This page is a work in progress…
In addition to the websites that I regularly link to in the ‘Top News Stories’ column, I also enjoy reading a small collection of independent news aggregators. Here are some of those sites, in no particular order (some links are now dead, unfortunately…):
- Maggie’s Farm
- Rice Farmer
- Energy Matters
- 321 Gold
- 321 Energy
- The Automatic Earth
- Dollar Collapse
- It’s Different This Time
- Gus Van Horn
- Econ Circus
- Investing in Chinese Stocks
- Bachheimer (auf deutsch)
The employed-to-population ratio:
All the various official inflation measures:
M1 and M2 money supply growth. The Fed no longer tracks M3.
Here is a disorganized assortment of things that you may find interesting, or not…
Rowan Atkinson explains what free speech is and what it isn’t:
The freedom to say that which a given society deems non-controversial has been enjoyed by every society in history. Free speech only has meaning when it applies to speech that society finds controversial, rude, wrong, and/or offensive.
Thomas Sowell on Wealth, Poverty, and Politics:
An aside, Dr. Sowell is 85 in the this interview.
Milton Friedman: Free to Choose – 1979
I would have loved to know Milton Friedman’s take on the last decade.
Mike Wallace Interviews Ayn Rand
Calvin Coolidge on taxes and government spending in 1924:
Calvin Coolidge was the last president to write his own speeches.
The Doomsday Gap:
If you’ve ever wondered about the logic behind doomsday weapons like Russia’s cobalt-60 nuclear tsunami torpedoes and nuclear powered nuclear missiles, Peter Sellers summed it up perfectly back in 1964:
George Orwell – You and the Atomic Bomb
Orwell wrote the essay ‘You and the Atomic Bomb’ in 1945 within two months of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Russia didn’t have the bomb yet. Mao hadn’t seized China yet.
E.M. Foster – The Machine Stops (PDF)
E.M. Foster wrote the short story ‘The Machine Stops’ in 1909, amazingly capturing the phycological landscape of our modern tech dystopia decades before the earliest computer had been invented, let alone video chatting on tablets.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr – Harrison Bergeron (PFD)
Harrison Bergeron, a short story about the tyranny of equality of outcomes, was assigned reading at my public high school. I rather doubt it still is.
Kurt Vonnegut’s life, in and of itself, is a remarkable story.
What Taps Is Reading
Here are some books that I have recently read/listened to and enjoyed enough to mention. One thumbs up means I enjoyed it enough to recommend. Two thumbs up means it’s one of my all-time favorites:
Two Thumbs Up – Good riddance to the apcoloypse mongers
One Thumbs Up – A well crafted history of perhaps the most relevant period of Roman history to modern day America
One Thumbs Up – Perhaps unavoidably a bit complicated for a single book, but nonetheless highly interesting
Two Thumbs Up – A wonderfully cohesive history of all of the Crusades. I wish it included more on the ‘People’s Crusade,’ but otherwise excellent
Two Thumbs Up – A history of one of the most remarkable voyages of exploration and conquest of the conquistador era
Two Thumbs Up – A history of one of the most dramatic episodes in human history
One Thumbs Up – Eclectic, light, a bit repetitive and disorganized, enjoyable
One Thumbs Up – A guilty pleasure
To be continued…