News from around the web: 2009-10-26

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  • Homeowners walking away from underwater mortgages – MiamiHerald.com

    Strategic default on the rise.

  • Economics and Moral Courage – Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

    Anecdote contrasting von Mises and Hans Meyer

  • Government Porkfare Is No Way to End Recession: Caroline Baum – Bloomberg.com

    "not all spending is created equal"

  • FT Alphaville- Break-ING up is so hard to do

    The bancassurance model is dead (at Citi too)

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  • Chinese railways and speculating pig farmers

    Stimulus malinvestment in China

  • FT.com – Google’s Android takes on Apple

    "Since its introduction a year ago on one device with one carrier, Android has come a long way. It is used on 12 handsets with 32 carriers in 26 countries."

  • Rolfe Winkler – #100….and counting (+ charts)

    Nice video and charts. Take a look.

  • Nouriel Roubini: Big Crash Coming

    He’s not saying immediately. But eventually, yes.

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  • Patchwork Fixes, Conflicting Motives, And Other Things To Avoid: Some Lessons From the Regulated Non-Financial Sectors « The Baseline Scenario

    Thoughts on how to build consensus for a more constructive regulatory reform effort.

  • Dissenting from the Conservative Othodoxy on Taxes – Bruce Bartlett

    He is certainly breaking ranks now

  • Video – Deadly Day in Baghdad – WSJ.com

    "Two suicide bombs in Baghdad, Iraq kill more than 130 people and wound over 500 in one of the deadliest days in Iraq this year. Video courtesy of Reuters."

  • Health care: U.S. spends more, gets less

    See the graph on life expectancy vs. expenditure

  • Snapshots: Health Care Spending in the United States and OECD Countries – Kaiser Family Foundation

    Switzerland and the U.S. diverge after 1980

  • Free Trade in Health Care: The Gains from Globalized Medicare and Medicaid – CEPR

    Interesting premise worthy of discussion

  • Economist’s View: "The Roots of Protectionism in the Great Depression"

    "Those countries that clung to the gold standard were more likely to restrict trade than those that abandoned it. "

  • How to turn pig poo into green power – New Scientist

    Turn the poo from toxic pollutant to energy source

  • Color Differences Within And Between Species Have Common Genetic Origin

    A specific gene may be responsible for differences

    Distraction of the Day: 6-year-old duct-taped at school

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