Friday, April 1, 2011
The Kidnapper's Guide to Negotiating a Budget (or, Why We Need an Independent, Non-Party Movement)
Captain “Sully” Sullenberger Blasts Shuster Amendment
Myth, Politics and the Erosion of The American Dream
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Macho men are wrong on Social Security
The sleight of hand is that if Social Security is pulled out from the group with Medicare and Medicaid, and instead placed in the category with everything else, the charts look almost exactly the same. Indeed, any number of valuable social programmes disliked by the right – be they benefits for veterans, support for early years education, or foreign aid – could be lumped together with Medicare and Medicaid, to show that the growth in cost of the three programmes combined is also out of control.
Read more at www.ft.com
Without the trickery, the real story behind the fiscal debate is simple: it is the costs of Medicare and Medicaid that are projected to rise hugely. This is because the cost of healthcare is projected to grow quickly too. That is happening everywhere else in the world, but the US is in an especially bad position: it already pays more than twice as much on healthcare per person when compared with other rich countries, and gains little obvious benefit for this expense. Worse, per person costs in the US are projected to rise even further, relative to both GDP and costs in other countries.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
How a Differential Gear Works
Number of Dead Dolphins and Whales in Gulf May Be 50 Times Higher
Global Land Use Change from 8000 BP to -50 BP
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Anti-Predictor: A Chat with Mathematical Sociologist Duncan Watts
The Conservative States of America
Richard B Freeman on Labour Unions
The Failure of the US Education System - We'll be the Last to Know
The header section for comments is very interesting
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
REPORT: From Poll Taxes To Voter ID Laws: A Short History of Conservative Voter Suppression