Fractals of Change: November 2010

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11 posts from November 2010

November 27, 2010

How NOT to Convince Anyone about Global Warming

Obvious spin and propaganda increase skepticism. Two stories published on the eve of COP16, the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, are good illustrations of how NOT to be convincing about climate change or its possible anthropo More...

November 22, 2010

Cutting the Cable; Taking Down the Dish

People are dropping their pay TV subscriptions. According to an article in The New York Times, cable, satellite and telecommunications subscriptions for entertainment More...

November 18, 2010

Earmarks Bribe Us with Our Own Money

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." – Quote often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville.

Earmarks are only about one-half of More...

November 16, 2010

The Changing of the Guard – Shumlin’s A Team

Power in the executive branch of Vermont state government radiates from the governor's office on the fifth floor of the Pavilion. Yesterday Governor-elect Peter Shumlin named some very good people to key fifth floor positions. They will replace Governor Jim Douglas' excellent outgoing te More...

November 15, 2010

Cutting the Deficit – Just Do It!

Congress doesn't have to pay any attention at all to the report of the Deficit Commission, even when it's presented in its final form on December 1 and even assuming it gets the requisite approval of 14 of the 18 commission members. The original plan was to require an up or down vote by C More...

November 12, 2010

The Deficit Reduction Draft Proposal is the Stimulus Program We Need!

If the "Draft Proposal from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform"  were adopted straight from the PowerPoint slides, there More...

November 11, 2010

Confessions of a Stimulator

I was Vermont's "Stimulus czar", a fascinating position to have after retiring from a career as a high-tech entrepreneur. As Chief Recovery Officer, I had an excellent inside view of the working and non-workings of the Stimulus Bill (formally "American Reinvestment and Recover More...

November 09, 2010

Grumby, Kindle, and the Flash Crash

Grumbys caused the flash crash of the American stock market on May 6th. Readers of Andy Kessler's Grumby knew this as early as June 11th when the More...

November 07, 2010

Election Analysis: Why No Shellacking in Vermont?

Democrats were decidedly NOT shellacked in Vermont. Our lone House member, Peter Welch (D), and our senior Senator, Pat Leahy (D), were considered shoo-ins – and they were. The governorship being vacated by Jim Douglas (R), was won by Peter Shumlin (D). Republicans picked up one seat in the State More...

November 03, 2010

Election Analysis: It Was TARP that Boiled the Tea

TARP was initially proposed and passed during the Bush administration; ironically, TARP is the cause of much of the anger that led to yesterday's stunning defeat for Democrats and "second chance" for Republicans. Sure, if he economy had come roaring back, things would've been di More...

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