Around the web: August 21-25

Some links that have caught my eye of late: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s [Pitchfork.com] — Via kottke.org Wikipedia Will Limit Changes on Articles About Living People [NYTimes.com] — "Officials…say that within weeks, the English-language Wikipedia will begin imposing a layer of editorial review on articles about living people." Slate Is Switching From […]

Thailand protests and the economy

Here’s a story in today’s WSJ: “Thai Protests Build on Economic Crisis” BANGKOK — Tens of thousands of antigovernment protesters sang and danced through the weekend outside Thailand’s main government complex, cheering on ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and offering the nation’s new leaders — and others in Asia — a jarring reminder of the […]

Thai economy slips

BBC: “Sharp decline in Thailand economy” Thailand’s economy shrank at a record pace in the last three months of 2008 amid plummeting exports and tourism. The economy shrank 6.1% in the October to December period from the previous quarter, the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) said. This was the largest contraction since records […]

More on Thailand’s political future

WSJ: “New Thai Prime Minister Faces Immediate Hurdles” Ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s grip on Thai politics — and the instability it provoked — eased on Monday with parliament’s election of a new prime minister from a rival party. The rise of 44-year-old Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Oxford-educated leader of the Democrat Party, could bring some calm […]

Understanding the Subprime Crisis

A few days back, I asked some of my Twitter friends to share some good resources for understanding the subprime crisis and global credit crunch. Wise Kwai suggested The Subprime Primer, a 45-slide presentation using (profanity-spewing) stick figures to illustrate the meltdown. I suggest giving it a read (but be mindful that it’s — obviously […]

Subprime, the Credit Crisis, and Naked Short Selling

For an in-depth explanation of the subprime crisis — which has now, of course, led to the current chaos involving mortgage-backed securities — look no further than “The Giant Pool of Money.” That’s the name of a special, hour-long episode produced by This American Life and NPR News. The show aired back in May and […]