Smart Links 24 May 2012
Commentary on how to buy happiness, India’s ID challenge, Japan’s blind spot, maybe devaluing the Euro can save it, silly state intervention, and where to draw the line.
New York Times -- The Right Way to Try to Buy Happiness
Money can’t buy happiness.
How India will create ID for everybody. Thanks to Jeremy of Tokyo.
BBC -- How can 1.2bn people be identified quickly?
With millions of people in India living in poverty, the government hopes that new technology behind the Aadhaar scheme will make it easier to help identify all those without official ID cards and struggling to receive assistance.
An old and terrible issue still haunts Korean-Japanese relations. Thanks to Ken of Tokyo/Hong Kong.
New York Times -- In New Jersey, Memorial for ‘Comfort Women’ Deepens Old Animosity
Two delegations of Japanese officials visited Palisades Park, N.J., this month with a request that took local administrators by surprise: The Japanese wanted a small monument removed from a public park.
A modest proposal to save the Euro.
Financial Times -- Devaluation – last option to save the euro
As debate about a Greek exit from the euro grows, the European crisis is reaching boiling point. There are three sources for the problems of Greece and other peripheral European nations.
The challenge of accommodation works in many directions. (ed’s note – not for the politically correct). Thanks to David of London.
Spectator -- I have come up with a way of disrupting all these mad employment tribunals
Rod Liddle says the case of Fata Lemes — a Muslim woman who claimed her dignity had been ‘violated’ by the dress she had to wear in a cocktail bar — is sadly typical of a crazy institutional structure that kowtows to every conceivable outraged sensibility.
Quote worth noting.
“The details of this case are a shade more nuanced than usual, because Fata is a Bosnian Muslim woman rather than a full-blown Hessian-sack-over-the-head, burn-the-infidel middle eastern or Indian subcontinent Muslim woman.”
We know how this will end.
Globe and Mail -- Ontario refuses to pay for blind boy's treatment in U.S.
Kristina Reid wishes this for her two-year-old son Liam: To see the mature trees that line their street, and his own blond curly hair – but mostly, to see his two older brothers, his father and her.
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