President’s ObamaCare Maneuver May Backfire

“David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey write that by postponing the employer mandate, President Obama has given millions of Americans the legal standing to sue.”

Why is so much oil carried by train?

“A DEVASTATING explosion flattened dozens of buildings in Lac-Mégantic, a small town in Quebec, on July 6th. Fifty people are feared to have died when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, creating a fireball that left the town centre looking like a “war zone”.

Pursuing Further Legal Action Against Zimmerman Would Be Tough

“The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin has prompted some calls for further legal action, but there are significant obstacles to pursing the case in the federal or civil courts.”

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