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In May 2009, former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson wrote an important essay in The Atlantic on the origins and implications of the 2008 financial collapse, called "The Quiet Coup."
The financial gloom that swept over the US economy at the twilight of the George W. Bush administration was "shockingly reminiscent" of other Third World, emerging economy crises Johnson had witnessed during his days at the IMF.
In each case, he said, concerns that the financial sector could not pay off the debts it had accumulated caused capital markets to seize up, forcing firms like Lehman Brothers into bankruptcy as fear of insolvency became a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Weaknesses in the banking system "quickly rippled out into the rest of the economy," said Johnson, "causing a severe economic contraction and hardship for millions of people." Read more
It seems puzzling that Harvard University would grant tenure, let alone appoint someone to be the chairman of its economics department, who fundamentally doesn't believe in economics. But there it is, all spelled out in a much talked about new paper, "Defending the One Percent," by Harvard economics professor and former Mitt Romney advisor, N. Gregory Mankiw, in the June issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.
After summarily dispensing with the arguments offered by those on "the left" for greater income equality, specifically those of Joseph Stiglitz who condemns today's yawning wage gap as not only unjust and obscene but economically inefficient as well, Mankiw concludes his 25-page apologia for the bulging portfolios of today's plutocrats by asserting that taxing the wealthy to support socially useful purposes is just plain "wrong." Read more
Busy #opengov week here in NYC. I’m pleased to be attending the following events on behalf of PPF: Read more
Within the next couple of days, Fidlerten Place will be launching a new segment called Bead-Reader. It is culled from a catchphrase used in the gay community from at least as far back as the sixties and perhaps further. Someone might say, “Did you here that girl read his beads? She sure told him!” or “I just read her beads, that (expletive)!”
It means to tell someone off really well. If you “read someone’s beads”, you are giving them the “what for”. I am sure most of us can remember a time we would have liked to straighten someone out on a few facts and give them a piece of our mind.
Once a week, if not more, I will be publishing a Bead-Reader. This will be done by either: Read more
I have been going back and forth on this question. And now that Taegan Goddard, author and former policy advisor has published the above screen shot of Mitt Romney's Presidential Transition Website. I think Mitt and his entire campaign did think they were winning/going to win. Now I know what you are thinking, of course they thought they were winning. What campaign thinks they are going to lose. Well John McCain recently said on Morning Joe that they knew weeks/days before the election in 2008 that they were going to lose. So yes, candidates and there campaigns are aware of their fate before the actual election. Read more
It’s Thursday October 18th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 1867, The United States formally took possession of Alaska from Russia. As if Alaska belonged to The United States in the first place. As if Alaska was Alaska in the first place. As if as if were a respectable conjunction. Don’t agree with our assessment? Fine. We can always go outside, roll up our sleeves, and settle this like men (whatever that means) in the back of a dark “Aleut”. We’ll stand up for the indigenous peoples time “Unangan”. When it comes to doing the right thing, we really get “Inuit”. All these pathetic attempts to “claim” the Arctic are false (and nothing new). They continue to reveal the glaring shortcomings of the dominant culture all throughout history. Read more
Once there was a serial killer. His name was William Hickman.
He was rather famous back in the 1920s. The son of a paranoid schizophrenic mother and grandmother he would torture and kill cats as kid. Anyone who knew him thought he was growing up to be a maniac. Like every good sociopath he stayed on his best behavior so as not to attract unwanted attention from strangers or the law.
After strangling a woman in Milwaukee and killing an old man for his wallet and throwing his body off of a bridge, he murdered a 12 year old girl in 1927, Marion Parker - because he wanted to. He was 19 years old.
He kidnaped her and sent a ransom note to her doctor father. After her father delivered the money to Hickman in his car, our psychopath drove away and tossed the little girl's head and torso out of the car for her dad. He had dismembered her and proceeded to throw parts of her all over the highway.
Hickman was arrested and eventually hanged.
But Hickman had a groupie. Our groupie kept a journal filled with gushing praise for this killer of little girls. She loved his sociopathic qualities. Read more
Ann Coulter, author and conservative political pundit, in an interview with Fox News Sean Hannity brought down the hammer on presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul.
Responding to a pro-Obama campaign ad about a man’s wife dying because of lack of health care, Saul said to news cameras Tuesday:
“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Gov. Romney’s healthcare plan, they would have had healthcare.”
Coulter went ballistic, saying: Read more
I don’t know if the rest of y’all have been watching commodities prices lately, but I have, and what I’m seeing is starting to really scare me. A lot.
The Great Drought of 2012 hasn’t yet come to a conclusion, but we already know that its consequences are going to be pretty devastating. With more than one-half of America’s counties designated as drought disaster areas, the 2012 harvest of corn, soybeans, and other food staples is going to fall far short of predictions. This is going to boost food prices, both domestically and abroad, to go through the roof, and it’s going to cause increased misery for farmers and low-income Americans and far greater hardship for poor people in countries that rely on imported U.S. grains. Read more
We have had 30 years of what has turned out to be horrible economic policy. All of the facts, when reviewed, will show that the system is failing the majority of Americans. But instead of admitting that failure, we are told that we need to double down. We have not been faithful enough to the system. We were bad capitalists who strayed into the arms of government hooch. Coming to save us is businessman, Mitt Romney. He has made his very profitable career with Bain Capital. Bain Capital specializes in private equity and venture capital. Mitt Romney is a man of the finance world. He has made decisions on a level of business that you or I could never begin to imagine. Mitt Romney has repeatedly touted his business experience as an asset towards reviving the U.S. economy. Read more
Why labeling of GMOs is actually bad for people and the environment « The Berkeley Blog.
This is a very balanced and knowledge-based post by the widely respected agricultural economist, David Zilberman. Thankfully, he brings some science to this hot topic. It is an important read for everyone in California who votes as we will soon have an initiative on GMO Labeling on our ballot.
One small point. Professor Zilberman indicates “Now, what about emergence of resistance to GMOs? ‘ Read more
I’ve been posting quite a bit recently on the disastrous record of the current Conservative government here in Canada, especially in regards to how they treat information, science and the environment. Sadly, I have way too many posts in the works along these lines.
The other day a post I saw on the Deciphering Science blog that really blew me away. It perfectly captures every important detail about the Harper government and their total contempt for science and disregard for the environment. Read more
Shawn Otto, author of Fool me Twice, will be on Science Friday this week talking about Science Debate with Ira Flatow and Vern Ehlers.
Fri 1-2 CT, 2-3 ET Read more
We’re being told that fiscal responsibility requires big cuts in education, nutrition, and health care for millions of children. This shortsighted and uncaring thinking is not only a nightmare for those directly affected; it is an imminent threat to America’s economic future.
We have to let our policy makers know that fiscal responsibility requires caring economic policies. Here’s why. Read more