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5 February 2010
by andrew
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ahead of the Times Krugman

I am glad to see someone of Paul Krugman’s stature picking up the same kind of analogy I’ve made a couple of times in throwaway comments at The Edge of the American West. I’m sure this means I will win … Continue reading

8 March 2009
by andrew
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laws of science

Congressional Record, 2 May 2007, 4388-4391: PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY Mr. PRICE of Georgia. Mr. Chairman, I have a parliamentary inquiry. The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentleman will state his parliamentary inquiry. Mr. PRICE of Georgia. Would it have been possible for the … Continue reading

19 February 2009
by andrew
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big sky, country

Who would have thought that in a democracy based on geographic representation, elected officials would have the effrontery to announce that their policies would help their constituents? But it’s happening. Despite all the talk about not having earmarks in the … Continue reading

30 October 2008
by andrew
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the dial turns spur the worm; the worm turns, spurns

This is a good background piece on those “squiggly lines” that showed up on CNN during the debates, but I would have liked to have learned more about previous uses of so-called “dial testing” in election coverage. The feature is … Continue reading

29 September 2008
by andrew
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the limits of détente

I get the impression that Marshall McLuhan was not impressed with the first Ford-Carter debate (in Philadelphia) (via): The rebellion of the medium against the message he refers to was the breakdown of the audio part of the broadcast near … Continue reading

22 July 2008
by andrew
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think locally, act contrarily

This is remarkably coherent, when you consider the alternatives.

20 July 2008
by andrew
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coincidence

July 18th, in the Washington Post (via): If the movement to confront climate change is perceived as partisan, anti-capitalist and hostile to human life, it is likely to fail, causing suffering for many, including the ice bears. And so the … Continue reading

12 February 2008
by andrew
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extemporaneity

From Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: PAGE BOY*: *Here you are Senator. Not a bad desk either. Daniel Webster used to use it. JEFFERSON*: *Daniel Webster sat here? Holy Mackerel. PAGE BOY*: *Give you something to shoot at, Senator. If … Continue reading