Christmas Reading

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday festivities. I managed to relax and do very little work today. But I did come across quite a number of interesting articles — these are worth a read, regardless of the holidays:

China Raises GDP Estimates, Closing in on Japan as Second-Biggest Economy (Bloomberg)

Stadium Boom Deepens Municipal Woes (NYT) In case you didn’t realize what a giant scam municiple funded stadiums were. Enormous transfer of wealth from taxpayers to the ultra-wealthy

U.S. Uncaps Support for Fannie, Freddie (WSJ)

What I Learned in 2009 (Barron’s)

Year in Review: Lessons from History–No Way Back to Cheap, Easy Credit (IMF)

The Elves Leave Middle Earth – Sodas Are No Longer Free What it means when successful startups start cutting back on the perks.

Fast, cheap, happy health care (MarketPlace) fascinating discussion of cheap affordable healthcare

New Film Ignites Debate on Ratings Policy: MPAA shows just how out of touch it is by slapping an R rating on Its Complicated, the new Merrill Streep/Alec Baldwin comedy. Why? Because they smoke a joint in one scene. Welcome to 1972!

Wired for War: Interesting new blog about the “Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st” Century

• My favorite holiday story this year: Chicago man’s friends gift-wrap everything he owns; An instant classic in prankdom (Chicago Sun Times)

What’s on your reading list?

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