Commentary on a revolution stalled, Tokyo’s dodged bullet, that vulnerable US bond market, can the welfare state survive, poverty shrinking, and the silly strong Loonie debate.
Barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen. (ed’s note – don't you want prostitutes to use contraception?).
New Yorker -- Has Limbaugh Identified the G.O.P.’s Woman Problem? 
On Friday, President Obama called a law student at Georgetown to tell her not to take it to heart that Rush Limbaugh had called her a prostitute.
Related. Thanks to Ken of Tokyo/Hong Kong.
New York Times -- Obama Backs Student in Furor With Limbaugh on Birth Control 
The election-year fight over the administration’s birth control policy escalated Friday, with two unlikely figures — a Georgetown University law student and the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh — taking center stage in the politically charged conflict and pulling much of official Washington into the fray.
It was very close.
New Yorker -- The Media Did Not Hype Fukushima 
In the new PBS “Frontline” documentary, “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown,” a Japanese colonel named Shinji Iwakuma recalls a moment, shortly after the tsunami a year ago, when he was called in to try to prevent the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear-power station from blowing up. Iwakuma’s mission was to pump water onto the overheating nuclear fuel, and he was in a jeep pulling up to the base of a reactor when the building around the reactor exploded.
Is the US bond bubble next?
Prudent Bear -- Financial Sphere Weak Links 
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth jumped to 3.0% in the fourth quarter, up sharply from Q3’s 1.8%, Q2’s 1.3% and Q1’s 0.4%.
Globalisation and the welfare state. Thanks to Tony of Victoria.
Pdf below -- The Future of the Welfare State and Democracy
Rethinking welfare benefits. (ed’s note – again).
Financial Times -- We need welfare state that secures Beveridge legacy 
The government’s welfare reform bill completed its passage through Parliament this week. It has been hailed as the most radical reform since William Beveridge.
The fall in global poverty.
Economist -- A fall to cheer 
For the first time ever, the number of poor people is declining everywhere.
The silly dollar debate. (ed’s note – a strong currency is a good thing).
National Post -- No Dutch disease here 
The latest discourse on economic policy in Canada is creating more harm than good.
National Post -- McGuinty’s oil-sands comments aren’t wrong, just irrelevant. 
Like millions of Canadians, the Premier of Ontario works in real time.
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