Saturday, August 28, 2010


Nice redesigns of the country’s currency—completely speculative, but it’s a hell of a lot nicer than the new stuff that’s floating around now.

On the manufacturing fallacy, and on the idea that somehow the U.S. is doing especially poorly manufacturing-wise:
The manufacturing sector remains vibrant and innovative. Manufacturing output has been rising at a solid pace over time. Most of this growth, especially over the past 30 years, has been achieved by improving productivity. Of course, for some workers and towns, this increase in productivity has been a double-edged sword, since highly productive operations can achieve their output goals using fewer workers. Nonetheless, higher productivity has fostered a globally competitive U.S. manufacturing sector with the ability to produce more goods with relatively lower price increases, which has benefited U.S. households and the overall economy.

Why are the French deporting the gypsies?

This article on Google trying to make a Facebook killer is interesting, I suppose, for the amount of focus Google has on Facebook—it seems like a similar mental relationship that Microsoft has to Google.

Interesting article on Usain Bolt which has this revelation:
His team say, without a hint of a smile, that once he knuckles down he can break 9.4 seconds. Bolt himself says he can run faster. So does that mean he's lazy? "Yeah," he says enthusiastically. "Yeah, I am lazy. There's no doubt about that."

Only 2% of hospitals meet the administration’s standards for electronic health records.

Paul Allen is declaring patent war…on the internet.

I thought these were perceptive Glenn Beck points. This:
Where Beck differs from the lot, from Rush Limbaugh, who has been much more successful (over time) in galvanizing Republicans, is that Beck attaches a distinctly Christian millennialism to everything he does. This means that there are no shades of gray; everything Beck is doing is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER at that moment. He is given to extreme comparisons, to Nazi analogies and MLK analogies. The graphics for the 8/28 event are dark, menacing, and declarative. This is Beck's edge. He is not a political guy. He is not an ideological guy. He is a philosopher. He is an author of master narratives. There is a Beck way of looking at the world. (There is not a Limbaugh way of looking at the world, or if there is, it's exactly the same thing as a political conservative's way of looking at the world.) Rush has policies; Beck has motivating ideas.
The rally confirms what the crowd already knows about America: "America is good," says Beck, "not just because America is great, but because we are good! When we are good, we make America great!" He affirms this by reminding the crowd of the portraits of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin that "came to him" over the 2009 holidays, with the words faith, hope, and charity. He bestows awards of merit in each category on a reverend, a baseball player, and a philanthropist, all of whom praise him as they accept the honor. When Sarah Palin is introduced, it's as a "military mom" who only makes a few obscure political references as she tells stories about brave war veterans.

The Democrats who pre-butted Beck's rally by predicting an overtly political hateananny were played for suckers. They didn't pay attention to Beck's "Founder Fridays" episodes on Fox, his high-selling speaking tour, or his schmaltzy children's book The Christmas Sweater. It's not his blackboard that makes him popular. It's the total package he sells: membership in a corny, righteous, Mormonism-approved-by-John Hagee cultural family. The anger is what the media focus on, he says, joking several times about what "the press" will do to twist his words.

More on those corporate savers.

New ultranationalist group in Japan, because they just weren’t chauvinist enough already.

Karzai dismisses prosecutor for being too aggressive pursuing anti-corruption cases.

You can’t beat Brazilian comedians at politics.

Africa—the next Bric?

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