Posted by: cousindampier | 27 April 2010

Links and Things

“Bashir Wins Election as Sudan Edges Toward Split” – Jeffery Gettleman, NYT

From everything I’ve read, South Sudan is just a matter of time. Kaplan: “Population belts in West Africa are horizontal, and human habitation densities increase as one travels south away from the Sahara and toward the tropical abundance of the Atlantic littoral. but the borders erected by European colonialists were vertical, and therefore at cross-purposes with demography and topography.”

The borders were drawn arbitrarily. At the same time, South Sudan is another state with no ports, and that is bad news.

“The open online world” – Free Exchange

I wish the exposure to different opinions on the internet would make up for the lack of education in schools.

“Our version of China’s one-child policy” – Thomas P.M. Barnett

The Economist article is chilling, and the problem with the issue, I think, is its hard to explain. Socio-economic problems always are, and people aren’t willing to sit down and understand the many causes of an issue. Mass-incarceration of black men has hugely far-reaching effects.

IMAGINE that the world consists of 20 men and 20 women, all of them heterosexual and in search of a mate. Since the numbers are even, everyone can find a partner. But what happens if you take away one man? You might not think this would make much difference. You would be wrong, argues Tim Harford, a British economist, in a book called “The Logic of Life”. With 20 women pursuing 19 men, one woman faces the prospect of spinsterhood. So she ups her game. Perhaps she dresses more seductively. Perhaps she makes an extra effort to be obliging. Somehow or other, she “steals” a man from one of her fellow women. That newly single woman then ups her game, too, to steal a man from someone else. A chain reaction ensues. Before long, every woman has to try harder, and every man can relax a little.

Also, seeing the Economist use the phrase “so she ups her game” is amusing.

Finally, this is depressing.

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