Smart Links 16 May 2012

Commentary on a really big controversy, joy of small cities, really radical, long bonds, realism and US foreign policy, and when you don’t like the scientific results cut the funding off.

That breastfeeding problem (and female anatomy in general).

New Yorker -- Overexposed: Breastfeeding in America
This week, Time magazine published on its cover a photograph of a woman breastfeeding a three-year-old, with the headline, “Are You Mom Enough?”

Related.

Iconic Photos -- The Birth of a Baby
By modern standards, the controversy over the above pictorial seems almost incomprehensible. Yet, when Life magazine decided to publish it on April 11st 1938, the magazine’s editors knew that it would be one of the biggest controversies of Life’s early years.

Related. Every society has their issues with this, Pdf below -- 'Edo Shunga'.

Fuji Arts -- Living Descent into a Burning Hell, 1825 by Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)

Where the jobs are.

New Geography -- Small Cities Are Becoming a New Engine Of Economic Growth
The conventional wisdom is that the world’s largest cities are going to be the primary drivers of economic growth and innovation.

President Obama’s decision to come out of the closet about gay marriage sparked this article about really revolutionary changes in the United States.

Atlantic -- The Most Radical Social Experiment in Modern History
Formulating a list of nominees is an interesting exercise. And it makes one thing clear: same sex marriage is nowhere near the top.

Martin Wolf explains why we are all like Japan now.

Financial Times -- The journey towards becoming Japan
On May 10 2012, the yield on the German 10-year bund was 1.44 per cent, on the US 10-year Treasury was 1.85 per cent and on the UK 10-year gilt was 1.9 per cent.

The advice to stay untangled in the affairs of other nations has largely gone unheeded by the United States. Pity.

Foreign Policy -- What if realists were in charge of U.S. foreign policy?
Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy has been largely run by a coalition of neoconservatives and liberal internationalists.

If there was ever a reason for political parties merging in Canada, this is it.

Globe and Mail -- Pushing carbon tax cost research agency its funding, Tories confirm
The federal government has confirmed what the rumour mill suspected: it shut down an arm’s length, independent advisory group because it didn’t like the advice it was getting on addressing climate change.

 

 

 

 

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