It is typical of the elite to lose faith in the messy processes of democracy and the normal political friction of legislation. Without the intrinsic faith in the people (and the wisdom of crowds) its too easy for them to look for shortcuts.
Here is a Dimocrat governor considering a cessation of elections. It will of course be laughed off, but the message will be clear to many. Sure its a joke.
- Former Obama Budget Chief: Forget Democracy. How About Rule By Technocrats and Independent Commissions? (reason.com)
- The First Rule Is: Never Let the New Republic Choose the Title for Your Article (delong.typepad.com)
- Another step down the road to serfdom (thinkmarkets.wordpress.com)
- Further further reading (ftalphaville.ft.com)
- NC Gov. Bev Perdue “jokes”: Let’s cancel congressional elections for a few years so that we can focus on the economy (hotair.com)
- Vision 2016 still to nominate an ambassador for one of its pillars (gabzfmnews.wordpress.com)
- What is the advantage and disadvantage of democratic leadership (wiki.answers.com)
- LUCKILY, SHE’S NOT A REPUBLICAN SO IT’S NO BIG DEAL: Hey, Let’s Cancel The Elections! You know, th… (pajamasmedia.com)
- Christie defines ‘American exceptionalism’ (philly.com)
- Editors have great role in deepening Nigeria’s democracy – NGE (vanguardngr.com)
I have to trade because of the intellectual and emotional challenge and the satisfaction I get from trading well.
I love to trade because I find it interesting, and it challenges me every day to discover who I am and what I can do.
I like to trade because it combines my passions for action, research, intellectual challenge and adaptation.
Trading directly supports my personal and financial goals and rewards me for the time and effort invested compared to other things I can do with my time.
- Having a Trade Exit Strategy – Rules Based Trading Part 3 (optionsanimal.com)
- Used car market ‘challenging’ for motor trade insurance holders (premierlinedirect.co.uk)
- You May Not Have The Money, But Girl You Got The Goods (xxxclusivelyours.wordpress.com)
- Avoiding Emotionally Fueled Trading (tradeking.com)
- The emotions of trading (forexlive.com)
- Scottish motor trade insurance holders to sell more Mazdas? (premierlinedirect.co.uk)
- Wanting to Get Long For a Trade, But . . . (ritholtz.com)
- B&N to buy some of Borders’ intellectual property (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- B&N to buy some of Borders’ intellectual property (seattlepi.com)
- UBS Rogue Trader Loses $2 Billion In Unauthorized Trades (news.slashdot.org)
- This is why Research is capitalized in Action Research
- dont confuse activity with results.
- understand the importance of experimental design and critical thinking about conclusions that may be fairly drawn from data
My PhD advisor, Elliot Soloway, has a blog on learning with mobile technologies. His most recent post is a dialogue about the excitement over Khan Academy. It’s a fun-to-read and biting critique (more of the Wired article than Khan Academy itself).
Elliot: The Khan Academy clearly demonstrates that all one has to do is put out a bunch of engaging videos and bingo kids will watch them and learn. See, teaching is a snap; I told you so.
Elliot: Yes and the free & reduced lunch rate in each of these schools is 4%. On the webpage with that info, if you hit the button “show homes in the area around the school” you will see homes that range in price from $900,000 to $4,000,000.
Cathie: Santa Rita Elementary is a “California Distinguished School” and has been designated as a “National Blue Ribbon School.” These schools are not your typical schools; these schools are not the troubled schools that one reads about.
Elliot: Using these already successful schools – and communities with parents who care deeply about education for their children to illustrate the value of the Khan Academy is a huge mistake. But apparently, Clive Thompson, the article’s author and the editorial staff of Wired Magazine can’t see the mistake.
- Electronic education: Flipping the classroom (economist.com)
- How Khan Academy Is Changing The Rules Of Education (huffingtonpost.com)
- More on Khan Academy (edu261.wordpress.com)
- Khan’s Academy: Using the power of internet to educate (techmediapolitics.wordpress.com)
- Khan Academy: Basic Addition (dlconline.wordpress.com)
- How Education Is Changing Thanks To Khan Academy (news.slashdot.org)
- TED Talk on Khan Academy (andersonissues.com)
- Khan Academy – “for students of all ages” (hannabarket.wordpress.com)
- Khan Academy (earhart.wordpress.com)
- Khan Academy: Spreading Education In the Open Source Way (flossstuff.wordpress.com)
Jim Rogers echoes these sentiments when he describes his preference for investing in regions with more political stability
Here is Higgs on regime uncertainty
As I understand regime uncertainty, it has to do with widespread inability to form confident expectations about future private property rights in all of their dimensions. Private property rights specify the property owner’s rights to decide how property will be used, to accrue income from its uses, and to transfer these rights to others in various voluntary arrangements. Because the content of private property rights is complex, threats to such rights can arise from many different sources, including actions by legislators, administrators, prosecutors, judges, juries, and others (e.g., sit-down strikers, mobs).
