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Obama, Overtime and Saez-Piketty

Obama’s new overtime rules will change business practice. What does they speak to: injustice, inequality or something else? The July 1, 2015 New York Times Business section carried an analysis by Noam Scheiber on proposed new Overtime rules, Obama Overtime … Continue reading

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Are Tuition Costs Exaggerated?

Claims that college tuition rate rises cause problems are wrong. Or are they? Do rising college costs exclude some and force others into crippling loans that weaken their future?  Maybe that’s nonsense!  Maybe the exact opposite is true – aren’t … Continue reading

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Piketty Under Attack

Piketty is under attack by the Far Right. They argue the data , or imply he is a hidden Communist. Thomas Piketty published the English translation of his Capital in the Twenty First Century (C21) and pulled his massive open … Continue reading

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Economics can never be right

“What is Economics Good For?” is the provocative New York Times essay by Alex Rosenberg and Tyler Curtain.  They point is that economics is no kind of science and never can be.  This is an excellent essay and worth reading. … Continue reading

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Inequality, Luddites and Paul Krugman

How can we maintain social stability when the highly educated are as likely as the poorly educated to become obsolete by disruptive technology? Paul Krugman published his 2013 Jun 14 OpEd Essay Sympathy For The Luddites in the New York Times.  It is … Continue reading

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Water, Groundwater and XL

Water reserves in the Midwest are an endangered resource.  XL performance will disrupt both our national food supply and the water for many cities. High Plains Aquifer is dangerously depleted in large regions.  This was the message by Michael Wines … Continue reading

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Darkside of the Moon – or of American Society?

There is no Darkside for the moon, but maybe there is for American understanding of science. Kenneth Chang, a respected science writer for the New York Times has an article in the 2012 Dec 14 issue called “Two Space Probes … Continue reading

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Offshoring and Outsourcing are good — Brooks

“Offshoring and outsourcing has been good for American productivity.”  So says New York Times David Brooks, in his 2012 Jul 16 essay (published Tuesday, Jul 17, in the NYT Op-Ed section).  This is in direct confrontation to Paul Krugman’s July … Continue reading

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Dreams – Deferred or Lost?

Strangulation of technical achievement indicates a more general social crisis. Not to ignore SpaceX successes, May was a difficult month to be positive about American future technical and social directions.  These comments indicated problems: 2012-0506   Edward Conard  was in … Continue reading

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The Conard justification – Income inequality

Conard’s upcoming book justifies uninterrupted income grab by the people who caused the mess. Edward Conard’s soon-to-be-released book is  Unintended Consequences, Why Everything You’ve Been Told About The Economy Is Wrong .  The New York Times devoted many pages to Conard … Continue reading

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Records of Inequality – Footprints in the sand 1

George Orwell missed by 4 years. Massive social changes have happened over the last 30 years. Our hugely powerful American society strongly differs from what it was then. This is the first of a series that will look at some … Continue reading

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Tom Friedman and The End of US Manufacturing

Outsourcing destroys our well of creativity, it is terminating American excellence, Mr. Friedman. Thomas Friedman’s column Made In The World, in the 2012 Jan 29 issue New York Times is the ideological bible for modern business.   He had better be … Continue reading

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Social Inequality – Zero Sum Games

Income shifts out of lower incomes into the upper levels, in a kind of zero sum game There has been an unusual stir in the recent news about the increase of income inequality in the United States. Wealthy households are … Continue reading

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Update — Fluorescent Lights / China

This is an update on the law banning incandescent lighting, see Using Fluorescent Lights -A Compilation.   The New York Times (2011 Sep16) had an article by Keith Bradsher in the Business section,  China Consolidates Grip on Rare Earths. The Chinese … Continue reading

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Gold or Collectable Standard?

Last Wednesday (2011 August 31) Steven Davidoff published an essay for Dealbook in the Business section of the New York Times  on the real vs apparent value of gold. He discusses gold and how its price has been driven to … Continue reading

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Fluorescents-4A: Flicker and UV

This is the fourth post in a series about compact fluorescent lights (CFL).  We look at a number of different issues that have been raised, some may be true problems, some almost certainly are not “show stopper” issues.  CFLs will … Continue reading

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Fusion, Seawater and Stewart Prager’s OpEd

Interesting Op Ed piece in the 2011 Jul 11 New York Times by Dr. Stewart Prager on the status and potentials for fusion power.  Dr. Prager is the Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL); he does a good … Continue reading

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Lynch Poo-Poos Peak Oil

Michael Lynch, a long term consultant to the oil industry and Hubbert Peak debunker for over two decades published another Op Ed piece in the New York Times on Friday, February 25, 2011. Since at least 1989, Mr. Lynch has … Continue reading

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Bill Nelson and the 3 product arttributes

New York Times yesterday had a Science Times article by Kenneth Chang on NASA’s plight. There are many issues that need careful examination to understand the 40-year mess our country is in. But this post is to make a single … Continue reading

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