Today’s Links: February 6, 2012


STEVEN HORWITZ: “Creating Jobs Versus Creating Value
“Picking on New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is one of the largest participation sports on the Internet. And rightfully so, since he often says ridiculous things that demand a response from those who understand basic economics better than he does, despite his having won a Nobel Prize. His January 26 column has him, once again, making such an argument. This time it’s on the subject of job creation.”

CECIL ADAMS: “Your Light Bulb Questions Answered
“1. Although halogen bulbs don’t offer much of an energy savings over ordinary incandescents, compact fluorescents sure do, and you’d be a fool not to use them whenever you could. Me, I’ve got ’em all over the house, including right here in the desk lamp.
2. Telling me I have to use them — production and import of conventional 100-watt incandescent bulbs were effectively banned Jan. 1– is a pointless intrusion on my personal rights.”

NANCY SCOLA: “Interview with Aneesh Chopra
“When the president needs advice on technology policy, he calls on Aneesh Chopra. As the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, a post created by Barack Obama as the manifestation of a campaign promise, Chopra is charged with advising the president about where technology and innovation can spur job growth, boost industry, and improve quality of life for 21st century Americans when it comes to energy, education, health care, and more.”


HEALTH – Canadian-Made HIV Vaccine Approved for Human Testing
“Researchers from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. say they have developed an HIV vaccine that uses the whole HIV virus, unlike other attempts that have used just certain genes or proteins from the virus. The virus has been genetically engineered to be ‘non-pathogenic,’ meaning it can’t actually cause HIV in recipients. The idea is the vaccine would prime the body’s T-cells to destroy any cells that might become infected with HIV.”

LAND USE – Can’t Park? Blame a Condo
“In Manhattan the car faces yet another threat, as parking lots and garages are being snapped up to make way for all sorts of development, especially luxury condominiums. In most cases, the lost public spaces are not replaced, because zoning rules discourage developers from adding parking to new residential buildings. The spaces that do get built are likely to be in luxury condominiums — and to go to the highest bidder.”

INDIA – Internet Giants Pull Content After Warning in India Courts
“Internet giants Google Inc and Facebook removed content from some Indian domain websites on Monday following a court directive warning them of a crackdown “like China” if they did not take steps to protect religious sensibilities.”