Thursday, March 05, 2015


1. The new Justice Department report supports Daren Wilson's claim that he acted in self-defense when shooting Michael Brown, but also finds evidence of systematic abuses in the Ferguson Police Department.

2. In defense of the land tax as a way of fighting inequality.(Contra Picketty, it's the increasing value of land, not productive capital, that is driving increasing inequality, at least according to the author of the piece. I would add that inequality of income [as opposed to inequality of wealth] also seems to be caused by the stagnant wages of low-skilled labor and the increasingly high returns to the right kind of skilled labor.)

3. This is how Michael Caine speaks.

4. The rise in Chinese consumption of pork threatens the Amazon rain forest (due to clearing to grow soy used as feed in China).
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