MONDAY MORNING RAMBLE: Because Monday I have last Friday on my mind
Yes, I’m sure you missed my regular ramble last Friday. So here are some links to stories and shows around the world of the internet to make it harder to do your work on a wet Monday morning, but much easier to understand why you should.
- Cartoon characters explain Ben Bernanke. [Hat tip Scott P]
QE2 Explained by Cartoon Characters – D V O R A K U N C E N S O R E D
- Robert Higgs fisks Ben Bernanke.
Notes on Bernanke’s Apologia for QE2 - Robert Higgs, I N D E P E N D E N T I N S T I T U T E
- In the wake of the ongoing collapse of Bretton Woods II, World Bank president Robert Zoellick called for a “managed” gold standard last week. Richard Ebeling explains why his call should be taken seriously.
A Return to the Gold Standard – Richard Ebeling, N O R T H W O O D U N I V E R S I T Y
- But Zoellick’s “managed” gold standard would leave all the gold in the hands of government. Constitutional lawyer, historian and scholar Edwin Vieira agrees the world urgently needs the sound money of a gold standard, but insists it must be one that leaves gold coins in the pockets of workers. It’s really all or nothing for financial freedom.
A Cross of Gold – E dwin Vieira, G . A . T . A
- My thanks to economist Alntal Fekete for the above story, the man sometimes called “the Einstein of Money,” to whom I listened with rapt attention over the weekend (right), and will again this week at his Auckland Symposium on sound money.
Auckland: Symposium on Sound Money - Louis Boulanger
- “We are seeing a steady erosion of fundamental legal protections in New Zealand and a parallel increase in the powers of the police and other state agencies.” And they all claim to speak for “the public good.” Bet you didn’t know which long-dead French philosopher is ultimately to blame.
Rousseau and the right to silence
– M A N D E N O M U S I N G S
- Tim Black explains why the British housing industry is in ruins. There are lessons here to which our own central planners are blind, blind, blind.
Why the housing industry is in ruins – S P IK E D
- Measuring the Stimulunacy: Just another reason it didn’t work, and can’t: “Not all jobs are created equal. It cost more than $500,000 in economic stimulus funds to create a single highway construction job…”
Tracking the stimulus: Some jobs cost more to create – U S A T O D A Y
- The Gulf of Mexico oil spill was the best thing for fish stock since … well, ever!
Oils spills versus fishing – O F S E T T I N G B E H A V I O U R
- As we approach the next financial crisis—the one the central bankers are making more necessary—it’s worth watching (again) this ‘Four Corners’ special that appeared on Australian television back in August.
- Reader Berend sent me a link to this programme that aired in Britain on Thursdau, made by ‘Great Global Warming Swindle’ maker Martin Durkin (who must surely feel vindicated now the warmist consensus has started collapsing), saying it’s the “best economics 101 video for today, very funny, very entertaining, very educational.”
This week American travellers “enjoyed” the introduction of pervert-cam and forced fisking. Here’s one liberal who got mugged by the thugs.
- I’ve discovered the VERY best way to make yourself immune to Christopher Hitchens. It’s to read his memoirs. Spend a few days in the company of the smug git, who could name-drop for England, and you’re left unwilling to spend any more time in his company ever again.
Hitch-22 is more interesting for what it leaves out – S P I K E D
- Russia today is looking the same politically as it did under the Czar. After seven years in prison for the crime of being successful, the former owner of Yukos—who watched his business nationalised by Putin’s goons from his cell—finally gets his day in court before being shipped to today’s Gulag. “Says he:"Here and now the fate of every citizen of our country is being decided.”
‘The Fate of Every Citizen Is Being Decided’ – N E W Y O R K T I M E S
- "The Day The Internet Threw A Righteous Hissyfit About Copyright And Pie" [hat tip PaulB] http://n.pr/cWHHAx
- I’ve been telling you this for years, but if you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe these archaeologists:
Beer Lubricated the Rise of Civilization, Study Suggests – L I V E S C I E N C E
[Hat tip Ian J.
- Australia’s ABC radio’s Classical Music Station just ran a listener’s poll on their top 100 classical pieces. No Wagner, no Verdi, and they’ve voted a piece of shopping music into number four, but it’s a pretty good top three, and if you’re new to classical music and want to explore more, it might be useful to start exploring what spins other folks’ wheels.
The Classic 100 – A B C C L A S S I C F M
- All this talk about “multiculturalism.” Does everyone really know what multiculturalism means?
Multiculturalism Gone Wild [PODCAST] – Alex Epstein, J E S S E L E E P E T E R S O N S H O W
- More stupid stories that become news: Irish PriceWaterhouse employees rank female employees. Story goes viral. Check out the story (and the top ten skirt-wearers).
The 'Top 10' Office Email That's Scandalizing Ireland – G A W K E R
- The great H. L, Mencken explains how to perpetrate a scholastic urban myth.
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub – C U L T U R E J A M M I N G
- Peikoff speaks. And so does Yaron.
Peikoff vs an ARI Board Member - L E N A R D P E I K O F F
Dear ARI supporter:... - A . R . I .
People react all over.
- Bye bye Dim Post. We didn’t always agree, but I almost always laughed.
This rough magic I here abjure - D I M P O S T
- Important news for Burger users.
The Truth Behind the Everlasting Happy Meal: Burgers That Size Don't Rot
– G I Z M O D O
- Good people die, while others who should have don’t…
Polish composer Henryk Gorecki dies at the age of 76 – B B C
Meanwhile, ”according to Stuff: Phil Collins has contemplated killing himself, and would always pick an option that "didn't hurt". I so identify with this story. I too have contemplated killing Phil Collins..”
We Came So Close To Losing Phil Collins – I M P E R A T O R F I S H
- How do great artists become great? Ask Stephen Hicks.
More on how great artists become great - S T E P H E N H I C K S
- Two comedians do Michael Caine at three paces.
- And finally pinched from Lindsay Mitchell (who I have to thank again for an excellent presentation at the Libz conference)… this was said over one hundred years ago but people still don't get it:
“I'd rather that England should be free than
that England should be compulsorily sober.
With freedom we might in the end attain sobriety, but
in the other alternative we should eventually lose
both freedom and sobriety.”
— W.C. Magee, Archbishop of York, Sermon to Peterborough