Pre-Xmas Reads (Dec. 21, 2014)

I have arrived on vacation and may finally get around to writing some posts (assuming internet access stabilizes). To start off, here are some things I’ve read on the plane and intend to read over the break.

Year in Review. Grantland

A brief history of pregnancy workplace rights. JSTOR Daily

Governing through unhappiness. Potlatch [on austerity]

The War Nerd: more proof the US defense industry has nothing to do with defending America. Pando [there are also a couple of articles in the January edition of Harper’s that have terrific insights on the defense industry’s posture towards Russia and Ukraine]

Also: Could the US even launch a nuclear missile if it wanted to? Daily Mail. [Answer: probably not; serious longstanding morale problems in the USAF nuclear command]

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provisions. Columbia Journalism Review [on the recent budget deal in Congress]

Adair Turner understands better than Paul Krugman. Angry Bear [understands “the economic situation”; follow video link]

Overselling America’s infrastructure crisis. New Geography

My reading of the FT on China’s “turning away from the dollar”. Michael Pettis at Credit Writedowns

Foucault’s responsibility. Jacobin

$100,000 says my portfolio will beat Tony Robbins’. Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture

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Weekend long reads (Dec. 5, 2014)

Readers will notice that there hasn’t been much activity here since Thanksgiving. My absence is partly due to traveling I’ve had to do, being engrossed in my new book (The Power Broker by Robert Caro), and other academic obligations, which will continue next week. Nonetheless, I have provided some long reads here as they seem to one of the more popular types of posts. I hope to have the third part of the series on sectoral investment patterns up by the end of next week.

Fracking tantrums

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