Thursday, March 24, 2011


ThinkQuarterly, a magazine on data from Google. Haven’t read; sure it’s good.

Unfortunate tales of overregulation: “What happens when doctors think outside of the box.”

Egypt has created a new law to criminalize protests and strikes.

The Economist opposes the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

An interesting review of an interesting book called The Globalization Paradox, of which this serves as a nice summary:
His new book, The Globalization Paradox, is simply the best recent treatment of the globalization dilemma that I've read, by an economist or anyone else. The paradox of his title is the fact that markets need states, but states are weakened, perhaps fatally, as globalization advances. When they promote ever deeper globalization, economists undermine the very markets they cherish as well as the state's capacity to reflect the democratic wishes of its citizens.

Ah: harsh justice for a Wall Street thief. (read for punchline).

Portugal’s borrowing costs are up to new heights.

More Chinese smartphones coming to the U.S.

On superbugs in LA—this one, Klebsiella pneumoniae is responsible for at least 350 cases in LA County, is one about which I’ve linked to before—but this line is, ah, interesting:
Terashita concluded that CRKP was more common in Los Angeles County than public health officials had thought (possibly because cases had not been reported accurately), that hospitals need to do a better job of reporting infections and that healthcare facilities need to raise awareness about the bug to prevent the spread of infection.
Fortunately it hasn’t really spread outside of the clinical setting but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

Speaking of virulent diseases: get ready for H5N1 coming from…Mexico again.

Foreign Policy is quite good on “Arrival Cities” where emigrants from villages settle.

Central America the new battlefield for drugs (Costa Rica, which doesn’t have a standing army, is particularly vulnerable.)

Republican insurance commissioner in Kansas unusually receptive to health care reform.

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