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.

However, deleveraging is a beast of a burden that capitalism cannot bear alone. At the macro level, deleveraging must be a managed process: for the private sector to deleverage without causing a depression, the public sector has to move in the opposite direction and re-lever by effectively viewing the balance sheets of the monetary and fiscal authorities as a consolidated whole.

1940 US Census

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

Unfortunately, they’re not really searchable yet.

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...


Gus or Brian,

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 I’m trying to figure out what’s legit and what’s exaggeration.

Pretty interesting stuff.

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?

With the total number of undernourished people in the world reaching 963 million in 2008 and a projected world population of 9 billion by 2050, will the international ag industry be capable of meeting the growing demand for food? Will it be able to meet projections which predict that food availability in developing countries will need to increase almost 60% by 2030 and to double by 2050, equivalent to a 42% and 70% growth in global food production, respectively.

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 they don’t provide historical data other than the previous months and year’s stats.

Below is my best attempt at summarizing the current housing situation in the United States. Per my usual, its a lot of charts and graphs and circles and arrows.


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 U.S. Global Change Research Program), which is sponsored by 13 federal agencies including the U.S. EPA.

The Knowledge Report is the so-far definitive climate change report/study put out by the United States government.

2009 Creighton Men’s Soccer Preview

Since August of 2008 the Creighton Bluejays Men’s soccer team has played 34 total matches (including exhibitions, 4 against professional teams). The record is a stellar 26-3-5.

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. I have a strong suspicion that we’re going to be seeing them at the top of most college soccer polls by the end of the season.