``I must give him his due. He has considerably cretinized me.'' Lautréamont

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Guns of August (NYT)

pandhandlers around the NYT building

by Frank Rich
The simmering undertone of violence in our politics seems to be getting darker.

Connecting Nature’s Dots (NYT)

partial differential equations called for

by Thomas L. Friedman
Policy solutions for climate change, poverty, food security and biodiversity need to be as integrated as nature itself.

The Uninsured (NYT)

obese burger eaters lamented

There are tens of millions of people without insurance, often for extended periods, and there is good evidence that lack of insurance is harmful to their health.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More Business as Usual (NYT)

NYT options plummet

Bank employee pay guidelines must be accompanied by reforms ensuring that banks can no longer profit from primarily speculative activities or other excessively risky transactions.

The Climate and National Security (NYT)

sacrifice goat

The way to address the grave threats posed by climate change is with sacrifice now, and an apolitical catalyst may come from recognizing the role that the environment plays in our security.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Intel’s Human Rights (NYT)

usefulness deplored as economic principle

Regulators should not be fooled by Intel’s appeal of the European Commission decision that the company violated antitrust law.

The View From the Bottom (NYT)

do the opposite, is always good advice

Policy makers may need to expand relief efforts to ensure the downturn is not followed by a long spell of very weak economic growth.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Massachusetts Model (NYT)

glass half full

Calling Massachusetts’s experiment in near universal health care coverage a fiscal disaster is an egregious misread, and while imperfect, it may provide a road map for national health care reform.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Resistors on Trial in Iran (Drudge)

Next week, capacitors.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Bad Actors, Bad Concrete (NYT)

organized crime turf war threatened

New York City’s Buildings Department says it has set new standards for testing the durability and safety of concrete, but further trouble may lead to a municipal testing operation.

America’s Not-So-Fast Trains (NYT)

convert bike paths

If President Obama and Congress are going to delay a major transportation system overhaul, it is vital to spend money now on projects like high-speed rail corridors across the nation.

Detained and Abused (NYT)

Bush at fault, more leftism needed

President Obama did not create the sprawling immigration detention system in which monitoring violations are rampant, but his administration must soon try to fix it.

Trying to Recover (NYT)

no bad economics overlooked on the left

While the stimulus package is cushioning the worst effects of the downturn, new policies on foreclosures and lending must also be part of the plan for economic recovery.


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