this week i

published on the impact of the reconciliation bill on drug prices for elderly and the disabled

walked where water in the air.  maite calls socks soccers and once i told her it's wrong but i like it so keep doing it and she does

watched mystery and vaginoplasty from the skin we live in, sweatpants hot booty in i am not an easy man, whitney cummings for valentine's day, he got me a sex much did you pay for that?  it was $180.  oh!  you're going to return right now and will masturbate with the cash

offer choice of sistine chapel placeholders.  flight attendants open windows so rods, cones acclimate. huseyin called at biker rally, he's a math too?

enjoy with wheat beer. videos like these make me believe opening scene of the matrix's assertion human civilization peaked in the mid-1990s

read the bottom billion: why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it by paul collier

the conflict trap, the natural resources trap, the trap of being landlocked with bad neighbors, and the trap of bad governance in a small country

by 2050 the development gulf will no longer be between a rich billion in the most developed countries and the five billion in the developing countries; rather, it will be between the trapped billion and the rest of humankind

half of all civil wars are postconflict relapses

in the absence of natural resource surpluses a fully democratic polity outperforms a despotic autocracy by around 2 percent per year.  by the time natural resource rents are around 8 percent of national income, the growth advantage of democracy has been eliminated.  beyond this the net effect of democracy is adverse.  taking a country with resource rents worth 20 percent of national income, the switch from autocracy to intense electoral competition would lower the growth rate by nearly 3 percent

his excellency, president for life, field marshall al hadji dr. idi amin, vc, dso, mc, lord of all the beasts of the earth and fishes of the sea, conquerer of the british empire in africa in general and uganda in particular

unless the coastal countries do well, the landlocked have few options

somalia was the last place on earth to be home to smallpox.  it was eliminated there by international health interventions a few years before the somali state collapsed.  now such elimination would not be possible.  had the somali state not lasted as long as it did, we would still have smallpox

does switzerland really need to make a living this way?

we sent a joint letter to the financial times, issuing a warning

becoming a customs officer is about the best job you can possibly get in these countries

only around 16 percent of the cost of labor-intensive goods is, in fact, wages.  so if bottom-billion wages were one-sixteenth of asia's, this would provide only a 15 percent cost advantage.  you then set the meter ticking on other cost disadvantages, such as transport costs, law enforcement, corruption, electricity, and availability of skilled labor and business services.  you soon get to 15 percent.  remember, the asia-oecd wage gap grew very wide before asia became competitive with the oecd

when i give this message to audiences in aid agencies people shuffle uncomfortably in their seats.  some of them may be thinking, "but what about my career?" for it would no longer be in rio but in bangui