Salon’s Farhad Manjoo has an article about the economic impact of the national do not call list that was instituted recently. Some estimates claim that the new regulation will put two million people out of work. Granted, those two million people spent their time at work annoying the rest of us, but given our current high unemployment rate, adding in two million more people who probably can’t convert easily to other professions doesn’t sound like it will aid in our long awaited economic recovery. (Maybe we can conscript them and send them to Iraq to keep the peace.) The article is one of those that enables you to think about a complex problem in a different light. For what it’s worth, I signed up for the “do not call” list as soon as I could.