evhead: The Way We Eat Now — great article on the sad state of the American diet.
Hear hear — BuzzMachine… by Jeff Jarvis — No, when and if government employees find a threat against America, they should go and with dispatch stomp it out.
The last thing we need is for them to have to go meet with the President. They are and should be empowered by the law to take action.
Not just government employees — it is the job of every citizen to fight for our rights, to build the economy, to defend our country, etc. None of us should sit back and wait for the government to fix every problem out there.
Interesting study at Marginal Revolution: Income inequality over time:
War and other disruptions appear to damage capital income more than labor income. If that is the case, a healthy and peaceful society might have increasing income inequality. In other words, if we are lucky, income inequality will increase even more.
Senators are really good at stock-picking — nice find from Raymond Chen. As the comments point out, the causality here is not totally clear. Though a strong suggestion that Senators benefit from their position.
Now I thought that Presidents put all their assets into trust when they were elected — should not US Senators do the same?
Economic Scene: U.S. Is a Case Study in Free Trade — interesting article. Basically says that we have had free trade within the US for a century+, and that the primary effect has been to pull the income levels of the poorer regions up. The richer regions have not suffered significantly. And that we can draw a lesson from this as we consider globalization.
Hack the Planet: — The EURion constellation — hmm the new US $20s have this. And I didn’t know that Photoshop and other apps also won’t let you scan and play with currency. I guess this is good tho it is a little surprising/nervewracking that the government has its hands in software and devices without our knowledge.
Kerry’s Call for Energy Independence — i never blog on political issues but this one struck me as just odd. Why all the hoopla over oil? What about electronics independence, or timber, or food, or any other good we happen to import? And do we think more government involvement in the energy market will make it more efficient? And do the numbers even work out, could we realistically and economically ever be energy independent? I just think this is a weird platform plank to pin your hopes on. It may be a good thing to do but it has no emotional resonance with me.
ProfessorBainbridge.com: My Results: SelectSmart.com 2004 Presidential Candidate Selector — interesting. I tried it and Kerry also came up very high for me. I have no idea what algorithm the site is really using, and it seems to focus on general platform statements versus demonstrated behaviour, but a useful tool nonetheless.
A New Kind of Revolution in the Dorms of Dartmouth — wow, when I went to college, longdistance was EXPENSIVE and something I had to be careful about. Now our kids are going to grow up basically viewing it as free, as a right.
Regular column from the NYTimes charting the weeks most popular media — Digital Downloads Decline — yet again showing how out of touch I am with pop culture. This weeks illuminating fact — I don’t own a single one of these CDs, nor do I visit any of the most sticky websites.
Dana is concerned about the US falling behind China and China becoming the dominant world power — he even calls them the “enemy” at points. I don’t know. From a nationalistic point of view I guess I can see his point, but as a human being, I have a hard time getting upset about the largest population in the world taking on a larger role in the world.
Rael hates the large pickups on the road and points to stats published by the NYTimes about their impact on others in collisions. I don’t love the system we have on our highways, but as long as there are large trucks and pickups on the highway, I personally am not going to put my family at a big mass disadvantage. I’d love it if we all rode bikes everywhere in our society but we don’t.
Michael Winser points to this great site — Social Security’s Office of the Chief Actuary — all kinds fo tables and data about baby names. I am sad to see that “John” seems to be in freefall over the past century — It was #1 in the first decade of the 1900s but is slowly trending downward over the last decade. I hope that I have not been a negative influence on new parents.
S.U.V. Owners Fight Back — We drive SUVs in large part because we want the laws governing momentum to play out in our favor in an accident — delta-V is a bad thing for your body. I don’t love having all these big vehicles on the road but I am not going to unilaterally compromise my family’s safety to support a principle. Now I would love to see us as a society remove big heavy vehicles, including semi-trucks, from passenger vehicle roadways, but I am not holding my breath.