College edition: http://accounting.smartpros.com/x64268.xml
High school edition: http://www.ednews.org/articles/10474/1/Unemployment-Training-The-Ideology-of-Non-Work-Learned-in-Urban-Schools/Page1.html
“Smart Guns” vs. EMP:
George Friedman on “The Next Hundred Years”:
Partisanship & Blindness:
I learned this lesson – the non-correlation of ideology with decency & character – back in college, when I learned how to be friends with those whom I strongly disagreed with.
Private Student Loan Problems:
1. Better disclosure requirements. E.g., a Truth-in-Lending box as with credit cards. Include max. possible interest rate, a plot of the index rate over the last few decades (giving a student some idea of just how high rates could go); whether the loan is fixed or adjustable rate; etc.
2. A class to all potential student borrowers re. fixed vs. adjustable rate, compound interest, amortization, how to calculate monthly payments, how payments break down into principal & interest, etc. Also on the differences between federal & private student loans.
If these students are smart enough to get into college, they’re smart enough to understand amortization calculations.
Drought & Civil Conflict:
No civilization is more than three meals away from collapse.
ID’ing genes responsible for the Spanish flu’s lethality:
Scientific evidence of Everlasting Love:
Two things I found notable:
1) The cynicism of the researchers (cynicism, I might add, that I’d probably share in the absence of countervailing evidence); and 2) the fact that the researchers’ cynicism was proven wrong (at least for this particular sample).
State & local tax progressivity:
(Something to remember next time Republicans/conservatives/libertarians point out how progressive the federal tax system is.)
http://www.all-creatures.org/humor/dogcatdiary.html (And yet I prefer cats – go figure.)
Why we need more toll roads:
FHLB Downfall: http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2009/01/federal-home-loan-bank-of-seattle.html
Legitimizing Myths: http://www.jerrypournelle.com/alt.mail/altmail5.html#myth
Gun Buybacks as Gun Owner Subsidy:
“Gun buybacks are a great subsidy to gun owners. Everyone has a junker or two that’s beyond repair and unsalable. You can still get $50-100 for it! […] A gun dealer sold all his junkers to his employees, and they went around turning them in, and netting a nice profit as their bonus.” Heh.
Innocence + Wrongful Conviction = Harsher Sentence: