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22 December 2008
by andrew
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thrifty

Word rationing has reached the newspapers. This article Banking Regulator Played Advocate Over Enforcer Agency Let Lenders Grow Out of Control, Then Fail By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ellen Nakashima Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, November 23, 2008; A01 contains the … Continue reading

20 December 2008
by andrew
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chance coincidence

When I heard that Blagojevich quoted Kipling in his press conference, I wondered if he quoted the same poem Grandpa Simpson quotes in a casino in the episode where he almost gambles away all the money he inherits. Turns out, … Continue reading

18 December 2008
by andrew
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home economics

The supermarket is running a sale on some Progresso soups: 10 cans for $10. Other Progresso soups were the regular price. The shelves for the full price soups were nearly full, the sale soups nearly sold out. Only a few … Continue reading

18 December 2008
by andrew
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hey diddle diddle

Not sure what a Ponzi scheme is? Or a pyramid scheme? What about a pump and dump, a jitney game, a bucket shop, or front running? Slate‘s explainer answers those questions, but what we really need for today’s world is … Continue reading

17 December 2008
by andrew
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life and taxes

Robert J. Samuelson claims* Sure, the wealthy extract privileges from government, but mainly they’re its servants. The richest 1 percent of Americans pay 28 percent of federal taxes, says the Congressional Budget Office. About 60 percent of the $3 trillion … Continue reading

17 December 2008
by andrew
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the long dark knight of the winter

Last summer I didn’t pay attention to most of what was written about The Dark Knight because I hadn’t seen it and was planning to. Well, I never got around to seeing it in the theater and so I didn’t … Continue reading

15 December 2008
by andrew
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lawgivers

Those who have spent time reading 1940s and 50s (and maybe other decades’) newspapers will immediately recognize the reference here, from a recent Daniel Gross piece in Slate: Today’s Southern solons have watched their local economies blossom thanks to a … Continue reading

12 December 2008
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the visual display of qualitative information

If you really want to know what it’s in the criminal complaint filed against Rod Blagojevich, you can read it. But in this 2.0 world, why read when you can visualize? Bill Allison at the Sunlight Foundation’s Real Time Investigations … Continue reading

10 December 2008
by andrew
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analogy watch

How long until the Truman:Pendergast::Obama:Blagojevich analogy shows up in the major media? Never mind if the person making the analogy does a good job with differences and historical specifics. I’d just be amazed if it’s not made at all.

8 December 2008
by andrew
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I wonder if they mention RSS

From an article that appeared in the New York Times a few weeks ago: In between the slow bloggers and the rapid-fire ones, there is a vast middle, hundreds of thousands of writers who are not trying to attract advertising … Continue reading