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29 January 2009
by andrew
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following leaders

0.2: Fifty-five Bostonians, including the president of Harvard, A. Lawrence Lowell, signed a petition accusing Brandeis of lacking the “judicial temperament.” It was the kind of campaign that could get people muttering that if those guys didn’t like Brandeis, maybe … Continue reading

13 January 2009
by andrew
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corruption update

A quick follow-up to the Baltimore post: the mayor has now been indicted too.

10 January 2009
by andrew
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you win

Obama has youtube, FDR had the radio, but Calvin Coolidge, whose conversational skills were legendary, was the first president on sound film. [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.769336&w=425&h=350&fv=]

9 January 2009
by andrew
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gaming shows

I hadn’t watched Wheel of Fortune in years, but I caught a bit of an episode last night. Apparently the special prize panels have gone way up in value relative to the other panels, which still range from a few … Continue reading

9 January 2009
by andrew
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Baltimore, apple core

I couldn’t help but think of the redevelopment and politics subplot in The Wire when I read this (via): A Baltimore grand jury indicted a city councilwoman and a developer with close ties to Mayor Sheila Dixon Wednesday on bribery … Continue reading

9 January 2009
by andrew
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counts of corruption, 2

Noonan, as I wrote below, decided not to attempt to compare levels of corruption across time and space. His explanation is worth quoting at length, as it gets into a lot of the problems surrounding attempts to quantify corruption. (Note … Continue reading

8 January 2009
by andrew
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if it’s not in a dictionary, is it even a word?

Often, yes.

8 January 2009
by andrew
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counts of corruption, 1

Back when the Blagojevich scandal broke in the news, there was a lot of discussion of which state is the most corrupt, no doubt prompted in part by the claim that “If it [Illinois] isn’t the most corrupt state in … Continue reading

4 January 2009
by andrew
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a history of bribery

Aside from visualizing the criminal complaint against him a few weeks ago, I’ve been waiting to see what Rod Blagojevich is actually going to be indicted for before blogging about the case. But if the indictment is postponed, I’ll probably … Continue reading