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2008 July 15 — Why Now?
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On January 20th, 2001 the US inaugurated its first MBA President. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 10,587.59.

After massive tax cuts to spur investment and 7½ years in office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed today at 10,962.54.

The average spot price of a barrel of oil was $23.73 for the week ending January 19th, 2001.

Oil fell $6.44 to settle at $138.74 a barrel today.

July 15, 2008   2 Comments

Prophetic Satire

The Onion

Over at Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman reminded me of this piece in the ONION from January 17, 2001 – Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’.

It is satire, but it damn sure isn’t funny.

July 15, 2008   8 Comments


The New Yorker

That is the iconic symbol of The New Yorker. The top-hatted gentleman with the monocle is Eustace Tilley. In Wikipedia’s article on The New Yorker they note that the founder wasn’t a populist:

Harold Ross famously declared in 1925 prospectus for The New Yorker: “It has announced that it is not edited for the old lady in Dubuque.”

The New Yorker is assumed to be a “liberal” magazine, but the only instance of the editors endorsing a candidate was in 2004, and it was in reaction to the mess created by the Hedgemony.

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July 15, 2008   24 Comments

Tropical Storm Bertha

Tropical Storm BerthaPosition: 36.8 N 61.6 W. [10 PM CDT] Updated
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 6 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph.
Wind Gusts: 75 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 140 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 996 mb.

Bertha is currently 360 miles North-Northeast of Bermuda and moving out to open ocean.

Bertha is now the longest lived July tropical storm on record, beating out a storm in 1916.

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