2013-07-09

Some Links

My sister directs my attention to new research that suggests acute cardiovascular exercise can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. What I found most interesting is that the mechanism through which this takes place appears to be the same one I myself identified here.

Mexico is now the world's most obese nation. This should reiterate the fact that there is no such thing as a "western diet."

Joseph Stiglitz makes a series of frankly awesome points about how free trade agreements are really anything but, before ultimately descending into his more typical leftist angling. Joseph Stiglitz: great economist, nutty politician. (Hat tip goes to Jonathan Finegold Catalan.)

Bryan Caplan provides a wonderful analogy for free market economic policies (the real kind of free markets, not the ones Stiglitz criticizes): Engaging in anti-market policy is like scratching a mosquito bite - although we intend it to solve the problem, it actually makes the problem worse.

With his characteristic proclivity toward the truth, Steven Landsburg describes why his blog is better than Paul Krugman's:
I am blessed with a readership that would never let me get away with announcing a conclusion stripped of any reasoning. Krugman, with his considerably larger readership, can afford to ignore anyone who might be interested in learning something and preach instead to the lowest common denominator. If you don’t believe me, check out the quality of his comments section.
(For the record, the topic at hand is making Bangladesh suffer.)