Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday links

New York Times columnist (and prominent economist) Paul Krugman on "Libertarian Fantasies." Another Times columnist, Tyler Cowen, comments on the piece. Krugman appears to me to miss the point -- a basic income guarantee, like guaranteed health coverage, makes sure everyone gets help.

The government wants to take away an older woman's money because, well, it's the government.

Celebrities explain what they are reading this summer.  "I was a little kid when KLF were releasing music. I always wondered why the term Mu Mu kept cropping up in their chart hits. For a child from Nigeria, it sounded a lot like a word we used to call people stupid. Then a few years later, I heard they burned a million pounds on an island somewhere and was even more confused. I hope John Higgs helps me get to the bottom of this whole thing."

New science fiction anthology inspired by Neal Stephenson. 

When James Joyce went to Africa on a word hunting safari. I think it was Brian Eno who said that the problem with computers is that they don't have enough Africa in them.






2 comments:

Bobby Campbell said...

After watching the #ferguson thing explode on twitter last night I thought/hoped the story would be everywhere this morning, but it seems to be moving somewhat slowly...

Just to help it along a bit:

The Militarization of U.S. Police: Finally Dragged Into the Light by the Horrors of Ferguson - By Glenn Greenwald

Bobby Campbell said...

Ah link didn't work:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/08/14/militarization-u-s-police-dragged-light-horrors-ferguson/