What Happens If China Becomes Japan? | Bloomberg View


.. saw evidence of a boom everywhere we looked.

But all the trucks were carrying construction materials, not goods.

At the workshop-level factory we visited, one of my fellow travelers, who spoke Chinese, learned that the owners were trying to sell it because they could get more from the land than they could from making farm equipment.

via What Happens If China Becomes Japan? – Bloomberg View.

Braveheart Favors the EU | Bloomberg View


.. if you are a small nation of bit more than 5 million people, about to take a very large risk by heading out alone with uncertain currency, fiscal, resource and debt positions, EU membership offers continuity, reassurance and security.

Scots who plan to vote for independence would naturally rethink the benefits of the EU and want to stay in it.

via Braveheart Favors the EU – Bloomberg View.

How the Tech Lobby Got Beat | US News

The push for a new law was fueled by cases of small businesses and tech innovators being drained of their limited budgets by “patent trolls” – entities using patents not to build or improve inventions, but to threaten people with infringement lawsuits to extort settlements as an alternative to expensive litigation.

Patent trolls sometimes use poorly defined or expired patents on consumer technology to extort out-of-court settlements from small businesses.

via How the Tech Lobby Got Beat – US News.

Pelosi: ‘We never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama’ | Washington Times


“Most people don’t even know there’s a midterm election – it’s not in their universe of things to look forward to.”

“And so much is at stake. So much is at stake in the election and I would hope, if I could put one word on the ballot, it would be bipartisanship.”

via Pelosi: 'We never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama' – Washington Times.

Net neutrality’s hollow promise to startups | Computerworld

Established companies enjoy a host of advantages, ranging from name recognition to established revenue streams.

Prioritization can be the difference between an unknown startup languishing in obscurity and a better product ousting an incumbent — banning prioritization in the name of protecting startup innovation is simply disingenuous.

via Net neutrality's hollow promise to startups – Computerworld.

Uh-oh, the credit rating agencies are up to their old tricks again | The Washington Post

The history of the crash goes something like this. Lenders made (or misled people into) mortgages that couldn’t be paid back.

Then, with the magic of math, banks claimed that bundles of these crappy loans were actually as good as gold—or Treasury bonds—since, the story went, they wouldn’t all go bad at once.

That was enough for the credit rating agencies to put their top-rated, AAA stamp of approval on this financial alchemy. Which was enough for investors to gobble up all this toxic waste.

via Uh-oh, the credit rating agencies are up to their old tricks again – The Washington Post.

FEIN: Why the Constitution disfavors war | Washington Times


War concentrates great powers in the presidency and wrenches the Constitution’s separation of powers and checks and balances.

It crowns the president with secrecy, contracts, appointments, vast powers of surveillance and detention, and the authority to kill.

Congress and the Supreme Court are marginalized like extras in a cinematic extravaganza …

via FEIN: Why the Constitution disfavors war – Washington Times.