Sydney, True-to-Form, Gets the New Year Off to a Roaring Fine Start

December 31, 2013

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/10544410/Sydney-celebrates-arrival-of-2014-with-spectacular-fireworks.html

A Happy One to All!

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This Surprises Who, Exactly?

December 31, 2013

Steve Benen, MSNBC, reports the Sunday talks’ guest lists dominated by Republicans.

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Could You Be Al Qaeda’s Bookkeeper?

December 31, 2013

Okay, I usually am preoccupied with other issues, but this one caught my eye. The Associated Press delves into Al Qaeda expense reports.

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This Might Help Explain Why Opposition to the ACA Has Been So Ferocious

December 31, 2013

Because, dumb original website aside, it delivers on its promise to save consumers money.

It works. Like Medicare works. Like Social Security works. Like lots of other public programs work. Sometimes, when “the market” refuses to work (or is not allowed to work) for ordinary people, government is, indeed, the solution.

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Bernstein Notes: GDP is Up; Corporate Profits are Up; Markets are Up; Median Family Income is Down

December 31, 2013

Just have to keep saying this until things turn around: millions of Americans are still trapped in a recession. And this is happening as productivity continues to improve.

So-called natural market forces are not at work here, friends.

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Happy Birthday to a Great, Great Artist, Maggie Smith

December 28, 2013

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And thank you.

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Buying Scholarly Cover

December 28, 2013

Okay, it’s not exactly breaking news that corporate interests put their money behind academics and academic institutions (universities, think tanks, etc.) who produce research that supports the corporate agenda, or even put money into institutions and then demand certain things be taught or certain work pursued, but today’s NYT has a piece bylined David Kocieniewski, that takes a close look at the practice of paying for performance, so to speak . . . .

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