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News of the Week: October 17-23, 2010

On Saturdays, I am going to start recapping some of the interesting news highlights of the week. Some things will be serious, and it will always be fun, but by no means will it be comprehensive.

Bob Murphy is looking to raise money to debate Paul Krugman. Big name “mainstream” economists like Krugman demand thousands for a mere appearance, so if this is pulled off it will be an amazing feat. So far he has raised 21k. AND, all money raised will actually be donated to FoodBank.

Rolling Stone published a very interesting article on General Stanley McChrystal in July that I recently read. Old news but good.

The amazing whistleblower organization Wikileaks has released 400,000 new documents, yet again showing the terrible nature of the Iraq War.

Wes Messamore encourages busy student libertarians with a list of particularly good articles on personal productivity.

Between November 2008 and April 2010, 39 percent of households had either been unemployed, had negative equity in their house or had been in arrears in their house payments. Yikes.

Cal Newport has words of wisdom for those falling into the passion trap of perpetually looking for the “perfect job.”

TechCrunch reports on how data that the government collects is being used by private entities in a “silent revolution” of public data analysis. Kind of interesting and creepy at the same time.

Have you written a book you would like to publish? Publish it in the iBookstore.

My favorite comic of the week.

And if anybody knows where I can get some fused silica optical windows with 15 mm diameter and 10 mm thickness, you know where to find me…

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Dr. Norman Horn

Norman founded and the Libertarian Christian Institute, and currently serves as its President and Editor-in-Chief. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He currently is a Postdoctoral researcher in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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