Tagged: politics

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McCain Cantwell

Senators John McCain and Maria Cantwell have introduced legislation which would reinstate Glass-Steagall. The Glass-Steagall act was a law which was introduced after the Great Depression. It separated banks into different types and made...

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Bostonian of the Year

Every year at this time, the Boston Globe puts together a list of 10 notable Bostonians of the year. This year’s top pick is Elizabeth Warren. She definitely would be high on my list...

The Clinton Tapes 1

The Clinton Tapes

I’m not sure whether I’m ready to tackle Taylor Branch’s 700 page account of the conversations he recorded with Bill Clinton during his presidency, but David Runciman’s review in the London Review of Books...

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Latest CBO Report

The Congressional Budget Office released their estimates of what individuals would pay for health insurance under the Senate Bill. I’m sure you’ve seen this reported in the news. It usually has a headline like...

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The Political Mind

I just finished reading George Lakoff’s book The Political Mind. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s a cognitive linguist at Berkeley. That means that he researches the ways in which language use reflects...

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Bad Code Offsets

Here’s a useful idea; Bad Code Offsets. They basically work just like carbon offsets, but for bad code. Just like carbon offsets, they’re designed to expose external costs to the correcting forces of the...

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Ayn Rand

Two biographies of Ayn Rand (Goddess of the Market and Ayn Rand and the World She Made) came out recently. That’s been the occasion for a number of book reviews which attempt to puzzle...

The Public Option in 2D 0

The Public Option in 2D

We had a meeting at work yesterday about naming some classes. We’ve had the same meeting over and over for months (years?) now. Again and again, we’ll get everyone to agree on a naming...

Chickens and the Auto Industry 0

Chickens and the Auto Industry

Have you been following the recent trade squabble between the US & China? The US imposed a tariff on Chinese tires, now China is threatening to respond with a tariff on US chickens. It...

The Post-American World 0

The Post-American World

I finally got around to reading Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World. I had read the reviews when it first came out and seen him on The Daily Show a few times, but the book...