Current Events

Economic Conditions Linkage

Web 101 for this new intern. An older (55 year old) intern both learns and teaches. At community colleges, admission and enrollment among men is on the rise. Perhaps it’s because the synapses have stopped firing? Felix Salmon: Dow to new low, reaction: yawn. Welcome perspective: “This is good news: it means that stock-market volatility […]

Sorry we can’t

From Le Monde [via Follow Me Here] Sorry. No column today. The keyboard is not responding. History is a page being turned. Three words on the screen: “Yes we can.” While it is impossible to joke with genocide or disaster, it is equally impossible to joke with an event that makes you weep for joy. […]


Front pages of newspapers from across the country at the Newseum. There’s an international collection of front pages, too, but I can’t tell if they have a permanent link for the day-after-US election day.

Centenarian Vote

Everybody’s talking about the youth vote, but what about the centenarian vote: Daughters of slaves, all over 100 years old, who voted for Barack. 109 year old Amanda Jones, who lives in Texas, on NPR. Gertrude Baines, 114, in Los Angeles (3rd oldest person in the world) Ann Nixon Cooper, 106, of Atlanta, Georgia. Obama […]

Fail. (latest on financial meltdown)

Fail. (latest on financial meltdown)

Planet Money covers Paulson’s & Bernanke’s congressional testimony. With a brilliant failblog-worthy image taken of the tough crowd in the room. NYTimes liveblogs the hearing Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images BTW, AIG’s outgoing boss turned down his severance pay. Here’s a list of places to check out news of financial crisis dealings: Naked Capitalism Calculated Risk Paul […]

Beware the latest email scam

From: Minister of the Treasury Paulson Subject: REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP Dear American: I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude. I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the […]