Archive for September 2008

The Complement Cooperative

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By | Category: Economics, Featured Articles, Lead Article

Well, that was a lot of money chasing nothing. A vast pool of money, and a growing list of problems–why wasn’t the connection ever made? Why didn’t at least some of this wealth go to solving even a few of these problems?

We need to try something new, to start a new engine behind our economy.

Margin Call: Leveraged Failure, Taxpayer Bailout

Sep 21st, 2008 | By | Category: Economics, Featured Articles

What is leveraging? Investing with borrowed money.

Can anyone tell me why highly leveraged investment schemes are in any way desirable?

The Big Bailout

Sep 19th, 2008 | By | Category: Economics, Featured Articles, Lead Article

Want to distill down the New Deal-era financial reforms? If you want our money to bail you out, you have to play honestly and by our rules.

Today’s “solution” to the present crisis is all bailout, no regulation–the mirror image of FDR’s. It’s going to fail.

Why Do I Have to Poop When Browsing, Redux

Sep 18th, 2008 | By | Category: Response to Critique

This just in to the Dear Science mailbag: Dear Science, I recently read your response to Bothered Bowels’ inquiry from 2/13/2008. Sadly, BB is not alone. I actually know several people who experience this same issue, most with #2, but others with #1. Indeed, it particularly occurs at Value Village, libraries, bookstores, and also when […]

Good From Bad: Steel in the Towers to Steel in Fusion Reactors

Sep 11th, 2008 | By | Category: Lit Round-up

Via the BBC: Scientists say an understanding of how the Twin Towers collapsed will help them develop the materials needed to build fusion reactors. New research shows how steel will fail at high temperatures because of the magnetic properties of the metal… The key advance is the understanding that, at high temperatures, tiny irregularities in […]

McCain’s Record on Financial Regulation

Sep 8th, 2008 | By | Category: 2008, Featured Articles, Lead Article

If you aren’t concerned about the massive bailout of Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae by the US taxpayers, you should be.

The next president, who in turn will set the regulatory environment, really matters.

McCain’s record is terrible.

Experience Where it Counts

Sep 2nd, 2008 | By | Category: 2008

What is more important: Having an experienced and capable vice president or president?

I’m totally and completely fed up with Sarah Palin and her personal, professional and political problems. Enough of the notion that deciding to carry a child with trisomy-21 to term makes one capable of leading the nation in a crisis. Enough.