nakedcap: Announcing (Confirming) Our Focus on the CBO’s Dubious Models and Political Bias.
“Republicans plan to mandate that the CBO use something called dynamic scoring, which has the effect of making tax cuts look far more beneficial to the economy than they are, by effectively claiming that tax cuts boost growth, which then boosts tax receipts. It would effectively institutionalize the Laffer curve, which has been widely and repeatedly debunked.” The Laffer Curve’s been a laughingstock since Reagan’s first term. A tragic, maniacal laugh. As in, something like Heath Ledger’s Joker laugh.
AskReddit: What do insanely poor people buy, that ordinary people know nothing about?
This should be read by every politician.
LA Times: Ray Bradbury’s house, sold for $1.76 million, being torn down.
Another reason to dislike “starchitects”. As if I needed more.
NY Times, For Sale: Deep, Spacious Roswell Property, Once Occupied by a Missile.
KK/CoolTools: Stayhold. Prevents grocery bags from tipping in your trunk.
Brill. Backordered, so stuck on my wishlist for future reference.
Mother Nature Network: 7 cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S.
I love this link. Declared link o’ the day. I can relax now.
Truthout: Russia Blamed, US Taxpayers on the Hook, as Fracking Boom Collapses.
“It has been estimated that the six largest ‘too-big-to-fail’ banks control $3.9 trillion in commodity derivatives contracts, those same gambling instruments that brought us the 2008 housing collapse. And a very large chunk of that amount is made up of oil derivatives.” This one’s going to hurt bad, if it breaks. Folks have no financial padding left.
WSJ: A Doctor on How Physicians Face the End of Life.
“What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared with most Americans, but how little. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care that they could want. But they tend to go serenely and gently.” Deaths of quiet acceptance.
Vimeo: Open Door to Solitude.
Automatic Earth: Drilling Our Way Into Oblivion.
Of note. “Anyway, this is what we have on offer: the oil industry faces a triple whammy. Oil prices are down 50%, oil company share valuations are also down 50%, and their production costs are rising, in quite a few cases exponentially so. That’s what they, and we, face while slip-sliding into the new year. Do I need to explain that that does not bode well?” My italic emphasis.
Archaeology News Network: Taxes and costs, 70 Italian castles on sale.
I need to win a lottery.
MarketWatch: Americans are 40% poorer than before the recession.
“The net worth of American families — the difference between the values of their assets, including homes and investments, and liabilities — fell to $81,400 in 2013, down slightly from $82,300 in 2010, but a long way off the $135,700 in 2007, according to a new report released on Friday by the nonprofit think-tank Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.” Ms Warren, your move.
Gothamist: Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix In January.
naked cap: Elizabeth Warren - Remarks on Citigroup and its Bailout Provision in the Cromnibus Bill.
“Think about this kind of power. A financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is a reason enough for us break them up. Enough is enough.”
Ballou Projects: Cinderblock Speakers.
Oy, great idea!
Vox: When men remarry, they go way younger. Women pick someone older.
I suspect, as a friend once said, “I prefer my men broken in. Let some other woman sweat blood civilizing him.”
Popular Mechanics, 1935.
Was looking for something, but figured others might enjoy.
NY Times: Why I’m Giving Up My Passport.
GMO/White Paper: The World’s Dumbest Idea.
Shareholder Value Maximization. Marked for reading tomorrow. Thought others would like a shot first.
Later: Site went down, link went dead. Site’s back up, paper’s at a different URL, here. Read it quick.
Bloomberg: Why Elon Musk’s Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company.
“‘The mortal threat that ever cheaper on-site renewables pose’ comes from systems that include storage ... [snip] ... ‘That is an unregulated product you can buy at Home Depot that leaves the old business model with no place to hide.’” (Rubs hands together in glee ...)
naked cap: New Study Says US Fracking Boom Will Fade Quickly After 2020.
Just wait until the cleanup brouhaha starts. It will be epic, and epically expensive.
Youtube: Random Acts of Pasta.
Some nice news, for once.
Diane Ravitch Blog: How to Analyze False Claims about Charter Schools.
“An op-ed by Congressman Danny Davis noted that the Noble Network suspends 51% of its students at least once during a school year. This includes suspending 88% of the African American students who attend its schools. It might be hard to understand why a school would want to suspend so many of its students … until you realize that this encourages students to leave. And it specifically encourages the more challenging students, the ones most likely to bring down test scores and college graduation rates, to depart.” Flagged as an important read. Go. Now.
SciAm: Rooftop Solar Cost Competitive with the Grid in Much of the U.S.
But that’s great news. Should be shouted from the mountaintops.
TODAY! Fitness: How to Make a Slide Board.
Hey! I used to love my old rollup slide board. Great indoor workout, too. I may gear up and build this in the next week. I need a good indoor workout that’s not boring as hell. You can watch tv and do this SO EASILY.