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Actually, it will probably be several decades. While details of the budget ceiling negotations haven’t been released, the initial reports sound pretty awful, with $2.4 trillion of cuts over ten years with $1 trillion in discretionary cuts (that’s stuff like NIH and NSF, by the way). It’s pretty clear, at this point, that Obama wants…

One of the most frustrating things about Obama’s playing the role of The Great Conciliator is his belief that we should ‘look forward, not back’, that there should be no accountability for those who have failed or committed fraud. Leaving aside notions of justice (which these days is best for one’s sanity), this idiotic belief…

With last week’s release of the latest month’s unemployment data, it’s worth remembering that the official figures would be far worse were it not for our policy of mass incarceration (aka the War on Drugs). Why? Because people in jail (mostly men) are ‘disappeared’ from unemployment and employment statistics. And we imprison a lot of…

Consider this a post wherein I engage in some speculation, and hope that I’m very, very wrong. You see, the ‘German’ E. coli O104:H4 outbreak (‘HUSEC041′) has taken a confusing turn: The strain of E. coli blamed for 46 deaths in Germany appears to have resurfaced in France, the French Ministry of Health said. The…

…you know things are getting weird. David Warsh writes: I belong to a luncheon club whose smartest member is a longtime investment manager whom I have observed for many years, He walked out of the room after a global tour d’horizon talk the other day and said on the sidewalk in front of the building,…

A study showing that many people who receive assistance from government programs don’t believe they have done so has been making the rounds once again (you heard it here first! Months ago!). My favorite idiocy is how 43% of Pell Grant recipients–federal aid for college–don’t realize it’s a government program (one does wonder how that…

At D-squared Digest, some ruminations about Egypt lead to the bestest political science theory EVAH! (italics original; boldface mine): …so that brings me to a useful piece of advice for any readers who are aspiring dictators, one that the Communists knew, Suharto knew, but that some modern day tyrants seem to have forgotten. There is…

On Educational Metrics and Special Sandwiches

Over at Open Left, jeffbinnc pithily summarizes all of the metrics of which educational ‘reformers’ are fond: Then, to illustrate just how the focus on more and better tests is going to be raised to the levels of panacea, the CAP rolled out a new report last week that based just about everything on the…

I would ask if movement conservatives have any decency or shame, but that has an obvious question. By way of Jamison Foer, we find that Erick Erickson, CNN contributor and rightwing conservative, has definitely discovered what ails this nation: Through it all though, well meaning people on both sides of the ideological and partisan divide…

…and there’s another important date right around then. First, the crazy: Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches and convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin May 21, 2011… “A lot of people might think, ‘The…