Random Links III

Splitting States:

http://www.fcpp.org/main/publication_detail.php?PubID=1134

http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2006/04/the_great_state.html

I occasionally wonder if this would be such a bad thing.

World War III in 1957:

http://www.johnreilly.info/ww3.htm

http://johnreilly.info/ww3a.htm

Compare with:  http://www.changingthetimes.net/samples/coldwar/an_alternate_suez_outcome.htm (’56 Suez crisis goes nuclear)

Mortgage Backed Securities Explained:

http://calculatedrisk.blogspot.com/2007/04/mbs-for-ubernerds-i-gse-pass-throughs.html

http://calculatedrisk.blogspot.com/2007/04/mbs-for-ubernerds-ii-remics-dogs-tails.html

http://calculatedrisk.blogspot.com/2007/05/mbs-for-ubernerds-iii-credit-risk.html

Everything you ever wanted to know about those mortgage securities that’ve been gumming up the works.

Geopolitics of Mexican Immigrationhttp://junkpolitics.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/04/04/george-friedman-of-stratfor-on-mexican-immigration.html

…and the costs:  http://www.city-journal.org/html/12_2_do_we_want.html, http://www.city-journal.org/html/17_1_mexifornia.html

…and the possible dangers:  http://www.miamiherald.com/news/columnists/andres_oppenheimer/story/295183.html

…and why the fourth link, re “Hispanic Intifada”, would be a _very_ dumb move for amnesty advocates:  http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YjAxMTcwZDlkNjY2NmJlNzZmNGYyMjM0Yzk3ZDQ3YmY=

Immigration & Home Values:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-hubbell_03edi.ART.State.Edition1.3e597bc.html

http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2007/05/home-and-illegal-immigration.html

Why campaign finance reform is a dumb ideahttp://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/734501.html

Civil-Military Gap:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/09/AR2007110901569_pf.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0108/p09s01-coop.html

I still sometimes wonder if we’re really at war.

(OTOH, see also this:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/14/AR2008031403388_pf.html)

Synthetic Stem Cells:

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2007/1120/1

Why you shouldn’t go to law schoolhttp://lawandletters.blogspot.com/2007/11/why-you-shouldnt-go-to-law-school.html

Misguided Idealistshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/01/AR2007110102675_pf.html

…Which is what you get for pursuing useless degrees instead of doing something productive, e.g., a degree in a technical or professional field.  Talk about misappropriation of talent.

Fishing for Submarineshttp://www.defencetalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-1517.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2005/aug/11/thisweekssciencequestions

Related:  Torpedo nets:  http://www.gwpda.org/naval/nets.htm

Something to consider when seeking to defend our harbors against, e.g., a nuclear torpedo fired from offshore, or covert nuclear bombing of the same via submersibles carrying a nuke & a suicide crew.

Security & profiling: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/08/23/what_israeli_security_could_teach_us/

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1173879148913&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter

Whence Palestinian Refugeeshttp://volokh.com/posts/1196317155.shtml

Why the gold standard is a dumb idea: http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/09/theres_gold_in_them_thar_stand.php

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