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Rapping about Alexander Hamilton

While watching Portlandia the other night – at times hilarious and at other times ridiculous and overly-self-conscious – I came across Aimee Mann, who plays a housekeeper in at least one of the episodes. I’m not sure if she has … Continue reading

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The Legacy of the US Civil War

Ta-Nehisi Coates has an excellent article in the Atlantic about the legacy of the US Civil War. He argues that black Americans ought to honor that war in the same way that white Americans honor the Revolutionary War: as that … Continue reading

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Holidays, Vacations and Capitalism

I’ve always appreciated the distinction that somehow I feel exists more in British English than in American, between a holiday and a vacation. While the former is prescribed, usually by the state, the latter is a personal choice. There are … Continue reading

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Yes Minister on British Diplomacy

It’s been a couple weeks since UK Prime Minister David Cameron rejected the call for a new EU “fiscal compact.” Cameron’s essential beef was that he didn’t want to subject British institutions to the kind of fiscal oversight from Brussels … Continue reading

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The National Defense Authorization Act

Recently the US Senate passed a defense appropriations act that seems to contain some disturbing curtailments of the right to due process guaranteed under the sixth amendment. Now the US already denies due process to those it classifies as “enemy … Continue reading

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Christmas stories and the growing legend of Amazon

Though I’m fairly certain Santa doesn’t exist, at least, in the context of the story, it’s plausible that he could get the job done. I mean if you take as given Santa’s hearty proportions, the fact that he has workers … Continue reading

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More Reasons Not to Take Advice from Goldman Sachs

Over at Zerohedge, Tyler Durden has an amusing piece on why it’s probably not advisable to follow the public pronouncements of Goldman Sachs. Recently, Goldman raised its rating of many European bank stocks from “underweight” to “neutral,” which enabled it, … Continue reading

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