The top stories from this past month that you probably didn’t hear about from your other blogs:
1. The King James Version of the Bible turns 400.
3. “Illinois has 11 working nuclear reactors at six sites, more than any other state [in the USA]…”
4. Soon there will be no hiding place for Jacques Chirac.
5. Megan McArdle argues that “We Don’t Need More Stigma for Overweight Kids“. Excerpt:
But it seems to me that we frequently mix “healthy” up with “thin”. Most people who switch to eating an actual healthy diet–little processed food, a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, less salt and sugar–won’t end up thin. Most people who exercise won’t lose much, if any weight without calorie restriction. And most people who try to restrict their calories below what their body wants fail over the long term–eventually, their appetite wins.
6. A study released by a think-tank affiliated with the German Social Democratic Party (Germany’s large center-left party) reveals that nearly half of Germans believe that Israel is attempting to exterminate the Palestinians, and a slightly larger proportion of Germans agree with the statement “Jews try to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era”. As Tyler Cowen would say, “Yikes!”
7. Scott Adams gives his assessment of Charlie Sheen. That’s all the Charlie Sheen blogging you will get from me.
8. Rabbi Richard Jacobs is elected as the next president of the Union for Reform Judaism.
9. Economist Steven Horwitz, whose writings on cell phones I have previous blogged, cites telephone service as an example of an industry where cost has fallen and quality has risen (both dramatically). In other words, there is no great stagnation.
10. Vanity Fair’s offbeat interview with Paul Simon.
11. Very short Newsweek interview with Larry Summers. As some other bloggers have noted, the best line from Summers is, “I’m one of the few people who went to Washington to get out of politics.”