Assorted links

by on November 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Scott Sumner's most absurd belief: India as #1 in gdp by 2109.

2. Click "play" and watch unemployment grow.

3. Who is Hollywood's most overpaid star, relative to box office returns?  Will Farrell is #1 it seems.

4. Markets in everything: NYC McDonald's with sleek Danish furniture.

5. Saddam's strategic thinking.

6. Via Caroline Flyn, China ethnicity of the week, good for a whole year (photos, recommended).

7. The Political Economy of Trust, by Henry Farrell.

Dave Barnes November 19, 2009 at 2:04 pm

re: Scott Sumner’s most absurd belief
Slashdotted.

anonymous November 19, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Most Westerners take comfort in believing that democracy is a prerequisite for (rather than an occasional consequence of) long-term prosperity and that therefore their own countries will ultimately triumph over China’s authoritarian society. But you can’t really make that argument and then also argue against democratic India sooner or later ending up as number 1. And a hundred years is a very long time, long enough for such a theory to pan out if it’s true.

Ed November 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

My experience has been that people who don’t like India (including many Indians living elsewhere) really, really don’t like the place. There was a funny bit on “Seinfeld” on this phenomenon.

Will de Cleene November 19, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I’m surprised neither Martin Lawrence nor Rob Schneider made Forbes’ list of overpaid stars.

larry November 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm

The box-office link is maddening: why Forbes needs to split the article over two pages when the final page consists only of the names for the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th ranked actors. That’s bush league sissy sh!t.

anon November 19, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I’m surprised neither Martin Lawrence nor Rob Schneider made Forbes’ list of overpaid stars.

Hollywood accounting tricks.

The box-office link is maddening: why Forbes needs to split the article over two pages when the final page consists only of the names for the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th ranked actors. That’s bush league sissy sh!t.

But hey, it was free. that technique ups the hits and the time on ads.

And rather than using add-ons to block ads, we need add ons that will click on every single ad on a page – multiple times – in a separate minimized window. And mute the sound of the ads with sound. Also in a separate minimized window.

Keep it free, folks.

D. Watson November 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I love the Chinese ethnicity link. Beautiful pictures.

Andrew November 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm

It’s too bad the Chinese ethnicity link doesn’t have some english descriptions of the various ethnic groups.

I’d like to learn a bit about each of them. I know I could probably wiki each group, but a single page source would be awesome!

I never imagined so many different groups.

rawdawgbuffalo November 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm

we keep this up and we will be like Zimbabwe

J. Goard November 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Such ignorance of basic microeconomics and common sense, on Forbes…

Similar reasoning:

For every $1 a French tutor makes on lessons, the “company” earns $1.

For every $1 a junior corporate lawyer makes on big antitrust cases, the firm earns $1000.

The French tutor is shockingly overpaid!!!

TonyC November 20, 2009 at 4:10 am

oh, it’ll narrow, but–to zero??

Andrew November 20, 2009 at 5:53 am

5. It seems we need a common language for coding coup plans. I wonder if this would be possible. Sounds like a job for Robin Hanson.

josh November 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm

DVDs

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