Assorted Links (2/1/2014)

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

Nina Munk on Poverty, Development, and the Idealist

www.econtalk.org

Nina Munk provides a very interesting case study on how the road to hell is often paved with very good intentions indeed! Here’s the quote from EconTalk: “Nina Munk, journalist and author of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book. Munk spent six years following Jeffrey Sachs and the evolution of the Millennium Villages…”

Obama Seeks to Borrow More from Poor, Middle Class

online.wsj.com

“President unveils new plan to finance government; declares climate change “a fact.””

Obama’s State of the Union’s Most Despicable Moment: Using Wounded Vets as Props

reason.com

“The most emotionally powerful moment in Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was also its most morally dubious.”

State of the Union 2014

www.youtube.com

“The Cato Institute’s annual State of the Union response video features a number of prominent Cato scholars who analyze the President’s address, highlighting inaccuracies, flawed logic, and even the occasional positive remark.”

New Snowden Revelation: NSA, GCHQ Look Through Apps To Find Personal Data

reason.com

“The efforts were part of an initiative called “the mobile surge.””

A Victory for the Little Sisters Against the ObamaCare Birth-Control Mandate

online.wsj.com

“The Supreme Court suspends ObamaCare’s birth-control mandate for the order of nuns, the Wall Street Journal writes in an editorial.”

More Imperfect Unions

www.nytimes.com

“Marriage in America has been on the decline, but there is little honest talk about the root causes.”

So What Was The Point of Obamacare Again?

www.nationalreview.com

“The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that the uninsured haven’t been rushing to sign up for insurance under Obamacare.”

‘Hand of God’ spotted by NASA space telescope

www.nbcnews.com

“Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the “Hand of God.””

Obama’s polls fall as middle class gets his number

washingtonexaminer.com

“Are you dazed and confused by Barack Obama, the nominal Democrat, whose conduct as president since 2009 has seen him sink from nearly 70 percent to 40 percent or less in the national polling, from which he has seemed to learn nothing, but still marches on?”

Bill Gates on minimum wage hikes

overlawyered.com

“The Microsoft founder “warned against raising the minimum wage Tuesday on Morning Joe, saying it results in a ‘huge tradeoff’ that can adversely affect households in poverty.””

Inequality Fallacies

www.nationalreview.com

“The Left gets the facts wrong on economic and racial disparities.” Repeat after me: correlation is not causation…

Aetna could be forced out of Obamacare: CEO

www.cnbc.com

Here’s an update on the so-called insurance death spiral: “Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini tells CNBC that Obamacare has failed to attract the uninsured, and he offered a scenario in which the insurance company could be forced to pull out of program.”

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