Saturday, August 21, 2010


Chinese journalists face harassment for doing random acts of journalism.

India’s population time bomb:
… With almost 1.2 billion people, India is disproportionately young; roughly half the population is younger than 25. This “demographic dividend” is one reason some economists predict that India could surpass China in economic growth rates within five years. India will have a young, vast work force while a rapidly aging China will face the burden of supporting an older population.

But if youth is India’s advantage, the sheer size of its population poses looming pressures on resources and presents an enormous challenge for an already inefficient government to expand schooling and other services. In coming decades, India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous nation, and the critical uncertainty is just how populous it will be. Estimates range from 1.5 billion to 1.9 billion people, and Indian leaders recognize that that must be avoided.
Pivoting from India to China—it’s not really well known, but China has a somewhat old population; moreover, it’s a population that’s heavily skewed towards males due to the one-child policy, which should lead to a very interesting, very weird culture in ten or fifteen years’ time.

Is the most ecofriendly food you can buy at Wal*Mart?

Is the solution to the mortgage market an FDIC-like entity?

What will happen if you piss off a TV writer? (NOTE: to be honest, similar fates can befall you if you piss off any writer. NOTE THE SECOND: I’m a writer. NOTE THE THIRD: I’m sure you can put two and two together.)

How Wall Street is trying to manipulate derivatives rules.

Of Game Theory and Snooki.

A London gangster’s artistic stylings go up for auction.

The trend of crunching data continues: how the LAPD crunches data to predict crime.

Why has the Darfur situation disappeared (from our consciousness)?

Was the Alaska Purchase a good deal?

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