Friday, August 12, 2005

A set of smart posts 

To which I could only add a sentence or two.

Tyler Cowen thinks hard about animal welfare. I've noted before my work on animal welfare, and I think Cowen is right to say we need "a moral theory which is neither strictly lexical nor strictly additive in terms of how it treats value" of human and non-human animals. Whomever does this will be a great moral philosopher.

First Ringer has an outstanding post on conditions in Kosovo six years after the U.N. stepped in. My talks with analysts and consultants to Kosovo -- mostly when I was in Macedonia -- confirm his take. The UN has made a hash of it.

William Polley teases the data to explain why you should know the difference between gross and net jobs created, and why Paul Krugman doesn't. Lots 'o' graphs.

And if you're not reading Captain Ed's latest big story, that of Able Danger and the sudden loss of credibility of the 9/11 Commission, here's the guide, here's your hat, what's your hurry?