Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Strange ideas: You money is no good here | The Economist: "Increasingly, it seems as though the default Republican position on monetary policy is a set of thoroughly discredited fringe beliefs that would prove economically disastrous if adopted. That's a problem!"
Much of the problems in our school system are related to how we treat the bottom third of the class. One option is to learn from Singapore.
A special report on the future of the state: Go East, young bureaucrat | The Economist
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
"Offer valid only if it's a relatively easy military mission and we have a lot of allies and we only share a limited amount of the burden. Then we'll get in the fight for a bit and hope for the best."
Obama's Libya speech: How the president's grand talk about American interests conflicts with his military strategy. - By John Dickerson - Slate Magazine:
Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday Mailbag: Financial Reform? How About Criminal Prosecutions? Plus: Bonus Ozzy Osbourne | Rolling Stone Politics | Taibblog | Matt Taibbi on Politics and the Economy
" The lesson seems to be if you steal from Goldman you go to the hoosegow for nearly a decade, while if you steal for Goldman you get a government bailout and a hefty bonus."
Monday Mailbag: Financial Reform? How About Criminal Prosecutions? Plus: Bonus Ozzy Osbourne | Rolling Stone Politics | Taibblog | Matt Taibbi on Politics and the Economy:
A list of US interventions since WWII.
This is US. We have done all of this. | Angry Bear
The US Chamber would be clambering for a tax cut in the wake of a similar strategy.
Japan business lobby gives OK to scrap corporate tax cut | Reuters
A discussion on Complexity in the financial system. Much of it is devised to deceive clients and enhance profits.
Complexity and War or How Financial Firms Wreck Economies for Fun and Profit � naked capitalism
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Convenient Arguments � The Baseline Scenario: "“I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”"
Tsunami Caught Japan's Nuclear Industry Off Guard - NYTimes.com:
"Tsuneo Futami, a former Tokyo Electric nuclear engineer who was the director of Fukushima Daiichi in the late 1990s. “When I headed the plant, the thought of a tsunami never crossed my mind.”"
And the Onion chimes in:
And the Onion chimes in:
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
If we want to intervene in a country and save thousands of lives, we should be dropping bed nets from the F-35s
Foreign aid: Anti-malaria bed nets v F-35s | The Economist
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
College education is not automatic route to success. The employment to population ratio among 20-24 year olds has dropped by 10 percent in the last 10 years.
Educating College Graduates So They Can be Unemployed � New Deal 2.0
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Money, success, being part of something bigger than yourself does not bring happiness nor satisfaction.
FT.com / Columnists / Lunch with the FT - Lunch with the FT: Howard Schultz: "“Let me try to answer. I think my whole life, because of where I came from, I had a fear of failure. Sitting in front of you now at the age of 57, and having achieved what most people might think is the American Dream, I still have it. That’s what drives me. I can’t answer the question intellectually, I just feel it.” He grins as if mystified by his own nature. “But it’s honest.”"
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
“The human toll here,” he declared, “looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that.”
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
'They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing,'"
The neocons are trying to talk us into war -- again - War Room - Salon.com: "
Good quick summary of the US-China relationship.
FT.com / Markets - US-China affair is likely to result in mutual pain
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Crony capitalism at its best.
"A former official at Goldman Sachs – which the SEC sued a year ago for misleading investors in a CDO deal — now is in charge of investor protection at the SEC."
5 Signs Goldman Sachs is Out of the Government Dog House - Deal Journal - WSJ:
Sunday, March 06, 2011
How Hollywood glorifies war. Not exactly news, but well portrayed by Aljiazeera.
Aljazeera: Empire – Hollywood and the war machine � naked capitalism
Friday, March 04, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Two years after Obama's resounding victory, it has come to this.
Robert Reich (How Democrats Can Become Relevant Again (And Rescue the Nation While They're At It))
Charter cities anyone?
Vernon, Calif., May Be Undone by State - NYTimes.com
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Countervailing what?: After unions | The Economist:
"This is precisely the kind of answer I was looking for from progressives when I asked, 'If not unions, what?"
The role of unions should be replaced by government.