vrijdag 10 juli 2009

The great public-sector pension rip-off Dodging the bill

It is time to recognise the full costs of public-sector pension schemes to the rest of us. Read the full article in The Economist here.

Algae can save the world

Dow Chemical and Algenol Biofuels, a start-up company, are set to announce Monday that they will build a demonstration plant that, if successful, would use algae to turn carbon dioxide into ethanol as a vehicle fuel or an ingredient in plastics.Read the complete article here.

A Soda or Calorie Tax to Reduce Obesity

Read Posner's comment here.


Ok, the time has come to speak candidly about immigration and crime. American studies shows that there is a clear correlation: Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born. This is true for the nation as a whole, for cities with large immigrant populations and for cities along the US-Mexican border, as Radley Balko explains in Reason.

One reason is that immigrants have an important stake in society, and the costs of losing that is too large. That also points to another possible correlation: Crime is low as long as immigrants are welcome and can integrate into the economy. But if the signs say "Italians Need Not Apply" (as they did), they might have nowhere to go but into crime. So a Europe that is less welcoming and has a more regulated labour market might also turn more immigrants into criminals

Read the complete article here.

Groen maar arm volstaat niet

Het elan voor een opvolger van het Kyotoprotocool is een goede zaak, maar dure groene initiatieven riskeren de armen in de kou te laten staan. Lees het volledige artikel hier.

Is Europa tegen fatsoenlijk pensioen?

Lees het volledige artikel van Melvyn Krauss hier.

5,3 miljard tekort in sociale zekerheid

Lees het volledige artikel hier.

Democrats Are at Odds on Financing Health Care

Read the complete article here.