Read — 2013/02/16
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “How to Avert Armageddon“, by T.C. (The Economist). A short list of feasible plans to prevent Earth-bound meteors from becoming Earth-pounding meteorites. My favorite: Space graffiti and the Yarkovsky effect. (Love how The Economist isn’t afraid to link to Wikipedia — yay for the free sharing of knowledge!) Also, someone please read Armageddon’s Freedom crew their rights for flagrantly violating the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty — oh wait, that’s right, it’s not yet in effect.
- “Shock Wave of Fireball Meteor Rattles Siberia, Injuring 1,200“, by Ellen Barry and Andrew Kramer (NY Times). This overview might spur you to read some first-hand accounts of the eerie event. Sonic booms, unreal light, and 3000 kilotons of TNT.
- “The Myth of the Rich Who Flee from Taxes“, by James Stewart (NY Times). Let’s see what the disciplines say!
- Sociology: “It’s very clear that, over all, modest changes in top tax rates do not affect millionaire migration” (Cristobal Young, Stanford).
- Public Policy: Tax flight “is almost entirely bogus — it’s a myth” (Jon Shure, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities).
- Economics: “[T]he tax difference between Florida and California is huge” (Gregory Mankiw, Harvard).
Well, there you have it, folks — you don’t need to restrict yourself to just economists to get every possible opinion and then one!
- “A Flash in Russian Skies, as Inspiration for Fantasy“, by John Williams (NY Times). “But who would save the day? ‘Clearly President Putin.'” (Is it true that comets pose a greater collision threat than asteroids, because the orbits of the former are almost impossible to predict until they’ve passed at least once?)