When Yanis Varoufakis left academia to take up his position as Greece’s finance minister after the far-left electoral victory which brought Syriza to power, he said words to the effect that – […]
Nota Bene #112: GOOOLLLLLLLL
“Freedom of any kind is the worst for creativity.” Who said it?
Nota Bene #106: [no title due to budget cuts]
“Working for a major studio can be like trying to have sex with a porcupine. It’s one prick against thousands.” Who said it?
Nota Bene #100: Il Planetario di Figaro
Wow, 100 issues of Nota Bene! Props to Russ for helping me for a while with this nifty little S&R feature. Never mind all that now, let’s get on with this issue. […]
Maybe 'banksters' are the exception, not the rule
If you’re not familiar with the term “bankster,” it was coined, writes Harold Evans for BBC, “by an American immigrant, a fiery Sicilian-born lawyer by the name of Ferdinand Pecora. He was […]
A forerunner of credit-card debt helped spawn the Revolutionary War
Washington was caught in the trap that was snaring so many other Virginia planters and that Thomas Jefferson, another victim, described as the chronic condition of indebtedness, which then became “hereditary from […]
Don't most Republicans need Social Security, too?
In recent days, two of our foremost progressive economic experts have weighed in on the stealth war that conservatives are waging on Social Security. First, William Greider, describes this hair-raising scenario at […]
Fed up with Fed
by Rick Herschlag Are zero-interest T-bills actually the antidote to usury? Last month, the U.S. Treasury began offering a four-week T-bill with a return of zero point zero percent. That’s growth we […]
Nota Bene #52
Link of the Week (as opposed to the Weakest Link) Warren Strobel, McCatchy’s Nukes & Spooks, blogging from Tehran: . . . rumors are running rife in Tehran’s huge central bazaar that […]
Nota Bene #51
Link of the Week (as opposed to the Weakest Link) William Langewiesche, Vanity Fair, The Devil at 37,000 Feet, about a 2006 airplane collision over the Amazon jungle: [The pilots] were operating […]