Smart Links 27 April 2012
Commentary on Sweden’s resurrection, Paul Krugman on the Fed’s shortcomings, did exploding stars impact life on earth, the prospect of energy independence USA, on a great British tradition (insults), and accidental shredding.
Shocking to discover that a strong economy and social justice are two sides of the same coin, so says Sweden.
Washington Post -- Five economic lessons from Sweden, the rock star of the recovery
Almost every developed nation in the world was walloped by the financial crisis, their economies paralyzed, their prospects for the future muddied.
Related. (ed’s note – the message confuses socialism with liberalism the latter which believes in giving a hand up not a hand out). Thanks to Pat of Victoria.
“Ben, you can do more.”
New York Times -- Earth to Ben Bernanke
Chairman Bernanke Should Listen to Professor Bernanke.
Meanwhile back in space.
Royal Astronomical Society -- Did exploding stars help life on Earth to thrive?
Research by a Danish physicist suggests that the explosion of massive stars – supernovae – near the Solar System has strongly influenced the development of life.
What if the US becomes self-sufficient in oil?
Financial Times -- Dollar will win from shift in petro-balance
This year the US shale gas revolution has gained increasing prominence. But what matters for currency markets is the boom that is likely to accompany the expansion in shale, namely “tight” oil.
Isn’t the British sense of humour wonderful? (ed's note -- unless it's aimed at you).
New Yorker -- Fatty Fatty Toad-Boy: A Brief History of the English Insult
Ian Parker’s excellent, profanity-laden profile of the British comedian Armando Iannucci in the current issue (“Come the fuck in or fuck the fuck off”; “I heard there were sandwiches and I’m a fucker for cress”) has made me nostalgic for one of the great traditions of my homeland.
Insult worth remembering.
“He’s so dense light bends around him.”
It’s in there somewhere.
Winnipeg Free Press -- Prime minister's own department loses sports memorabilia, likely shredded
The prime minister's mail room has lost some historical documents on sports, music and politics — and the material appears to have been accidentally shredded.
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