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Obama got it right in Libya.
As referenced by artappraiser ,in his blog today he expands on these items (condensed and with slight revisions -for the exact text follow the link)
o The participation of the Muslim world in the United Nations no-fly zone over Libya was secured and is lasting.
o Qaddafi’s air force effectively “no longer exists.” :
Brad Delong today is using his blog to lecture his students . Subject: how we got into this current recession , how to get out of it and why some sensible people are making dumb proposals that we should reject.
You could read it , today's installment takes about ten minutes. But here's what seems to be the key section
It is true that the root problem was a derangement in the subprime mortgage market resulting from irrational exuberance which then triggered a derangement in financial markets more generally due to overleverage and misregulation. [Read more]
Somehow it seems like cheating to use a blog just to provide a link. But in this case it seems justified.
contrary to what you might think based on much of the US media. A survey reported in this weekend's Observer shows that 64% of the British public are very satisfied with their health system. Which happens to be the highest result it has ever achieved on such surveys.
As the debate -shouting match -over the Affordable Care Act (ACA )heats up it might be useful to remember that. Of course it's open to the rebuttal that it measures popularity rather than performance.
But that, in fact , is even better.
In that coming dispute you might want to use this data. I will.  [Read more]
My head tells me that a war is a war is a war and that the right policy is not to start one.But I know I want to draw a line and prevent the blood bath I fear would result if Quaddafi's troops occupied Benghazi.
Got to go and see what Juan Cole thinks.
Gillian Tett in today’s FT
Why have so few bankers gone to jail in the wake of the financial crisis…Why…. Bernard Madoff (is) now sitting in jail, while all those faceless people who conjured up subprime loans or dodgy .collateralized debt obligations are not?
……To be sure the financial industry is dangerously powerful; and some bankers have behaved in ways that were immoral. But whether (they) have actually broken the law is less clear cut.
If you look closely at those clever financial products that were conjured up……..a defining feature was that they were intended to exploit loopholes in the legal system. “Innovation” was thus about dancing on the edge of laws, regulations and ratings- but not breaking any rules. [Read more]
by trying to face facts.
This started as a comment elsewhere but I decided to nail it to the church door.
Of course I don't defend our system, who does? But I plead guilty to being defeatist about changing it. In all sincerity I'll wish good luck to those who try, but from the sidelines.
Not that I'm always there. I spent an hour yesterday with my state representative and days in November going door to door for another candidate. Despite all the things that are wrong with our system, I believe in try to fix things that I think can be fixed. [Read more]
Wisconsin had to abolish the public sector employees' right to collective bargaining ( and really to unionization) because the State couldn't afford it. And could do that in a bill not requiring a 20 member quorum because it had no fiscal implications.
And the voters should see.
Whatever the tactical argument until now for the Administration to stay on the side lines and let the democratic senators carry the ball, now it's time, more than time, for Obama to say Which Side We Are On. [Read more]
Musee des Beaux Arts
About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.