The Arab world: Tethered by history | The Economist

A very interesting look at the dysfunctional states in the Middle East.

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21606286-failures-arab-spring-were-long-time-making-tethered-history

Such tensions between social classes, far more than those between sects, have sparked many recent Arab revolts; but sectarianism is then used to fan the flames. Islamists exploit class resentment to expand their base; governments stoke sectarian strife to justify their security apparatus.

So, Sue Me!

CNN Breaking News
The Republican-led House approved a resolution authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he exceeded his executive authority in changing a key Obamacare provision on his own.

I’m not sure that requires much commentary. Wild Bill (Clinton (impeached)) showed us that impeachment doesn’t work. This will be interesting.

Interview With a Dying Man

D. G. Myers on Cancer, Dying, and Living on EconTalk

Description:
D.G. Myers, literary critic and cancer patient, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the lessons he has learned from receiving a cancer diagnosis six years ago. Myers emphasizes the importance of dealing with cancer honestly and using it as a way to focus attention on what matters in life. The conversation illuminates the essence of opportunity cost and the importance of allocating our time, perhaps our scarcest resource, wisely. The last part of the conversation discusses a number of literary issues including the role of English literature and creative writing in American universities.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Myersliving.mp3

Michael Munger on the Sharing Economy – EconTalk

Description:
Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the sharing economy–companies like Uber, AirBnB, FlightApp, and DogVacay that let people share their houses, cars, or other assets with strangers in exchange for money. These companies dramatically increase the use of resources that would otherwise be idle and disrupt existing services such as hotels and taxis. Topics discussed include the regulatory response to these companies, the politics of that response, and the significance of these new products. The conversation closes with the potential impact of Uber combining with driverless cars to change the automobile industry and cities.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Mungersharing.mp3

Michael Munger on the Sharing Economy – EconTalk

Description:
Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the sharing economy–companies like Uber, AirBnB, FlightApp, and DogVacay that let people share their houses, cars, or other assets with strangers in exchange for money. These companies dramatically increase the use of resources that would otherwise be idle and disrupt existing services such as hotels and taxis. Topics discussed include the regulatory response to these companies, the politics of that response, and the significance of these new products. The conversation closes with the potential impact of Uber combining with driverless cars to change the automobile industry and cities.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Mungersharing.mp3

The Arab world: Tethered by history | The Economist

An interesting perspective of the continually dysfunctional states of the Middle East.

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21606286-failures-arab-spring-were-long-time-making-tethered-history

Such tensions between social classes, far more than those between sects, have sparked many recent Arab revolts; but sectarianism is then used to fan the flames. Islamists exploit class resentment to expand their base; governments stoke sectarian strife to justify their security apparatus.