How Green Is Your Artificial Christmas Tree? You Might Be Surprised New York Times. My favorite fake tree was a tinsel tree when we lived in Boston and that year, real trees were pretty much impossible to obtain. Tinsel trees were not included in this study (and since this type is quite the antique, it has probably recouped whatever environmental damage it has caused). I also wonder whether the green v. fake tree calculations include the cost of transporting and disposing of real trees each year. But the flip side is colored plastic is a terrible material from an environmental standpoint.
‘Bad Santa’ sends message to Harrods It’s Rude to Stare (hat tip reader Martin W)
Tuberculosis thriving in ‘Victorian’ London, says expert Guardian (hat tip reader May S)
BaQa’—or Is It Humbug? Aliens Attack a Holiday Classic Wall Street Journal. For my taste, this item has higher oddball value.
Signs of the apocalypse FakeSteve
Your Apps Are Watching You Wall Street Journal
QCut Scott Aaronson. Guess which agency is first on the list of a Republicans budget cut initiative….
Can Either James Kwak or Mark Thoma Build This Model? Ken Houghton, Angry Bear
In Tax-Cut Capitulation, House Democrats Again Redefine Pathetic Jon Walker, FireDogLake
Reality cheques in cyberspace Gillian Tett, Financial Times
Gold-Dispensing ATM Makes U.S. Debut in Fla. CBS (hat tip reader May S)
Explaining the Crisis With Dogma Joe Nocera, New York Times
ECB Fixed-Term Deposits for Dummies Alea. Wow, Alea got ditched from FT Alphaville’s blogroll over this.
Reuter’s Bad Arguments on Structural Unemployment, America as Sick Man Mike Konczal. I was able to read only two pages of the Reuters piece (ten pages in total) before concluding it would make anyone reading it less well informed than before they strated, so I’m glad Konczal had the intestinal fortitude to take it apart, as did Dean Baker: Reuters Invents “Structural” Unemployment in the Absence of Any Evidence
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