Lobbyists have assured Threat Level that the House, which is mired in trying to...– ‘Orphan Works’ Copyright Law Dies Quiet Death (Wired.com)…until November. Yeah, that sounds like ‘death’.
Under Cover Of Night, During Financial Crisis,... →
BOO! Representatives in tight races can’t put the economy over backing away from bad salesmanship, but they can screw over a large collection of groups saying this other act is crap laywmaking we can understand.
Real Estate Roller Coaster The housing market as a roller coaster up through the end of 2007/early 2008.
TV on the Radio - [Hidden Track] from Young Liars...
Hedge Fund Targets New York Times (Portfolio.com) →
The hedge fund fortune that’s threatening the newspaper of record comes from a most unlikely place. A look at the elusive Alabama family behind the shareholder assault on the New York Times Co. Wow, that’s fascinating.
It Failed - The Current →
The lead story in this morning’s Wall Street Journal was “U.S. Seals Bailout Deal.” Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers — no socialist, he — had a piece in this morning’s Washington Post (“A Bailout Is Just a Start”) that treated the legislation as a fait accompli. The lead editorial in the same paper was titled “The Deal is Done.”...
Another stellar Microsoft product communiqué
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If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and...– The Kirk Report quoting the late Paul Newman in the summary of today’s market cavitation.
The bill — at least as I understand it — does nothing for employment agreements...– footnoted.org: Missing in Action from Bailout bill…
Cover Lay Down: Death, Impending →
I’m not a cat person, but Jacob’s place in our lives has always been much bigger than furballs on the laundry, the occasional half-eaten mouse at the door. Once, the cat was our only child, adopted off the streets, loved against our better judgement. Back when we were working food service, living in sin out of a series of truly awful apartments, Jacob was the first thing that made us...
The rebellion of House conservatives this past week was a reminder, however,...– Whose Conservatism Is It? (NYT)
Calacanis: the Tony Robbins of Web 2.0 —... →
I’ve read through his newsletter several times and extracted some of those key lessons: People are scared, and they should be. Metaphors swing both ways. Sometimes it’s really, really stupid to keep fighting. The darkest hour is, in fact, right before the dawn. If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, go see a professional. Feel free to print this out. You need to access where...
msnbc.com’s [my employer’s] rad video player for the debates, based on our new video team stuff (which has a stupid codename I probably can’t mention both because it is numbingly stupid and because I think someone said I shouldn’t).
How much is $700 billion? Fantastically simple.
What you do is, first, consider the source. Jonathan Swift was not a noted...– This is the dawning of the Age of Credulity - Roger Ebert’s Journal (great read, via Jaime, of course)
I think I’m working out some of my own anger. I was very frustrated in...– Approaching infinity (Boston.com) This is exactly why I hated math as a child, except for one, single problem in introductory algebra where my tutor made up a problem that ended with a negative-space back-yard pool.
In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure...– Bad News For The Bailout - Forbes.com
WaMu Failure: What it Means for Seattle (Seattle... →
Not surprisingly, I’ve got a few friends that work at WaMu corporate downtown. I really feel pity for them. The fact that WaMu put itself into such a dangerous position was not the fault of the rank-and-file corporate employees, but they’ll be the ones to feel the brunt of this failure. I’d like to be clear that I do not take any pleasure in knowing that 4,300 people in Seattle are likely to...
Sarah, we are not that different, you and I... →
The Palin pick was the most crassest, most bigoted decision that I’ve seen in national electoral politics, in my—admittedly short—lifetime. There can be no doubt that they picked Palin strictly as a stick to drum up the victimhood narrative—small town, hunters, big families and most importantly, women. Had Barack Obama picked Hillary Clinton, there simply is no way they...
My brother linked to the newest TGR (Teton Gravity Research) ski flick, “Under the Influence”, which convinces me that they’ve been watching too many Chris Cunningham music videos. Still, it’s a nice departure from what’s become de facto alt rock music in ski videos, even if it’s a bit weird. I’ll still take TV on the Radio for my own personal skiing...
Entrepreneurs and...Hey, There's A Shiny New... →
If you’re one of those rare entrepreneurs that has the discipline to stay reasonably focused on what you should be working on, feel free to skip the rest of this article with the comforting knowledge that you have my admiration and envy. But, if you’re like most of us, you are probably plauged at one time or another by the “Shiny New Thing” (SNT) bug.
You know why your grandparents don’t like Barack Obama? Because his name sounds...– Sarah Silverman for The Great Schlep, a call to all Jews to get out to Florida to convince Nana and Papa to vote for Obama. I’m just going to say it, even though I know I’ll regret this. Lox the Vote. There, now I hate myself. Like a good Jew. (via lonelysandwich)
A change is coming to this site
leelefever: Dear readers, Please accept my apologies for letting this site become neglected. I plan to post a bit of more orginal content here, but also refocus, in the short term on US elections. I realize this may not be welcome news for all of you, but I need an outlet. I feel it’s my duty as American to speak out about the candidates. All this comes from a very strong gut feeling: I am...
The top executives at AIG, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Lehman and Goldman Sachs...– $2 billion pay day for failure - BusinessWeek This is criminal, plain and simple.
BARTLET I didn’t expect you to be getting beat by John McCain and a Lancôme rep...– Op-Ed: Aaron Sorkin Conjures a Meeting of Obama and Bartlet by Aaron Sorkin in place of Maureen Dowd.
Stephen Colbert as Al Sharptonl Something reminded me of this today, so I looked it up on the DailyShow’s archive. Still damn funny.
Remaking station areas →
“Will these efforts yield vibrant and sustainable communities…[?] How can plans ensure vitality for current residents, as well as for new ones? Will policy changes be bold, visionary, inclusive? And where will be the public and private investment to make these changes happen?” … The discussion will look at areas around light and regional rail, streetcar and express bus...
Hitwise Intelligence UK: Top Ski Resorts →
Chamonix Alta Whistler Morzine Blue Mountain Banff Zermatt Glencoe Les Gets Val Thorens That’s UK skiier web traffic projections, so don’t get too feisty (Adam). Where the hell is Morzine and Les Gets? Never heard of them.