Random Links IX

Growth via Energy Conservation:

http://peakoildebunked.blogspot.com/2009/02/394-conservation-stimulates-economy.html

Tradeable Oil Rationing:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114946588448771080.html

I wonder if we could apply a similar system to oil tariffs.  Methinks it might be even easier to do, since there’d be fewer buyers & sellers to deal with, which would presumably make enforcement easier.

Eyes & London CCTV: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/opinion/03Judson.html

Breastfeeding & Contraceptionhttp://lti-blog.blogspot.com/2008/06/what-if-breastfeeding-kills-serge.html

Considering the popularity of breastfeeding among many orthodox Catholics, it would be very ironic if breastfeeding did indeed turn out to suppress fertility via the same mechanism as some contraceptives (i.e., by preventing implantation).

Exercise Drughttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-07/hhmi-rid072808.php

Nudges & libertarian paternalismhttp://www.volokh.com/posts/chain_1208524389.shtml

(No, that’s not an oxymoron; I actually find the idea quite interesting.)

Chain Gun of the Futurehttp://tinyurl.com/5srhl8

China & Africa:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1036105/How-Chinas-taking-Africa-West-VERY-worried.html#

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3319909.ece

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1063198/PETER-HITCHENS-How-China-created-new-slave-empire-Africa.html#

Contraception & Society:

Con:  http://www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=6262

Pro:  http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/07/magazine/07contraception.html

Water Megaprojectshttp://waterwars.wordpress.com/2006/12/02/a-brief-history-of-the-great-recycling-and-northern-development-grand-canal-project/

http://aquadoc.typepad.com/waterwired/2008/01/kennedy-to-cana.html

I occasionally think about these whenever I read about actual or impending water shortages in parts of the US.

The nature of glasshttp://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/science/29glass.html

Novel Maritime Propulsionhttp://www.networkworld.com/community/node/37596

Wonder if this may have military applications….

Chinese growth & the world food supplyhttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-01/uol-ioc012109.php

Good thing the Export Administration Act (*) is still on the books.  One day we might need to restrict food exports IOT stave off domestic food inflation.

(*) See 50 USC app. 2401 et seq, and particularly sec. 2402(2)(C) and 2405.

Parenting studieshttp://chronicle.com/free/v55/i20/20b00501.htm

Maybe the next generation isn’t quite screwed.

Nature v Nurturehttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/magazine/11Genome-t.html

“Juno” in Real Lifehttp://aleksandreia.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/we-watched-the-movie-juno-tonight/

Marines Anonymoushttp://www.clubavalanche.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5134&

Evaluating geoengineering proposalshttp://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16495-most-effective-climate-engineering-solutions-revealed.html

(It’s interesting how geoengineering – i.e., reversing global warming not by cutting greenhouse emissions, but by actively engineering the world’s climate – has gone from fringe to mainstream over the last few years.)

Simple House:

Article:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/16/AR2009011602401.html

Clark/Laura Chat Transcript:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/01/21/DI2009012102496_pf.html

(For those who don’t know, Clark Massey’s an acquaintance of mine.  I’m told this article, while wrong on a couple of details, is generally on the mark.)

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