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Links for October 2012

12,199 retired California government workers receive pensions in excess of $100,000 from CalPERS. They’re all listed here. Urban Growth and Decline: The Role of Population Density at the City Core. We look at four decades of census data and show that growing...

Fiscal Austerity Does Not Work in a Liquidity Trap

Does this influence what you think about today’s deficit spending? This is not to say that the private sector should not deleverage. It has to. It is a part of the economy’s healing process and a necessary first step toward a self-sustaining economic recovery....

1940 US Census

The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with Archives.com. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions. Unfortunately,...

Federalism: Competition Among Governments

For much the same reason, competition among governments leads to better governance. In choosing where to live, people can compare public services and taxes. They are attracted to towns that use tax dollars wisely. Competition keeps town managers alert. It prevents...

Climategate

Mike Beacom Either one of you following these hacked emails from Scientists and Climatoligists who were allegedly trying to stifle dissent in the global warming debate as well as conceal scientific data that contradicts their models? I’ve only seen a bit of it, but...

Beef, Its What’s For Dinner

Genetic changes that apparently allow humans to live longer than any other primate may be rooted in a more carnivorous diet. These changes may also promote brain development and make us less vulnerable to diseases of aging, such as cancer, heart disease and dementia....

Is the World Running Out of Food?

We’ve been discussing global warming’s impact on agriculture. While the overall long term effect is unknown, it seems fairly clear that global warming should positively impact food production in the near term. That discussion prodded me to look at the...

What is the Time Frame on a Housing Recovery?

Every month new data comes out regarding Existing Home Sales and New Housing Starts. Housing sales and starts are expected to play a large role in the timing of any economic recovery. As these numbers come out month after month however its easy to get confused because...

What is the U.S. Governments Official Position on Climate Change?

I tried to get through it, I really did. But I stopped at page 62. This morning I sat down with the A State of Knowledge Report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The Knowledge Report was recently put out by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (now the...

2009 Creighton Men’s Soccer Preview

With the Jays first 2009 fall exhibition game coming up tomorrow against the Red Fury All-Stars, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the 2009 version of the Creighton Bluejays soccer team. Since August of 2008 the Creighton Bluejays Men’s soccer team has...