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Archives for October, 2008

Obama

Well, last week I finally did it.  I put up an Obama sign in the yard.  Not that anyone sees my yard. But now that the Editors of Seed magazine have come out with an endorsement, I may as well join the crowd and openly announce my anonymous support, here on the Internet. I don’t…

Greenspan is SHOCKED

This little (19-second) gem is from Calculated Risk (the other video there, Greenspan and The Simpsons, is good too): That says it all.  It is the short version. The longer armchair version is this: All economic activity is composed of four basic elements, or “atoms” is the Lucretian sense.  Granted, this is not the most…

This is one of those things that take a minute to figure out if it is serious, or a parody.   Block African witchcraft curses against McCain and Palin NOW! Jim Bramlett Sep 28 2008 04:12PM Dear friends: THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS. Minutes ago I spoke with friend Dr. Norman G. Marvin, M.D. and he…

Carborexia is the New Green

Carborexia is not a word.  Any string that garners only six hits on Google is not a word.   But the string appears in the New York Times, so maybe it will be a word soon.  Perhaps even by the time you read this. Carborexia is a cute play in the neologism game.  It refers…

I’m sure I am not the only one who was underwhelmed by the series of Presidential debates.  Here is what the candidates and the moderators forgot…

World Food Day; NASCAR On Skid Row

NASCAR, for the non-TV-watching geeks out there, is an auto racing organization.  It operates the second-most popular televised sport in the USA.   In May, they were troubled, just a bit, by rising fuel costs.  One team, Hendrick Motorsports, said that the higher prices would cost them an extra $760,000 this year.  Perhaps this is,…

AIG Executive Excesses

Now we learn that AIG execs just spent $86,000 on a hunting trip. Oct 15th, 2008 | CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A handful of top executives from American International Group Inc. spent thousands of dollars during a recent English hunting trip, even as the New York-based insurer asked for an additional $37.8 billion loan from the…

New Financial Plan

This one is illustrated.  The photos speak for themselves.   Source It’ll work about as well as the Paulson-Bernanke plan.  

Krugman Wins Nobel; Markets Rally

Paul Krugman was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.   “It’s been an extremely weird day, but weird in a positive way,” Mr. Krugman said in an interview on his way to a Washington meeting for the Group of Thirty, an international body from the public and private…

The Problem with Bipolar Disorder

The Archives of General Psychiatry has an open-access article about bipolar disorder in childhood (Child Bipolar I Disorder).  I started to write about that.  But then, as often happens, I stumbled upon something else. The LA Times has a consumer-oriented article about the journal article.  It is one of those OK-level news articles.  One glaring…