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Stupid chain letters from 2004 are all the rage.

June 10th, 2010 No comments

Another variation on the “red states should secede” meme is making the rounds. I wrote about this phenomenon several months ago, linking to a craigslist post that used the meme. This “new” screed, however, may have been the original philippic that my smug classmate waved in my face back in 2004.

So now’s as good a time as to relink to that original post of mine and have you folks read it again. Because apparently you didn’t get it the first time.

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The Volcker Rule

April 23rd, 2010 No comments

To continue the trend of not writing about wingnut forwards (haven’t received any in a while), I want to address the Volcker Rule today. A financial reform bill is clearly badly needed, and one of the important items in this bill is this little piece called the Volcker Rule. On its face, it sounds like a great idea: limit the investment activities of FDIC-insured commercial banks. But those of us who bank or insure through USAA got an email last night urgently asking members to take action to modify this rule.

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Fear the Boom and the Bust

April 18th, 2010 No comments

I should note that while my knowledge of economics is, well, lacking, I found this pretty fantastic. Discovered through winged and finned.

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Auto Tune the News

March 2nd, 2010 No comments

I realize most of the people who read this website– if any of you are left– are probably familiar with auto-tune the news already. Still, in case you’re not, here’s the latest:

Given the last post, I feel I should note that the Andrew & Evan Gregory are both Swatties; Andrew hosted me for the invite-back weekend way back in 2001 when I confirmed that I had absolutely made the right choice in applying to Swarthmore Early Decision.

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Posturing in the chamber

October 1st, 2009 1 comment

Another political custom that bugs the hell out of me:

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“mathandscience” destroying the humanities?

September 24th, 2009 2 comments

This is not an email post, or really a wingnut post at all.

There’s an article from the August September (2009) Harper’s, Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school, which is now, happily, available for free. I say happily, but I’m actually very unhappy with this article. Slouka seems to have a very skewed perspective of what is happening in academia, and gives the impression that us “mathandscience” folk are getting so much attention in grade school that it’s destroying the humanities.

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