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December 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Poll: Your favorite apocalypse

We’re still here. Your “Forever” stamps from the Post Office still work. So let’s get serious about potential doomsdays or “black swan” events that might cause serious damage to the world economy in the years ahead. I’m sure to miss a few, so add your own in the comments field.

I’m most afraid of…

Read on for the best links of the week and the haiku:

This Week’s Links:

  • Scientific doomsday: Ways the world could actually end || Wired
  • The unequal states of America: The economics paper that rattled Washington || Reuters
  • In a world full of risk, why are investors so calm? || BusinessWeek
  • Charting the state of the U.S. economy || Economic Policy Institute
  • The Geithner Doctrine not only puts banks above the law but also excuses their bad behavior || Naked Capitalism
  • Corporate profits after taxes reach an all-time high || Slate
  • Redistributing up || The Atlantic
  • The 10 healthiest housing markets going into 2013 (Seattle No. 6) || Atlantic Cities
  • The myth of the ‘bond vigilantes’ || Slate
  • Central banks, nominal GDP and inflation targets || Jeffrey Frankel/Vox
  • The last-ditch attempt to derail the Volcker Rule || Simon Johnson/NYT

    Today’s Econ Haiku:

    We’re still here today

    Preppers spent big money that

    We Mayan’t not be

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