Smart Links 27 June 2012
Commentary on how good is fiction at predicting fact, Gemany’s Euro strategy, the demographic impulse behind the US economy, the death of peak oil, go to Myanmar, falling inter-generational mobility in the United States, and how the Prime Minister saved his government.
Art predicting life.
BBC -- Blade Runner: Which predictions have come true?
It's been 30 years since the release of Blade Runner and 10 years since Minority Report. Both are rich sources of predictions about the future. But what has actually come to pass?
Yes Virginia, Berlin has a strategy to save the Euro.
The Globalist -- The German Strategy on the Euro: A Pre-Summit Roadmap
For any German who grew up in the "postwar era," it is strange to see how much the intentions of German policymakers have become the subject of a deep guessing game at many international conferences, as well as the subject of countless opinion articles all around the world.
The US economy and its demographics.
Atlantic -- The Recovery's Silent Assassin Is Demographics
It's emotionally satisfying to blame the economy on people -- banks, borrowers, politicians -- because people can change. But the greater threat is demographic make-up of the country.
Motley Fool -- The Most Important Numbers of the Next Half-Century
In 1991, former MIT dean Lester Thurow wrote: "If one looks at the last 20 years, Japan would have to be considered the betting favorite to win the economy honors of owning the 21st century."
Awash in the stuff.
Pdf below -- Oil: The Next Revolution (86 pages)
Go to Myanmar! Waiting for the boom to start. Thanks to Ken of Tokyo/Hong Kong.
Reuters -- Special Report: Breakneck reform pace overloads Myanmar
The desks are mostly empty.
The dream is fading.
Financial Times -- America is no longer a land of opportunity
US inequality is at its highest point for nearly a century.
Globe and Mail -- Jean feared ‘dreadful crisis’ when Harper sought prorogation: ex-adviser
The woman who held Stephen Harper’s career in her hands in December, 2008, was concerned that refusing the Conservative Leader’s request to shutter the Commons would lead to a crisis of confidence in Canada’s political system, a former adviser says.
straight.com -- Constitutional expert calls Stephen Harper government officials "disgusting rather than ignorant"
For many years, Peter Russell has been one of Canada's leading constitutional experts.
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