- The NSA scandals have generated a lot of stories:*
- Can the government save us with surveillance?
- Even if they tried, is it even possible to know someone from surveillance?
- Forget the government, can the internet help us build reputations? Probably not
- Marginal revolution reviews the pros and cons of working as an academic economist. Far fewer PhDs are doing so -- despite a heavy bias towards the path of their advisers -- because the rewards (financial and professional) have weakened. This government economist describes the good life
- Related: Elsevier goes after academics who promote their research. Free information disrupts publisher profits but no water manager is going to pay $41.95 to read my paper on all-in-auctions. That's why I post all my papers on my site
- From my travel guide: "The divide between rich and poor in Colombia remains enormous. The wealthiest 10% of the country controls 45% of the country's wealth." In the US, the wealthiest 10% of the country controls 76% of the country's wealth. Scary, and somewhat depressing, given that politicians are part of that 10 percent. Calitalism will not fix this problem, so perhaps "socialist" Europe's idea of "free money" as a replacement for welfare and promoter of social harmony and individual progress will work? Not sure, but I'd rather be over there, where my taxes do not go to wars and millionaires.
- Coyote celebrates quitting a California county that strangled his business. He would sympathize with the "Garbage Warrior" -- a guy whose desire to build innovative housing in New Mexico was crushed by the planning department. Watch the documentary
H/T to BP