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From Media Matters: It is difficult to understand how so many errors could be crammed into one simple chart, merely by accident.  It is even harder to understand how the artist could end up with a straight line, after incorporating numerous errors, unless it was an done with the intention of being misleading. First, (problem…

Susanne Sternthal, a writer based in Moscow, has published an article about the ecology of stray dogs.  The article is in Financial Times, of all places.  Why is that? Moscow’s stray dogs By Susanne Sternthal January 16 2010 00:04

Critical Infrastructure and Jobs

I wrote about this before, a couple of times, most thoroughly here.  I was reminded of this topic when I saw that the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) have updated their Report Card on America’s Infrastructure.  In 2008, I compared the positions of the two Presidential candidates, regarding advocacy for infrastructure improvements.  Obama was…

The USA still leads the world int he number of scientific papers published per year.  Germany and Japan were essentially tied for second, for years.  According to a recent report by Thomspon-Reuters ISI, there is a new player at the table: The report is available at Thomson Reuters, free registration required.  Note that this says…

The Ghost Mall

The world’s largest shopping mall boasts some impressive statistics:  7.1 million square feet (659,612 square meters) of leasable space and 890,000 square meters of total floor space; attractions, including a roller coaster and a Venice-like canal; and over 1,500 shops, with an occupancy rate of 0.8%.   That’s right.  Although it opened in 2005, 99.2%…

Gang Mentality

I spend a lot of time working with gang kids.  One of the amusing things, is to see some of these kids strutting around, feeling like a million bucks, because they are so smart.  In actuality, they have IQs in the 90-100 range.  But the rest of their crew is down in the 70-80 range. …

Just goes to show how lobbying reform hasn’t gone anywhere near far enough: Bank Lobbyists Are Not Only Trying to Kill NEW Legislation, They Are Trying to Weaken EXISTING Regulations By George Washington of Washington’s Blog. Everyone knows that the lobbyists for the financial giants are trying to kill any tough new regulations. But they…

Sunday Iconoclasm Blogging

Some irreverent souls have taken to Sunday blogging on a freethinking themes.  I choose to Ozymandize* that which we worship the most: our economic system. That plant in the middle is my mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) tree, the one I am growing from seed.  It is, literally, a green shoot (although the leaves close and droop…

A chart on Clusterstock (great name) by Kamelia Angelova (another great name) shows what I’ve suspected for a while: all the jobs created in the USA, during the Bush II years, were unsustainable.  All have been lost.  Meanwhile, the population has increased by about 23 million.  People can argue about what the latest job numbers…

Miscellaneous Financial Link

Business Matters has posted interviews about the financial crisis.   these interviews provide a good overview of the origin of the crisis, plus some clues as to where we are headed.  The first interview is with Paul Craig Roberts.  Roberts was an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.  The second interview is with…