News that President Obama’s Chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, will be leaving at year end gave a number of commentators the opportunity to suggest replacement candidates. Many of these suggestions take the […]
What's a nice little gringa like me doing at a protest like this? A white middle-class suburbanite's manifesto
by Pollyanna Sunshine I have been thinking about this question a lot the past couple of days, due to the reactions I’ve been getting from family members and old friends and colleagues […]
The nation's 120,000 dams: Much more inspection, repair needed
As Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin sang solo in the nearby Dodge Theatre, 750 million gallons of water from the 16-foot-deep Tempe Town Lake near Phoenix roared through a burst dam at […]
Regime Change in the Stock Market: a comment
Numerian over at The Agonist has a good post today on the state of the equity markets. Basically, it’s an argument that I agree with pretty much completely—tracking short term movements these […]
So how’s that coalition thingamajig workin’ out for ya, Britain?
Well, we’ve had, let’s see, a month of the now-old-hat Conservative/Lib Dem coalition, and the sky hasn’t fallen yet. I guess it still might, but then again, it might snow in London […]
Lily Dale: The town that talks to the dead
by Jared VanDyke Part one of a five-part series The winding backwoods roads of Chautauqua County, New York, are lined with churches and scrap heaps. Trailers and half-completed ranch-style homes, surrounded by […]
The next UK election
The forthcoming UK election may produce a hung Parliament in which no one wields real power. Two months ago it looked as if the Tories were well on their way to victory. What happened?
More on corporate earnings and analyst error
Analyst error is increasing. Why do we pay attention?
Even if states balance budgets, services cuts, high taxes, fees likely to stay
For the first time in many years, the state of New York owes me a tax refund — all of $13. But our governor, David Paterson, doesn’t want to give it to […]
Welcome to Colorado Springs, America's teabagger paradise
Colorado is a beautiful place and it always ranks right at the top of those most desirable places to live rankings (heck, a new poll says the People’s Republic of Boulder is […]