Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Points of Interest


"What this tells me is that the emphasis is on 2012 — on politics, not on policy."
Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R), who served as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Bush administration, said that her party's focus during its first month had tended more toward placating activists in the party. 
It's not the 'center' if the solutions you are pushing are the same ones the Republicans were proposing two decades ago.
...a growing number of outside groups are vying to fill the space that the leadership council occupied for more than two decades, betting that an appeal to moderation, rather than polarization, is the best way to win over fickle independent voters.
"Ron Paul Versus the Kochtopus."
He’s also going to make Paul Ryan look reasonable instead of someone who is both uninformed and terrible on monetary policy. In each case he’s building on problems people are experiencing and pushing them further to the right. Do liberals have any type of counter-narrative rather than relying on discredited technocrat expertise?
"Loser people and loser organizations..."
Grover Norquist closes the curtain on the groups that have showily boycotted the conference over annoyance at the gay Republican group GOProud, the business transactions of ACU's David Keene, or the participation of Muslim Republican Suhail Khan.
"National governments and the international community must urgently address this issue in a proactive manner."
Existing migration patterns expected to accelerate, the study says, include rural-urban migration, especially to large cities; cross-border migration to India; migration of semi-skilled laborers to Middle East and Southeast Asian countries, as well as the continued "brain drain" of educated and wealthy people to developed countries.
In a future remake of the movie Red Dawn, a battle cry of "Wolverines!" won't make much sense.
Built for the cold, wolverines make their homes mostly in the northern forests and tundras of North America, Europe, and Asia. The carnivores are rarely found in places where temperatures get higher than 72 degrees F (22 degrees C).[...]

The new study shows that climate change might endanger wolverines in the mainland U.S. by eliminating springtime snow and significantly increasing summer temperatures.
I guess it depends on whom you are trying to appeal to.
While the modest increase in the inflation rate in many countries may have some negative impact on the standing of central bankers, their failure to stem the housing bubbles that brought on the worst downturn since the Great Depression would be a more obvious explanation for their loss of status.

Dewey defeats Truman.

(picture at the link)


  1. I changed my mind from yesterday. It might be interesting to see what happens.

    Is there anyway you can posts the links to open in a new window? I keep forgetting what program I'm in and wind up closing the window and losing the blog link. If not, I'll work on my attention span.

  2. I can find out how to make that happen - there should be some checkbox somewhere that inserts the code.

    It's my fault, actually...I'm too used to right-clicking a link and selecting "open in new window/tab"...