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Month: July 2010

Government Economic Intervention Worked

Government Economic Intervention Worked

I never had any doubts that the federal government’s financial bailout and the stimulus bill were needed to weather the economic storm that hit us in 2008.  Many people disagreed, but as the New York Times reported this week: Now, two leading economists wielding complex quantitative models say that assertion can be empirically proved. In a new paper, the economists argue that without the Wall Street bailout, the bank stress tests, the emergency lending and asset purchases by the Federal…

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Drinking and Vocabulary

Drinking and Vocabulary

Take a look at this chart from a Discover Magazine blogpost that shows people who drink more have more extensive vocabularies. The chart is based on WORDSUM scores (a vocabulary test included in the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale) compared to percentile groupings of people in the survey who identified themselves as drinkers.  There are many more drinking graphs in the post including drinking by demographic categories, by regions of the United States, and by political and educational categories. Go read…

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The Incoherent GOP

The Incoherent GOP

Ever since Democrats passed the stimulus bill in early 2009, Republicans in congress have attempted to portray themselves as born-again deficit hawks, eschewing their profligate ways during the George W Bush years.  Fortunately, this fiction has not survived the question of what to do about the Bush tax cuts for the rich which are due to expire. The Obama administration intends to let them expire, thereby saving the treasury some $697 billion over 10 years.  GOP leaders, however, support an…

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Bastille Day in America

Bastille Day in America

What should an American do to celebrate La Fête Nationale? Drink! I’m always looking of an excuse to open a bottle of French bubbly, and a day celebrating the French people’s freedom from monarchy seems like as good a reason as any. So right now I am watching le Tour de France, listening to Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz, and drinking a bottle of Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Brut method traditionnelle, and toasting the French. …not much left in the bottle now….

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Hot Summer Day in Seattle

Hot Summer Day in Seattle

Summer finally arrived in Seattle the day after the 4th of July weekend.  That’s pretty normal around these parts. It’s been getting warmer every day since the 4th, and today the weathermen say it’s going to be 94 degrees.   Too hot for some folks around here.  I can hear them complaining now… Driving in to work today, (Why is the weather always the nicest during the work week?) I was listening to KPLU, and today’s installment of “Record Bin Roulette”…

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Catching Up with Nick Cave and Grinderman

Catching Up with Nick Cave and Grinderman

While flipping through the pages of the August 2010 issue of MOJO Magazine last night, I came across and advertisement for Grinderman’s upcoming European tour that I thought was pretty funny.  I went surfing around today for a digital copy of the ad, and I found it on a website called Nick Cave Fixes.  It’s “a blog for Nick Cave addicts & devotees.”  I definitely fall into that category.  So, please welcome this blog to the Blogroll.  You Nick Cave fans…

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Celebrate the 4th of July with R. Lee Ermey

Celebrate the 4th of July with R. Lee Ermey

Happy Fourth of July. Now why don’t you maggots skip on over to R. Lee Ermey’s official website for a quick video lesson on what it mean s to be an American. Maggots?   Oh come on now… maybe you need a refresher course on R. Lee Ermey.  Watch this famous motivational speech scene from Full Metal Jacket: …and then watch him in the new Geico commercial.  Makes me laugh every time I see it.