Smart Picks 11 August 2012
Commentary on the Laffer Curve, replacing human drivers, Robert Hughes, the risks of copying and pasting, and owning land.
Laughing at Laffer or once bitten …
Time -- Arthur Laffer’s Anti-Stimulus Curve Ball is a Foul
Economist Arthur Laffer, patron saint of tax cuts, is back, with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that he hopes will put the kibosh on future plans for government stimulus.
Related. Thanks to David S. of Victoria
New York Review of Books -- How to End This Depression
The depression we’re in is essentially gratuitous: we don’t need to be suffering so much pain and destroying so many lives.
Honey, let the car drive.
Atlantic -- Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident Under Computer Control
Ever since Google began designing its self-driving cars, they've wanted to build cars that go beyond the capabilities of human-piloted vehicles, cars that are much, much safer.
A different perspective.
Economist -- Fire and brimstone
IN HIS exhaustive eight-part documentary series, “The Shock of the New”, Robert Hughes, speaking of the novelty that was a newly constructed Eiffel Tower, says: “What counted was not so much the view of the tower from the ground; it was seeing the ground from the tower.”
National Post -- Fareed Zakaria suspended by CNN and Time after acknowledging plagiarism
CNN host and Time magazine contributing editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria was suspended by his employers on Friday after he acknowledged copying material for a recent column he wrote about gun control from another writer.
The fight to own.
Globe and Mail -- Do opponents of native property rights think things are okay now?
The Conservative government will move slowly on the question of property rights on native reserves, but it will move.
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