By Felix Salmon
November 4, 2010

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Federal Reserve Rains Money On Corporate America — But Main Street Left High And Dry — HuffPo

The sophisticated understanding that 5-year-olds have of gender — Nerdy Apple Bottom

The Fed’s $600 Billion Statement, Translated Into Plain English — NPR

Annals of unambitious forgery: the case of the fake Rodolphe-ThĂ©ophile Bosshard — SwissInfo

The Underbelly Project — NYT

Why on earth would Jeff Koons want a 21,500 sqft single-family home? — Curbed

In some ways, this is actually the most depressing news of the day — CNN

Kanye West was the only critic who really got to George W. Bush? — Atlantic

Only 0.1% of Dutch bikers wear helmets — WSJ


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Naked Capitalism has another great link this morning: uest-post-another-nobel-economist-says-w e-have-to-prosecute-fraud-or-else-the-ec onomy-wont-recover.html

Stiglitz says banksters MUST be prosecuted. If only Mr. Obama agreed…

Posted by dbsmith1 | Report as abusive

Gay marriage has come on the ballot in 30 states and all 30 states, from the reddest of red to the bluest of blue, have all gone the same way.

Gay marriage is a radical social redefinition and it is certainly not up to unelected judges to decide what social norms are. For gay marriage to be established by edict when it has not existed in any society at any time in history until recently is dictatorial to stay the least.

Proponents cite biology and talk as though people are born with a certain rigid orientation, without evidence. The rest of us have seen enough situations where people move from one orientation to another (in both directions) to see things very differently.

I am in an interracial marriage and I find analogies with interracial marriage to be a stretch to say the least. So-called anti-miscenegation laws were the aberration in just some states in our history with interracial marriage being legal in most times and places in history where it was even possible, given geographic limitations.

Posted by DanHess | Report as abusive

Dan, those judges were just ousted in an *election*. In what sense are they “unelected”?

Posted by FelixSalmon | Report as abusive

For once it would be nice to see a proponent of the universal mutability of sexuality back up their claim. Go on, have frequent sex with someone of the same gender, show us how easy it is to change.

Posted by Stevensaysyes | Report as abusive

Felix, the judges had been appointed, not elected. They came up on the ballot for later approval, but they were never elected.

@Steven, no thank you. But if you want ample evidence that all is not genetically preordained, consider prisons where many adopt that lifestyle for a temporary period out of loneliness or other reasons. Or perhaps look at identical twin studies, where in most cases just one of the two twins is gay. Conversely, adoptive sibling studies show strong correlations that can only be cultural and environmental.

In this area we are in a dark ages where we shun science because it is not politically correct.

Posted by DanHess | Report as abusive

Felix… take some comfort in knowing that a demographic sea-change is taking place on the issue of same sex couples.

Something like 75% of 75 year olds do not support same sex marriage. Something like 75% of 25 year olds do. Time is very much on the side of progress and tolerance in this case.

If only that were true for much larger and more imporntant issues like resource depletion…

Posted by y2kurtus | Report as abusive