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October 21, 2008

How Poker Explains the Wall Street Meltdown

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Cross-Posted at Left Flank (featuring a YouTube clip of Real Time with Bill Maher, October 17, 2008) Bill Maher on the October 17 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher offered a clip of a quote from the Federal Reserve chairman, Marriner S. Eccles , who served from 1934 to 1948, and retired fro...

The Old ‘Tit-for-Tat’ on Taiwan

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

You have to love it when the smart guys call to take the gloves off! Wang Dao (I believe that’s the professor’s name) in the Hong Kong paper, Ta Kung Pao , according to Michael Turton’s translation, argues that Atooth for a tooth is the way to answer U.S. arms sales to Taiwan ...

Which Double Standard Bothers You the Most?

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Foreign Policy ’s Moises Naim asks readers about double standards the United States foists upon the world as part of “… an audit of America’s foreign-policy double standards “, and I contributed (only) two: 1. North Korea’s and Pakistan’s human rights...

The Adoption Scam

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Adoption is a minor political football in American politics this election season. Cindy McCain shined a spotlight on the issue of adoption even before the Republican National Convention. Yet, in The Baby Bazaar , there’s a disturbing fact about international adoption most “orphan...

October 16, 2008

Dealing with Panic through Ignorance

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Oddly, instead of prepping myself for a dive off my roof, I’m taking cathartic relief from a consensus among smart talking heads and pundits, that humility is coursing through the media like a vaccination. No one knows if there is any precedent for this financial market crunch, and if so - or ...

October 15, 2008

It’s Not the Nuke, But the State Wielding It

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Shashi Tharoor and Daryl Kimball need to meet, because each sees India in his own light, and I think Tharoor’s is the more cynical. India’s refusal to sign the NPT was based on principle, for the NPT is the last vestige of apartheid in the international system, granting as it does ...

October 14, 2008

One Disgrace at a Time and Longer Odds Increasing

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Stunned isn’t how I feel, by far! Dejected , that’s more like it! Whether one dices it, or swallows it whole, I just keep replaying Tony Soprano’s elegy to the American golden age that launched his conversations with Dr. Melfi. I’m starting to feel some rage, too. Time ...

October 3, 2008

‘A Pinata Full of Ridiculousness’

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

On the bailout bill that just passed the US Senate, I know I’m in the minority: it’s crap. But, watch, listen, or read this debate between Kenneth Rogoff, Scheherazade Rehman, and John Cochrane on the Online Newshour and tell me that these three experts don’t agree the plan should ...

Time to Abolish the VP

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Blogging is about timeliness, and I should lay down my opinion on Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin. I don’t claim to be a Palin-ologist, but David Noon at bhTV offers his appraisal of Alaska’s latest non-fungible export. Noon contributes two bits of information, along with a wealth o...

October 2, 2008

An Even More Grotesque Senate Bailout Bill Passes

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Timothy Garton Ash argues today: “The challenge to American democracy today is nothing less than to prove it can reform its whole model of democratic capitalism, and make it better.” The US Senate failed the first test (link at UK Guardian temporarily unavailable.) The US Senate, unhinde...