- The New Obama Budget (by Krugman)
...listening to the administration, you’d think that discretionary spending, not health care, is at the heart of our long-run deficit problems — and you’d also think that the job of rescuing the economy was done, with unemployment still at 9 percent.More on this, in a different form, here.
- Krugman: Republicans want to "eat America’s seed corn" -- along the same lines, Echidne: Eating the Seed Corn. Who Needs Education?
- Health insurers continue to drop children's coverage
- Journalists angry over the commission of journalism (fact-checking is upsetting!)
- Wisconsin Update: Trashing “the Hippies”
- Frustrated in Florida -- more overprotection of capable children/teens
- Schools often react poorly to student suicides, experts say -- in fact, the most common responses are precisely counterproductive!
- Military Personnel Say Pentagon Ignores Sexual Assaults, Harassment
- Today's Deep Thought -- restricted range of arguments about gender equality
- Toxic Chemicals and Where the Burden Should Be -- quit blaming moms and let's get some decent environmental regulation!
But there is only so much time in the day - is my time really better spent researching which deodorants are least likely to cause developmental problems in potential future babies, or is it better spent advocating that the FDA and USDA and other acronyms stop letting poisons into our products in the first place?
- Alaska state rep refuses TSA grope of her mastectomy scars, drives home from Seattle -- and for those who think this is all accomplishing something, there's TSA airport body scan tests miss gun: report
- The undiscussed elephant in the room: poverty!
- It Takes a Village, Not a Tiger
The parenting wars look like they are about children, but really they are only about each parent’s own child. That’s why they serve such a useful social function. Without them we might have to think about the frightening place America is becoming for ever more millions of kids. Who knows? We might even feel that we should do something about it.
- Class And Social Security
A 30 percent cut in benefits would represent disaster for tens of millions of Americans, but a barely noticeable inconvenience for VSPs and everyone they know. A rise in the retirement age would be a vast hardship for people who do manual labor, but if anything a gift to VSPs, who don’t want to step aside in any case. And so on down the line.
So going after Social Security is a way to seem tough and serious — but entirely at the expense of people you don’t know.
- The compensation-productivity gap
- It Takes a Village, Not a Tiger
- The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect
- An Interesting Study on Drug Use Prevention
- My big picture view of Wisconsin -- how people think wealth is distributed (versus how it is, how it should be)
- Why Do Protests Bring Down Regimes? neat!
- Quantum Mechanics vs. Relativity: It Depends on What "Understand" Means -- heck, they're both hard
- TEDxSF - Jill Vialet - 11/17/09 (video talk) -- how critical play is to children, and how amazingly they respond to even a pilot effort
- The Mad Men Account -- why is the series so appealing (and to whom)?
- SoundWorks Collection: Gary Hecker - Veteran Foley Artist -- performing sound effects back into movies; amazing!
- Can I Get An Amen? America doesn't run the world.
- Obama administration replaces controversial 'conscience' regulation for health-care workers -- do your job or find another one!
- Russ Feingold Launches Progressives United PAC -- aiming at the Citizens United decision, in particular
- Religious Coalition Tells The GOP That ‘The Budget Shouldn’t Be Balanced On the Backs Of The Poor’
- Mushroom and BalletBoy Go to the Park! kids need some independence!
- They Said Shut Up, but mombloggers continue to share everyday life with others working through it
- The Court would like to balance the scales -- time off, as long as you're excited about any kid you get!
- Jon Stewart Nails Fox News Hypocrisy On Teachers Vs. Wall Street Pay Levels
- Parov Stelar - Catgroove -- this guy can dance! great fun!
- What would Feynman do? -- long but hilarious skewering of stupid interview questions
- Today’s Silly Question -- what's cuter than a smiling piglet?!?
- And now for no apparent reason… Kittens… in… Bowls!