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Bill Harshaw
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Obama's Open Government Fail--on Obamacare
I just love to tweak IT types and goo-goo types about openness, and occasionally I like to tweak my liberal friends.  In that spirit, let me quote this from the NYTimes post on activity on the healthcare exchanges: "It is unclear what the [healthcare] excha...
I just love to tweak IT types and goo-goo types about openness, and occasionally I like to tweak my liberal friends.  In that spirit, let me quote this from the NYTimes post on activity on the healthcare exchanges: "It is un...
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Good Advice from Joel Achenbach
This is directed to all you baby boomer youngsters: "Those of us staring into the gaping maw of degeneration, senescence
and ultimate obliteration are often driven to take on new activities and
interests. You could make the case that Walt went overboard. ...
This is directed to all you baby boomer youngsters: "Those of us staring into the gaping maw of degeneration, senescence and ultimate obliteration are often driven to take on new activities and interests. You could make the ...
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Does USDA Pay Farmers for Not Farming?
The Internet has made me more aware of the persistence of myths and inaccuracies, not to say "lies", in the world of public discourse. To...
The Internet has made me more aware of the persistence of myths and inaccuracies, not to say "lies", in the world of public discourse. To quote Mark Twain: One of the persistent memes is the idea FSA (USDA) pays farmers for n...
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Another Sentence
From a Slate piece on Ted Cruz " Susman laughed. "I will say this: Being a stud with girls on the debate circuit does not mean you’re a s...
From a Slate piece on Ted Cruz " Susman laughed. "I will say this: Being a stud with girls on the debate circuit does not mean you’re a stud with girls."
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To Sea, Young Man, to Sea
Via Brad Delong's Grasping Reality with Both Hands, here's a study comparing the cost of college with the benefits of college.  What inte...
Via Brad Delong's Grasping Reality with Both Hands, here's a study comparing the cost of college with the benefits of college.  What interests me on the graphic is the outlying institutions--some with names you'd expect, but ...
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I stumbled across the program for the 12th Youth Forum, held in NYC in 1954.  The first pages are the text for a speech delivered by Mayor Robert Wagner.  Beginning at page 11 is the actual program.  Panel subjects were: How...
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3 Minutes for Food?
Via Marginal Revolution, a USAtoday story on how the universe is gradually slowing down, in the inevitable triumph of entrophy. Actually, it seems that fast food outlets are having trouble maintaining their speed of "drive-thru" visits.  I don't patronize s...
Via Marginal Revolution, a USAtoday story on how the universe is gradually slowing down, in the inevitable triumph of entrophy. Actually, it seems that fast food outlets are having trouble maintaining their speed of "drive-th...
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Pigford II Payments in the Mail
That's according to this Hattiesburg article.
That's according to this Hattiesburg article.
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What Illegal Spying Is Not So Bad?
Seems that some of the cases where NSA employees definitely broke the law involved spying on significant others.  See this piece.   Someh...
Seems that some of the cases where NSA employees definitely broke the law involved spying on significant others.  See this piece.  Somehow that makes NSA seem less fearsome to me, just a bunch of insecure men jealous of their...
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A Sentence to Enjoy, on Sows
"Being nursed by a dozen hungry mouths is an extreme weight watcher’s diet plan."  From Sugar Mountain Farm, i n a post on the natural we...
"Being nursed by a dozen hungry mouths is an extreme weight watcher’s diet plan."  From Sugar Mountain Farm, in a post on the natural weaning process, and the human controlled process.
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Returns on Cows and Buffalos
Brad DeLong notes a study on the returns to owning cows and buffaloes in India.  Bottom line is--it's not profitable in an economic sense...
Brad DeLong notes a study on the returns to owning cows and buffaloes in India.  Bottom line is--it's not profitable in an economic sense.  The speculation is that the labor of women has no value, economically, so there's no ...
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I retired from USDA in 1997 after 28 years in ASCS/FSA (the agency that writes checks to farmers). Now indulging myself on the taxpayer's dollar. My ancestry is strong on preaching and teaching, my views tend to ambivalence, my temperament is often contrarian, more and more I'm just grumpy.

Born and raised in upstate NY, attended Cornell, served in the Army.
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Sochi Olympics Day 7 - A long time coming
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Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day always occurs during the Winter Olympics, so if I were in Sochi, I'd be wearing at least a half dozen

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Who Taught the Cats
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Funny how gender never came up during Bernanke’s nomination. Or Greenspa...
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That's how privilege works in practice: Gender is invisible when it comes to male appointees but a constant presence when it comes to female

'There Are No Fat People In Paris'
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Two Saturdays ago, I visited the venerable bookstore Shakespeare and Company. It was a hot day. The…

This 99-Year-Old Minimum Wage Custodian and His Employers Show Why Every...
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A colleague sent me this amazing story about Newton Murray, a 99-year-old man who's worked for decades at Bama Sea Products as a custodian f

Charting the Cozy Connections between JP Morgan and the Senate Banking C...
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Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, testified today about the bank’s recent losses. He should be familiar with the committee. Lots of his e

Jack Klugman's secret, lifesaving legacy
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You probably know Jack Klugman for his role as the crusading medical examiner on 'Quincy.' You probably don't know his role as a crusading p

A “Mere” Political Scientist? Or Merely HOT? — The Monkey Cage
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From today’s New York Times profile of economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers: In her third year there, a handsome Australian on a F

The Tea Party's 1776 Shtick: History Mangled | OurFuture.org
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The Top 10 Things Mitt Romney Might Be Hiding in His Tax Returns
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The House GOP and the Fiscal Cliff: Position-taking vs. Policy-making — ...
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This post is co-authored with my colleague, Frances Lee, a veteran Congress-watcher making her Monkey Cage debut. Some recent stories in the

Celebrating the Good News : Casaubon's Book
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Yes, it is still a long road ahead from the days when you can get married in New York to the days when you can get married in Arizona, but w

Sometimes
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As we go about the work I realize why we keep doing it. It certainly isn't for the money. 2012 was the least profitable year for dairy farmi