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March 17th, 2007 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Mar. 17th, 2007

09:52 pm - The "300" workout

The 300 Workout

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10:52 pm - Lawyer Who Wiped Out D.C. Ban Says It's About Liberties, Not Guns


Lawyer Who Wiped Out D.C. Ban Says It's About Liberties, Not Guns

By Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 18, 2007; A01

Meet the lawyer who conceived the lawsuit that gutted the District's tough gun-control statute this month. Meet the lawyer who recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful litigation out of his own pocket.

Meet Robert A. Levy, staunch defender of the Second Amendment, a wealthy former entrepreneur who said he has never owned a firearm and probably never will.

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11:01 pm - Why home ownership causes unemployment.

Via Marginal Revolution


The Renter's Manifesto
Why home ownership causes unemployment.
By Tim Harford
Posted Saturday, March 17, 2007, at 12:09 AM ET

All the talk over here in Britain is of the workers of Treorchy, Wales, who have lost their jobs as the iconic Burberry company shifted production to cheaper parts of the world. I don't need to explain all the local details, because there are plenty of similar stories in the United States, and everywhere else. Any community, small or large, with a lot vested in a single industry is vulnerable to shifts in the economic landscape. Just ask the residents of Flint, Mich.

Globalization is often blamed, but it's not the only source of change. Domestic competition can be just as powerful, as any cafe owner with a Starbucks across the street can confirm. So can management blunders: Toyota seems to be demonstrating that it is profitable to make cars in the United States, just not in Detroit, and not with union labor. Then, there is technological change. Just think of all the typists who have been forced to learn new skills and find new jobs thanks to mighty Microsoft Office.

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