Tuesday, February 22, 2011

22 February 2011

image via rocknetroots

Robert Reich advocates raising the top tax bracket to 70 percent
[via Avedon ]

Ian Welsh discusses events in Wisconsin and advocates a top tax bracket of 90 percent.

Yahoo/AP:At CIA, grave mistakes, then promotions via Detroit Free Press, but I have a feeling this link will eventually be no good.
In December 2003, security forces boarded a bus in Macedonia and snatched German citizen Khaled el-Masri. For the next five months, el-Masri was a ghost. Only a select group of CIA officers knew he had been taken to a secret prison in Afghanistan for interrogation. But he was the wrong guy.

Paul Craig Roberts, "From Brunei to Washington: Kleptocrats at Work"

'Upper-Class People Have Trouble Recognizing Others’ Emotions''

and (speaking of perception) Rob Payne, "The Gaddafi Mirror"

Mother Jones, "South Dakota Moves To Legalize Killing Abortion Providers"

Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? | Rolling Stone Politics

Two via the redoubtable BDR:

1. Hosni Mubarak used last 18 days in power to secure his fortune
2: Corporate scavengers

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At February 23, 2011 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re-doubtable? I never doubted BDR in the first place!


At February 23, 2011 11:57 AM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi Charles,
Unfortunately I rarely get to use that word day to day. Surely you know how that goes.

At February 23, 2011 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do. The word "redoubtable" reflects a veritable juggernaut of creative writing, waiting to be used. It's a powerful word and somewhat intimidating because it seems to mean one thing but actually means another and that's confusing. I feel small and emasculated when reading that word. It's beyond totemic, it's got real motive power.


At March 02, 2011 6:29 PM, Blogger micah holmquist said...


Thank you for the "Upper-Class People Have Trouble Recognizing Others’ Emotions" link. I just got done reading the full article, which is fascinating, but not available online at a reasonable price. (College libraries are so great!)

As the press release suggests, this study isn't all that great. The university setting is highly limiting. Still more research should be done on this. Assuming this trend continues, it would be especially interesting to see if emotional recognition erodes as a person's income increases over time.

As far for the above discussion. It illustrates my theory that expanding one's vocabulary reduces productivity as you have to spend time giving definitions to people who apparently are blocked from using dictionaries on their smart phones.

At March 02, 2011 8:20 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Undoubtedly so.


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