Remember when we all agreed that the American health care system was broken, and...– Your monthly reminder that Dan Brooks’ Combat! Blog should be added to your Google Reader. Also: fuck SCOTUS. (via willystaley)
And now, having seen The Hunger Games, I worry about the arithmetic of...– “Problematic Panemetrics,” Paul Krugman, NYT, Mar. 25, 2012
We have not taken account of tax evasion. In Greece particularly and in...– “The distributional effects of austerity measures: a comparison of six EU countries,” Nov. 2011 lol
The colleges have just maxed out in terms of how many students they can serve.– “Community College to Charge More for Top Courses,” by Jennifer Medina, NYT, Mar. 29, 2012
What nonsense, what folly, what irresponsibility!– Jacques Delors, the former European Commission president widely seen as one of the ‘fathers of Europe “Delors points the finger at Europe’s ‘killers’,” EurActiv, Mar. 29, 2012
A student from Spain asked Gingrich what he thought as a Catholic about the fact...– “Gingrich fields question from former child janitor at Georgetown event,” by Felicia Sonmez, March 28, 2012, The Washington Post …This man is running for president.
So much of barbarism still remains in the transactions of the most civilized...– John Stuart Mill, 1848
Mr Zhou once belonged to a Chinese body that advises the government, work that...– “The man who helped ‘simplify’ Chinese,” by Michael Bristow, BBC News, Mar. 21, 2012
Do Children Harvest Your Food? →
Answer: Yes. by Helene York, The Atlantic, Mar. 26, 2012 Americans pay a fantastically low percentage of our income on food — less than in any other country in the developed world and less than we did in 1960. Our very cheap food comes with enormous environmental, social, and public health costs. It’s time to end child field labor by paying adult laborers a wage that is truly...
The boycott would be largely symbolic, because the co-op carries only a...– “Boycott Plan at Food Co-op Is Opposed by City Officials,” by Michael M. Grynbaum, NYT, March 26, 2012
The hard part is being able to have the focus to do it over and over again,...– “How To Survive in the NBA When You’re Not a Superstar,” Nick Collison, GQ
The Secret Life of "Dude" →
futurejournalismproject: Via More Intelligent Life: Though [“dude”] seems distinctly American, it had an interesting birth: one of its first written appearances came in 1883, in the American magazine, which referred to “the social ‘dude’ who affects English dress and the English drawl”. The teenage American republic was already a growing power, with the economy booming and the conquest of the...
Irish firms urged to 'get out there and win... →
by Clifford Coonan,The Irish Times, March 26, 2012 REPRESENTATIVES from nearly 90 Irish firms were yesterday urged to “put on their green jerseys and get out there and win business”. At the start of a four-day visit to China by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Enterprise Ireland chief executive Frank Ryan told members of a trade delegation that Ireland was “going to become a major trading partner with...
On that night, Ireland’s financial regulator, a lifelong Central Bank bureaucrat...– “When Irish Eyes Are Crying,” Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair, March 2011
On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America.– “Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys,” by Walt Bogdanich, Joe Drape, Dara L. Miles, and Griffin Palmer, New York Times, Mar. 24, 2012
If you’re younger than 13, don’t use Tumblr. Ask your parents for an...– Tumblr Terms and Conditions
Iceland has no Army, no Navy, no Air Force, no commercial planes, no railways,...– “Iceland: Nobody’s Baby,” Time, April 22, 1940
USA.gov: Learn How To Understand Financial Jargon →
usagov: By Maggie Anderson from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau It can be hard to understand the language of financial products and services. Just what exactly is a grace period? What about an ARM? A balloon payment? And while the Internet can serve up an answer, how can you be sure it’s the…
In the heyday of modern globalization in the 1990s, it looked as if small open...– The Creation and Destruction of Value, Harold James, 2010
Graduation rules, however, allow for theses to be completed at any time in the...– “Thesis: Better 27 years late than never,” by Kate Benner, Daily Princetonian, Sept. 17, 2007 DID YOU KNOW
For his part, Mr. Rosen explains his ability to report freely this way: “in nine...– “Syrian Activists Say U.S. Journalist Is No Spy,” by Robert Mackey, The Lede blog, NYT, Mar. 22, 2012
The Iced-Coffee Economy: Why the Cold Stuff Costs... →
by Kurt Soller,Grubstreet, March 22, 2012 Here is an alternative.
The end is in sight. In the mean time, I’m listening to a lot of Múm, Jónsi, Emiliana Torrini, and THIS SONG THIS AMAZING SONG. Iceland!
Maybe we don’t tell you often enough: We want Ireland in the EU …...– European Commission Vice-President Margot Wallstrom, “Ireland could be Iceland without EU, says Euro chief urging Yes vote,” by Kevin Doyle, The Herald, Sept. 11, 2009
Whenever my friend Jeanne-Hélène has gained a few pounds, I will say to her,...– “Vive le France,” by Paul Rudnick, New Yorker, Mar. 26, 2012
I don’t know that Zimmerman will ever do a lick of jail time, or even see a...– Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the sham investigation into Trayvon Martin’s killing (via theatlantic)
One female officer told a University of Missouri-St. Louis criminology...– “Spy Kids How do cops train for assignments as fake high-school students?” by Will Oremus, Slate, Mar. 16, 2012
On March 14, Bei Bei Shuai will have spent one full year in jail in Marion...– “Protect Pregnant Women: Free Bei Bei Shuai,” by Katha Politt, The Nation, Mar. 7, 2012
Driving on the other side of the road was a problem for a small number of...– “Quality of life better abroad than home, say most emigrants,” by Stephen Collins, Irish Times, Mar. 19, 2012