Monday, 18 April 2011

links for 2011-04-18

  • A simple application that reverses the usual scrolling practices on Mac OS X 10.5 and above to mimic those of the upcoming 10.7 Lion OS and iOS. Been using it for five minutes and I'm already used to it.

    (tags: apps mac software)

  • "Being sedentary for nine hours a day at the office is bad for your health whether you go home and watch television afterward or hit the gym. It is bad whether you are morbidly obese or marathon-runner thin. 'Excessive sitting,' Dr. Levine says, 'is a lethal activity.'"

    (tags: health)

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Tuesday, 05 April 2011

links for 2011-04-05

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Monday, 04 April 2011

Takers, Not Makers

Stephen Moore, WSJ:

If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

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