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August 16, 2008

Estimate the size of their losses

Investors will be able to better estimate the size of their losses once
it becomes clear how far prices will fall.

Insight from the NYT Business section.

August 15, 2008

Background checks

"This is the lexis nexis search string that I use for AG appointments."
The string reads as follows:

[First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a
candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or
charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra
or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or
controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or
layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict!
or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired
or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or
controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or

Jan Williams, with Monica Goodling,at page 21.

August 8, 2008

Hipster as consumer or as producer ?

I'd always understood "hipster" as someone who tried to claim creativity by proxy, by acquiring someone else's creative output, and trying to defend that acquisition as unique by deriding anyone and everyone else who acquired it as wannabes.

[ Via MeFi]

August 1, 2008

The Obamas love, but question, America

A favorite theme, said Salil Mehra, now a law professor at Temple University, were the values and cultural touchstones that Americans share. Mr. Obama's case in point: his wife, Michelle, a black woman, loved "The Brady Bunch" so much that she could identify every episode by its opening shots.

After the fluff, the meat:

In the national level, bipartisanship usually means Democrats ignore the needs of the poor and abandon the idea that government can play a role in issues of poverty, race discrimination, sex discrimination or environmental protection.

The Long Run: Teaching Law, Testing Ideas, Obama Stood Apart
Published: July 30, 2008
In his 12 years as a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, Barack Obama was popular and enigmatic.