Links 11/2/09

Tuna ban ‘justified’ by science BBC

The sex life of seahorses Guardian

Richmond Fed on the GSE’s – “They Encourage Defaults” Bruce Krasting. This study breaks a cardinal rule: correlation is not causation.

Dollar Homes Lack Buyers NBC Chicago (hat tip reader John D)

Cushions are thicker but don’t get comfy Rolfe Winkler

Note to Congress: You Are Not the People You Serve James Kwak

High quality imports suffer more during recessions Antoine Berthou and Charlotte Emlinger, VoxEU

It is Japan we should be worrying about, not America Ambrose Evans Pritchard. Note that whether you agree with Evans-Pritchard will depend on where you came out in our debate on debt last week (ie, your understanding of government monetary operations)

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  1. Skippy

    Re tuna link. Hay just another bullet point on the collapse chart ie: large fish off the menu due to depletion.

    1. DownSouth

      Wow. Thanks for the link.

      That’s really an eye-operner.

      What can I say?

      “There but for the Grace of God go I.”

  2. dearieme

    It’s cruel of you to post an antidote that shows Goldman Sachs and its little placemen, raptors all.

  3. Martin, the Netherlands

    About those houses in Chigaco that wouldn’t sell for a dollar: do I understand correctly that the buyers would have to relocate the houses, i.e. put it on a truck and move it to a different plot of land? How much would that cost, approximately?

  4. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    A simple 2-step solution to the tuna problme and other food related environmental problems:

    1) Stablize the current human popultion size (thinking about reduction will only lead to very inhuman ideas).

    2) Produce shorter and thinner humans. Why? Less food consumption. We are making progress on the ‘thin’ front. So, we have to make it socially glamorous, politically advantageous and economically favorable for shorter people to reproduce – this doesn’t benefit me personally but we are talking about altrustic ideals here. So, basically we have stigmatize basketball or tall runway models, etc.

  5. Peripheral Visionary

    Re: Tuna, this is likely to spark something of an internal conflict in the environmental movement. The science is solidly in support of reducing consumption of wild fish, but I for one would not want to be the person getting in between an environmentalist and his or her daily hit of sushi.

  6. Moopheus

    To Martin: Yes, they want the houses moved. Chicago isn’t the first place to try this. One of the older suburbs around here was trying to save some older houses–at the height of the bubble–that were at risk of demolition and replacement by McMansions by practically giving them away with the same conditions. The cost of moving a house can range anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands. It depends on the size of the house, how far it is going, and whether obstacles (such as power lines and that sort of thing) have to be moved. Sometimes the houses are actually worth more disassembled and sold for architectural salvage. Personally, I like old houses–the house I live in now was built in 1868, and we had one before that that was built in 1783, so I always find it funny when someone says that a 30-year-old house is “old.”

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