Smart Links 28 April 2012

Commentary on the great growing global middle class, getting older, France accelerates towards a socialist abyss, the slow drip of Thatcherism, ThickAsABrick2.0, and the Prime Minister's silly cats.

The rise of the middle class.

Financial Times -- The great middle class power grab
I keep stumbling across unswerving predictions that the future belongs to China.

Related.

Economist -- Meaty facts
The Earth Policy Institute, an environmental research group, has pulled together some fascinating data from the US Department of Agriculture on meat consumption in China and America.

Great Google fact tool: rising life expectancy.

Life expectancy

The real cochon. (ed’s note – from PIGS to FIGS?).

The Globalist -- The French Road to Perdition
In the beginning of the European debt crisis, all eyes were focused on Greece.

Let the state regulate and the market provide.

Financial Times -- Outsourcing the state: A less uniform approach
The UK is battling to navigate the political perils of tinkering with the welfare state.

Ian Anderson (flutist front man for Jethro Tull) is bringing back Thick as a Brick.

Yahoo News -- Jethro Tull gets thicker on "Brick 2"
One thing that never really dies is a truly progressive rock album.


 

Thick as Brick

And while we’re at it.

 Jethro Tull -- Locomotive Breath

When will Stephen gather up all those loose cats?

Macleans -- Mr. Harper is not pleased
Let us connect the dots. I think it’s been a damned interesting week.

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