Issue CCLXVI

November 22-23, 2010

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Economics
Has Mish Deflated the "Inflationistas"?:
Robert P. Murphy

November 23, 2010
Over the last two years, Dr. Robert Murphy has gotten perhaps dozens of requests to "deal with" the deflationist approach of Mike "Mish" Shedlock. On his popular financial blog, Mish has been repeatedly patting himself on the back for correctly calling all the major trends in contrast to those economists who think Bernanke has the power to raise prices if he so chooses. In the present article, Dr. Robert Murphy explains why he has not been persuaded by Mish's alternate framework.

Music
Rondo #3, Op. 67:
G. Stolyarov II

November 22, 2010
This upbeat, fast-paced composition was created by Mr. Stolyarov such that the melodies and accompaniments within it are not only complementary when arranged in sequence, but may also in places be combined to create additional ordered musical variety.  The composition uses the structure ABA'CC'AA'DE(AA')', where the D and E portions are actually the interspersed melodies of B and C and B and C', respectively. Length: 3:19.

Politics
Are Air Travelers Criminal Suspects?:
Ron Paul

November 22, 2010
The growing revolt against invasive TSA practices is encouraging to Americans who are fed up with federal government encroachment in their lives.  In the case of air travelers, this encroachment is quite literally physical.  But a deep-seated libertarian impulse still exists within the American people, and opposition to the new TSA full-body scanners and groping searches is gathering momentum. To protect Americans' inalienable rights, Rep. Ron Paul introduced legislation last week that is based on a very simple principle: federal agents should be subject to the same laws as ordinary citizens. 

Kitchen Light Turned On, Cockroaches Object:
Kevin Carson

November 22, 2010
The folks at Wikileaks just released another giant cache of documents, this time on the Iraq War, surpassing their own previous record (this is 400,000 compared to 90,000 in July) for the largest leak of classified documents in history. Kevin Carson is not susprised that the U.S. federal authorities whose transgressions are being exposed in the documents are objecting to their release.

Meet the New Boss:
Kevin Carson

November 22, 2010
Edit out Obama’s name and image, and you might be excused for thinking a lot of the “national security” news in the press these days is two years old or more. Kevin Carson writes that Obama has continued George W. Bush's foreign-policy legacy of human-rights abuses and has further amplified the U.S. government's authorization to torture, assassinate, and indefinitely detain.

Climate Change No Longer Scary in Europe:
Hans Labohm

November 22, 2010
The upcoming climate change (and wealth redistribution) summit in Cancun – coupled with Bjorn Lomborg’s ongoing publicity campaign for his new film – makes one thing painfully obvious. The fight against the delusion of dangerous man-made global warming remains an uphill struggle. But, writes Dr. Hans Labohm, the tide seems to be turning.

Denying Americans Their Own Energy:
Alan Caruba

November 23, 2010
What kind of government deliberately denies its citizens access to the energy they need to live, to conduct business, to transport goods, to travel, and to just turn on the lights? Answer: The United States of America. Alan Caruba highlights ways in which the Obama administration has attempted to undermine the fossil-fuel industry in the United States, to the detriment of consumers.

Obama's Failure Agenda:
Alan Caruba

November 23, 2010
It took less than half his term to achieve a thorough erosion of Barack Obama's credibility as President, writes Alan Caruba. Mr. Caruba describes Obama's most conspicuous failures and blunders and argues that the next Congress, particularly the House, where all spending bills must be initiated and passed, must slam on the breaks if America is to survive Obama’s failure agenda.

Greens Just Can't Stop Their Scare Tactics:
Tom DeWeese

November 23, 2010
Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared CO2 a pollutant and set about banning such emissions to save the planet. Real scientists tried to point out that nature needs CO2 to thrive. So the Greens kind of heard that logic and quickly sought ways to subvert it into a new Frankenstein-style horror story. The result, headlines in The Washington Post (August 31, 2010) that rising CO2 levels are... wait for it... causing poison ivy to grow more prolifically. Tom DeWeese believes that recent alarmist claims about man's effects on the environment are signs of desperation.

Science
Linking Stem Cells, Insulin Metabolism, and Aging:
Reason

November 23, 2010
Reason from The Longivety Meme discusses recent research that shows a correlation between better insulin metabolism and inherited longevity. To Reason, it has long seemed that one of the more noble goals of longevity science is to make all the human variability in DNA and metabolism irrelevant when it comes to our life spans. Medicine of the near future will add far more healthy years to life - and far greater resistance to age-related disease - than even the best natural human metabolism. Longevity-enhancing therapies will make it possible for even the most genetically disadvantaged people to live in youthful vigor for far, far longer than we presently can.

"I am very fond of truth, but not at all of martyrdom." 
~ Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire