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who should the democrats nominate in 2012?

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It is Ben Bernanke’s job to control inflation and unemployment. He has said straight up that he is not interested in doing the second half of his job, for reasons that, as Paul Krugman explains, are simply bullshit.

Yet we hear not one word of complaint from the White House. Millions will remain unemployed who could be employed if saner policies prevailed, but we hear not one word of complaint.

Which brings me to my point, who should be the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 2012? This marks the point in time where I don’t think it can be Obama.

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18/12/2009 at 3:35 pm

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tale of the snake

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Paul Kedrosky has a nice rant up on the decline of quality web search results:

Google has become a snake that too readily consumes its own keyword tail. Identify some words that show up in profitable searches — from appliances, to mesothelioma suits, to kayak lessons — churn out content cheaply and regularly, and you’re done. On the web, no-one knows you’re a content-grinder.

The result, however, is awful. Pages and pages of Google results that are just, for practical purposes, advertisements in the loose guise of articles, original or re-purposed. It hearkens back to the dark days of 1999, before Google arrived, when search had become largely useless, with results completely overwhelmed by spam and info-clutter.

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13/12/2009 at 11:45 pm

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stat of the day

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Colleges need to be aware, the report emphasized, that only about a quarter of those enrolled in higher education fit the popular image of a college student living in a dorm and attending classes full time. Almost as many have dependent children.

NY Times

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10/12/2009 at 7:14 am

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if you fail, fail

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Paul Volker is not impressed with the banksters:

The former US Federal Reserve chairman told an audience that included some of the world’s most senior financiers that their industry’s “single most important” contribution in the last 25 years has been automatic telling machines, which he said had at least proved “useful”.

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10/12/2009 at 4:24 am

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photography lesson

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06/12/2009 at 3:42 pm

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friday cat vocabulary lessons

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Human phrases my cat knows (along with her interpretation of what I mean by them)

no (continue your current activity)
NO (pause for one second, then resume your current activity)
NO! NO!!! (hide under the couch for one hour)
up up up! (either wake up and get off my back or you’re getting rolled over on)
come here (feeding or petting is imminent, approach me at full speed)
it’s okay (the vacuum cleaner/thunderstorm/garbage truck is not an immediate danger to you)
hey! (I’m whining because I brought fingernails to a claw fight)
good girl (I’m under the pathetic misconception that if I praise you for scratching the scratching pad, you’ll stop using my overpriced down jacket as your preferred claw sharpener)

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05/12/2009 at 4:59 am

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how to be sarcastic using pie charts

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Disregarding the fact that you have still not paid me for work I completed earlier this year despite several assertions that you would do so, I would be delighted to spend my free time creating logos and pie charts for you based on further vague promises of future possible payment. Please find attached pie chart as requested and let me know of any changes required.

No idea if this is a spoof or not but I do have an idea how funny it is.

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03/12/2009 at 4:02 pm

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