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Saturday, May 21, 2011
Arthur Silber - Once Upon a Time...
I keep trying to do some writing; so far, I have to stop after a little while and go back to bed. And now one of the cats seems to have some ailment, too. Thanks to the generosity of readers, I can afford to get her some medical attention once I'm able to make the trip to the vet. I hope to do that in the next few days . . .
William Greider - Secrets of the Temple (1989)
. . .Conservative critics decried it as the advent of socialism, but the core of Keynesian politics was quite different. What Keynes proposed was not class conflict, but reconciliation. His economic prescriptions suggested the terms for peaceful resolution. . .
Daniel Kuehn - Some Keynes links (via Yglesias)
-Giovanni Dosi talks about the confluence between Schumpeter and Keynes at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website. I think this is very important. Some people see Keynes as saying "saving is bad and spending is good". I think that's a strange way to look at it. I see Keynes as saying "investment is good and investment doesn't always match up with savings". The latter perspective, which stresses animal spirits, etc. - this sort of view of Keynes that is more common at the Institute for New Economic Thinking - is quite commensurate with a Schumpterian entrepreneurial view of the economy.
Amos Oz, Brigitta van Rheinberg - How to Cure a Fanatic (2006)
. . .Oz argues that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a war of religion or cultures or traditions, but rather a real estate dispute—one that will be resolved not by greater understanding, but by painful compromise. As he writes, "The seeds of fanaticism always lie in uncompromising righteousness, the plague of many centuries.". . .
Glenn Harlan Reynolds - Sunday Reflection: From 'just-in-time' to 'just-in-case?'
. . .A new subdiscipline called "resilience engineering" looks at how systems can be made more resistant to failure, and better able to recover when they do fail. That kind of thinking, it seems to me, is relevant to all of us, not just engineers. . .
Jim Toedtman - Budget Wisdom in the Classroom
As I have for years, I spent a week of teaching and listening at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., this spring. I've assured my bosses that this was my continuing search for the Fountain of Youth, a popular undertaking in Florida and at AARP.
Clive Crook - A Timely Proposal From Martin Feldstein
Megan Mcardle - Capping Tax Expenditures: The Right Solution for the Wrong Reasons
Kevin Drum - Chart of the Day: Where the Debt Comes From
. . .If you want to save America from a crushing future debt burden, you need to repeal the Bush tax cuts, get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and stop pursuing austerity policies that will slow down economic recovery.
Jane Mayer - Charges Against the N.S.A.’s Thomas Drake
. . .Steven Aftergood . . .believes that the trial may also test whether the nation’s expanding secret intelligence bureaucracy is beyond meaningful accountability. . .
Talat Masood - Patience, Not Punishment, for Pakistan
. . .To be sure, Pakistan’s India-centric policy is harmful and counterproductive. The present crisis provides an opportunity for the Pakistani military to give up this strategically misguided obsession. India should also use this window of opportunity to step forward and normalize relations with its neighbor, instead of gloating over Pakistan’s misfortunes.
Obama - Remarks by the President on the Middle East and North Africa
. . .Our support for these principles is not a secondary interest. Today I want to make it clear that it is a top priority that must be translated into concrete actions, and supported by all of the diplomatic, economic and strategic tools at our disposal.
Matt Yglesias - Open Educational Resources
. . .the purpose of libraries is to make human knowledge as widely available as possible, something for which digital media are ideal. But we haven’t had the kind of deliberate public focus on this that our ancestors put into library building.
Brad Delong - The Fourth Online-Learning Revolution (2010)
Brad Delong - Keeping the Fourth Online-Learning Revolution from Flaming Out into Disaster (2010)
Neal: ". . .People, and especially students, are weaselly creatures. I was a student, I know people who have students, and I am a father to students. They are weaselly creatures. The danger to the value of an on-line education is the pretending that the weaselly factor does not exist. The embedded nature of what was learned in the face-to-face accountability is replaced by what? I know how my children skitter and skate through the "inter-web net-tubey" thing and there is very little of value that remains after the interaction. Quick solutions seized from here and there, on-line boards and chats for the "smart" persons answer, "cut and paste", done, and on to another round of COD4."
But that's implicitly assuming an assignment which the student didn't care about, done merely as an offering to oblige the professor. What about an assignment that a student did care about?
Shani O. Hilton - Black Ladies, Just Like the Other Ladies
peenerbambina: "This kind of crap pisses me of in such a spectrum of ways. Of course, in the nasty racist arsehole way, but also because it is BAD SCIENCE and BAD SCIENCE can make GOOD SCIENCE look STUPID because it is all called SCIENCE. . ."
Katie Toms - Borat review (2006)
'Do you think that women should be educate?' . . .'But government scientist Dr Yamuka has proved women have brain of squirrel'. . .
Gershom Gorenberg - Political Memory in the Mideast
. . .the either-or argument about 1948 versus 1967 is deeply misleading. Both years are part of Israeli-Palestinian history. But history isn't made of rock. . .When Israel pursues a peace agreement based mainly on the 1967 issues of dividing territory, it has a better chance of resolving the 1948 issue of refugees. . .
Daniel Levy - Obama Gets Real on Israel
. . .in addressing Hamas, the president got his emphasis wrong. He focused on Hamas' refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist, and while deeply regrettable, that position belongs in the context of a solution rather than as a precondition -- Israel, for instance, has not recognized the right to Palestinian statehood on the 1967 lines or any Palestinian fundamental rights for that matter. Obama would have been better advised to emphasize the need for all Palestinian factions, including Hamas, to adhere to international law, notably the inadmissibility of terror or attacks on civilians. . .
Josh Marshall - Fool on the Hill
Douglas Hofstadter - The Prisoner's Dilemma and the Evolution of Cooperation (from Metamagical Themas)
. . .strategies featuring massive retaliation were less successful than TIT FOR TAT with its more gentle policy of restrained retaliation. Forgiveness is the key here, for it helps to restore the proverbial "atmosphere of mutual cooperation" (to use the phrase of international diplomacy) after a small skirmish.
Some people add "straight-forward" to this enlightened self-interest Rule of thumb, i.e. "Be nice, provocable, forgiving and straightforward".
Dorothy L Sayers - Further Papers on Dante (1957) (via A matter of eternity: selections from the writings of Dorothy L. Sayers chosen and introduced by Rosamond Kent Sprague.)
. . .The thing that Liberal Humanism finds it most difficult to understand or cope with is the riddle of the evil mind, practising a purposeless malignity for its own sake. The love of evil is sub-rational, as the Divine charity is super-rational; and the golden mean of reason is as incapable of the one as the other.
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