Monthly Archives: April 2011

Preach

The always interesting Nihon Cassandra has an excellent list of “25 Things I Learned in the 25 Years After My First 21 Years,” all of which are worth reading. Number 25 was particularly relevant to today: 25. It is quite … Continue reading

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“everybody knows”

Further to my point below about the filtering and selection effects of media, Greg Sargent reports new polling showing that 81% of Americans now believe that the deficit is not only important but requires immediate attention, a huge shift from … Continue reading

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Let them eat bedbugs

Via ql at Eschaton, a fine example of modern conservatism from the great state of Michigan: Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state‚Äôs foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only … Continue reading

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A sea change?

This has to be quick, but two things struck me this week, each of which is either ominous, hopeful, or some combination of the two. 1.) In Autor and Acemoglu’s (2010) review of the literature on skills, tasks, technology and … Continue reading

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Uncertainty absorption at the system boundary

From Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: A sparsely attended Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C., on March 31 in support of federal spending cuts received generous media attention. One report (Slate, 3/31/11) suggested there was “at least one reporter for … Continue reading

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….and world peace

One of the many ways you can tell whether a marketing document is full of it is to note how many times sentences end with “…for our clients,” which is generally shorthand for “we just listed a group of benefits … Continue reading

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