Because of the great variety of ways in which government officials can threaten private property rights, the security of such rights turns not only on law “on the books,” but also to an important degree on the character of the government officials who administer and enforce the law. An important reason why regime uncertainty arose in the latter half of the 1930s, for example, had to do with the character of the advisers who had the greatest access to President Franklin Roosevelt at that time—people such as Tom Corcoran, Ben Cohen, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, and others of their ilk. These people were known to hate businessmen and the private enterprise system; they believed in strict, pervasive regulation of the market system by—who would have guessed?—people such as themselves. So, as bad as the National Labor Relations Board was on paper, it was immensely worse (for employers) in practice. And so forth, across the full range of new regulatory powers created by New Deal legislation. In a similar way, the apparatchiki who run the federal regulatory leviathan today can only inspire apprehension on the part of investors and business executives. President Obama’s cadre of crony capitalists, which he drags out to show that “business is being fully considered,” in no way diminishes these worries
What an artful turn of phrase, and one that I think captures the Perry phenomenon pretty well.
RICK PERRY has never spent any serious time outside of Texas, except for a five-year stint in the military. Nobody sent him off to boarding school to expand his horizons. He grew up in Paint Creek, where he graduated third in a high school class of 13. He went to the most deeply Texas of all the state’s major institutions of higher learning. He was a terrible student, but won the prized post of yell leader, the most deeply Texas of all possible Aggie achievements.
There should be a lot of political correctness tap-dancing on this one. Choose your side and start shaking. Whose race card will trump the other? in the battle between the Native Americans, descendents of slaves held by the Cherokee, self-determination, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Cherokee Nation (coffeenchat.wordpress.com)
- Why ‘Political Correctness’ isn’t always bad & I am hitting the road (stefanpoag.wordpress.com)
- In commemoration . . . (hopeofglory.typepad.com)
- Politically Correct (survivingmiddleage.wordpress.com)
- Donald Rumsfeld: Americans Are Too Politically Correct When Discussing Radical Islam (mediaite.com)
- Once again, the evil and deadliness of political correctness (4simpsons.wordpress.com)
- In praise of…political correctness [Alan Stevens] (ecademy.com)
- What’s in a t-shirt? (tomboxe.wordpress.com)
- One in the eye for the politically correct tossers (charioteers.org)
- Political Correctness is Retarded (anythingbuttheist.blogspot.com)
Speaking truth to her own power as a legislator. Tirelessly finding ways to spend your money on her ideas.
Schakowsky said that Americans don’t deserve to keep all of their money because we need taxes to support our society.
“I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it
- Schakowsky: You don’t deserve to keep all of your money (via Prepper Podcast Radio News) (zemantified.wordpress.com)
- Jan Schakowsky Announces New Budget Plan With Focus On Jobs (huffingtonpost.com)
- MORNING VIDEOS: Schakowsky: Outlook for supercommittee ‘pretty grim’ (thehill.com)
- On Wednesday’s Radio Show… (alan.com)
- Tips to Improve Mental Toughness in Basketball (macseattle.wordpress.com)
- interactive ball bearing game (mahesh0806.wordpress.com)
- Top Ten Video Games- Other Side of Advantages (preciseinternetmarketing.com)
- Play Any of Our Fabulous Faceoff Games and Win a Wii! (casasugar.com)
- Novak Djokovic: “I Definitely Didn’t Want French Open To Happen Again” [Video] (tennis-x.com)
- Post-game quotes (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- There are now Girls In This Man’s Game [Sports] (kotaku.com)
- Teenage girl finds herself in NHL 12 after asking EA Sports why its games lacked female players (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
- Code Hero – play and learn (i-programmer.info)
- Imps 0-2 Kettering – how much worse can it get? (highlyimplausible.wordpress.com)
I get outraged when right wing nuts claim the media is liberal and in the tank for BHO. I mean just look at the evidence. This is exactly the same treatment Palin of GWB would have received. Sometimes this left wing-media conspiracy stuff goes just a little bit too far.
Its not as if BHO was taking a few liberties with some of the female party guests
- Charles Johnson Straightens Out The Right Wing In Its Frenzy Over Obama Lincoln Comment And PBS Transcript (alan.com)
- Love It or Hate It? PB Teen Locker Double Dresser (casasugar.com)
- PB2: A Creamy Dollop of Euphoria (fitsugar.com)
- PBS changes ill-considered: report (news.theage.com.au)
- PBS Travel Guru Rick Steves: Smoking Pot is “My Civil Liberty” (boingboing.net)
- Conservatives Accuse PBS Of ‘Altering’ Jobs Speech Transcript To Cover Up President Obama Gaffe (mediaite.com)
- Muslims Against Jihad – Banned by Pbs (pppkingdom.wordpress.com)
- PBS Goes Steampunk (wired.com)
- Pulitzer-Winning Photojournalist John Kaplan Documents His Battle with Cancer in Acclaimed New Film Airing on PBS Stations Nationwide (prweb.com)
- Classroom Treasure Trove: PBS Resources (rsu2teachertech.wordpress.com)