hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, October 21, 2011
Susie Madrak - Sins of the father

Violet Socks - Rapture Watch

Corrente (okanogen's blog) - Sterling Newberry First Hand OWS Reporting

Obsidian Wings (Eric Martin) - Climate Change Skeptics

There is a non-crazy case for skepticism, not so much for global warming, but for policy responses to global warming. The case is that in the future we might have much cheaper ways of removing carbon from the atmosphere, therefore the best thing to do now is to pursue technofixes rather than trying to transition away from fossil fuels.

I don't agree with this view because 1) putting a price on carbon is itself an important way of encouraging R&D and technofixes 2) while there is a need for government to raise revenue, a carbon tax is one of the better ways of doing it.

Freddie deBoer - why Occupy Wall Street exists, reason #1,734

How many people are in US prisons? Of those people, how many 1) received sentences that are too harsh 2) received sentences that are too lenient 3) received sentences that are just?

Juan Cole - Qaddafi’s People’s Temple

Any news on the treatment of African immigrants in Libya?

Gary Farber - Amygdala

Arthur Silber - Once Upon A Time. . .

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